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Harbour of Nice, FranceHarbour of Nice, France
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France is a country in Western Europe. With a size of 674,843 square kilometers (260,558 sq miles), France is the biggest country in Continental Europe. It shares a border with many other European countries including with Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Germany and Switzerland to the east, Italy to the southeast, and Spain to the southwest. In addition, the tiny principality of Monaco forms an enclave to the south of France while Andorra is a small independent country between France and Spain. Across the English Channel lies the British Isles to the northwest.

France Travel Information

  • Official Name: France
  • Capital: Paris (2,208,900)
  • Population of France: 60,656,000
  • Currency: Euro
  • Languages spoken: French
  • Religions: Roman Catholic (85%), Muslim, Protestant, others
  • Size: 547,030 sq km (204,134 sq miles)

Major Cities of France

  1. Paris (capital)
  2. Besançon
  3. Bordeaux
  4. Chartres
  5. Lille
  6. Lourdes
  7. Lyon
  8. Marseille
  9. Nice
  10. Reims
  11. Rennes
  12. Rouen
  13. Strasbourg
  14. Toulouse

Categories of Sights in France

  1. Airports in France

Regions of Metropolitan France

  1. Alsace
  2. Aquitaine
  3. Auvergne
  4. Brittany
  5. Burgundy
  6. Centre
  7. Champagne-Ardenne
  8. Franche-Comté
  9. Île-de-France
  10. Languedoc-Roussillon
  11. Limousin
  12. Lorraine
  13. Lower Normandy
  14. Midi-Pyrénées
  15. Nord-Pas-de-Calais
  16. Pays de la Loire
  17. Picardy
  18. Poitou-Charentes
  19. Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
  20. Rhône-Alpes
  21. Upper Normandy

Territorial Collectivity of France

  1. Corsica

Overseas Regions of France

  1. French Guiana
  2. Guadeloupe
  3. Martinique
  4. Réunion

Porte Cailhau, BordeauxPorte Cailhau, Bordeaux, France
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The 2010 estimate places the population of France at around 65.4 million. It is the fifth largest economy in the world by nominal Gross Domestic Product, and the 8th largest by Purchasing Power Parity. The capital of France is Paris. This city of 2.2 million is located in a Métropolitan area of 11.7 million people. It is both the largest city within one of the most populated Métropolitan areas in Europe.

In addition to mainland France, which is called Métropolitan France, the country also count a number of territories in North America, the Caribbean, South America, southern Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica. The forms of government in these territories range from overseas department to overseas collectivity.

The tomb of Napoleon BonaparteThe tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte
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France is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. It has much to offer in terms of sights and is particularly famous for its cuisine, history, fashion and culture. In this Travel Guide to France, I want to provide you with a description of every major tourist destination and sight that the country has to offer. You will find these listed on the right column. When I complete describing each destination, I will place a link to this page, so check back often as the information is added regularly.

L'église de la MadeleineL'église de la Madeleine
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Porte Saint-Pierre, NantesPorte Saint-Pierre, a medieval gate at the Maréchal-Foch town square in Nantes
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World Heritage Sites in France

  1. Chartres Cathedral
  2. Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
  3. Palace and Park of Versailles
  4. Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley
  5. Vézelay, Church and Hill
  6. Amiens Cathedral
  7. Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
  8. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  9. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau
  10. Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the Triumphal Arch of Orange
  11. From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the production of open-pan salt
  12. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  13. Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve
  14. Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance in Nancy
  15. Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)
  16. Strasbourg - Grande Île
  17. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims
  18. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  19. Bourges Cathedral
  20. Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
  21. Canal du Midi
  22. Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
  23. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  24. Historic Site of Lyons
  25. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  26. Belfries of Belgium and France
  27. Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion
  28. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes
  29. Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs
  30. Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret
  31. Bordeaux, Port of the Moon
  32. Fortifications of Vauban
  33. Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems
  34. Episcopal City of Albi
  35. Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Reunion Island

Most Famous Sights in France

  1. Eiffel Tower
  2. Millau Viaduct

Basilique Saint Amable, RiomBasilique Saint Amable, Riom, Auvergne, France
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Planning your trip to France


The following are the airports serving Paris:
  1. Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) is located 23km (14 miles) to the northeast of Paris. It is the biggest airport in France and a major travel hub for Europe. It also consists of many terminals, and can be confusing. Allow ample time to find your way around, especially if you need to transit. CDG is the homebase for national carrier Air France, which uses Terminal 2 along with its SkyTeam Alliance partners Dutch KLM, AeroMexico, Alitalia, US Continental, NorthWest, Delta Airlines and Korean Air.
    Trains connecting CDG to Paris runs every 15 minutes, costs €8.50 and makes the journey to the Châtelet-Les Halles station in 40 minutes. There is a high-speed TGV train station within the airport that provides connection to Lille and Brussels to the north, and Rennes and Nantes to the south, bypassing Paris.

  2. Orly International Airport (ORY) is the older airport serving Paris. It is used by Air France for domestic flights, as well as other international carriers for European destinations. Orly is forty minutes from Paris on OrlyBus from the Métro Denfert-Rochereau station, and the fare is €6.
  3. Aéroport de Paris Beauvais Tillé (BVA) is another airport serving Paris. This small regional airport is used by low cost carriers including Ryanair.

Eure-et-Loir Chartes Les bords de l'Eure, FranceEure-et-Loir Chartes Les bords de l'Eure, France
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France Entry Requirements


Nationals of US, Australia, Canada, Britain and other EU countries do not need a visa for entering France.

How to explore France by Train


Trains are a great way to explore France. The national railway company is called SNCF, which stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français. The Voyages SNCF website shows you the schedules and allows you to book interregional trains. For regional trains, go to Ter-SNCF website.

La Manneporte, NormandyLa Manneporte, a natural arch located west of Étretat in Normandy
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How to explore France by Car


Car rental is plentiful and offers a great way to discover the "off the beaten track" France. Pre-paying for your vehicle gives the best value for cheap car hire in France and avoids any surprises for added extras when you pick up the vehicle. Rental locations can be found throughout the country in all major cities, towns and airports.

How to make sense of the currency of France


France uses the Euro, €. Banknotes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 while coins are in denominations of 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, €1 and €2. Banking hours are from 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Cabanes tchanquées near ArcachonCabanes tchanquées near Arcachon, France
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When to visit France


The best time is spring, around May. If you are going to France for skiing, then it's winter that is best in the French Alps and the Pyrenees.

Bourges Cathedral, FranceBourges Cathedral, France
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What to wear in France

Lightweight clothing for summer and waterproof gear for the mountains. Warm clothing required in winter, including along the Mediterranean coasts.

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