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France: attractions galore

The attractions galore that France offers for the visiting tourists is so rich that it would be difficult to exhaust its potential over one lifetime. Its stunning landscapes range from rugged coastlines to limestone hillsides, deep canyons, mellow meadows, and even ice-covered peaks of the towering Alps. The great diversity of attractions that the country offers will surprise the most experienced travellers seeking great holiday adventures.

During holidays spent in France, you can participate in plenty of outdoor activities, admire stunning and breathtaking nature reserves, and delve deeper into the topic of France’s intriguing cuisine. The residents of France are amiable people who are very open-minded towards holidaymakers who choose France as their primary destination.

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4,190 km 61 km/h 28 days roadtrip
Col du Pillon & de la Croix Panoramic Road Col du Pillon & de la Croix Panoramic Road

Col du Pillon & de la Croix Panoramic Road

Europe - Switzerland
53 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Col Croix de Fer & Glandon Panoramic Road Col Croix de Fer & Glandon Panoramic Road

Col Croix de Fer & Glandon Panoramic Road

Europe - France
147 km 27 km/h 1 days scenic
Col de Telegraph & Galibier Panoramic Road Col de Telegraph & Galibier Panoramic Road

Col de Telegraph & Galibier Panoramic Road

Europe - France
71 km 44 km/h 1 days scenic
Col de l'Iseran Panoramic Road Col de l'Iseran Panoramic Road

Col de l'Iseran Panoramic Road

Europe - France
89 km 52 km/h 1 days scenic
Col d'Izoard & Col d'Agnel Panoramic Road Col d'Izoard & Col d'Agnel Panoramic Road

Col d'Izoard & Col d'Agnel Panoramic Road

Europe - France
79 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Cime de la Bonette Panoramic Road Cime de la Bonette Panoramic Road

Cime de la Bonette Panoramic Road

Europe - France
130 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Col D'Allos & Col de Champs Panoramic Road Col D'Allos & Col de Champs Panoramic Road

Col D'Allos & Col de Champs Panoramic Road

Europe - France
119 km 44 km/h 1 days scenic
Alps Road Trip Alps Road Trip

Alps Road Trip

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2,236 km 54 km/h 14 days roadtrip
France Highlights Road Trip France Highlights Road Trip

France Highlights Road Trip

Europe - France
2,073 km 58 km/h 12 days roadtrip
Ocean to the Sea Road Trip Ocean to the Sea Road Trip

Ocean to the Sea Road Trip

Europe - France
1,149 km 70 km/h 6 days roadtrip
French Riviera Road Trip French Riviera Road Trip

French Riviera Road Trip

Europe - France
150 km 27 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Loire Castles Road Trip Loire Castles Road Trip

Loire Castles Road Trip

Europe - France
335 km 51 km/h 5 days roadtrip
Provence Road Trip Provence Road Trip

Provence Road Trip

Europe - France
885 km 39 km/h 12 days roadtrip
Alsace Wine Route Alsace Wine Route

Alsace Wine Route

Europe - France
157 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Marvelous Oise Road Trip Marvelous Oise Road Trip

Marvelous Oise Road Trip

Europe - France
179 km 50 km/h 2 days scenic
Normandy Landing Beaches Road Trip Normandy Landing Beaches Road Trip

Normandy Landing Beaches Road Trip

Europe - France
230 km 40 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Bay of Mont Saint Michel Road Trip Bay of Mont Saint Michel Road Trip

Bay of Mont Saint Michel Road Trip

Europe - France
198 km 52 km/h 2 days scenic
Land of Stones Panoramic Road Land of Stones Panoramic Road

Land of Stones Panoramic Road

Europe - France
106 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Cathar Castles Road Trip Cathar Castles Road Trip

Cathar Castles Road Trip

Europe - France
227 km 45 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Bayonne to Saint Jean Pied de Port Scenic Drive Bayonne to Saint Jean Pied de Port Scenic Drive

Bayonne to Saint Jean Pied de Port Scenic Drive

Europe - France
122 km 36 km/h 1 days scenic
Aix en Provence to Barcelonnette Road Trip Aix en Provence to Barcelonnette Road Trip

Aix en Provence to Barcelonnette Road Trip

Europe - France
223 km 49 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Luberon N.P. Road Trip Luberon N.P. Road Trip

Luberon N.P. Road Trip

Europe - France
156 km 40 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Verdon Canyon Scenic Drive Verdon Canyon Scenic Drive

Verdon Canyon Scenic Drive

Europe - France
129 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Nice Getaway Scenic Drive Nice Getaway Scenic Drive

