France is a country that is overflowing with rich culture and history, and there are countless sightseeing opportunities that any tourist would want to include in their itinerary.
From the dazzling Eiffel Tower and the stunning Arc de Triomphe in Paris to the beautiful beaches of the French Riviera in the south, there is no shortage of breathtaking destinations to visit.
For those interested in art and architecture, there are world-renowned museums such as the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, as well as the majestic Palace of Versailles. Wine-lovers can explore the vineyards of Bordeaux or the Champagne region while foodies can indulge in the rich and delicious French cuisine in charming cafes and restaurants.
There are also smaller towns and villages with their own unique charm and history, like Annecy and Colmar. With so much to see and do, France is a destination that can be explored and appreciated time and time again.
The best time to visit France is during its shoulder seasons—from April to June and September to November! During this time, you’ll encounter fewer tourists.
The busiest time of year for the country, especially in Paris and Cannes is the summer months, from June to August,
Good To Know
Language: The official language in France is French.
Currency: The currency in France is the Euro.
Credit Cards and ATMs: The shop takes international Visa and Master Cards. You will struggle to find places that accept American Express around the country. ATMs are easy to find.
Plugs: The plugs in France are Type C and E. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter(make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: France is generally a safe country to travel to especially as a solo female traveler. However, pickpockets and tourist scams are common, especially in the capital city of Paris.
** European Travel Alert
Starting sometime around November 2023, US travelers between 18-70 years old will need to fill out an Etias visa-waiver form prior to their trip, and pay a €7 ($7.25) entry fee, to travel to European countries within the Schengen Area.
It’s a quick form, and you will most likely receive instant approval—but it’s important to plan and submit ahead. Your ETIAS travel authorization is valid for three years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.