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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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Europe - France
2,604 mi 38 mph 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
33 mi 29 mph 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
91 mi 17 mph 1 days scenic
Col de Telegraph & Galibier Panoramic Road Col de Telegraph & Galibier Panoramic Road

Col de Telegraph & Galibier Panoramic Road

Europe - France
44 mi 28 mph 1 days scenic
Col de l'Iseran Panoramic Road Col de l'Iseran Panoramic Road

Col de l'Iseran Panoramic Road

Europe - France
55 mi 32 mph 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
49 mi 26 mph 1 days scenic
Cime de la Bonette Panoramic Road Cime de la Bonette Panoramic Road

Cime de la Bonette Panoramic Road

Europe - France
81 mi 31 mph 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
74 mi 27 mph 1 days scenic
Alps Road Trip Alps Road Trip

Alps Road Trip

Europe -
1,389 mi 33 mph 14 days roadtrip
France Highlights Road Trip France Highlights Road Trip

France Highlights Road Trip

Europe - France
1,288 mi 36 mph 12 days roadtrip
Ocean to the Sea Road Trip Ocean to the Sea Road Trip

Ocean to the Sea Road Trip

Europe - France
782 mi 21 mph 6 days roadtrip
French Riviera Road Trip French Riviera Road Trip

French Riviera Road Trip

Europe - France
93 mi 17 mph 3 days roadtrip
Loire Castles Road Trip Loire Castles Road Trip

Loire Castles Road Trip

Europe - France
208 mi 32 mph 5 days roadtrip
Provence Road Trip Provence Road Trip

Provence Road Trip

Europe - France
550 mi 24 mph 12 days roadtrip
Alsace Wine Route Alsace Wine Route

Alsace Wine Route

Europe - France
98 mi 25 mph 1 days scenic
Marvelous Oise Road Trip Marvelous Oise Road Trip

Marvelous Oise Road Trip

Europe - France
111 mi 31 mph 2 days scenic
Normandy Landing Beaches Road Trip Normandy Landing Beaches Road Trip

Normandy Landing Beaches Road Trip

Europe - France
143 mi 25 mph 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
123 mi 32 mph 2 days scenic
Land of Stones Panoramic Road Land of Stones Panoramic Road

Land of Stones Panoramic Road

Europe - France
66 mi 29 mph 1 days scenic
Cathar Castles Road Trip Cathar Castles Road Trip

Cathar Castles Road Trip

Europe - France
141 mi 28 mph 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
76 mi 23 mph 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
139 mi 30 mph 2 days roadtrip
Luberon N.P. Road Trip Luberon N.P. Road Trip

Luberon N.P. Road Trip

Europe - France
97 mi 25 mph 2 days roadtrip
Verdon Canyon Scenic Drive Verdon Canyon Scenic Drive

Verdon Canyon Scenic Drive

Europe - France
80 mi 29 mph 1 days scenic
Nice Getaway Scenic Drive Nice Getaway Scenic Drive

Nice Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
45 mi 21 mph 2 days scenic
Rural Corsica Road Trip Rural Corsica Road Trip

Rural Corsica Road Trip

Europe - France
227 mi 27 mph 3 days roadtrip
North Alps Road Trip North Alps Road Trip

North Alps Road Trip

Europe - France
232 mi 31 mph 2 days roadtrip
Saint Tropez to Marseille Road Trip Saint Tropez to Marseille Road Trip

Saint Tropez to Marseille Road Trip

Europe - France
127 mi 19 mph 3 days roadtrip
Along Loire to Brittany Road Trip Along Loire to Brittany Road Trip

Along Loire to Brittany Road Trip

Europe - France
1,004 mi 39 mph 10 days roadtrip
Cuneo to Ventimiglia Panoramic Road Cuneo to Ventimiglia Panoramic Road

Cuneo to Ventimiglia Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
76 mi 23 mph 1 days scenic
Alabaster Coast Scenic Drive Alabaster Coast Scenic Drive

Alabaster Coast Scenic Drive

Europe - France
129 mi 25 mph 1 days scenic
Emerald Coast Road Trip Emerald Coast Road Trip

Emerald Coast Road Trip

Europe - France
106 mi 20 mph 2 days scenic
Morbihan Bay Road Trip Morbihan Bay Road Trip

Morbihan Bay Road Trip

Europe - France
126 mi 21 mph 1 days scenic
Across the Dordogne Scenic Drive Across the Dordogne Scenic Drive

Across the Dordogne Scenic Drive

Europe - France
80 mi 29 mph 1 days scenic
Eastern Pyrenees Road Trip Eastern Pyrenees Road Trip