Nice Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
72 km 33 km/h 2 days scenic
Rural Corsica Road Trip Rural Corsica Road Trip

Rural Corsica Road Trip

Europe - France
365 km 43 km/h 3 days roadtrip
North Alps Road Trip North Alps Road Trip

North Alps Road Trip

Europe - France
373 km 50 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Saint Tropez to Marseille Road Trip Saint Tropez to Marseille Road Trip

Saint Tropez to Marseille Road Trip

Europe - France
204 km 30 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Along Loire to Brittany Road Trip Along Loire to Brittany Road Trip

Along Loire to Brittany Road Trip

Europe - France
1,616 km 63 km/h 10 days roadtrip
Cuneo to Ventimiglia Panoramic Road Cuneo to Ventimiglia Panoramic Road

Cuneo to Ventimiglia Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
122 km 37 km/h 1 days scenic
Alabaster Coast Scenic Drive Alabaster Coast Scenic Drive

Alabaster Coast Scenic Drive

Europe - France
208 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Emerald Coast Road Trip Emerald Coast Road Trip

Emerald Coast Road Trip

Europe - France
171 km 32 km/h 2 days scenic
Morbihan Bay Road Trip Morbihan Bay Road Trip

Morbihan Bay Road Trip

Europe - France
203 km 33 km/h 1 days scenic
Across the Dordogne Scenic Drive Across the Dordogne Scenic Drive

Across the Dordogne Scenic Drive

Europe - France
128 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Eastern Pyrenees Road Trip Eastern Pyrenees Road Trip

Eastern Pyrenees Road Trip

Europe - France
156 km 52 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Chartreuse N.P. Scenic Drive Chartreuse N.P. Scenic Drive

Chartreuse N.P. Scenic Drive

Europe - France
97 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Ardeche Scenic Drive Ardeche Scenic Drive

Ardeche Scenic Drive

Europe - France
84 km 39 km/h 1 days scenic
Mercantur N.P. Road Trip Mercantur N.P. Road Trip

Mercantur N.P. Road Trip

Europe - France
186 km 43 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Col de la Forclaz Panoramic Road Col de la Forclaz Panoramic Road

Col de la Forclaz Panoramic Road

Europe - Switzerland
44 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Col de la Colombiere Panoramic Road Col de la Colombiere Panoramic Road

Col de la Colombiere Panoramic Road

Europe - France
42 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Col de l'Arpettaz Panoramic Road Col de l'Arpettaz Panoramic Road

Col de l'Arpettaz Panoramic Road

Europe - France
50 km 43 km/h 1 days scenic
Col des Saisies Panoramic Road Col des Saisies Panoramic Road

Col des Saisies Panoramic Road

Europe - France
33 km 44 km/h 1 days scenic
Cormet de Roselend Panoramic Road Cormet de Roselend Panoramic Road

Cormet de Roselend Panoramic Road

Europe - France
49 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Col de la Madeleine Panoramic Road Col de la Madeleine Panoramic Road

Col de la Madeleine Panoramic Road

Europe - France
64 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Col du Montgenevre Panoramic Road Col du Montgenevre Panoramic Road

Col du Montgenevre Panoramic Road

Europe - France
32 km 43 km/h 1 days scenic
Col de Braus & Col de Turini Panoramic Road Col de Braus & Col de Turini Panoramic Road

Col de Braus & Col de Turini Panoramic Road

Europe - France
107 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
French Alps Road Trip French Alps Road Trip

French Alps Road Trip

Europe - France
1,452 km 51 km/h 14 days roadtrip
French Pyrenees Road Trip French Pyrenees Road Trip

French Pyrenees Road Trip

Europe - France
800 km 43 km/h 6 days roadtrip
Champagne Road Trip Champagne Road Trip

Champagne Road Trip

Europe - France
120 km 25 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Normandy Road Trip Normandy Road Trip

Normandy Road Trip

Europe - France
894 km 51 km/h 7 days scenic
Brittany Road Trip Brittany Road Trip

Brittany Road Trip

Europe - France
941 km 46 km/h 7 days roadtrip
Dordogne Road Trip Dordogne Road Trip

Dordogne Road Trip

Europe - France
940 km 62 km/h 7 days roadtrip
Burgundy Road Trip Burgundy Road Trip

Burgundy Road Trip

Europe - France
484 km 54 km/h 3 days roadtrip
South West France Road Trip South West France Road Trip

