The largest country in Western Europe, France is located bordering the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel, between Belgium and Spain. It is southeast of the UK and also borders the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain. France is slightly less than twice the size of the state of Colorado, as it also borders the countries of Andorra, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg , Monaco and Switzerland. The terrain is mostly of flat plains or gently rolling hills in the north and west, with the remainder of the country being mountainous, especially in the Pyrenees in the south, and the Alps in the east. France enjoys cool winters and mild summers, and is a favorite tourist destination known for its rich history and culture, its fine wine and exquisite food, and its numerous world famous museums and landmarks. No visit is complete without visiting the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the Notre Dame in Paris, or travelling south through the countryside along the course of the famous Tour de France and indulging in France's fine food and wine.
For visitors, all of France can seem like a market—it's one of those rare countries where every region offers something worthwhile and distinctive. Paris represents the height of fashion, art and food, yet the city can also be remarkably comfortable and intimate. The provinces offer their own landscapes and cultures: the glittering crowds of the Cote d'Azur, the elegant chateaux of the Loire Valley, the hospitable vineyards of Bordeaux, the rocky coasts of Brittany, the dramatic slopes of the Alps and the Pyrenees, or the charming farms and villages of Provence. France can satisfy just about any traveler's tastes or requirements.
Country Map of France
Here's a clever trip-planning tip: Buy your street and highway maps for France before you depart. With a map, atlas, street guide or excursion guide in hand, you'll be able to know where you're going before you get there! Rather than spending precious vacation time hunting down a store that sells maps and then trying to figure out where things are, we think Trektools can get your French vacation off on the right foot. They've got more maps than you could possibly find at most French bookstores and you won't have to start your trip by being lost.
Speaking of planning ahead, you can't beat the convenience and security of having a cellular phone for France with an French phone number. Imagine having the benefits of local cellular service such as low rates and unlimited free incoming calls from anywhere in the world—any time of day or night—just like one of the locals! Cellular Abroad offers prepaid rental phones for France as well as our Talk Abroad rental—a prepaid international roaming phone—good for use on multi-country trips. (The Talk Abroad™ offers free incoming calls in over 99 countries!) You can also purchase an France phone and SIM card package for better value on long trips (or if you or a friend are frequent overseas travellers). Of course, you can also buy a Talk Abroad™ international roaming phone and SIM card bundles. Finally, if you already own an unlocked GSM world phone, you can pick up an France SIM card or Talk Abroad SIM. Either way, you'll be able to give out a European number to friends, family and colleagues back home before you leave. To learn more about GSM phones, prepaid SIM cards and how they can both save you a lot of money and keep you connected while you're abroad, go to our Start Here page or check out our FAQs.
For more France trip-planning resources, visit our France hotels, France car rentals and France Cellular Information pages. Here is a Euro to US Dollar converter.