The Ultimate France Travel Guide
When it comes to tourism in France, Paris is at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists and for a good reason. The city is full of incredible history, architecture, art, charm, and distinct cuisine. Whether you have a day, a week, or a month to explore, Paris is a travel experience in its own.
Paris sure does dominate the headlines, but this doesn’t mean other French cities should be overlooked! Be sure to visit the French countryside, the regions of Luberon, Provence, and Bordeaux, the island of Corsica, and the French Riviera – my favorite spot in France! The French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur) is the Mediterranean coast of southern France, and comprises the charming resort towns of Marseille, St. Tropez, Cannes, Nice and the tiny nation of Monaco!
The best time to visit France is during its shoulder seasons. From April to June and September to November, you’ll have an easier time finding cheap flights from the US and hotel’s lower their rates.
Plus, you’ll miss the summer crowds and spend less time waiting in lines trying to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum.
If you’re planning to visit France over the summer (June to August), be sure to book your hotel well in advance. It’s the busiest time of year for the country, especially Paris and Cannes.
Check out my guide The Best Time to Travel to France for all the details!
What To Expect
Language: The official language in France is French.
Currency: The currency in France is the Euro. 1 USD is equivalent to about 1,14 EUR.
Credit Cards and ATMs: If you see a blue CB logo (it stands for Carte Bleue Visa/MasterCard), that means the shop takes international Visa and MasterCards. You will struggle to find places that accept American Express around the country. ATMs are usually easy to find, but they only accept chip-and-pin cards with a magnetic strip on the back.
Plugs: The plugs in France are type C and E. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: France is generally a safe country to travel to especially as a solo female traveler. However, pickpockets and tourist scams are common, especially in the capital city of Paris.
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