A Short but Useful Travel Guide to France

France as a travel destination needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular places in the world for travel, with beautiful cities like Paris, Nice, Bordeaux, Versailles, Toulouse and many more. France is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse countries of Europe- supremely rich in customs, cuisine, and history. Following is a brief travel guide when you’re visiting this country of Amour.

When to travel:

Avoid going during French holidays like Easter and Christmas because of traffic and overbooked hotels. 14th of July (Independence Day) is exceptionally crowded too. Winters are intensely cold, so pack accordingly. Summers are mildly hot, and the weather is perfect for walking around the cities and awesome rural sites of the country.

How to reach:

By plane-

Roissy – Charles de Gaulle is going to be your main airport if you are arriving from anywhere outside Europe. It has a separate terminal for chartered flights too, which is good news for those of you who have traveled via a company like Jettly who provide amazing private jet charters that can take you to countries all around the world. Either way though, Charles de Gaulle is likely to be the airport that you will use when you enter France. Other airports outside Paris have both regional and international flight services.

By boat-

Boats and ferry services are available from England to France and prices depend on the sea routes. Some ferry services are available via Ireland to France too.

By train-

SNCF, French rail company offers direct service from most European countries via regular trains. Eurostar, Intercity, Eurotunnel, TGV are some of the most popular passengers.

By taxi-

There is a panel on top of the cab, which is green if vacant, red if occupied. You can either hire it from the street or go to the nearest taxi stand. There is a fixed tariff rate in France rather than a metered system.

Where to stay:

There are numerous options to stay in France including Hotels, B&Bs, Gites de France (a French organization), camps and rentals. If you’re more of a traveler than a tourist, hotels might not be the most feasible solution for you. B&Bs are known in French as “Chambres d’hôtes” and are generally available on a nightly basis. Gites de France, a national cooperative organization, provides you over 50,000 rural accommodations.

What to see:

Countryside & villages-

Due to its extraordinary history, France boasts of beautiful medieval villages and castles. With snow-covered peaks of Alps and Pyrenees in the landscape, it has a Mediterranean atmosphere with lavender fields and rose-tinted wines. The beaches of Normandy and Loire Valley are a great sight to see.

Art museums-

Musee de Louvre needs no introduction, being one of the most famous museums in the world. Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon and Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille in Lille are ones to watch out for too.

Natural attractions and Parks-

Disneyland Resort Paris is France’s most famous park, visited by people from all over Europe. Vanoise National Park is the oldest and one of the largest parks.

What to eat-

France holds an international reputation for fine dining. A fixed price menu will comprise:

  • an appetizer called entrées or hors d’œuvres
  • main dish, called plat
  • dessert (dessert) or cheese
  • Coffee is always served after a meal.