Flights to France
France is the most visited country in the world, frequently outnumbering all other countries to be the most popular tourist destination. Situated in Western Europe, France has coastlines on the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean Sea, and borders with several countries including Spain, Italy and Germany. France appeals to so many visitors because it has so much variety to offer.
Although France has many major regional airports, and three internationally classed airports near the capital, Paris, the majority of long-haul flights to France will land at the country’s principal international airport, Paris’s Charles de Gaulle (airport code: CDG), located outside the city centre. From the airport Paris can be reached by a charter bus, train or taxi. Flights to France from South Africa are indirect with at least one connection. Choose from airlines such as Etihad, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, Swiss, Kenya Airways, and South African Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and KLM who all provide flights to France from South Africa with one connection. Paris’s Orly airport (airport code: ORY) is another option for one stop flights from Johannesburg.
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The Tourist Attractions of France:
Starting with the number one tourist attraction in France, Paris, this is a beautiful city which has been, and always will be a popular destination. The capital and largest city of France, Paris has hundreds of things to see and do. Highlights will obviously include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees, Notre Dame de Paris, and the Pompidou Centre, though there is plenty more than this to see in Paris too!
The Loire Valley
Situated in north-west France, the Loire Valley is best known for its wine and landscapes. The area is popular with visitors who are touring, and wish to visit its vineyards and castles and experience its history. The area between Maine and Sally-sur-Loire is particularly popular as this region has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Mountains of France
The southern regions of France are more mountainous than the fairly flat north. The French Alps are probably the best known of France’s mountain ranges, though there is also the Massif Central and the Pyrenees. Visitors looking for mountain scenery and hiking in the summer will plenty of opportunity for this in France, and during the winter there are numerous ski resorts to visit too.
Another of France’s wine producing areas, the Rhone Valley, separates the Massif Central from the Alps, and a popular city here is Lyon. This is the third largest city in France and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Around 5 million of the tourists visiting France each year are here for religious purposes, visiting the important town of Lourdes, at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains. This Christian pilgrimage site was made popular by the claims that apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes were seen.
The French Riviera (or Cote d’Azur, as it’s known in France) is on the Mediterranean coast in the south east. This area is very popular for its beaches and great weather, and has a reputation for attracting the rich and famous to cities like Nice and Cannes, and the nearby city state of Monaco.
When Should You Visit?:
With such a variety in landscapes, France understandably has a varied climate. The north of France is more temperate with rainfall possible throughout the year, warm summers and mild winters. The mountainous regions experience pleasant summers and colder winters, usually with a good amount of snowfall. In contrast, the southern, Mediterranean region of France has much hotter and dry summers, with mild and wet winters.