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Travel information about France
France is a country in Western Europe where it’s the most famous tourist destination for a long time. The total area is 643,801km² with a population of approximately 63,929,000 in metropolitan France only. France is all about world-class art and architecture, iconic landmarks, and outdoor activities. France has also the third highest peak in Europe the Mont Blanc at 15,772 feet. France will never disappoint you.
Capital city of France: Paris
Closest neighbors to France: It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the north and northeast, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco to the east, the Mediterranean Sea to the southeast, Spain and Andorra to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. France shares also maritime borders with the United Kingdom.
Best times to visit France: Better not travel France during French holiday period from mid-July to the end of August. Best time to go is during spring between April and June and autumn during September to November to avoid tourist crowd.
How to get to France: You can travel from London to Paris by train for 2 hours or take a flight from USA and UK.
Visa requirements for France: No visa required for US citizen to enter France but need to have a passport valid for 90 days.
Currency of France: The currencies of France are Euro (€) and CFP Franc (XPF) (Pacific overseas territories).
Official Language of France: French is the official language of France.
UNESCO World Heritage sites in France
There are 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France and 37 on their tentative list.
- Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe (1983)
- Amiens Cathedral (1981)
- Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments (1981)
- Belfries of Belgium and France (1999, 2005)
- Bordeaux, Port of the Moon (2007)
- Bourges Cathedral (1992)
- Canal du Midi (1996)
- Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims (1991)
- Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (2015)
- Chartres Cathedral (1979)
- Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay (1981)
- Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche (2014)
- Episcopal City of Albi (2010)
- Fortifications of Vauban (2008)
- From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the Production of Open-pan Salt (1982,2009)
- Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge (1995)
- Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne (1997)
- Historic Site of Lyon (1998)
- Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion (1999)
- Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret (2005)
- Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (1979)
- Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin (2012)
- Palace and Park of Fontainebleau (1981)
- Palace and Park of Versailles (1979)
- Paris, Banks of the Seine (1991)
- Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d’Alliance in Nancy (1983)
- Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) (1985)
- Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps (2011)
- Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley (1979)
- Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs (2001)
- Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the “Triumphal Arch” of Orange (1981)
- Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France (1998)
- Strasbourg, Grande-Île and Neustadt (1988,2017)
- Taputapu?tea (2017)
- The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)
- The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape (2011)
- The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy (2015)
- The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (2000)
- Vézelay, Church and Hill (1979)
- Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve (1983)
- Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems (2008)
- Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island (2010)
- Pyrénées – Mont Perdu (1997, 1999)
Scuba diving safety tips
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:
- Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
- Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
- Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
- Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
- Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
- Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.