is a very popular country for many holidaymakers that is that
is fondly revisited year after year. It is very easy to get
to either by air, sea, the channel tunnel or road. There are
now more than 6,000 kms of motorways covering the country and
connecting to other European motorway networks. It is the largest
country in western Europe after Russia and Germany. The country
is some 550,000 square kilometres in size.
can offer a wide variety of holidays to suit all tastes. It
has coastlines bordering the Channel, the North Sea, the Atlantic
Ocean and the Mediterranean. There are the mountain ranges -
the Alps, the Pyrenees and the attrractive valleys of the rivers
Loire, Rhone and Dordogne and of course the medieval villages,
castles and picturesque countryside of Brittany, Normandy, Provence,
the Dordogne and the French Riviera(Cote d'Azur). Architectural
and interest abounds through out the country and there are many
French are noted for their love of good food and wines. You
will normally eat well wherever you go and will find the regional
speciality dishes well worth sampling.
South of France, like some of its Mediterranean neighbours is
a sunshine refuge during the depths of winter. Here you can
enjoy excellent temperatures and look up to the snow covered
Alps that are only a short drive away from Monaco, Nice & Cannes.
is the only country in Europe that experiences three disticnt
climates - continental - maritime and Mediterranean.
itself is known officially as the French Republic. It
is divided into 26 administrative régions: 22 are in
metropolitan France (21 are on the continental part of metropolitan
France) the other one is the "territorial collectivity" of Corse,
on the island of Corsica.
The régions are further subdivided into 100 départements. The
departments are numbered (mainly alphabetically) and this number
is used, for instance, in postal codes and vehicle number plates.
The departments are further subdivided into 342 arrondissements
.See Departments and Regions in France CLICK
is the capital and largest city of France. It is also the capital
of the Île-de-France région which encompasses Paris and its
Cities and Major towns:
Lyon is the third largest city and situated in the east
and located between Paris and Marseille.
Lille is a city in north eastern France on the Deûle
River. It is the capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais région and
is also the préfecture (capital) of the Nord département. It
is situated very close to the Belgian border.
Reims is is in north is often considered the capital
of Champagne. It is very close to another Champagne town — Epernay.
is the capital city of Normandy, in northwestern France, and
the capital of the Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) région.
is a port city in the south-west and is the capital of the Aquitaine
région, as well as the préfecture (administrative capital) of
the Gironde département. Its inhabitants are called Bordelais.
The name Bordeaux and wine are very much associated and it has
been produced in the area the eighth century.
Nice (with the city name also as Nissa in Italian and
street names in two languages because of its proximity to Italy
on the Mediterranean coast,. It is a major tourist centrer and
a leading resort on the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur). See
Fact File Nice Click
Rennes is in the north west, in the east of Brittany.
It is the capital of the Bretagne région, as well as the préfecture
of the Ille-et-Vilaine département.
Marseille is France's largest commercial port and the
largest in the Mediterranean. It is the second largest city
in France and the third metropolitan area.
Grenoble is situated at the foot of the Alps, at the
confluence of the Drac into the Isère River. It is in south-east
France in the Rhône-Alpes région, Grenoble is the préfecture
(capital) of the département of Isère.
Le Havre is in Normandy in northern France on the English
Channel, at the mouth of the Seine.It was the port-of-call for
French ocean liners making the Transatlantic crossing (cf Cruise
ship). Le Havre is known as "La Porte Océane". It is the second
largest city in Normandy after Rouen.It is the second largest
exporting port in France.
Metz in the North-East and is the capital of the Lorraine
région and of the département of Moselle (57). It is located
at the by the Moselle and the Seille.
is a city in the south of France. It has a large military harbour
on the Mediterranean coast with a major French naval base. It
is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur région. it is is
the préfecture (capital) of the Var département, in the former
province of Provence.
is a founder member of the EU — European Union (formerly
the EEC — European Economic Union)
(La Corse) has
breath taking secenery,fabulous winding roads, glorious beaches
and some 1000 km of dramatic coastlines. It is described as
the "Isle of Beauty". It is in the Tyrrhenian Sea in in the
western Mediterranean — 160 kms south west of the French Riviera
and 14 km the north of Sardinia and 82 kms west of the coast
of Tuscany. There are many direct flights and you can take the
car ferry from Nice, Marseille, Toulon or from Genoa, Livorno
& Savona or via Sardinia.
island is has a wealth of history and the cusine is excellent.
