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Capital: Paris

Currency: Euro, CFP Franc

Language: French

Time Zone: GMT +1




Blessed with many divine art works, breathtaking architecture, ancient folk festivals, green gardens and age old churches that one would love to visit France again and again. It is only due to its innumerable places of interest that have made France, the world's most popular tourist destination. France is known for its gastronomy, history, culture and fashion. This beautiful country with innumerable tourists spots is located in Western Europe. It borders Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Germany and Switzerland to the east, Italy to the southeast and Spain to the southwest. The Mediterranean Sea is located to the south of France and to the west of the country is the long Atlantic Ocean coastline, while to the north lays the English Channel.

France enjoys a predominantly temperate climate, with mild winters with exceptions in mountain areas and the northeast part of the country. Cool winters and mild summers are prevalent on most of the territory. The terrain is mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west, while the other parts are mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south west, Vosges and Alps in the east and Massif Central in the south. However, it is spring that offers the best time to visit France. As there are hardly any border controls between France and its neighboring countries, traveling in and around the nation is not that complicated. Citizens from Australia, Malaysia or Indonesia will not need a visa for entering the nation. The main international airport, Roissy - Charles de Gaulle, is the main entry point, if you are flying from outside Europe. There is direct rail service from most European countries. Traveling inside the country is very easy, as it has an extensive rail network, smooth highways and perfect roadways.

UNESCO has classified some 27 natural and cultural sites of France as "World Heritage Sites”. France also has an international reputation for fine dining, as the French cuisine is certainly worth tasting. The country has introduced to the world champagne, casseroles and Camembert and after all these, one will not have doubt in French cuisine. Its cutting-edge cuisine has so much variety that you will be tired of trying new dishes. France has numerous cities and towns of interest that have attracted travelers from across the globe. Apart from Paris, the capital of France that is referred to as the "City of Light", there are many more beautiful cities to see, such as Bordeaux, Bourges, Cannes, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg and Toulouse. If you are traveling with your children, don't forget to visit the theme parks, such as Disneyland Paris, Parc Asterix and Futuroscope.

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