General Information about France
Location: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain
Area: 547,030 sq km
Population: 60,180,529 (2003)
Climate: Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as the Mistral.
Highest point: Mont Blanc 4,807 m
Electricity: 230 volt electricity 2 pin plugs are widely used in France (or occasionally 3 round pin plugs). Adaptors are available from most electrical shops.
Drive: On the right.
France is a fantastic country for travelling by motorhome or campervan. You can explore the sunny Cote d'Azure, the rugged Alpine mountains, the dramatic Bretagne coastline or the Pyrennes and all points in between.
The road network in France is superb and because camping and motorhoming has been popular here for many years, campsites and roadside facillities are excellent.
France is centrally located within the European Union and it is possible to use your French motor home or campervan hire to explore other countries by road, ferry or the Channel Tunnel. Countries such as Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland and Scandinavia are all at your fingertips.
Airports and ferries in France
There are over 150 airports in France, the main ones are in:
- Le Havre
- Rouen Reims
- Caen Mettz
- Le Mans
- La Rochelle
- Saint Etienne
- Ajaccio (Corsica)
From France you can travel by ferry to
- Channel Islands