The Republic of France is located in Western Europe between the English Channel in the North, the Atlantic Ocean in the West and the Mediterranean in the South, and France includes the Island of Corsica. Paris is the capital of France and offers visitors an abundance of historic places of interest.
France has a long and rich heritage that includes a long line of kings and queens that were overthrown in the French Revolution. Tourists to France will enjoy the wealth of historic places to visit that include Château de Versailles (Palace of Versailles), one of the most famous palaces in the world; Château de Fontainebleau – a favourite royal hunting lodge; Rambouillet – frequented by royalty and aristocrats until the late 19th century; Notre Dame (Cathedrale de Notre-Dame-de-Paris) – the world-famous French cathedral founded in the 12th century; Cathedrale de Chartres – famed for its stained-glass window, and the Hotel des Invalides – the magnificent 17th-century Parisian domed structure, constructed under the direction of Louis XIV (the Sun King).
There are also numerous modern attractions to see in France including the Eiffel Tower – the breathtaking landmark that was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889; family friendly Disneyland Paris Hotels – within the magnificent theme park; Monet’s Water Garden in Giverny, and Parc Astérix – the exciting amusement / theme park. Other places of interest include Aires, Biarritz, Cannes, Chamonix, The Loire Valley, the Dordogne, Toulouse, Marseille and St. Tropez in the French Riviera.
France has a wealth of accommodation to suit all travellers including budget lodging, travel lodges, bed and breakfast and luxury hotels. Places to visit in France are endless and there is something to suit everyone with theme parks, sporting venues, walking trails, museums, landmarks, monuments, festivals, carnivals, sandy beaches and quality shopping.
France comes with a range of transport options, with the city of Paris featuring an extensive network of underground subway trains, named the ‘Metro’. Car hire in France is ideal if you are planning to travel around the countryside and along the French Riviera coastline, although driving in central Paris is not recommended.