With such a varied landscape to explore, both in terms of the
people and the natural environment, the obvious way for tourists to get around is by
hiring a car, just make sure that your car insurance covers you for driving abroad.
If not, you can get a quote on holiday cover from your own insurance company or from a
Although France has an excellent high-speed railway system, the autonomy afforded by a car
is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy opportunities as disparate as stopping off at a
local farmers' market, to watching the surf roll in on the wild Atlantic coastline.
Furthermore, the presence of many toll roads ensures that the quality of French roads is
amongst the best in Europe.
When considering a trip to France, no visit is complete without a taste of the nation's
capital city, Paris,
often described as "the city of love", along with its Parisian architecture
ranging from the grand Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame, to the
contemporary, and controversial, "pyramid" at the entrance to the Louvre museum.
In terms of a practical start to a holiday one may also find large car hire companies and
it is noteworthy that the French road system spreads outward from Paris.
And one journey, the Paris-Riviera route is one which allows for the assimilation of local
French culture and a range of opportunities along the way; from encountering the fields of
the Champagne region, to experiencing the breath-taking natural beauty of the Loire valley as it flows
from its source in the mountainous regions of the Massif Central. Once beyond the
mountains the brilliant blue of the Mediterranean and the coastal cities of Marseilles,
Toulon and Nice await. Interspersed amongst the cities are delightful towns such as
Cannes, the host of the world-renowned film festival. Such a route provides a delightful
end to the road trip; yet the beauty of such travel is the scope for exploration and
individual choice in one's holiday in this rich and varied nation, you can be sure of a
truly memorable time.