France Natural Environment

Geography of France 

France, with an area of 547,000 sq km, is the largest country in Europe. 

 

Parts of the southern regions of the country are mountainous.  Along its south-western border with Spain and Andorra, and south-eastern border with Italy and Switzerland are the Pyrenees and the Alps, respectively.  Mont Blanc, at 4,819 m, in the Alps, is the highest peak in western Europe.

 

Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany are located to the north and northeast of the country.  Its territory also includes the island of Corsica, which is off the Mediterranean coast to the southeast of Nice.  The principality of Monaco is located in the south along the Mediterranean

 

In the centre, north and west of the country are the plains, river basins and rolling hills through which four main rivers flow.  These rivers are the Rhone, which flows into the Mediterranean, the Loire, which flows into the Atlantic, the Seine, which flows into the English Channel and the Garonne, which flows into the Bay of Biscay.

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France Climate 

France lies in the temperate climatic zone as it is located at an altitude of between 41° and 50° North.  However, there are regional climatic variations as the country is subject to the influence of the Atlantic coast to the west and the Mediterranean to the south, and different elevations of its terrain.

 

The regions in the north and northwest have a temperate climate. 

 

Along the Mediterranean region in the south-east, the summer is hot and dry and the winter is mild and wet.

 

The western region facing the Atlantic has more rainfall, cooler summers and milder winters. 

 

The centre of the country has hot summers and colder winters, with less precipitation.

 

The climate of the Pyrenees, the Alps and other mountainous regions are colder, with the temperature falling below freezing and snow-cover for a large part of the year.

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
If you don't have a fear of height, please go up with the elevator to the Eiffel Tower and look around. Being on the top of Paris is amazing and if the weather is good you can see very far.
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Make sure you bring a lot of money and you go during the summer. i went during march and the weather sucked. Also you can break into the metro system way easy.
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Thonon-les-Bains, Rhone-Alpes, France
A day skying at Grande Terche, Saint Jean D’Aulps, Haute-Savoie, France. If you are lucky with the weather, you can spend a fabulous day skying for hours close to Roc d’Enfer. You will also enjoy a rich landscape: far away north the Jura, then part of Lac Léman, then the French and Swiss Alps ( Dents du Midi are spectacular). We recommend you go from the top of Grande terche, to Chevrerie (Bellevaux) then return to Grande Terche through Les Follis; a must is to have lunch at Tavaillon a refurbished stable built in 1750 (try assiette savoyarde with beignets de pomme de terre!) This is perfect ski resort for families or for having a relax time with friends. There are large modern resorts nearby (Portes du Soleil) where you can do intensive skiing, but in Grande Terche you go at a different pace, it's pristine and genuine yet there are "black" slopes several kilometers long.
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Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Hotels are cheap in winter but the weather is still warm. Staying a few blocks back from the beach will save you money and you'll be closer to the railway station which is great for exploring the region on the cheap.
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Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, France
Lyon, nice historical and modern city of France near the Alpes. Worth a one day or two day trip. Has been THE centre of textile trade you also see in architecture of the old town; Has a nice little tram system quit modern... you can leave the car outside the town. If weather is fine have a day trip in the alpes for skiing or walking.
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