It’s time to discover France
Rolling countryside and blossoming romance, medieval relics and cosmopolitan cool: there’s no doubt that France is home to so much more than just the Eiffel Tower. Here’s everything you need to know before your trip.
Explore cities old and new
Paris: with its decadent buildings, seductive café culture and undeniable air of romance, the City of Love is the crown jewel of the already sparkling France. But get ready to open up your heart to the rest of the country with the riverside sophistication of Lyon and the medieval history of Strasbourg.
Down on the southernmost coast, the glamour continues with the allure of the French Riviera shimmering out against the Mediterranean Sea.
Bask in beautiful countryside
The lavender fields of Provence sway gently in the breeze, the medieval splendor of Mont St Michael sits mightily to the north with the vineyards of Bordeaux to the west.
From the snow-capped peaks of the Alps to the sun-drenched waters of les Gorges du Verdon, the rolling meadows of the Loire Valley to the crumbling châteaux dotted all over the country, France offers something new at every turn.
Gardens and Park of the Chateau de Versailles | France
In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned André Le Nôtre to design the gardens of Versailles which, in his view, were just as important as the grand Château itself. In fact, the garden took 40 years to complete!
At just 16 miles outside of Paris, be sure to take a short day trip to Versailles on your next weekend break in the French capital.
Traveling around France
The French network SNCF is one of the very best in the world and you can travel the length and the breadth of the country with ease. Tickets can be bought online or at the train station – fares will generally be cheaper if you travel off-peak (période bleue) rather than during the peak hours (période blanche).
With sweeping views, driving in France is generally a delight and there are plenty of picturesque routes to explore – the roads are easily navigable and the distances manageable. Just steer clear of the congested cities and you’ll enjoy your trip!
Travel costs in France
Restaurant meal for two €50
0.5L beer €5
Soft drink €2.40
Taxi €4 + €1.50/km
One way ticket on public transport €1.60