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France is the world’s most visited country for many good reasons. You’ve got iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the speak of romance and adventure. There are vineyards to explore that feature some of the world’s best wines. The coast is littered with incredible beaches that cater to your every need. France also shares a border with 8 different countries, which means a day trip to somewhere incredible is always within reach.
You’ll always have Paris. What you won’t always have a chance to see are the 40+ heritage sites that are found in France. This nation has put a great effort into preserving its treasures, which means visiting sites like Mont St. Michel will make for a magnificent holiday. Each region of the nation offer something different, so hike, bike, and explore how you want and the rewards will be immense.
France may offer the rustic holiday experience that lets people see the outdoors, but it also offers one of the most amazing metropolitan holiday opportunities as well. The number of highly-rated fine dining options in villages large and small are too numerous to count. Take a cup of coffee outside and sip it leisurely for hours if you wish. Step in somewhere and ask for the plate of the day if you don’t mind being pleasantly surprised. France literally has it all.
From the countryside castles to the numerous masterpieces found in the Louvre, your holiday in France can let you retreat into isolation or enjoy the wonder of a crowded public market. There is always something new to discover in this nation.
Travel and vacation in France
Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to France. You will find travel deals as well as general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts about France. You will also find updated current weather and forecasts.
Map and distances
Country map and calculation of distances
Good to know
Weather and forecast
See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.
Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017
|6||Nantes||291,287||Pays de la Loire|
|13||Le Havre||173,142||Upper Normandy|
|18||Angers||149,017||Pays de la Loire|
|21||Le Mans||143,599||Pays de la Loire|
|63||Saint-Nazaire||67,940||Pays de la Loire|
Official National Holidays
Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.
|1 January||New Year's Day||Nouvel an|
|Variable||Good Friday||Only Alsace+Moselle|
|Variable||Easter Monday||Lundi de Pâques|
|1 May||May Day/Labour Day||Fête du Travail|
|8 May||Victory in Europe Day||Fête de la Victoire|
|Variable||Whit Monday||Lundi de Pentecôte|
|14 July||Bastille Day||Fête Nationale|
|1 November||All Saints' Day||Toussaint|
|11 November||Armistice Day||Armistice de 1918|
|25 December||Christmas Day||Noël|
|26 December||Saint Stephen's Day||Only Alsace+Moselle|
Best of France
You’ll find France offers beautiful cities to explore. There are stunning countryside views to lose yourself in each day. Each town and village offer something unique and incredible to find.
Paris is an obvious choice to think about when considering the best of France. It is frequently named as one of the best places in the world to visit. With iconic landmarks and world-class museums, it is a natural choice as a destination. There are options outside of Paris worth considering as well.
Located on the French Riviera, beautiful Nice welcomes one and all to create their own adventure. You’ll find beach access is plentiful. The museums here are engaging. There are boutique shops that tempt you with their magnificent finds. Baroque palaces glimmer in the sunshine. Travel in March or late September to take some of the edge off the cost if necessary to experience this stunning city.
Not only is Grenoble famous for being the gateway to excellent ski resorts and the key to world-class skiing in the French Alps, but the city itself is also rich in history, cultural events and worth checking out before you hit the slopes. From there, choose from nearly two dozen ski resorts around the city including Alpe d’Huez, Les Deux Alpes, and La Grave—all less than 90 minutes away by car. Drive a little further and you will reach Courchevel, Megève, Méribel, Les Gets, Morzine and Les Houches. Don’t forego planning summer holidays to France as there’s much to do—hiking, biking and other warm-weather activities—in and around the French Alps as well as in most parts of the country.
Lyon is perfectly located for those looking to head to the ski resorts of Val-d’Isere and Tignes. If you’re looking for a city break rather than a ski break, then Lyon is a great choice. With a number of historical sites you’ll have plenty of sites to spend your days wandering around.
Time in France already moves at its own leisurely pace. When you visit this town, you’ll discover that it has an even slower gear. Enjoy getting lost in the streets of the city for a while. You might find a lively market to enjoy. There are cozy cafés that offer a great cup of coffee. Linger along the wide boulevards. Make sure to add the Le Grand Marche to your itinerary as well.
Many visit Cannes each year to attend is world-famous film festival. What many may not realize is that this city is equally impressive throughout the rest of the year. It’s another stop on the French Riviera, giving you a chance to find your own brand of relaxation. Be sure to stroll along the lengthy promenade to find something that you will treasure.
This region often brings in travelers looking to experience its famous wine on a first-hand basis. More than 100,000 vineyards are currently managed here, after all. As you explore, you’ll find other wonders available as well, like Gothic cathedrals, stone bridges, and iconic plazas. Let the sunshine warm your face, have the wine warm your belly, and the hospitality of this region warm your heart.
The entire region is listed as a world heritage site because of its historic villages. There may not be a more romantic spot in France as a holiday destination – Paris included. The atmosphere here is relaxed and peaceful, with the occasional farm or winery offering tours. Find yourself a quaint chateau, wander at your own pace, and you will experience something intensely wonderful.
The rolling hills of this region host an array of vineyards as well. You’ll also find yourself exploring ancient abbeys, Medieval villages, and interesting museums as you embrace the local culture. When sunsets hit the hills, the glow remaining feels almost magical.
The best of France brings families together. It encourages everyone to explore at their own pace. It invites you to cast of stress, embrace happiness, and find a deep sense of inner peace. Discover these destinations and you will long remember the experience.
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