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Road in France France is among the most visited European destinations. But to see more than a common tourist (what is for sure recommended), one needs plenty of time, since France is big enough and offers too much to see and do. Fortunately, there is a solution, a rental car in France. This is probably the best way to experience the country, discover France at your own pace, stop wherever you want, spend as much time as you want at really interesting places of France.

Start your journey in Paris, Lyon, Toulouse or any French city where your plane lands. Get your rental car from the airport or downtown location and go further: the French Alps, Côte d'Azur, Normandy, Champagne, Alsace, Limousin, or Brittany. We offer plenty of convenient pick-up locations and a wide range of economy rental cars in France.

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France Travel - Auto Hire Online

To tell that France is the most visited tourists’ destination in the world is to tell nothing. What is France associated with. First of all with romantic and at the same time passionate love, with mysterious charm of smalls towns and crazy modernity of big cities, excellent sceneries and warmly welcoming people, with the Louvre, Montmartre and of course with the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The best way to discover French cities is to rent a car on AutoHireOnline.com.

France is the birthplace of Gothic Art, which was previously known as the French Art, and the Baroque style in architecture. Among the most famous symbols of France there are the baguette – a long, thin loaf of bread, adored by French, a beret – cap of special from, usually worn tilted to one side. It is interesting that in France it was the men’s cap, but nowadays, both ladies and gentlemen wear it. Tour de France - professional cyclist’s race, usually held in July, is also associated with the country. France is not France without national cuisine, which is considered to be the best in the world. Croissants, crêpes, and French bread, soufflés and mousse - this is not a full list of beloved dishes of French.

Wherever you go in France (by car or by train), you won’t be disappointed, because every region of the country has something attractive for the tourists. See Paris and die – this saying it true to life. The capital of the country is a real treasury of sights and the object of desire of many travelers. Bridges and canals, luxurious hotels, ancient churches, fountains – all these you can see in Paris. Such places as Place des Vosges Le Marais, Musee Picasso, Centre Pompidou will be interesting for those who love art and beauty. The masterpiece of architecture is Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, built in the 12-14th centuries. The cathedral remains the visiting card of Paris for centuries. The outstanding works of prominent French artists like Monet, Cezanne Renoir and Leonardo da Vinci are displayed in one of the largest art museums in the world, the Louvre, located in Paris. French Disneyland is situated 30 km from Paris in Marne la Vallee and can be easily reached by rental car or train. Fairy-tales surround the tourists, making them coming back to the childhood. This is the exact place to visit if you come to the country with children. Don’t lose the opportunity to walk around Sleeping Beauty Castle and Castle of Peter Pan.

Want to go back to Roman times and to see the ruins of the Gallo-Roman theaters, consisting of an amphitheater and an odium, welcome to Lyon. The atmosphere of these theaters has a strong positive effect on the visitors, inspires them, and fills them with energy. Lyon also offers vast snowfields. The surrounding mountains attract both experienced skiers, professional snowboarders, amateur hikers and alpinists. Courchevel and Chamonix-Mont Blanc, les Deux-Alpes, la Plagne, Megeve, Val d’Isere are popular among the skiing-fans.

A great deal of historic buildings is concentrated in Avignon – one of the most ancient cities of France. Two main squares (Avignon Place de l'Horloge and Place du Palais) lead to the landmark of the city and the whole country - Palace of the Popes, which is really worth your attention. It is doubtless that the most expensive cars, the most luxurious buildings and numerous yachts along the sea shore taking together symbolize Cannes – one of the popular rest places of millionaires, film-stars and pop-singers. But the city is well-known not only due to the annual movie-festival, but also famous as an excellent place for shopping. Shops and boutiques on the Rue d'Antibes or Bvd de la Croisette attract shoppers from all over the world. The center of the city is Zone Pietonne – a walking street. Here you can find the most prestigious hotels, as the Carlton and the Martinez, where the Hollywood stars and very rich people prefer to stay.

It should be said that the most popular area of France, without any exaggeration, is Bordeaux. It is the exact place where the most expensive white and red wines are produced. All the wines are distinguished according to the territory where they are made. So, in Bordeaux there are five such main areas: Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, and Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.

France Geography - Auto Hire Online

The France Republic is the official name of France. Being the largest country of the Western Europe, it occupies one fifth of the European Union’s total area. At the same time nearly 20% of French territory is situated outside Europe. The country’s closest neighbors are Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Monaco, Spain and Andorra. All these destinations can be visited easily if you rent a car from Auto Hire Online. France has access to four bodies of water: the Atlantic Ocean (through the Bay of Biscane), North Sea, Mediterranean Sea and also the English Channel.

The France Republic consists of Metropolitan France, which includes 22 regions subdivided into 96 departments. France also has four overseas departments, among them Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana and Reunion. Four overseas territories of France are: French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna and the French Southern and Antarctic Territories. There are also the so-called territorial communities, possessing the specific status (Mayotte and St Pierre and Miquelon).

A great deal of French territory (nearly 82%) is covered with forests, as for the plains – they take up the two thirds of the total area. The main mountain ranges are the Alps with its highest peak Mont Blanc, Ardennes, Pyrénées, Massif Central Jura, and Vosges. To discover regions of France in the best possible way, don’t forget to make your car rental reservation in advance and save.

