Facts About France for Planning Your Vacations

Facts About France and Nice Beach

Facts about France Parks

Here are 6 National Parks to include in your France Vacations:

Popular Regional Parks – Things to Do in France:

  • Best Skiing Vacations in France
  • Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne (the Auvergne volcanoes)
  • Le Parc régional naturel des Grands Causses (Aveyron – Lozère)
  • Parc Naturel Regional du Morvan – Monts du Morvan (Burgundy)
  • Parc Naturel des Ballons des Vosges (Lorraine – Alsace)

Include Unesco World Heritage Sites in Your France Vacations

Facts about France - Famous Monte Carlo Casino and Monaco
The Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco is one of the most famous places to visit in France


Climate and Weather Forecast Facts about France

France is influenced by four climate types:

Temperate maritime climate in the west, mid latitude continental climate on the interior, mountain climate on high elevations and Mediterranean climate in the south. Depending on what areas you visit, you can expect to experience a variety of weather forecast France.

The northern part of France, including Île-de-France and Paris, has a temperate climate with warm summers, cold winters and rainfall throughout the year.

The Jura Mountains and the French Alps experience alpine climate and the weather of the French Alps is variable so be prepared to come prepared for a variety of weather forecast France on your mountain vacations.

The western coast, from the Loire to the Pyrenees, is milder and the summer days can get very hot.

Other facts about France in Southern France is that areas such as the French Riviera, Provence and Roussillon, has a warm Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and hot, dry summers.

In the weather forecast France, you can expect to hear about the mistral, a strong, cold and usually dry regional wind coming from the north, accelerates as it heads south down the Rhone valley, Provence and to the Cote d’Azur.

The mistral is another of the important facts about France. These winds generally occurring during the winter and spring plays an important part in the climate of Provence and often causes sudden storms in the Mediterranean between Corsica and the Balearic Islands.

Facts about France - Historical Monument Aux Morts in Nice, France
Monument aux Morts, a French Memorial in Nice, France

Facts About France and Guide to Regions and Departments

France has 26 regions, which are subdivided into 100 départements. The departments are numbered mainly in alphabetical order and this number is used in postal codes and vehicle number plates.

Regional Map of France

Facts about France - Map of the France Regioins

Facts About France Regions:

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France has 26 Regions 100 Départements of diverse cultural areas to choose from for your holidays. Here is a list to help you with planning your France vacations (this table does not include overseas):

Île-de-France
Paris
Northeast France
Picardie (Picardy)
Aisne
Oise
Somme
Le Nord (Nord-Pas-de-Calais)
Nord
Pas-de-Calais
Champagne-Ardenne
Ardennes
Aube
Marne
Haute-Marne
Alsace
Bas-Rhin
Haut-Rhin
Lorraine
Meurthe-et-Moselle
Meuse
Moselle
Vosges
Western France
Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy)
Eure
Seine-Maritime
Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy)
Calvados
Manche
Ome
Bretagne (Brittany)
Côtes-d’Armor
Finistère
Ille-et-Vilaine
Morbihan
Pays de la Loire (Loire Valley)
Loire-Atlantique
Maine-et-Loire
Mayenne
Sarthe
Vendée
Central France
Bourgogne (Burgundy)
Côte-d’Or
Nièvre
Saône-et-Loire
Yonne
Centre (Massif Central)
Cher
Eure-et-Loir
Indre
Indre-et-Loire
Loir-et-Cher
Loiret
Franche-Comte in Eastern France
Doubs
Jura
Haute-Saône
Territoire de Belfort
Rhone-Alpes
(Rhone Valley and French
Alps)

Ain
Ardèche
Drôme
Isère
Loire
Rhône
Savoie
Haute-Savoie
Southwest France
Aquitaine
Dordogne
Gironde
Landes
Lot-et-Garonne
Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Auvergne
Allier
Cantal
Haute-Loire
Puy-de-Dôme
Limousin
Corrèze
Creuse
Haute-Vienne
Midi-Pyrenees (Pyrenees)
Ariège
Aveyron
Haute-Garonne
Gers
Lot
Hautes-Pyrénées
Tarn
Tarn-et-Garonne
Poitou-Charentes (Poitou)
Charente
Charente-Maritime
Deux-Sèvres
Vienne
South of France
Languedoc-Roussillon
Aude
Gard
Hérault
Lozère
Pyrénées-Orientales
Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur
(Provence
and Cote d’Azur)

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
0Hautes-Alpes
Alpes-Maritimes
Bouches-du-Rhône
Var
Vaucluse
Corse (Corsica)
Corse-du-Sud
Haute-Corse

Facts about France - Famous Statue on the Seine
The Statue on Pont Alexandre lll Bridge on the Seine River


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