Why do France the hard way? Get a little help with these France travel tips on getting around, the French language, French people, specific destinations, important and emergency numbers, packing checklists, and more.
Get a good idea of the country before you go. This will help you work out which of the many varied regions to choose. France is the largest country in western Europe, so the choice is yours.
Do you want the north of France which has more than its fair share of historic sites, abbeys and castles as well as the fascinating history around World War I and World War II? Are you going for the glorious Atlantic coast with its rolling surf and delightful small islands. Or do you fancy the Mediterranean with its glitz and glamour?
North France is a wonderful area, rich in history and with a superb series of long sandy beaches.
The west Atlantic coast in the great region of Aquitaine of France is less well known but it’s a wonderful part of the country. Beaches are long; and the surf around Biarritz is world famous. Islands dot the coastline offering peaceful vacations or a bit of island hopping and just inland is the best theme park in the world, the Puy du Fou which makes a great family day out (and you can stay there as well).
Provence is a favorite destination for vacations.
It stretches from the mountains down to the coast. It has great abbeys in peaceful settings, small hilltop towns to wander through, glorious countryside with river valleys and canyons and of course great food and wine.
The French Riviera, the Côte d'Azur that runs along the Mediterranean to the border with Italy is one of the world's great playgrounds.
The Loire Valley is one of France’s most popular destinations. It’s close to Paris so you can do day trips there, or base yourself in one of the cities such as Orleans at the Loire’s northerly tip or at Blois with its fabulous chateau and grisly history. If you’re a gardener, this is one of the best places to explore the glorious gardens, from stately castle formal gardens to vegetable gardens (potagers in French) where chickens cluck around and vegetables grow fat and delicious in the summer sunshine.
- Top 10 Attractions in the Loire Valley
- Top Chateaux to Visit in the Loire Valley
- Gardens in the Western Loire Valley
- Gardens in the Eastern Loire Valley
Base yourself in a City
- Paris before you go
- Top French cities you should visit
- Top 20 Most Popular cities for French Visitors
- Top Mediterranean Cities
Try more Unusual Places
- Consider going island hopping around the French coast.
- Why not try one of the underrated destinations in France?
France has one of Europe's best rail systems, with the TGV Express trains (Train de Grande Vitesse) providing fast and efficient services around the country.
- Map of TGV Train Routes and Destination
- Guide to Traveling by TGV Train
- Guide to Traveling by Train in France
The latest fast service takes you from London St Pancras to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille without changing in a mere 6 hours 27 minutes making the South of France accessible for a short break.
Safety & Health Issues
Lodging in France
There's every kind of lodging in France from small delightful bed and breakfasts to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.
- France lodging
- French bed and breakfast (chambre d'hôte)
- Logis de France
- Top Palace Hotels in France
- Stay in a Chateau
World War I and II in France
- 3-Day tour of World War I Sites in France
- American Memorials and Cemeteries in World War I
- Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches in world War II
Family Travel in France
Staying in Touch
- Pinching Centimes - a List of Ways to Stretch That Pricy Euro
- Getting Euros in France - DOs and DON'Ts
Holidays, Events & Festivals
You might want to plan your trip to France around a holiday or festival, a carnival or Christmas markets. Here are a few tips on when to go to France
- Cannes Film Festival Guide
- Best Christmas Markets in France
- Top Summer Jazz Festivals
- Halloween in France
- Thanksgiving in France
- Carnivals in France
Edited by Mary Anne Evans