South West France Road Trip

Europe - France
2,179 km 64 km/h 14 days roadtrip
Corsica Road Trip Corsica Road Trip

Corsica Road Trip

Europe - France
560 km 50 km/h 7 days roadtrip
Route Napoleon Sud Route Napoleon Sud

Route Napoleon Sud

Europe - France
547 km 63 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Cuneo Loop Road Trip Cuneo Loop Road Trip

Cuneo Loop Road Trip

Europe - Italy
232 km 47 km/h 2 days roadtrip
French Shores of Rhine Scenic Drive French Shores of Rhine Scenic Drive

French Shores of Rhine Scenic Drive

Europe - France
128 km 57 km/h 1 days scenic
Ardennes Scenic Drive Ardennes Scenic Drive

Ardennes Scenic Drive

Europe - France
154 km 38 km/h 1 days scenic
Morvan Road Trip Morvan Road Trip

Morvan Road Trip

Europe - France
268 km 51 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Land of the Ch'tis Road Trip Land of the Ch'tis Road Trip

Land of the Ch'tis Road Trip

Europe - France
374 km 49 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Pink Granite Coast Road Trip Pink Granite Coast Road Trip

Pink Granite Coast Road Trip

Europe - France
184 km 35 km/h 2 days scenic
Quimper Getaway Scenic Drive Quimper Getaway Scenic Drive

Quimper Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
212 km 37 km/h 2 days scenic
Loire Estuary Road Trip Loire Estuary Road Trip

Loire Estuary Road Trip

Europe - France
200 km 35 km/h 2 days scenic
Homeland of Cognac Road Trip Homeland of Cognac Road Trip

Homeland of Cognac Road Trip

Europe - France
353 km 41 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Vezere Valley Panoramic Road Vezere Valley Panoramic Road

Vezere Valley Panoramic Road

Europe - France
81 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Saint Emilion Scenic Drive Saint Emilion Scenic Drive

Saint Emilion Scenic Drive

Europe - France
181 km 48 km/h 1 days scenic
Cantal Mountains Road Trip Cantal Mountains Road Trip

Cantal Mountains Road Trip

Europe - France
213 km 46 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Bay of Arcachon Panoramic Road Bay of Arcachon Panoramic Road

Bay of Arcachon Panoramic Road

Europe - France
104 km 38 km/h 1 days scenic
Le Rouergue Road Trip Le Rouergue Road Trip

Le Rouergue Road Trip

Europe - France
197 km 53 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Across Occitania Scenic Drive Across Occitania Scenic Drive

Across Occitania Scenic Drive

Europe - France
168 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
From the Seaside to Carcassonne Road Trip From the Seaside to Carcassonne Road Trip

From the Seaside to Carcassonne Road Trip

Europe - France
208 km 47 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Pyrenees N.P. Panoramic Road Pyrenees N.P. Panoramic Road

Pyrenees N.P. Panoramic Road

Europe - France
327 km 41 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Oloron Sainte Marie to Auch Road Trip Oloron Sainte Marie to Auch Road Trip

Oloron Sainte Marie to Auch Road Trip

Europe - France
210 km 44 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Vichy & Cluny Road Trip Vichy & Cluny Road Trip

Vichy & Cluny Road Trip

Europe - France
266 km 44 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Annecy Getaway Scenic Drive Annecy Getaway Scenic Drive

Annecy Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
164 km 40 km/h 1 days scenic
Central Alps Road Trip Central Alps Road Trip

Central Alps Road Trip

Europe - France
237 km 52 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Col du Colombier Panoramic Road Col du Colombier Panoramic Road

Col du Colombier Panoramic Road

Europe - France
60 km 45 km/h 1 days scenic
Sparkling like Champagne Panorama Route Sparkling like Champagne Panorama Route

Sparkling like Champagne Panorama Route

Europe - France
151 km 42 km/h 1 days scenic
Troyes Getaway Scenic Drive Troyes Getaway Scenic Drive

Troyes Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
203 km 50 km/h 1 days scenic
Burgundy Wine Road Burgundy Wine Road

Burgundy Wine Road

Europe - France
69 km 31 km/h 1 days scenic
Dijon Getaway Dijon Getaway

Dijon Getaway

Europe - France
169 km 50 km/h 1 days scenic
Haut-Jura Scenic Drive Haut-Jura Scenic Drive

Haut-Jura Scenic Drive

Europe - France
88 km 53 km/h 1 days scenic
Nancy Getaway Scenic Drive Nancy Getaway Scenic Drive

Nancy Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
202 km 51 km/h 1 days scenic
Medoc Scenic Drive Medoc Scenic Drive

