Popular Destination: France

France hosts a variety of places of tourist interest like the Alpine mountains, ski resorts, beaches, picturesque French villages, spectacular gardens and parks, and more.

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Paris in Day Light
Paris in Day Light

France leads the world in the field of tourism with 84.5 million international tourists visiting the country in 2015, increase 0.9% than 2014. France has long been a global centre of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts Europe’s fourth-largest number of cultural sites. The country is home to 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

France spans 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and had a total population of almost 67 million people as of January 2017. It is a unitary semi-presidential republic with the capital in Paris, the country’s largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban centres in France include Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nice, Toulouse, Strasbourg and Bordeaux.

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Tourism
France hosts a variety of places of tourist interest like the Alpine mountains, ski resorts, beaches, picturesque French villages, spectacular gardens and parks, and more.

France, especially Paris, has some of the world’s largest and renowned museums, including the Louvre, which is the most visited art museum in the world, the Musée d’Orsay, mostly devoted to impressionism, and Beaubourg, dedicated to Contemporary art. There is also Disneyland Paris as Europe’s most popular theme park, which consist of Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.

The French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur), in south-east France, is the second leading tourist destination in the country, after the Paris region. It benefits from 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 kilometres (71 mi) of coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts and 3,000 restaurants. Each year the Côte d’Azur hosts 50% of the world’s superyacht fleet.

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Climate
Most of the low-lying areas of metropolitan France excluding Corsica are located in the oceanic climate zone. The west of France has strictly oceanic climate. The climate of the South is also oceanic but warmer. The climate of the Northwest is oceanic but cooler and windier.

Oceanic climates are defined as having a monthly mean temperature below 22 °C (72 °F) in the warmest month, and above 0 °C (32 °F) in the coldest month.

Away from the coast, the climate is oceanic throughout but its characteristics change somewhat. The Paris sedimentary basin and, more so, the basins protected by mountain chains show a stronger seasonal temperature variability and less rainfall during autumn and winter. Therefore, most of the territory has a semi-oceanic climate and forms a transition zone between strictly oceanic climate near the coasts and the semi-continental climate of the north and centre-east.

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Weather

Paris, FR
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3.1 ° C
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Airport Code in France (IATA)

Charles de Gaulle, Paris (CDG)
Bordeaux (BOD)
Saint-Exupéry, Lyon (LYS)
Marseille (MRS)
Côte d’Azur, Nice (NCE)

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