Administratively, it forms two Départements and one Region of
France. Haute Corse is to the north and its capital is Bastia.
To the south is Corse du Sud with its capital in Ajaccio, which
is also the regional capital and is the seat of the regional
government — the Collectivité Territoriale de Corse (CTC). Thus
Corsica is in the EU and the currency is the Euro. French is
the official language, but a large number of Corscians speak
climate is a Mediterranean climate at coastal levels, but once
you climb up into hills it becomes much cooler. (It goes up
to approximately 9,000 feet from sea level). Summers are long
— May to October and winters much colder with snow on the mountain
peaks.Monte Cinto 2706m and Monte San Petrone 1767m.
principal towns are: Ajaccio (where Napoleon was
born in 1769) It is Corsica's largest town and the administrative
centre and is on the west side. There are excellent shopping
facilities and plents of places for eating and drinking. There
is the Musée Fesch that has the most important collection of
Italian in France.
It is on the southern tip of the Island and the closest
town to Sardinia. A very picturesque town that is perched up
high above the sea on white limestone cliffs. The towns has
plenty of shady narrow streets and squares. There is a natural
harbour — ideal for yachts from all over the Mediterranean.
The town is located on a sweeping bay, fringed by the Balagne
hills. It has a marina that is perfect for stopping at a local
café and watching life going buy whilst enjoying a drink or
two. The town has a maze of closely woven streets leading up
to the citadel. There is a wide sandy beach offering watersports.
is a charming town with a maze of narrow streets with smart
shops, restaurants and bars.It is described as a sophisticated
resort with some excellent beaches.It is located in the south
east of the island Sartene Is high up in the hills and a few
miles inland on the west side a short drive from Propriano
on the coast to the north. Excellent selection of restaurants
there to choose from.
towns: Porto — on the west, Bastia — in the
north east, Cargese on the west coast and Aléria
on the east coast.
Make sure you have a valid EHIC card when travelling
in France or other EU Countries
appears that only 50 per cent of Britons hold one of these European
Health Insurance Cards. You should have one if you are on holiday
or on business. It ensures that a British citizen receives the
same level of health care as the citizen of the country you
are visiting. If you have one of these cards, they will have
an expiry date and they can be renewed six months before they
expire. More information can be found at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
or by phoning 0845 606 2030 or +44 (0) 20 7210 4850
in France and Corsica: Euro - (€)
Voltage: 240 v - European 2 prong round plug.
Country Code: +33
Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can be used in all
EU Countries and it can be dialled from a locked mobile
or a mobile with no sim card.
Emergency telephone numbers:
SAMU - Ambulance Urgencies médicales des grandes agglomerations
Police - Secours ou gendarmarie
Fire - Pompier -incendies et urgences médicales
Holidays in France - There are eleven jours feriés
years day (Jour de l'an) - January 1, Easter Monday (Pâques
lundi), Labour Day (Fête du premier mai) - 1st May, Victory
in Europe 1945(Fête de la Victoire 1945; Fête du huitième mai)
- 8th May, Ascension Day (Thursday), Pentecost, July 14 - Bastille
Day(Fête nationale), August 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Mary (Assomption), November 1st -All Saints Day (La Toussaint),
November 11 -Armistice Day 1918 (Jour d'armistice) and December
25 - Christmas Day (Noël)
in France - Mobile phones
- All mobile phones start with 06. Calling a mobile from a land
line can be very expensive. If you are visting France for a
while instead of relying on your home country mobile you can
buy a "nomad" Pay as you go sim card. You will need
a French address.
phones - The
French telephone network is run by France Telecom. Peak hour
(heures pleines) rates run from 8am - 7pm Mon-Fri. The weekends,
national holidays & hours between 7pm & 8am are classed
as off peak (heures creuses).
Drive on the RIGHT
Driving in France and Corsica
of France in 2006:
60,656,178 Land Area: 547,030 Km2
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