Wherever you choose to begin or end a sojourn in Europe’s largest country, and however long you spend exploring you’ll simply be scratching the surface of this vast and varied land. France’s geography stretches from rugged coastline to seemingly infinite beaches, from bustling cities to quaint countryside villages and from a sun-drenched isle to luxury mountain ski resorts.
France is the most popular sightseeing destination in the world. With over 82 million visitors in 2007, and as just about as many things to see and do, this beautiful and historic country is a must for every traveller and tourist. Its buildings can be treasures – such as the magnificent Notre-Dame, stately Arc de Triomphe and the palace of Versailles – or containers of treasures, such as the unrivalled collections of the Louvre (home to Mona Lisa) and Museé d’Orsay with its globally respected portfolio of Impressionist art.
As one might expect, the tourist infrastructure is excellent with diverse offerings for every type of traveller. An organised tour is a good option if you have only a week, but for those with longer to indulge, car rental or train travel is the best way to get around. Wherever you go, France reveals its many faces and charms: the busy weekly markets in small towns, the rolling vineyards of the wine country, the sage-scented Mistral winds of Provence, and the luxuriant high life of the Cote d’Azure all form their own enduring impressions in the visitor’s mind.
Time Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
Communication: The international access code for France is +33
Currency: The unit of currency is the Euro, which is divided into 100 Euro Cent.