- Discover France
One of the ultimate spots in Europe for skiing. There are stunning valleys and scenery. Mount Blanc is here also. The best time to ski here is between November and May.
Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg has a taste of both of these countries. The food is great here, the architecture is spectacular. It is home to Frances oldest Christmas market. Strasbourg Cathedral is a stunning gothic cathedral. The facade is made from pink sandstone. Come around midday to see the astrological clock show. Be sure to visit La Petite France, a lovely neighbourhood to walk around. Christmas time is probably the best time to experience the city at its best but it can be very cold.
Nice is located on the French Riviera in Southern France. Nice and the rest of the Cote d’Azur are known for their wealthy residents and visitors but there is plenty of value to be had for the ordinary visitor as well. Come for the beautiful beaches, restaurants, bars but also for the museums. From Nice you can take day trips to Monaco and Cannes.
The coast of Normandy today is peaceful and picturesque, but on 6th June 1944 it was the scene of the Allied invasion of Europe when forces from America, Britain, France and Canada stormed the beaches, overrunning the Germans and turning the tide in World War II. It’s a wonderful place now to stroll along the beaches and visit the towns dotted along the coast.
The Garden of France is world famous for its castles and its wine. The landscape here is phenomenally beautiful and in fact part of it has been added to the list of World Heritage Sites. The valley is only one hour by train from Paris.
There are three main airports in Paris, Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais. Outside Paris there are international airports in Lille, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Marseilles, Lyon, Nantes, Toulouse, Nice.
Eurostar runs trains between France and the U.K. and Belgium. SNCF, the French rail company operates trains between France and countries all over Europe. France is included in the Inter-Rail pass scheme which is available throughout Europe. So if you are visiting a number of countries this is well worth it.
Roscoff, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Calais and Dunkerque are the main ports in France and many ferries run between them and Britain and Ireland. From Dover in the U.K. it can take as little as an hour and a half to reach France. From Ireland you are looking at 14 hours.
Rise in property crime in the last few years; beware of pickpockets on the train and outside attractions.
Thefts from rental cars are common, keep valuables outside.
The European Health Insurance Card is valid here for citizens of E.U. member states. This will cover you in the case of an emergency but remember that you should still have health insurance as the EHIC will not cover everything.
The emergency number is 112.