Travyde Travel and Discovery Guide to France

Explore Travyde's curated travel and discovery guides to 277 destinations in France!

France
Euronat
Clipperton Island
Vannes
Nantes
Limoges
Les Deux Alpes
Toulouse
Nice
Paray le Monial
Saintes Maries de la Mer
Paris
Douai
Saint Pons de Thomieres
Semur en Auxois
Morvan Regional Natural Park
Hendaye
Chantilly
Montpellier
Pays de Montfort
Vienne (city)
Strasbourg
Bordeaux
Verdon Gorge
Marseille
Roquebrune sur Argens
Boulogne sur Mer
Tourrettes sur Loup
Boulogne Billancourt
Roanne
Toulon
Nancy
Vercors
Les Baux de Provence
Dijon
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
Lyon
Oradour sur Glane
Montfort sur Meu
St. Raphael
Arcachon
Bormes les Mimosas
Grenoble
Rennes
Saint Brieuc
Sisteron
Auray
Saint Paul de Vence
Morbihan
Sospel
Vernet les Bains
Dunkirk
Macon (France)
Rouen
Vence
Cagnes sur Mer
Haut de Cagnes
Saint Tropez
Val Thorens
Moissac
Versailles
Menton
Rocamadour
Verdun
Landes
Pontivy
Saint Jean Pied de Port
Biarritz
Ille et Vilaine
Loup Valley
Mont Blanc
Morzine
Brittany
St. Gervais
Alpes Maritimes
Cassis
Soulac
Bozel
Chamonix
Colmar
La Clusaz
Mougins
Talairan
Valbonne and Biot
Arles sur Tech
Aude
Niort
Quiberon
Veynes
Calais
Causses et Veyran
Ile aux Moines
Lourmarin
Mimizan
Rueil Malmaison
Salon de Provence
Annecy
Cotignac
Courchevel
Eygurande et Gardedeuil
France is a country with which almost every traveller has a relationship. Many appreciate its joie de vivre shown by the countless restaurants, picturesque villages and world-famous gastronomy. Some come to follow the trail of France's great philosophers, writers and artists. And others still are drawn to the country's geographical diversity with its long coastlines, massive mountain ranges and beautiful farmland vistas. France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for over twenty years. It received over 83 million visitors in 2012. All these people come to France for many a reason: its cities contain some of the greatest treasures on the continent, its countryside is prosperous and well-tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions. France is one of the most geographically diverse countries in Europe, containing areas as different from each other as urban chic Paris, the sunny French Riviera, long Atlantic beaches, the winter sports resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, rugged Celtic Brittany and the historian's dream that is Normandy. France is a country of rich emotions and turbulent politics but also a place of rational thinking and Enlightenment treasures. Above all, it is renowned for its cuisine, culture and history. Whatever you want from a holiday, you're about to find it in France.1

Quick Facts

Population

66,259,012 (July 2014 est.)

Major Cities

PARIS (capital) 10.41 million; Marseille-Aix-en-Provence 1.457 million; Lyon 1.456 million; Lille 1.028 million; Nice-Cannes 977,000 (2009)

Climate

generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

Languages

French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)

Ethnic Groups

Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities

Religions

Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%

Terrain

mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east

GDP per Capita

$35,700 (2013 est.)

National Symbol

Gallic rooster, fleur-de-lis, Marianne

Shared Borders

Andorra 56.6 km, Belgium 620 km, Germany 451 km, Italy 488 km, Luxembourg 73 km, Monaco 6 km, Spain 623 km, Switzerland 573 km

Country Scorecards

Quality of Life

is a ranking of the generalized standard of living in a country.

Purchasing Power

is a ranking of how many goods can be purchased with the an unit of the country's currency.

Consumer Price Index

is a ranking of the prices of a generalized basket of common goods.

Safety

is a ranking of how safe the country is for both travellers and locals.

Pollution

is a ranking of the amount of pollution and its effect on humans and nature.

Healthcare

is a ranking of quality and availability of healthcare services.

