Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
As the UK’s closest neighbour France might not be the first choice for a walking holiday, however France offers some of the world’s most sought after walking holiday destinations, including visiting traditional French towns and also world class vineyards. One of the biggest appeals to British holiday goers is the simple fact that France is so close, and being able to get to France by car makes it all the more desirable. France offers some beautiful scenary which will amaze even the most seasoned traveller. Combine easy walking through vineyards and ancient oak forest with totally unspoilt gingerbread villages bedecked with flowers.
And it isn’t just its natural beauty which draws in thousands of holiday goers per year; Other French wonders on offer to the holiday rambler include romantic castles, Gothic churches, exquisite Riquewihr and Colmar – the Venice of Alsace. Bring some gothic fairy-tale to your holiday with great views of the Black Forest, Vosges Mountains and their string of stone castles on panoramic crags. For the more specific rambler, wanting to learn more or what the French nature has to offer, encounter storks, butterflies, orchids, birds of prey.
It is generally agreed that the most acceptable time to visit France is during the summer, August time, when the weather is, as is also generally agreed at its most desirable; not too hot or cold, this is a key factor for a walking holiday; you certainly do not want to be freezing during your walk neither do you necessarily want to be uncomfortably hot and unable to enjoy your stay. You will most definitely want to check weather reports before you set off so you get the most out of you trip, with no unexpected surprises.
The varied terrain of France plays a big role on the weather in this country. For example, on the Mediterranean coast you won’t experience the same kind of winter or summers as Normandy or the Alps. Therefore, we present you climate according to the most popular regions of France.
If you’re heading to Paris or other central and eastern part of France you’ll find warm summers and cold, dry winters with rainfall throughout the year. So, the best time for Paris is Autumn or Spring, when there is less rain and the temperature is just what you need- from 50 ºF (10 ºC) to 68 ºF (20 ºC)
Talking about mountainous terrain, for example the Alps, it’s mostly visited in summer and winter. During summer, most tourists are attracted by the alpine lakes and possibility to swim in crystal clear water and during winter it’s perfect destination for skiing. The average temperature in the French Alps is 37 ºF (about 3 ºC) in winter and 66 ºF (19 ºC).
For a great deal of sunshine, go to the south of France. Provence and Côte d’Azur regions have hot, dry summers and mild winters with little snow and lots of sunshine. The average temperature in the south of France is 54 ºF (12 ºC) in winter and 82 ºF (27 ºC)
Heading to France, you should take euros with you. Being part of the Eurozone, France uses the Euro as its currency from 2002. It is illegal for shops and restaurants to accept foreign currency, however, most of them will accept your credit card. Besides, many shops and stores do not accept notes of larger than €50. Money can be changed at most post offices. Banks have a large minimum commission, and airports, ferry ports and train stations offer poor exchange rate.
Of course you’ll hear French in France. It’s the only official language in France required by law in commercial and workplace communications. Moreover, it’s widely used language all over the world. French is one out of three procedural languages in the European Commission. All road signs and markers will be written in French. Therefore, improve your knowledge of French or get a small dictionary and explore the beautiful country.