France Facts

Full Country Name

French Republic

Capital

Paris

Major Cities

Paris, Marseille, Nice, Cannes, Toulouse, Lyon, Strasbourg

Population

65.4 million

Area

674,843 square kilometers (674,843 square miles)

Language

French

Currency

Euro

Country code

+33

Time Zone

CET (UTC+1), summer: CEST (UTC+2)

Religion

Christianity (Major religion - Roman Catholicism)

France History

The history of France began when the Celtic tribes came to the western parts of the country. But the name of the country originated from “Frank” – the Germanic tribe, which founded the first independent kingdom in the 6th century and settled into the southern coastline of France. All the territories of modern France were united between 768 and 814. In the 5th century the Roman Empire had a great influence on the eastern regions of the country, but not on the western. In Early Middle Ages France was fragmented into small kingdoms. The period of Later Middle Ages if characterized by the contradictory processes. On one hand there was the so-called cultural boom in the country: poetry of the troubadours, new trends in architecture and sculpture (the roman and gothic styles, art masterpieces, especially in painting. On the other hand – different crises: demographic, religious and also epidemic of plague.

The French Revolution of 1789 became the end of Royal dynasty in France. The feudal regional structure of the country was destroyed and France was divided into 83 geographical areas. The most significant period of the history of France is marked by the foundation of Second Empire by Napoleon. French in Europe became more and more evident, at the time the country was considered to be the most influential among many other states. This fact was also proved by successful French expansion to Africa and Asia. The industrial revolution in the beginning of the 19th century stimulated the stratification of society into classes. There emerged the definite working and middle classes. The historians usually characterize this period of French history as chaotic and unstable.

In spite of the victory in the World War I France lost nearly 10% of the population and practically half of its industry. As for World War II, the Frenchmen were against it, but the defeat of French troops led to the collapse of the Third Republic. Resistance movements played the decisive role in the liberating of the country from the German invaders.

The contemporary period of the history of France began with the Fifth Republic and new Constitution. Charles de Gaulle, then François Mitterrand led the country to the European war of the development. Nowadays France has the fourth-powerful economy in the world, giving the priorities to the heavy industrial production and agricultural sector.

France Sightseeing

Everything that you could ever want to see in your life is France. This country is considered to be the most visited among other favorite tourists destinations. It has good beaches, impressive sceneries, tasty food and the most incredible thing – romantic atmosphere, felt everywhere. Without any doubts, Paris is the most beautiful city on the planet. The city of love, bright lights, history and culture – this is how Paris is usually called. The capital of France is full of interesting sights which are worth visiting. The Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre and the Louvre's Pyramid - the wonders of Paris are countless.

Lyon is another tourist attraction. Being an important part of France, this city is first of all famous for its numerous churches and cathedrals. St. Just Church, Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Saint Bruno Church represent a perfect example of elegant architecture and admirable design. Visit Marseille, France’s oldest city and at the same time, the most important commercial port on the Mediterranean Sea. The striking views of islands rising from the water, are open from the terrace of 19th century basilica. Every city of France is really special and awfully attractive. So don’t wait for long. Rent a car in France today on AutoHireOnline and explore France at your own pace.

France Recreation

It should be said that the proverb “Tastes differ” characterize French sport addiction. The locals go in for different kinds of sport beginning with cycling and finishing with rock climbing. Cycling is one of the most popular sports in France, because flat or rolling countryside of the country is very suitable for biking. The evidence of that is the fact that Tour de France is the world's biggest spectator sport. The French Alps and the Pyrennees offer endless opportunities for climbers. In addition it should be added that horse racing, especially trotting, is also a wide spread sport.

If you want to try the so-called wine therapy, France is the very country you have to visit. Rent a car right now on AutoHireOnline and drive to lovely wine spas in Bordeaux region, believe you won’t be disappointed.

France Shopping

Cartier, Hermes, Christian Lacroix, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc, and Rolex – the list of world known French brands can be continued. That’s why France is the place where the tourists can buy fashionable clothes, accessories, souvenirs, and other things. There are plenty of shops in France: upscale designer shops, less expensive stores, numerous locally-owned boutiques. Have you ever paid attention that practically every woman in Paris wears scarf? Do not hesitate and buy several scarves for yourself and for your friends. A wide range of prices and styles is available.

The best gifts to be brought from Brittany are the hand-painted pottery from the town of Quimper and fishermen's sweaters of St. James and Tricommer brands. The santons, made of clay or wood, available throughout Provence and the Riviera. It is a perfect gift for the collectors. The south of France is famous for its brightly colored cotton fabrics. Beautiful tablecloths and napkins, colourful dresses and purses can be found at numerous markets in Provence. Small village of Biot is France's capital of glass, where a lot of studios and galleries, selling sculpting exquisite glass objects, are situated. Normandy is a land of apple orchards, that’s why what you should exactly do - bring home a bottle of apple cider. Calvados, made in Normandy, will also be an ideal present for the connoisseur of alcohol drinks.

French Cuisine

French cuisine is so much discussed, leant and commented, that it is really difficult to say something new. The French consider cooking the major art form. Among national dishes the following should be mentioned. Quiche Lorraine is popular in the northeastern France. It is made of a shell of crisp pastry, filled with beaten eggs and cream cheese. Pohtohfeuh, which is translated from French as a “pot on fire” is meat and vegetable broth served with croutons. The most popular dessert is Pohduhkrehm, flavored with vanilla, chocolate, coffee and served in tiny pot-shaped cups. Lyon is the heartland of French cuisine. The specialty of this area is Quenelles de brochet (sausage-formed pounded pike served with a rich crayfish sauce).

Cheese is national food in France; French cheese is eaten all over the world. But the French eat it more than any other nation, because there are 400 different kinds of cheese made in this country. If we say national French drink, what comes to mind? Of course, wine. France is associated with wine; choice varies according to region. Bordeaux is the exact place, where the most expensive white and red wines are produced. Visiting Bordeaux is easy and fast by rental car from any other city of France.



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