Planning a trip to France?

Interesting facts and features of a favourite travel destination

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Culture, croissants and a whole lot of chic. France offers travellers loads of variety, from cities and beaches to charming villages and rolling countryside. 

As with any travel or holiday destination it's recommended that you arrange travel insurance as near as possible to booking your trip, this could cover you in the event of unforeseen cancellations... for now, we'll explore interesting facts and features about France. 

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • National Language: French
  • Time difference: France is typically 1 hour ahead of UK time
  • Flight time: The average flight time from Paris to London is 1 hour

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

Did you know?

Iconic landmark

Named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel, France's Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World Exposition.

It was almost torn down in 1909 but was spared because it proved an ideal transmitter needed for the new science of radiotelegraphy.

The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet (324 m) high, including the antenna at the top.

Liberty, equality and fraternity
The national motto of France, it first appeared around the time of the Revolution (1789–1799), and was written into the constitutions of 1946 and 1958.

Today you’ll see it on coins, postage stamps and government logos often alongside 'Marianne' who symbolises the 'triumph of the Republic'.

Favourite Ski destination
Ski areas in France generally sit higher than any other ski country so ski resorts usually have excellent snow forecasts throughout the winter months. 

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, while Mont Blanc in Chamonix is Europe’s highest mountain - it stands at 4810m. 

Du Pain, Du Vin...

As well as an agreeable climate France has a rich blend of history and culture to offer visitors, from famous cities, beautiful countryside, the castles of the Loire Valley, excellent beaches on the French Riviera, the Atlantic coast and the island of Corsica.

Of course added to this are the delicious food and wines that are among the most celebrated in the world.

The Alps and the Pyrenees offer many winter sports possibilities, making France a popular skiing destination for Brits.

Ski resorts in France are renowned for being some of the best in the world, catering to beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders.

As a responsible travel insurer we always recommend you check for the latest Foreign Office advice before visiting any country, the latest FCO advice for France can be found here.

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