Budgeting for France

Average Monthly Disposable Income After Tax2553.32USD

Food and Drink

Inexpensive Meal15.14USD
Midrange Meal for Two63.08USD
McDonalds Combo10.09USD
Domestic Beer, 0.5L6.31USD
Imported Beer, 0.33L5.05USD
Coke/Pepsi3.08USD
Midrange Wine6.31USD
0.33L Bottled Water2.05USD
Water, 1.5L1.01USD
Milk, 1L1.19USD
Bread, 500g1.59USD
Apples, 1kg3USD
Oranges, 1kg2.95USD
Rice, 1kg2.13USD
Cappucino3.37USD
Cigarettes, Pack8.58USD

Transportation

Public Transportation, 1 Ticket2.02USD
Public Transportation, Monthly63.08USD
Gas, 1L1.94USD
Taxi, Start3.79USD
Taxi, 1km1.89USD
Taxi, 1hr wait32.93USD

Misc Expenses

Prepaid Mobile, 1min0.29USD
Internet, 6mbps, per month35.94USD
Levis Jeans107.49USD
Summer Dress, Zara/HM47.91USD
Nike Shoes105.46USD
Leather Shoes, Men126.3USD

Highlights of France

Suggested itineraries for France

Best of France

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Recommended timeframe: -1 to 1 days

If you are the first timer to France, this tour is perfect for you to have wonderful impression on this country. It covers some of France’s most popular destinations from where you have opportunity to experience French art and culture, architecture, natural beauty, food and wine. During the 13-14 days, you could take in enough days wandering in big cities such as Paris and Lyon before running down south enjoy the sunshine French Mediterranean coast areas.
Destination Introduction Days
Paris

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is one of the largest agglomerations in Europe, with 2.2 million people living in the dense (105 km²) central city and almost 12 million people living in the metropolitan area. In the north of the country on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light (la Ville Lumière) and Capital of Fashion, it is home to some of the world's finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics, such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Guerlain, Lancôme, L'Oréal, and Clarins. A large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has the second highest number of Michelin-restaurants in the world (after Tokyo) and contains numerous iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Lido, making it one of the most popular international tourist destinations in the world, with around 14 million tourists annually.

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Nantes

Nantes is the capital of the north-western French region of Pays de la Loire. That said, Nantes has strong historical connections with the adjoining region of Brittany, and is the historical capital of the region (though not its official capital since the days of Napoleon).

The tiny town of Nantes (Québec) near Lac-Mégantic is named for Nantes, France and claims Nantes as a sister city or twin town.

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Nantes by maximeo 1 By: maximeo
Nice

Nice (pronounced like the English word "niece") is a large city in France on the French Riviera. It's a popular destination for vacationers both young and old, with something to offer nearly everyone. It is well known for the beautiful view on the Promenade des Anglais, its famous waterfront, and is an ethnically diverse port city.

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Nice by &ri.co 2 By: &ri.co
Paris

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is one of the largest agglomerations in Europe, with 2.2 million people living in the dense (105 km²) central city and almost 12 million people living in the metropolitan area. In the north of the country on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light (la Ville Lumière) and Capital of Fashion, it is home to some of the world's finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics, such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Guerlain, Lancôme, L'Oréal, and Clarins. A large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has the second highest number of Michelin-restaurants in the world (after Tokyo) and contains numerous iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Lido, making it one of the most popular international tourist destinations in the world, with around 14 million tourists annually.

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Paris by panoramio 3 By: panoramio
Morvan Regional Natural Park

Morvan Regional Natural Park (French: Parc naturel régional du Morvan) is located in the heart of the Burgundy region of France.

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Morvan Regional Natural Park by Trudi 4 By: Trudi
Pays de Montfort

The district of Montfort is a French territory in Brittany and in Ille-et-Vilaine, at the edge of the forest of Brocéliande and at 20 km from Rennes, capital of Brittany. The district of Montfort gathers 20.000 inhabitants.

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Pays de Montfort by frederique35 5 By: frederique35
Montpellier

Montpellier is the principal city in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southwest France. It's been the fastest growing city in France over the past 25 years and, as a result, it has very modern regions on the outskirts that are in stark contrast to the old winding roads of the city centre. The town is home to a lot of students due to the presence of the University of Montpellier which has the oldest medical school in Europe, and, as such, Montpellier has a very young feel to it.

One of the principal attractions of Montpellier is the climate. It has a dry Mediterranean summer and a mild winter. The city itself isn't on the beach but it is easily accessible via public transport and there are also several beautiful villages that are accessible via bus as a day trip.

