Essential Information of France
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Essential Information of France
France is a beautiful country known for its amazing culture, outstanding art, and trendy fashion. Lots of tourists visit France every year for its romantic landmarks, architectural monuments and exciting shopping experience. The following tourist information of France provides you all the necessary details, which are required to take this journey.
CLIMATE IN FRANCE
Western France enjoys an oceanic climate with rainfall in most of the days. Continental climate is experienced in the Central and eastern France with cold winters and hot summers. South-eastern France enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers. The mountain climate brings heavy rainfall and snow three to six months a year. As per the tourist information of France, the best time to visit France is during spring from April to June or during fall from September to November. If you want to cut off your expenses, visit France between November and February during rainy season. Maximum discounts are available in hotel and flight rates during this period.
TRAVEL GUIDE TO FRANCE
The two prominent airports in France are Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport and Orly airport in Paris. These two international airports are well connected with the major cities of the world. International bus services are available in France which are much cheaper mode of transport. France’s Societe Nationale de Chemins de Fer, also known as the SNCF is a state-owned railway company that manages the rail traffic in France in a precise way. The Eurostar offers train service from London to Paris, Brussels, Avignon, Lyon and Marseille. This is the fastest way to travel from England to France. Calais to Dover is the most popular ferry service in France. Other routes includes England to Brittany or Normandy, Boulogne to Folkestone and Saint Malo to Weymouth. There is also cruises available to Channel Islands, Ireland, to the North African coast and to Genoa in Italy.
Some of the important tourist destinations of France include Basilica of Sacred Heart of Paris, Pont Du Gard Bridge in Nime, Eiffel Tower, Disney Land, The Louvre and Arc De Triomphe in Paris, Verdon Gorge Canyon in Alpes De Haute Province, and Palace of Versailles.
FOOD IN FRANCE
Cheese and wine play a major role in a French cuisine. Fish & Chips is the most celebrated dish in France. Some of the popular starters in France are Gougeres, Rillettes, Tapenade, Baguette, Cuisses de Grenouille, Escargots, Foie Gras, Quenelles, Ratatouille, Salade Niçoise, Truffes. Some of the popular main dishes of France include Andouillette, Blanquette de Veau, Boeuf Bourguignon, Boudin Blanc, Bouillabaisse, Brandade, Cassoulet, Choucroute Garnie, Confit de Canard, Steak Frites, Tartiflette, Raclette, Pot au Feu, Fondue, Coq au Vin, Moules Frites.
LANGUAGE AND FESTIVALS IN FRANCE
French is the main language of France. English is also popular and well understood by the locals. Some of the important festivals and events celebrated in France are Cannes Film Festival(May), Bastille Day (Jul), Fete de la Musique (Jun), Festival d'Avignon(Jul), Nice Carnival (Feb), Rock en Seine (Aug), Paris Quartier d'ete (Jul-Aug),Les Choregies d'Orange (Aug), Tour De France (Jul), Paris Plages (Jul-Aug).
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FAQ's of France
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For exploring the country properly you might need close to 6 months or so. But for visiting most important landmarks, try to spend at least 7 to 10 days in France.
The Eurail or private buses are the best bet for traveling within France. If you have an international driver’s license, then you can get a car on hire for self driving.
Make sure to buy chocolates, perfume and any fashion accessory when in France. Don’t forget to buy wine.
Although most French people do know and understand English, they are notorious for pretending to not understand it. Learn a few basic phrases of French so that they know you are trying, so that they will too.
The Schengen visa that is valid for the entire European Union is also valid for France.
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