France, officially the French Republic (French: République française), is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in Western Europe and which also comprises various overseas islands and territories located in other continents. France is a popular holiday destination because it's rich history, changing landscapes, good wine, a nice warm climate in summer and beautiful snowy mountains for skiing in winter. Take a ferry to France with FerryTravels so you can go to a various numbers of ports in France which can all act as a gateway for a further discovery of the country.
Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. French people often refer to Metropolitan France as L'Hexagone (The "Hexagon") because of the geometric shape of its territory. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain.
In some of its overseas departments, France also shares land borders with Brazil, Suriname, and the Netherlands Antilles. France is also linked to the United Kingdom via the Channel Tunnel, which passes underneath the English Channel (La Manche in French).
France is one of the founding members of the European Union, and has the largest land area of all members. France is also a founding member of the United Nations, and a member of La Francophonie, the G8, and the Latin Union. The country gave the world the champagne, casseroles and Camembert. Also, very famous for its cooking you'll find there plenty of places to indulge yourself.
But, while France is undoubtedly a place to eat and drink to your heart's content, there's much more to this fascinating country than cutting-edge cuisine. Whether it's gastronomic greatness, artistic endeavor or cultural cachet you're looking for, there's no doubt that France still sits right at the top of the European heap. France is the country for which the word chic was invented, seductive and aloof, old-fashioned and forward-looking.
With our ferries to France, Normandy and Brittany are close reaches with our regular crossings. While many people will head for the lively Normandy coast, the Norman countryside with its golden prairies, its wooded valleys and its beech and pine forests, remains a haven of peace and tranquility. A long coastline with vast bays of glorious beaches, and a secretive, almost mystical interior is the lasting impression of Brittany, the most westward region of France, where the Bretons speak their ancient language and carry on age-old traditions. Brittany always seems a little out of step with mainstream France, but the many attractions welcome visitors in their thousands year after year.
Despite its size, France's landscapes are extremely varied from one region to another, ranging from Paris and its suburbs to high alpine territory to oceanfront resort towns. Paris, the capital of France, is a popular destination for holidays or weekend breaks. With Ferry Travels you are able to combine a stay in Paris with a visit to the Disneyland in France, Euro Disney.
France is known around the world as a diverse country in its people, architectures and landscapes. The Loire Valley was the playground of French nobility, who used the nation's wealth to transform the area with many earnestly extravagant chateaux like the largest and most lavish, Château de Chambord. It was built by King François I in 1519, a rapacious lunatic who was fanatically dishonest with his subjects' money.
Spring offers the best weather to visitors, with beach tourism picking up in May. Mid-July through to the end of August is when most city dwellers take their annual five weeks vacation to the coasts and mountains. Temperatures aren't too bad in autumn, although the short days mean limited sunlight and the cold starts to make itself felt towards the end of the season, even along the Côte d'Azur. Winter means skiing and snowboarding in France's Alps and Pyrenees.