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Montpellier by  Foursquare 6 By: Foursquare
Strasbourg

Strasbourg (German: Straßburg, Alsatian: Strossburi) is the capital of the Alsace region of France and is most widely known for hosting a number of important European institutions. It is also famous for its beautiful historical centre - the Grande Île - which was the first city centre to be classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Strasbourg by Adem Dogan 7 By: Adem Dogan
Bordeaux

You'll be raising your glass many times in Bordeaux, which is renowned for its wines, considered among the best in the world. As the capital of the department Gironde in the region Aquitaine, it has one million inhabitants in its metropolitan area at a 2008 estimate. After years of neglect, the former wet docks are the country's new hot spot, with a number of cafés, gardens, and museums springing up all the time. A lively university community of over 60,000, (Bordeaux Campus is the largest in France) establishes that Bordeaux is about more than just wine.

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Bordeaux by  Foursquare 8 By: Foursquare
Marseille

Marseille (Latin: Massilia) is the second most populated city of France (and third urban area) the biggest mediterranean port and the economic center of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. In 2013 the city (with its region) is the European Capital of Culture, a large series of cultural events will take place, and several new infrastructures are being inaugurated. In 2013 Marseille will also host the EuroPride.

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Marseille by AlSanin 9 By: AlSanin
Toulon

Toulon is a medium-sized city (15th town of France) between Marseille and Nice. It is in the west of French Riviera and in the southeast of Provence.

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Toulon by MAZELLIER.Maurice 10 By: MAZELLIER.Maurice
Nancy

Nancy is a moderate-sized city in the Lorraine region of (eastern) France. Nancy is the capital of the French département of Meurthe-et-Moselle, and is the economical capital of the Lorraine region. It is also a major French university center, with over 47,000 students and three major universities. Once the industrial and cultural powerhouse of Northeast France, the city boasts a very diverse architectural and cultural heritage. Parts of the historical city centre are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Nancy by  Foursquare 11 By: Foursquare
Vercors

Vercors is a massif of mountains and plateaus east of the Rhône Valley, between the valleys of the rivers Drôme and Isère, in the Rhône alpes region of France.

The Vercors massif and surrounding areas are protected as a regional park (Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors in French). Some especially wild and remote places of south eastern Vercors are in a more protected area named Réserve intégrale des hauts plateaux du Vercors (Vercors high plateaus reservation).

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Vercors by Erik van den Ham 12 By: Erik van den Ham
Dijon

Dijon is the capital of the eastern French region of Burgundy.

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Dijon by Lair Jean Claude 13 By: Lair Jean Claude
Lyon

Lyon, also written Lyons in English, is the third largest city in France and centre of the second largest metropolitan area in the country. It is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region and the Rhône département. It is known as a gastronomic and historical city with a vibrant cultural scene. It is also the birthplace of cinema.

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Lyon by hlegallais 14 By: hlegallais
Grenoble

Grenoble is a city of around 158,000 inhabitants (550,000 taking into account the metropolitan area) located in the French Alps.

The climate is quite cold in winter, with days of snow almost every year. Summers are known to be hot, as mountains surrounding the town stop any wind.

Grenoble is crossed by two rivers, the Drac and the Isère ("the lion and the serpent"), and is surrounded by three mountain chains, the Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne.

The city is renowned for its universities on the campus, for its scientific research centers in the northeast of the city, including Minatec for nanotechnologies and the Synchrotron for high-brilliance source of X-rays as well as for its industrial center in the western suburbs : Meylan, Montbonnot and Crolles including high-tech companies such as STmicroelectronics and Motorola. Therefore it hosts a relatively large population of foreign scientists and students.

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Grenoble by Joan Felip 15 By: Joan Felip
Rennes

Rennes is the capital city of Brittany, France.

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Rennes by  Foursquare 16 By: Foursquare
Versailles

Versailles is a city on western edge of the French capital city Paris, now part of the sprawling metropolis within the Ile de France region. Versailles is best known for being the site of the vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV within what was previously a royal hunting lodge. It is also one of the wealthiest cities near Paris.

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Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris (formerly Euro Disneyland and Disneyland Resort Paris) , located in the Paris suburb of Marne-la-Vallée, is the Disney Empire's European variant of their archetypal "Magic Kingdom" theme park. It was the second Disney theme park resort to open outside the United States, after Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Disneyland Paris by draws4430 18 By: draws4430