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A Must Read France Traveling Guide

A Must Read France Traveling Guide

. 6 min read

We traveled to one of the most special countries in Europe with truly incredible cities, wonderful villages, and the most adventurous nature. Traveling to France allows you to get to know places like Paris, Marseille, Nice, Les Calanques, Provence, Alsace, etc. France is a truly complete country and a great variety of tourist offers for all audiences.

How to get to France? Transport

France is a really big country and is very well connected with the different means of transport. To get to France you have several possibilities, from train, plane, car, bus or boat. We will explain to you the three most used and the most practical ways.

Getting to France by plane

We recommend this option mainly if you are traveling from a distant country located on another continent. You should know that French international airports provide direct access to many French regions and cities. France has more than 400 airports located in different regions of the country, of which 10 are international. The 3 most frequented airports are Paris Orly airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, and Nice airport. But we must also highlight other major international airports such as Lyon, Bordeaux, and Marseille.

Book your flight at the best price:

If you travel from Barcelona or Madrid there are several French cities that have direct flights such as Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, etc.. The most important thing before buying a plane ticket is to compare prices to choose the best option. All these airports have an excellent infrastructure that includes banks, restaurants, cafes, tourist offices, duty-free shops, and currency exchange offices.

Once you arrive at France’s airports to get to the city you are going to visit there are several ways. Generally, all airports in France have good public and private transport connections to get you from the airport to the hotel. It is important that you are well informed of the different options you have depending on the city you visit.

Getting to France by train

If you are from a European country this is a good option as you can reach France by train through its international TGV train network which is managed by the French National Railway Company (SNCF). There are countless train stations throughout the country. Above all, we recommend that you book your tickets in good time during the high season, due to the high demand of users during these dates and the limited seating capacity.

Getting to France by car

Another more adventurous option is to arrive in France by car. We use this option and it is really comfortable when you want to move freely around the country. If you are coming from Great Britain it is possible to do it directly through the Eurotunnel. From neighbouring countries and the rest of Europe you can access France via the European Road Network.

Generally, the roads of France are in very good condition both national and motorways and highways. The Autoroute Network is the road system composed of motorways and highways that can be toll or free. To differentiate them, free roads will have green signs, and toll roads will have blue signs.

How to get around in France?

Something important in reference to French transport is that they are varied and their prices are similar to those of other European countries. Getting around in France is really easy no matter which option you are going to use. In addition to suburban trains, metro and bus, most of the big French cities are recovering the tram. Also, remember that in most cities in the country there are vouchers that allow you to use all public transport.

Getting around by plane in France: if you are traveling with little time and you are planning to visit several cities in the country, the best option is by plane. Traveling by plane is a good way to save time. Domestic flights in France usually depart on a regular basis. Between cities, there are many direct flights depending on the company and the time of year the price changes.

Getting around by public transport in France: if you travel with more time in the country and want to move by public transport mainly we recommend the train. The bus in very specific cases especially in short distances. The railway network in France is really great and there are also several vouchers offered by the national railway network of France. The best thing is to be well informed and to organize the route itinerary to know the number of displacements and to compare prices of the vouchers.

Getting around by car in France: for us, this is the most practical option as it allows you to organize your own itinerary with greater freedom. Above all, it is a good choice if you are looking for a more rural tourism visiting villages and nature. National roads and highways are in very good condition throughout the country. There are many rest areas available for motorhomes and cars. Remember that motorways in France are chargeable.

Where to sleep in France? Better accommodations

There are plenty of options for staying in France. From luxury hotels, hostels, apartments, hostels, campsites, etc. To look for accommodation in France the first thing you have to do is to look for comparators that offer you the best alternatives depending on what you are looking for.

What to see and visit in France?

Without a doubt, France is a country that conquers and falls in love with everyone who visits it. On your trip around the country, we recommend you to visit some of the most spectacular places. In this section, you will find all the information you need to organize your route making the most of your time and saving money.

Best tours and activities in France

If you are planning to travel to France, the first thing you have to do is to be very clear about the places you want to visit. You can make different routes through the country either by its different regions or cities. On your trip around the country, we recommend you to visit some of the most spectacular places. We give you all the information you need to organize your route making the most of your time and saving money.

Where to eat in France? Traditional gastronomy

One of the strong points of any trip is to taste the gastronomy. If you are one of those who are passionate about quality culinary experiences, you have to try the typical food of France. The gastronomy of France is considered one of the best cuisines in the world. Over the years it has evolved and changed to become one of the most avant-garde and refined gastronomies.

In France, there are different types of restaurants depending on the time of day. We find restaurants, Brassiere, cafes, tea room, Bistrot, etc.. From the most outstanding and popular dishes of France we recommend you to taste, the Quiche Lorraine, Ratatouille, the Confit of duck, the Tarte Flambée, its classic croissants of butter, the crepes stuffed with chocolate, the Macarons of colors. Not to mention its famous and exquisite cheeses such as Camembert, Roquefort, and Brie.

When to travel to France? Best time of year

In France the seasons of greater tourism in is between the months of May, June, and July. If you travel during these months, keep in mind that the tourist places and beaches are quite crowded in the main cities. The good thing about this time is the good weather and especially that you can enjoy more hours of sunlight.

If you like that the places are not so crowded the months we recommend are March-April and October-November. In these months the climate is cooler but you can enjoy the tourist sites without the crowds of the high season.

Tips for traveling to France

Documentation

If you are from Spain you must carry your ID card. If you are traveling from another country outside the European Union you will need your valid passport and in some cases, you will have to carry a Visa. For those who will stay up to 90 days (three months), a VISA called “Schengen” is requested that allows a single entry or several.

Language

The official language of the country is French. In the southern part of the country that borders Spain, they usually understand Spanish or Catalan very well. And as always with English, they understand you almost everywhere without problems.

Popular festivities

There are several festivities that are celebrated throughout the year in France. Of which we highlight the Christmas in Alsace, the Roman games of Nimes, the Breton festivals of the region of Brittany and the carnival of Nice.