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France is a transcontinental country in Western Europe, bordered by the North Sea to the North and the English Channel to the northwest. The country’s landscape is diverse, with beaches, mountain ranges and areas of flat, fertile land which makes the region ideal for farming. In general, winters in France are cool while summers are quite mild, but in the regions located along the Mediterranean winters are mild and summers are hot.
France is an attractive tourist destination due to the variety on offer in the country. With sandy beaches, picturesque sceneries, iconic landmarks, and a rich artistic culture among other things it’s easy to see why so many people flock to the country year after year.
As a result of its variety, it's no surprise that France is a great holiday destination for every type of tourist. Families, couples and solo travellers will love exploring all the historic sites, landmarks, beaches and incredible restaurants in the region. You’re sure to be kept busy on your French holiday!
Flights depart to France from both Dublin and Cork airport, with an estimated flight time of around an hour and a half. There are always great offers on holidays from Dublin and Cork to France.
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The nightlife scene in France is varied, with something that’s sure to suit everyone. From quiet and cosy cocktail bars to lively nightclubs perfect for dancing the night away in, there’s a place in France for you! There are also a number of other places to spend your nights in France, including restaurants which offer live shows and entertainment, comedy clubs, casinos and bars.
French cuisine is very popular all over the world, with dishes such as escargot and steak tartar being some of the most well-known. However, there are a number of other tasty dishes that we recommend you try while on your holiday in France, such as soupe a l’onion, onion soup; bouef bourguignon, a thick stew with vegetables; and chocolate soufflé. Restaurants in France offer an incredible dining experience that we recommend everyone try while they’re there!
There is plenty for families to see and do in France. Of course, a trip to Disneyland Paris is a must! The wide selection of rides, characters and celebrations are sure to make for a memorable and enchanting trip that will be loved by travellers of all ages. For a fun and educational day out, take a trip to Chateau de Bridoire, also known as the games castle. Here, you can explore the 115th century castle while also being given the opportunity to try a range of medieval games including jousting, archery and cross-bows.
There is no shortage of beautiful beaches in France perfect for spending the day lounging on and catching some rays. Some of the most popular beaches in the country include Plage de Palombaggia in Porto-Vecchio, Grande Plage in Biarritz and Plage de Pampelonne in St Tropez. Each of these are loved by locals and tourists alike, and make for a perfect day at the beach on your holiday.
Shopping opportunities in France are readily available. Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so it’s no surprise that there are many high-end boutiques and designer stores in the country. However, there is also plenty of high-street fashion retailers, souvenir shops and bespoke craft stores, so there’s somewhere to find whatever you’re looking for. Some of the most popular shopping streets in France include Avenue des Champs Elysees and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore.
Every March or April, the Berck Sur Mer Interntional Kite Festival takes place. During this festival, giant kites in the shape of various designs and characters such as dragons, aliens and whales are flown over the beach which makes for an incredible spectacle. Every two years, the festival hosts the International Kite Championships of the World which adds a fun competitive twist to the festivities.
We recommend visiting France in either spring or summer, between the months of April and August. The weather is likely to be pleasant throughout these months, with warm temperatures and sunshine. There is likely to be fewer crowds during spring, which makes it the perfect time to go for some sightseeing.
Euro is the currency used in France.
France is 1 hour ahead of Ireland.
Getting around in France is very easy due to its well-developed public transport network consisting mostly of trains and buses which service most of the country bar some very rural areas. Alternatively, if you would like to travel outside of the city to those more rural areas on the outskirts, car rental is readily available at the airport and train stations.