France is such a wonderful destination to visit with something to appeal to everyone. Whether it’s a wedding in France, a skiing holiday to France or a family holiday in France at the beach, it will tick all the boxes. Lying between the Iberian peninsula and the nations of central Europe, France is a core country on any European tour.
The sophisticated cities of Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, and Lyon contrast with the small villages of the Dordogne and Normandy.
Whether exploring a single city, a region, or surveying the whole country, Each area looks different, feels different, has its own style of architecture and food. From a hotel in Paris to an ancient chateau in the Loire, camping in Bordeaux, from Cannes to Brittany and Chamonix to the Pyrenees.
France is synonymous with style. From the wide, tree-lined boulevards of its elegant and exciting capital city to the breathtaking Loire Valley castles and the glittering Cote d’Azur with its air of grandeur and romance, it’s easy to see why France has enchanted generations of visitors.
The largest country in Western Europe and home to 58.3 million people, France stretches from the rolling plains of the north to the jagged ridges of the Pyrenees, and from the untamed Brittany coastline to the clear, blue lakes and snowy heights of the Alps.
No matter how many times you visit on holiday, France offers something new and exciting each time. Walk the windswept beaches of Normandy a green and peaceful region dotted with pretty little fishing harbour and charming resorts and picture the D-Day landings, take in the style and glamour of Paris, The French capital is one of the most stimulating cities on earth. Although described countless times, words still fail to capture the exact quality that makes Paris eternally seductive.
Weather in France
Spring and Summer offers the best weather to visitors, with beach tourism picking up in May. Temperatures are not to bad in Autumn, although the short days mean limited sunlight and the cold starts to make itself felt towards the end of the season. Winter means playing in the snow in France’s Alps and Pyrenees.
Events in France
There are a great variety of French cultural offerings, bringing together style and splendour. The.The French are a festive people with many cities hosting music, dance, theatre, cinema or art events each year. Rural villages hold fairs and fetes, which celebrate everything from local saints to agricultural progress.
Prominent national days off are May Day (1 May), when people trade gifts of muguet (lily of the valley) for good luck and Bastille Day (14 July), which is celebrated by throwing firecrackers at friends.
Regional events include the pret a porter fashion show in Paris (early February); the glittering Cannes Film Festival (mid-May); the International Music Festival in Strasbourg (first three weeks of June); the mainstream and fringe theatre of the Festival d’Avignon (mid-July to mid-August) and the Jazz Festival in Nancy (9-24 October).
Essential Facts on France
Capital City Paris
Currency – Euro
Flight time on average from London 1 to 2 hours
Time difference – 27 March to 30 October +2 hours otherwise GMT +1
For more information on a holiday in France, call goeasy travel in Berkshire or visit the official tourist site for France France Tourist Board
Languages spoken French English
Visa requirements Nationals of the EU, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Israel do not require visas to visit France as tourists for up to three months. Except for people from a handful of other European countries, everyone else must have a visa. Always carry your valid identity papers on your person. Your papers can be checked in the street or while you’re driving. In order to drive in France you must have your EU driver’s permit (or an international driver’s license), the registration papers of the vehicle (carte grise) and proof of insurance coverage. If you plan to stay less than 6 months, you are free to travel in France without restriction.