France is a land of great contrasts offering an endless choice of destinations, a rich diversity of landscapes, cuisines, climates and people, with an exceptional cultural heritage.

The Atlantic coast is the best place to visit one of the many beaches of France’s coastline; the West resembles Cornwall, while the Loire Valley is home to ancient Chateaux. The famous Champagne region to the North-East and the gentle slopes of Burgundy are the best places to taste renowned wines. Let's not forget The Alps and Pyrenees that are home to some of the most spectacular ski resorts during the winter.

Language and Currency

The official language is French, but widely spoken with regional accents. Most people, especially those in tourist areas, will happily speak English. The Euro is used throughout the country.


The North and Eastern parts of the country have a more continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Rain is likely throughout the year and snow likely through the winter. The French Riviera in the south has a more Mediterranean climate, with snow covered mountains in the winter coupled with record sunshine hours and temperatures in the summer. The regions found inland tend not to be as effected by costal conditions and winds so are usually warmer.


When you hear 'France', you undoubtedly envisage it's Capital city, Paris. Within the iconic romantic setting, take a stroll along the Siene and surround yourself in world famous sights; wonder down the Avenue de Champs-Élysées and marvel at the Arch du Triomphe; the Gothic masterpiece that is Notre Dame, and of course the Eiffel Tower. For culture, visit the magnificent Louvre Musee and the Musee d’Orsay.

Head to the South of France and visit the many historic cities, including Nice with its winding streets, stunning buildings, galleries and museums or Avignon for its Roman influence and architecture.

The South is just as famous for being the perfect destination for those seeking sun, sea and sand. Gorgeous beaches offer various water-sports, or simply the opportunity to get a St Tropez tan after celebrity spotting in Monaco.


France is a good place to buy traditional goods such as lace from Flanders, crystal from Arques, glass, cheese, alcohol and coffee. Small towns host fruit and vegetable markets every Saturday, while just outside larger cities and towns you can find hypermarkets, which sell everything from food and drink to household goods and electrical equipment and even clothes.

Paris is notably a world fashion capital, so a visit during Fashion Week is a lifetime must for any fashionista, Blogger or serious shopper!

Dining Out

Cafes, Restaurants and Bistros adorn the streets across France, offering a range of national classics and regional favourites.

Whilst visiting, make sure you try some of the following dishes;

  • Homard l'amoricaine is lobster dish with a creamy tomato sauce.
  • Gigot de présalé is a leg of lamb roasted or broiled served with an array of vegetables.
  • Baeckeoffe from, the region of Alsace is a slow-cooked white wine and juniper berry beef dish, baked with potatoes and onions.
  • Clafoutisr is a great way to finish your meal - a buttered and baked black cherry flan from the Limousin region, or opt for a selection of local cheeses such as Camembert, Brie, and Roquefort, with a locally produced wine to compliment.


    In the large cities such as Paris, Lyon or Marseille there is an abundance of lively clubs such as White Room, Since the Cavern and Le Bazar amongst many others which often don’t charge admission. There are also numerous late-night cafés, bars and casinos across the country as an alternative to the many nightclubs.

    In the more rural areas the summer festivals are usually worth a visit, but the French normally spend their time in the evenings eating and drinking with family and friends.


      If you are thinking of hiring a car or taking your own over to explore France, here a a few handy tips to keep in mind.

    • Traffic on major roads always has priority.
    • Where two major roads cross, traffic coming from the right has priority as warned by the sign 'danger priorité droite'. Where there is no sign, give way to the right.
    • Traffic on a roundabout has priority when signs saying 'cedez le passage' or 'vous n'avez pas la prioritè' are displayed. An old rule which says that traffic entering a roundabout has priority is still used in some areas, so if there is no sign approach with caution.
    • If a driver flashes their headlights in France, they will be indicating that he has priority and you should give way. This can be confusing as in the UK it usually indicates that a car is letting you out.
    • Do not overtake a tram when it is stationary with passengers getting on or off.
    • Traffic lights don't show amber after red. Flashing amber means continue with caution.
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