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France

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

France is one of the most famous and well-loved holiday destinations on the globe. It is known for a huge number of things, including art and architecture, world-class cooking and a fascinating history of fine wine making. Just across the narrow English Channel, it has long been a popular destination for UK tourists, whether they are hopping across the sea for a day trip in a coastal town or spending a sun-soaked spell in the south.
It is more than just convenience that has established France as a holiday destination, and countless tourists from around the world flock there every year. France has a lot to offer people of all types, tastes and budgets. It is also an extremely varied country, so visiting one area of France can provide a completely different holiday experience from visiting another. Whichever destination they choose to visit, tourists taking a trip to France will have much to enjoy and plenty of things to do.
There are a number of locations and sites within France that make an essential addition to any travel itinerary. However, few are more essential than Paris. There are few better destinations throughout the world for an urban getaway than the famous City of Light. Visitors to Paris will find they benefit from countless museums and art galleries. These range from little independent displays of work from up-and-coming contemporary artists to the Louvre, one of the world's most famous galleries.
Of course, the attractions of Paris are not limited to museums and galleries. Like any city, there are a countless attractions and things to do, including things as quirky as a pet cemetery with many elaborate sculptures and messages on graves. Just walking the streets admiring some of the city's more historic examples of architecture is an activity in itself, and when hunger hits there are delicious dining experiences to be found on almost every corner.
However, there is much more to France than just its capital city. Another famous part of the country is the French Riviera. This southern French region is one of the most luxurious beach destinations available. For UK travellers, it is also probably the most easily accessible beach holiday destination in its class. Golden sandy beaches are abundant, lapped by the warm waters of a clean blue sea. Bolstered by the region's strong tourist industry, hotels, restaurants and bars of every kind and for every budget have set up home in the French Riviera.
The Cote d'Azur is one of the gems of the Riviera, and one of the single most popular places in this immensely popular French region. The Cote d'Azur has the distinction of being one of the very first modern beach holiday resorts, first becoming popular amongst the wealthy British upper class more than 200 years ago. In the years since, it has continued to grow and develop while playing host to the likes of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, and today it offers one of the finest beach holiday experiences. No wonder people from 163 nationalities, including A-list celebrities, choose to own homes there.
France is also famous across the globe as one of the world's leading producers of fine wines. This reputation is long-established and hard-earned. France has a long and fascinating tradition of wine making stretching back through the centuries. Visiting one of the country's wine regions, such as Bordeaux, will make for an interesting and unforgettable holiday experience. You will get the opportunity to stay in some of the country's most scenic countryside, which is usually characterised by rolling hills as wine grapes are best grown on the slopes. You can tour vineyards to see what goes into the captivatingly artistic wine making process, and taste some of their products for yourself.

 

Climate

France has a varied climate, depending on where you choose to go. Broadly speaking, the northern part of the country has a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters. The south, on the other hand, has a much warmer Mediterranean climate with milder winters and hot, sunny summers. Of course, there's no neat line dividing these climates, and the weather tends to get gradually warmer the further south you go.

Getting Around

France has excellent world class public transport.

You will be able to take a train or a metro to any other city or country. You will be able to purchase a 10 ticket pass if you will be using the trains and metros a lot during your visit.

If you are looking to be able to get a taxi to get around, then be aware that night times and bank holidays the taxi fares go up 30%.

Health

Before you visit France you should get your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card will give you entitlement to state provided medical attention.

If you are not able to get your EHIC, then make sure that you have travel insurance and accessible funds in case you need to undergo any treatment.

Language

French has an international reputation as a romantic language. It has the benefit of being taught in many English educational institutions, so if you can remember what you learned in school you may have some of the essentials already. By the same token, many French people are taught English in school, and often to a higher standard than English-speakers learn French. Communication will still be a barrier, but this means it is easier to get by in France than in many other countries.

Money

The currency of France is the euro. As is the case throughout the Eurozone, euros that originate from other countries will be widely accepted if you have leftover money from another holiday.
When you book a holiday in France with JiveHippo, you will benefit from an easy way to find the best deals on flights and accommodation. You will also be helping us to support the charitable work of People Against Poverty, who change lives in some of the world's poorest areas.

Safety

Beware of pickpockets, these people work in gangs and use each other to distract you while the other is stealing form you.Pickpockets and thieves mainly work on the Paris underground.

Assult reports are common in the main train stations in the cities.

If you might be going out on the town, then always keep your drinks close to you and never get separated from your friends. 

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