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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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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.

France / Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris / Photo by ADGC on Pixabay
France / Drôme / Photo by Léonard Cotte on Unsplash
France / Paris / Centre Georges Pompidou / Photo by bogitw on Pixabay
France / Southern coast / Photo by Alexandra_Koch on Pixabay

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.

France / Lyon / Photo by Tama66 on Pixabay

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.

France / Mont Saint-Michel / Photo by skeeze on Pixabay

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.

France / Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur / Nice / Photo by Paul Rysz on Unsplash

Facts for safer driving in France

drink drive limit
0.5
max speed urban
31 mph
max speed rural
56 mph
max speed highway
81 mph
headlights at daytime
off
fire extinguisher
no
tolls
yes
seat belts
yes
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