10 essential tips for traveling to France


With this selection of tips for traveling to France We want to help you, as far as possible, to organize your trip to one of the most spectacular and complete countries in the world.
With cities full of life and as symbolic as Paris, landscapes dotted with castles that take you to another era, such as the Loire Valley, areas with history in all corners, such as Normandy or Alsace, the perfect place to live a fairytale Christmas , France is one of the most visited destinations by travelers from all over the world, which we are sure, will exceed any expectation, however high.

Based on the multiple trips we have made, visiting practically the whole country, such as the trip to Alsace, the trip to Carcassonne and the Cathar Castles, to the Cote d'Azur, the trip to Midi-Pyrenees, the trip to Normandy or the Valley of the Loira in addition to the two visits to Paris, we want to leave you what are for us 10 essential tips for traveling to France. We start!

1. What is the best time?

The first thing to keep in mind is that France is a fairly large country and therefore, with quite notable climatic differences according to what time of the year, so it is difficult to summarize the best times to visit each of they.
Considering this, we will make a general summary, which we believe, can help you determine what the best time for a trip to France:

  • High season (July and August and December in Alsace): these two months of the year are the most crowded in the whole country, especially in Paris, the Loire Valley, Normandy and the Cote d'Azur.
    In addition to this, Christmas is celebrated in Alsace in style, so the last week of November and the month of December are the times when this area of ​​France is filled with locals and travelers.
  • Mid season (from April to June and September): this is probably the best time to make a trip to France if you want to enjoy good weather and tranquility in most areas of the country.
  • Low season (from October to March): except for the month of December, which we talked about earlier, the rest of the months are the least demanded, causing prices to fall considerably and even, in some areas of the country, close accommodations and restaurants.

2. Entry requirements

If you are Spanish or a citizen of the European Union, you will only need the ID or Passport to travel to France. In case your nationality is different, we recommend you check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Embassy, ​​to verify that entry requirements are necessary.

In addition to what has been mentioned above, it is very important to take the Europe Health Card with you, so that if necessary, they will attend you at any public medical center.
It is also important to consider the option of contracting the best travel insurance for Europe if you want to have medical care in the best centers and have a repatriation included, for example, if necessary.

We always travel insured with Mondo, with whom we carry a totally adequate insurance to the needs that we will have on the trip. Hiring your insurance here with Mondo, just for being a Street Travelers reader, you have a 5% discount.

Tarte Flambée in Alsace

10. More tips for traveling to France

Other of the best tips for traveling to France are:

  • Remember that both in France and in any other destination in the world, it is highly recommended to use the BNEXT card to get money and the N26 card to pay, with which you will save all abusive bank commissions. We leave you the post The best cards to travel without commissions in which you can see all the details.
  • Although the official language is French, English is spoken perfectly in all tourist places.
  • In case you are going to travel to France doing a route by car we recommend you take GPS or some application on your mobile that serves as offline GPS.
  • As we mentioned at the beginning of the post, France is such a large country with so many amazing places to see, that if you don't have many days, it's perfect to meet in different getaways.
  • In general, hotels in France are similar in quality to the Spanish. Keep this in mind in order to determine the quality / price ratio.
  • In France the voltage is 230V, the frequency 50Hz and the plugs are of type E.

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