France is the largest country in western Europe, and also the most visited country in the world. France has a lot to offer any traveler. France has Atlantic, Mediterranean and English Channel coastlines. Paris is a gem of a city. France is one of the best countries in the world to camp in. Driving is easy, roads are good.



Recommended France

  • Paris - endless word class museums, The Eiffel Tower, fine bars and restaurants, Parisian street life, outstanding architecture.
  • Cote d'Azur - beautiful beaches, the warm Mediterranean sea, and the Principality of Monaco
  • Food - French food is worth the hype.
  • Wine - probably the worlds best
  • Dune de Pyla - Europe's biggest sand dune in Gironde
  • Western and south western France - Biarritz and endless beautiful beaches
  • Brittany - rugged coastline and Celtic connections
  • Normandy - pay your respects to the servicemen at the beaches and fine memorials

Campsites and free camping in France

French campsites and among the best in Europe, and free camping areas are provided. What more could a camper want? Read more.

Vehicle ferries to and from France

There are many ferries to chose from when getting a vehicle to and from France. See the ferry section.

Driving in France

Driving in France is generally safe and easy. Read more.


France is a relatively safe and crime-free country. Vehicle break-ins are amongst the biggest problems, so always secure your vehicle, and leave nothing on display. Sensible parking can also reduce you risk of a break-in.


France is an expensive country. Fuels is expensive, campsites can be expensive, but free camping is provided. Eating out can be expensive, but ingredients are great and cheap. See the country cost comparison.


Currency Euro (€)
Capital city Paris
Time zone +1hr GMT
Religion Catholic and Muslim
Emergency numbers General emergency 115
Police 17
Ambulance 15
International operator 1008
Electricity 220v continental
Border crossings France is a Schengen state



French food and drink

Food and drink is a highlight of France. Home of the baguette, Camembert, brie and some of the worlds best wines. Read more.

The French Language

English is understood in most tourist areas, but speaking French will get you further. If you learnt French at school it is worth trying to use it in France. It may be easier than you think. The French speak quite slowly (when compared to the Spanish) and having at least a few phrases is worthwhile. Try a French language CD for use in the car when driving, you can learn a lot from these.


Health care is excellent and generally free, but European residents need to get a E-111 card from your home country.

Surfing in France

France has thousands of kilometers of coastline, with hundreds of breaks to choose from. Biarritz, Hossegor, Lacanau-Ocean, and many other places to try.