“Nothing has been invented better than France yet” - this impudent, if not more harsh, phrase of de Gaulle begs for a harsh refutation, at least on a European scale. Surely the neighboring countries have something to eat the arrogant frogs! Take, for example, the famous half-timbered houses in Germany. What? Are they the same in Alsace? Um, really. Okay, let's look at neighboring Belgium with its special charm of a well-kept village, authentic French fries and wine beer. What? Can all this be found in Nord-Pas-de-Calais? Damn, it really is. Well, well, but purely British chips - fogs from the Gulf Stream, red telephone booths, climbing roses on the large-stone walls of village houses and heather wastelands with gigantic pebbles of boulders rolled in by glaciers - they definitely have nowhere to come from in France? And again by: in Brittany, not so famous as Paris or Nice, but dear to the hearts of many travelers, there is almost more of all this than in England. If we talk about southern neighbors, then fans of Italy will feel at home in sunny Provence, and Spain - in the Pyrenees mountains and on the dry plains of Languedoc.
And there is no way to remain silent about a thousand other things that make France - France. About the roar of the tide at the foot of the "eighth wonder of the world" of Mount Saint-Michel, about the castles of the Loire - graceful, like carved caskets from the Renaissance. About the ingenious bad taste of the Eiffel Tower and the colored highlights of the medieval stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle. About the gargoyles of Notre Dame, stabbing a stone gaze into the glass facets of La Defense, about the humpbacked alleys of Montmartre, the vast halls of the Louvre, the crunchy air of Mont Blanc and the warm aromas of pastries and coffee from Parisian boulevards. Charles, you are, of course, a cheeky guy, but there is nothing to cover!
Fitting a description of France in a couple of paragraphs is not only a difficult task, but also quite offensive for the country itself. What is this "France in general", one asks? Cutting from the excursion and gastronomic Ile-de-France with Paris in the center, the skiing French Alps and the beachfront Cote d'Azur? To say this is bad manners and an unforgivable simplification! If only because, if you leave the beaches and snowy slopes outside the brackets, then every French town or town will definitely have something to see and what to try. So we will do the following: on the page "Cities and Resorts of France" we will publish a short, just a couple of screens, a story about the regions of the country, giving some idea of their main tourist "interests". If you are just starting to get acquainted with the country, be sure to read it.
And then reluctantly write only that oh-oh-very conditionally France can be divided into an "excursion" - Ile-de-France almost entirely, the famous Loire Valley and many historical cities in various parts of the country ( Orleans, Chartres, Strasbourg, Rouen, Le Havre. Dozens of them!), "Resort" - although the Cote d'Azur, Corsica and the French Atlantic are not just three big, but huge differences, and, finally, "ski" - above all, "Three valleys ”and Porte du Soleil.
France has a temperate maritime climate, transitional to continental in the east, subtropical in the Mediterranean. Summer is quite hot (in July-August + 20… + 25 ° C). The best time to visit Paris is May and September-October, and the French Riviera is June and September.
Corsica has a long and hot summer: from May to October + 21… + 27 ° C, on the mountain slopes the snow lies until June. The best months for a holiday in Corsica are May-June and September-October.
The first snow in the French Alps falls at the end of November and lasts until mid-May. Due to the mild climate, even in winter in valleys at an altitude of about 1500 m, the temperature does not drop below -10 ° C. The best time for skiing begins in mid-February, when stable sunny weather sets in. The height of the snow cover, depending on the height of the terrain, ranges from 0.7 to 4 m. See also the weather forecast for popular resorts and in major cities of France for the coming days.
France is included in the list of countries participating in the Schengen Agreement. To travel to the country, citizens of Russia and the CIS need a visa and travel medical insurance.