France is a sovereign state comprising in western Europe. One of the three countries to have both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines, in the south and in the western part. Today France is known as the most powerful colonial country. French territories are located in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Caribbean Island, South Africa. France has its borders with Spain and Andorra, Belgium, Monaco, Italy, Germany and Luxemburg.
Millions of tourists come to France every year. In other words, there is a lot to see in this country. We must mention beautiful medieval and modern architecture, just some great examples: – the Sorbonne building, the Eifel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris. Moreover, the nature in this country is also beautiful. It has Bordeaux Wines, Courchevel, French Riviera.
The greatest statues and pictures are collected in the Louvre. It has brothers Manet`s, Gogen`s, Dali`s, Picasso`s, van Gogh`s pictures, Mona Lisa, Venus de Millo and so on.
Paris is one of the most popular places among the tourists. Romantics consider this town to be the Town of Love. And this point of view has some reasons for existence. Paris really has some romantic mood thanks to the nights full of stars, narrow little streets, walks in the Champs-Elysees, view from the Eifel Tower.
In the most part France has mild Oceanic climate. It is continental in the east, and semi-continental in the Mediterranean coast. In France the summer is long. This boosts a positive effect over the influx of tourists in the summer period. On the French Riviera – known as the Cote d'Azur, are located some of the finest resorts in Europe - Saint-Tropez, Nice, Toulon, Menton.
The winter is wet. Snowfalls are mainly in the mountain areas. The French Alps are popular destinations for skiing, Courchevel in particular – one of the most famous ski resorts in Europe. It is part of the world's largest ski area "Three Valleys" - with more than 600 km. ski slopes.
September-October are considered to be best time for visiting Paris. The best time for coming to other French regions – may, during this period the weather will be the best.
France can offer many types of hotels. But most of the tourists prefer to stay at the family run guest houses. They are located far from big cities. The main reason for its popularity is the lowest price.
Grand-hotels are for those who love to stop at the old castles. They are located in the places where French aristocrats once lived. Such hotels always have good cookery. Rooms can be pretty expensive though.
There are some cheap hotels like B&B. Tourists live with owners there, and eat together. During summer vacations students from all over the world can by a place in the hostels.