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Things to do in France

Travel to France

The official name is the French Republic, but better known as simply ‘France’. The vast majority of France is situated in Western Europe (Eurasia continent). Its additional territory is formed by islands and on other continent areas which have been retained since the time France was the Colonial Empire. France is also a member country of the European Union; it contains 1/5 of all EU territory.

This country has a legendary history. It gave the world many geniuses who achieved significant success in different spheres; including Napoleon Bonaparte, Vincent Van Gogh, Victor Hugo, Jean Paul Gaultier. A number of historic events which took place in France were often important for the entire world. It’s goes without saying that the impact of the French revolution on the European system was significant. No doubt the most important French cities like Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes, Marseille, Calais, among others – are worth visiting in order to touch centuries-old history.

 

French Fashion

Besides its dramatic history, France is also famous for its cuisine and fashion.
Paris, the capital of France, remains one of the most fashionable cities in all the world over. Since 1973 a grand occurrence called ‘Fashion Week’ takes place in Paris twice a year and remains an important, not only in a fashion sense, but as a secular event too.

 

 

French Food – the French Cuisine

The croissants, cheese, various wines of France are delightful, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t find Italian, Chinese or Greece cuisine in France as well. Lyon, know as the ‘Gastronomic capital of the world’ is full of excellent chefs, restaurants and cuisine- Visit Epicure, L’Arpege in Paris or Au 14 Fevrier in Lyon’s historic quartier- Vieux Lyon.

 

Famous sights

There are many places to go and spend your time in France and their names enjoy world wide recognition: Eiffel Tower (fr: Le tour Eiffel), L’arc de Triomphe, The Louvre (fr: Le Louvre), Notre Dame de Paris, and others too numerous to mention. Annually, nearly 75 million tourists from different countries visit France. If you are interested in art and history, France can offer with great virtue its museums and historic monuments. France is also renowned for it’s Azure Coast (fr: Cote D’Azur) and admirable Mediterranean beaches. Visit larger coastline cities such as Cannes, home of the Cannes Film Festival, Nice and Marseille. Also there are great road trips in store by paying visits to the smaller cities such as Bandol, Cassis, Saint Tropez and Toulon.

 

France Weather & Climate

Three types of climate may be found within France: oceanic, continental, and Mediterranean. The summers in France are sufficiently hot and winters are mild. The influence of winds can be quite strong at some times especially in winter which is called the Mistral. But it goes without saying that France remains beautiful whether it’s winter or summer, autumn or spring.

 

France Population

France has a population of around 66 000 000 inhabitants.
The capital and the largest city of France is Paris with a population of 2 250 000 inhabitants (January 2011).

 

France Currency

The currency of France is Euro (€).

 

Most popular tourist cities in France :

 

Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is a bountiful city full of overwhelming charm and beauty. Located in the region of Provence in France, Aix-en-Provence offers many activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
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Amiens

Amiens is a popular tourist destination for visitors who are interested in history and literature.
Amiens is also home to one of France’s most beautiful gothic cathedrals, the Amiens Cathedral, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Andorra la Vella

Andorra la Vella is the capital of the Principality of Andorra. The city is located high in the eastern Pyrenees tucked between France and Spain and is known for its winter activities as well as spa activities, the lure of its healing waters draws thousands every season.
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Annecy

Annecy is a small French commune with breathtaking scenery, also known as ’the Venice of Haute-Savoie’. Annecy with its adorable mini chateaus and sparkling canals is a popular tourist destination.
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Avignon

Avignon is the capital city of the department of Vaucluse in the south east of France. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the many preserved historic sites in the city, Palais des Papes being one of the most famous ones. Avignon is also a perfect destination for tourist who take delight in wine tours.
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Bayeux

Bayeux is a small commune in Normandy, northwestern France, known for the Bayeux Tapestry and the city’s rich history. A beautiful cathedral, museums, camping sites and restaurants in addition to a charming village atmosphere filled with age old stonework and welcoming residents are other features of Bayeux.
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Biarritz

Biarritz is a luxury seaside town in France known to be one of the best surfing spots in the world.
Water activities and the town’s golden sandy beaches attracts many tourists, but the city also offers great camping sites, golf courses and festivals.
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Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a port city in the south of France, famous for delicious Bordeaux wines. The city is also known as the ’City of Art and History’, being home to 362 historic monuments.
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Cannes

Cannes is a city located in southern France, famous for being host of the annual Cannes Film Festival. It is a perfect destination for tourists who want to enjoy glamour and shopping for brand items.
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Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a beautiful town in the southern France. The city is mostly known for the famous fortress Cite de Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that awes and amazes tourists. Carcassonne is also a great camping spot.
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Dijon

Dijon is a small city located in eastern France. The city has a lot of lush green spaces, gardens, and churches that are frequented by tourists. Tourists come to Dijon to enjoy historical buildings, opera, sports, food and wine.
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La Rochelle

La Rochelle is a french city full of life known for being one of the most attractive seaside cities in Europe. Holiday goers visit the city to enjoy beach life and the sea, great food and attractions like the Aquarium.
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Limoges

Limoges is known for its beautiful porcelain from the 19th century, the oak barrels that are used to make Cognac and for being mentioned in one of T.S. Elliot’s poems. Shopping and camping are other popular things to do in Limoges.
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Lyon

Lyon is a legendary town, famous for its silk production. It is the birthplace of cinema and known for its culinary prowess. Lyon is called the Gastronomic capital of the world for very good reason, being home to many world renowned chefs and restaurants. Lyon’s football team Olympique Lyonnais, OL, is a strong team with a big following.
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Marseille

Marseilles is the second most populous city in France. The cosmopolitan city offers everything from street markets, historical sites, sports and old harbors to sprawling beaches and scenic camping sites.
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Montpellier

Montpellier is a seaside city located along the scenic Mediterranean, in the south of France.
Lovely weather, many outdoor restaurants and markets makes it a lovely place to explore by foot. The climate and architecture make this city seem like it was created for a holiday, which is why it attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year.
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Nantes

Nantes has been named as ’the Most Liveable City in Europe’. Tourists who travel to Nantes can enjoy plenty of historical places, museums, parks, sport events and festivals.
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Paris

Paris is the epitome of the perfect European getaway. The capital, also known as the ’City of Love’ is considered to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. Paris is also perfect for people who want to enjoy shopping, being home to the biggest fashion designers and cosmetic houses. Whether you’re a shopaholic, history buff, art lover, or just an old romantic, the brilliant city of Paris will amaze you in every respect.
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Rennes

Rennes is a cultural town where you can enjoy exciting nightlife, museums, botanical gardens and great shopping.
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Toulouse

Toulouse is one of the largest cities and one of the top tourist destinations of France. A wonderful holiday in Toulouse usually involves sightseeing, attending the opera and going to popular sports games.
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Versailles

Versailles is situated on the western edge of Paris. It is famous for the numerous attractions built by King Louis XIV. When visiting the city you can tour the vast Chateau de Versailles and beautiful gardens, and enjoy high-end shoppping and cozy luxe restaurants.
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France Facts

Population66 000 000
LanguageFrench
CurrencyEURO (€)