Eastern Pyrenees Road Trip

Europe - France
97 mi 32 mph 2 days roadtrip
Chartreuse N.P. Scenic Drive Chartreuse N.P. Scenic Drive

Chartreuse N.P. Scenic Drive

Europe - France
60 mi 26 mph 1 days scenic
Ardeche Scenic Drive Ardeche Scenic Drive

Ardeche Scenic Drive

Europe - France
52 mi 24 mph 1 days scenic
Mercantur N.P. Road Trip Mercantur N.P. Road Trip

Mercantur N.P. Road Trip

Europe - France
115 mi 27 mph 2 days roadtrip
Col de la Forclaz Panoramic Road Col de la Forclaz Panoramic Road

Col de la Forclaz Panoramic Road

Europe - Switzerland
28 mi 29 mph 1 days scenic
Col de la Colombiere Panoramic Road Col de la Colombiere Panoramic Road

Col de la Colombiere Panoramic Road

Europe - France
26 mi 26 mph 1 days scenic
Col de l'Arpettaz Panoramic Road Col de l'Arpettaz Panoramic Road

Col de l'Arpettaz Panoramic Road

Europe - France
31 mi 26 mph 1 days scenic
Col des Saisies Panoramic Road Col des Saisies Panoramic Road

Col des Saisies Panoramic Road

Europe - France
20 mi 27 mph 1 days scenic
Cormet de Roselend Panoramic Road Cormet de Roselend Panoramic Road

Cormet de Roselend Panoramic Road

Europe - France
31 mi 25 mph 1 days scenic
Col de la Madeleine Panoramic Road Col de la Madeleine Panoramic Road

Col de la Madeleine Panoramic Road

Europe - France
40 mi 30 mph 1 days scenic
Col du Montgenevre Panoramic Road Col du Montgenevre Panoramic Road

Col du Montgenevre Panoramic Road

Europe - France
20 mi 27 mph 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
67 mi 25 mph 1 days scenic
French Alps Road Trip French Alps Road Trip

French Alps Road Trip

Europe - France
902 mi 32 mph 14 days roadtrip
French Pyrenees Road Trip French Pyrenees Road Trip

French Pyrenees Road Trip

Europe - France
497 mi 27 mph 6 days roadtrip
Champagne Road Trip Champagne Road Trip

Champagne Road Trip

Europe - France
74 mi 16 mph 2 days roadtrip
Normandy Road Trip Normandy Road Trip

Normandy Road Trip

Europe - France
556 mi 32 mph 7 days roadtrip
Brittany Road Trip Brittany Road Trip

Brittany Road Trip

Europe - France
585 mi 29 mph 7 days roadtrip
Dordogne Road Trip Dordogne Road Trip

Dordogne Road Trip

Europe - France
584 mi 39 mph 7 days roadtrip
Burgundy Road Trip Burgundy Road Trip

Burgundy Road Trip

Europe - France
301 mi 33 mph 3 days roadtrip
South West France Road Trip South West France Road Trip

South West France Road Trip

Europe - France
1,354 mi 40 mph 14 days roadtrip
Corsica Road Trip Corsica Road Trip

Corsica Road Trip

Europe - France
348 mi 31 mph 7 days roadtrip
Route Napoleon Sud Route Napoleon Sud

Route Napoleon Sud

Europe - France
340 mi 39 mph 3 days roadtrip
Cuneo Loop Road Trip Cuneo Loop Road Trip

Cuneo Loop Road Trip

Europe - Italy
144 mi 29 mph 2 days roadtrip
French Shores of Rhine Scenic Drive French Shores of Rhine Scenic Drive

French Shores of Rhine Scenic Drive

Europe - France
79 mi 35 mph 1 days scenic
Ardennes Scenic Drive Ardennes Scenic Drive

Ardennes Scenic Drive

Europe - France
96 mi 24 mph 1 days scenic
Morvan Road Trip Morvan Road Trip

Morvan Road Trip

Europe - France
166 mi 32 mph 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
233 mi 31 mph 3 days roadtrip
Pink Granite Coast Road Trip Pink Granite Coast Road Trip

Pink Granite Coast Road Trip

Europe - France
114 mi 22 mph 2 days scenic
Quimper Getaway Scenic Drive Quimper Getaway Scenic Drive

Quimper Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
132 mi 23 mph 2 days scenic
Loire Estuary Road Trip Loire Estuary Road Trip

Loire Estuary Road Trip

Europe - France
124 mi 22 mph 2 days scenic
Homeland of Cognac Road Trip Homeland of Cognac Road Trip

