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Travel Guide to France

France is the largest country in the EU and has a very varied geography, with a long Atlantic coastline, an attractive Mediterranean coast, an Alpine region and a high plateau near the centre. Plus many vibrant cities and charming villages, and a unique cuisine. Whatever your tastes of a vacation France has something for you. 

Places To visit in France

Paris is the capital of France and has its own page - Paris  

North coast -  Frances north coast faces the English Channel and contains many attractive coastal towns. St Malo - fortified port on Normandy coast. Deauville - fashionable holiday resort with racecourse, casino and luxury hotels. Mont St Michel - spectacular monastery on a tidal island; old causeway is being changed at present time and may become a bridge in future (2010)

                                       Mont St Michel - France Mont St Michel - northern France

Atlantic Coast - The western coast stretches from the Brittany peninsular in the north to Biarritzin the south, overlooking the Bay of Biscay. Brest is a busy port and harbour with a castle and fortified towers reflecting its strategic importance in the past.  La Rochelle is a historic seaport in the Poitou-Charentes region of France; its long history includes the Knights Templar, battles with the British and the German navy who used it as a submarine base. Côte d'Argent - French for the Silver Coast, is a tourist name given to a section of the French Atlantic coast to the south of the river Gironde. Popular with surfers and windsurfers. Biarritz is a popular seaside resort on the Bay of Biscay near the border with Spain. Another popular surfing destination. 

Mediterranean Coast - Marseilles - France's second city and largest port; very cosmopolitan and busy, - see the Old Port and lighthouse, Marseilles cathedral, numerous museums, lots of cafes. St Tropez on the French Riviera -  'playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires' - can get very crowded, you may not be able to park the Ferrari!  Nice - the heart of the Riviera, is quite a large city with around 350,000. It still has a beautiful waterfront in spite of its size; the Promenade des Anglais  is the iconic seafront of Nice, there is also the Old Town to explore and the port. Don't forget to try the salade niçoise - a tomato salad with green peppers of the "Corne" variety, baked eggs, tuna or anchovies and olives. 

                                             Marseilles - Old Port Marseilles - Old Port

Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture.

 

Loire Valley - is known as the Garden of France. It is also noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours; also for numerous chateaux such as Chambord above. 

                                          Chateau Valencay Chateau Valenca

Mont Blanc - the highest mountain in France and in the EU at 4807metres. Bestrides the French - Italian border so Italy claims it as well!

Carcassonne - medieval town in southern France; heavily fortified with high walls, many towers and paved streets. 

Dordogne Valley - along the banks of the River Dordogne in southern France; natural beauty, unspoilt villages, ancient buildings and castles. 

Disneyland Paris - Mickey Mouse goes to France!

Ski Resorts - France has an abundance of excellent ski resorts, of note are the Three Valleys, Val d'Isere, Chamonix, Les Arc and many more. 

 

 

 

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