Medoc Scenic Drive

Europe - France
205 km 48 km/h 1 days scenic
Clermont Ferrand Getaway Scenic Drive Clermont Ferrand Getaway Scenic Drive

Clermont Ferrand Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
174 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
The Dombes Scenic Drive The Dombes Scenic Drive

The Dombes Scenic Drive

Europe - France
134 km 39 km/h 1 days scenic
Col du Granier Panoramic Road Col du Granier Panoramic Road

Col du Granier Panoramic Road

Europe - France
37 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Colle della Maddalena Panoramic Road Colle della Maddalena Panoramic Road

Colle della Maddalena Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
48 km 51 km/h 1 days scenic
Fontainebleau Forest Panoramic Road Fontainebleau Forest Panoramic Road

Fontainebleau Forest Panoramic Road

Europe - France
85 km 36 km/h 1 days scenic
Somme Bay Scenic Drive Somme Bay Scenic Drive

Somme Bay Scenic Drive

Europe - France
154 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Le Mans Getaway Scenic Drive Le Mans Getaway Scenic Drive

Le Mans Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
119 km 45 km/h 1 days scenic
Orleans Getaway Scenic Drive Orleans Getaway Scenic Drive

Orleans Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
99 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Along the Dore Panoramic Road Along the Dore Panoramic Road

Along the Dore Panoramic Road

Europe - France
216 km 39 km/h 1 days scenic

Road Trip highlights in France

Travellers who choose France as their holiday destination often start from the very capital, which is Paris. A great showcase of stylish architecture, elegant restaurants, and top-notch European landmarks, Paris will be ideal for a variety of tourists. When in the capital, try visiting such places as Montmartre, River Seine, Jardin des Plantes, or the Louvre.

Northern France is a true treasure trove of attractions for holidaymakers who seek a variety of stimuli. For the finest cathedrals, direct your steps to Picardy – with the most interesting examples located in Laon, Beauvais, and Amiens. In Normandy, you’ll be taken aback by the most interesting examples of French trading cities, such as Cherbourg, Le Havre, or Dieppe.

In the region of Alsace and Lorraine, you should definitely consider a trip to the former French capital of Nancy, Mets with its interesting art gallery, and Vardun to learn more on the important events that took place during World War I.

While in Champagne and the Ardennes, you can take a trip around the most well-known and popular champagne houses. Travel to Troyes and take a long stroll around its romantic, cobbled streets, visit  Charleville-Mézières to see the annual puppet festival, and take a trip to Langres to experience a more laid-back ambiance. For even a more relaxed atmosphere of the most popular French seaside resorts, you should definitely consider heading for Marseille, La Ciotat, Grimaud, and La Garde Freinet located in the region of Côte d’Azur.

France is also about adventures around Corsica where the landscapes and panoramas will take your breath away. Travel to such emblematic cities as Bastia, Bonifacio, Porto-Vecchio, or Propriano. The interesting attractions galore will soothe the hearts of the most demanding globetrotters.

France: car rental, traffic rules, and roads

Before starting your journey around the beautiful France, you have to choose an appropriate rental car and insurance type that will grant your passengers full safety. All of the major French cities and main airports can boast a number of car rental companies where you’ll find a wide choice of interesting vehicles that will suit your most demanding needs.

While travelling around French roads, it's vital to remember to observe the speed limits. These are: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 50-90 km/h in rural areas, and 110-130 km/h on motorways.

In France, you need to have your dipped headlights on when travelling at night. During the day, motorists use them only in case of adverse weather conditions. 

Fortunately, France can boast impeccable road sections that are as flat as a table. However, there are a number of toll roads where you’ll be supposed to pay a certain amount of money for travelling around the French highways. The payment is dependent on the car type and the distance that you’d like to cover.

Drinking and driving is heavily penalised in France. The same pertains to driving and talking on your mobile phone as well as speeding. 

Documents and car equipment

While driving around France, you should always carry the following documents: driver's licence, vehicle registration documents, and a passport or an ID. At any moment during a road check, the motorists can be asked to show one of the above-mentioned documents.

The law requires that each driver has the following car equipment: a warning triangle, reflective vests for the driver and all passengers, and a set of spare bulbs, and anti-burglary protection. Moreover, it's best to carry a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, and a breathalyser.

Parking in France

In most cities, you'll find a few parking options. These include free parking spaces, paid parking lots, metered spots, and street parking - take your pick! There are also special stopping areas on motorways where you can take a break and stretch your legs.

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