Homeland of Cognac Road Trip

Europe - France
220 mi 25 mph 2 days roadtrip
Vezere Valley Panoramic Road Vezere Valley Panoramic Road

Vezere Valley Panoramic Road

Europe - France
50 mi 25 mph 1 days scenic
Saint Emilion Scenic Drive Saint Emilion Scenic Drive

Saint Emilion Scenic Drive

Europe - France
112 mi 30 mph 1 days scenic
Cantal Mountains Road Trip Cantal Mountains Road Trip

Cantal Mountains Road Trip

Europe - France
132 mi 28 mph 2 days roadtrip
Bay of Arcachon Panoramic Road Bay of Arcachon Panoramic Road

Bay of Arcachon Panoramic Road

Europe - France
65 mi 24 mph 1 days scenic
Le Rouergue Road Trip Le Rouergue Road Trip

Le Rouergue Road Trip

Europe - France
122 mi 33 mph 2 days roadtrip
Across Occitania Scenic Drive Across Occitania Scenic Drive

Across Occitania Scenic Drive

Europe - France
104 mi 26 mph 1 days scenic
From the beach to Carcassonne Road Trip From the beach to Carcassonne Road Trip

From the beach to Carcassonne Road Trip

Europe - France
129 mi 29 mph 2 days roadtrip
Pyrenees N.P. Panoramic Road Pyrenees N.P. Panoramic Road

Pyrenees N.P. Panoramic Road

Europe - France
203 mi 26 mph 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
131 mi 28 mph 2 days roadtrip
Vichy & Cluny Road Trip Vichy & Cluny Road Trip

Vichy & Cluny Road Trip

Europe - France
165 mi 27 mph 2 days roadtrip
Annecy Getaway Scenic Drive Annecy Getaway Scenic Drive

Annecy Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
102 mi 25 mph 1 days scenic
Central Alps Road Trip Central Alps Road Trip

Central Alps Road Trip

Europe - France
147 mi 32 mph 2 days roadtrip
Col du Colombier Panoramic Road Col du Colombier Panoramic Road

Col du Colombier Panoramic Road

Europe - France
37 mi 28 mph 1 days scenic
Sparkling like Champagne Panorama Route Sparkling like Champagne Panorama Route

Sparkling like Champagne Panorama Route

Europe - France
94 mi 26 mph 1 days scenic
Troyes Getaway Scenic Drive Troyes Getaway Scenic Drive

Troyes Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
126 mi 31 mph 1 days scenic
Burgundy Wine Road Burgundy Wine Road

Burgundy Wine Road

Europe - France
43 mi 20 mph 1 days scenic
Dijon Getaway Dijon Getaway

Dijon Getaway

Europe - France
105 mi 31 mph 1 days scenic
Haut-Jura Scenic Drive Haut-Jura Scenic Drive

Haut-Jura Scenic Drive

Europe - France
55 mi 33 mph 1 days scenic
Nancy Getaway Scenic Drive Nancy Getaway Scenic Drive

Nancy Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
126 mi 31 mph 1 days scenic
Medoc Scenic Drive Medoc Scenic Drive

Medoc Scenic Drive

Europe - France
127 mi 30 mph 1 days scenic
Clermont Ferrand Getaway Scenic Drive Clermont Ferrand Getaway Scenic Drive

Clermont Ferrand Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
108 mi 26 mph 1 days scenic
The Dombes Scenic Drive The Dombes Scenic Drive

The Dombes Scenic Drive

Europe - France
84 mi 24 mph 1 days scenic
Col du Granier Panoramic Road Col du Granier Panoramic Road

Col du Granier Panoramic Road

Europe - France
23 mi 25 mph 1 days scenic
Colle della Maddalena Panoramic Road Colle della Maddalena Panoramic Road

Colle della Maddalena Panoramic Road

Europe - Italy
30 mi 31 mph 1 days scenic
Fontainebleau Forest Panoramic Road Fontainebleau Forest Panoramic Road

Fontainebleau Forest Panoramic Road

Europe - France
53 mi 22 mph 1 days scenic
Somme Bay Scenic Drive Somme Bay Scenic Drive

Somme Bay Scenic Drive

Europe - France
95 mi 30 mph 1 days scenic
Le Mans Getaway Scenic Drive Le Mans Getaway Scenic Drive

Le Mans Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
74 mi 28 mph 1 days scenic
Orleans Getaway Scenic Drive Orleans Getaway Scenic Drive

Orleans Getaway Scenic Drive

Europe - France
61 mi 30 mph 1 days scenic
Along the Dore Panoramic Road Along the Dore Panoramic Road

Along the Dore Panoramic Road

Europe - France
134 mi 24 mph 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.