The Rough Guide to France

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This practical travel guide to France features detailed factual travel tips and points-of-interest structured lists of all iconic must-see sights as well as some off-the-beaten-track treasures. Our itinerary suggestions and expert author picks of things to see and do will make it a perfect companion both, ahead of your trip and on the ground. This France guide book is packed full of details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information and top time-saving tips, including a visual list of things not to miss. Our colour-coded maps make France easier to navigate while you're there. This guide book to France has been fully updated post-COVID-19 and it comes with a free eBook.

The Rough Guide to FRANCE covers: Paris; The North; Champagne and the Ardennes; Alsace and Lorraine; Normandy; Brittany; The Loire; Burgundy; Poitou-Charentes and the Atlantic coast; The Limousin, Dordogne and the Lot; The Pyrenees; Languedoc; The Massif Central; The Alps and Franche-Comte; The Rhone valley; Provence; The Côte d'Azur; Corsica.

Inside this France travel guide you'll find:


Experiences selected for every kind of trip to France, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Béziers to family activities in child-friendly places, like Provence or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Paris.


Essential pre-departure information including France entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Includes carefully planned routes covering the best of France, which give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter of this France travel guide includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for sampling the very best of French food, relaxing on fine sandy beaches and zipping down the slopes in the Alps.


Rough Guides' rundown of Brittany; Burgundy; The Pyrenees; The Dordogne's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to France, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, this France guide book will help you find the best places, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter of this travel guide to France features fascinating insights into France, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Carcassonne Castle and the spectacular Canal du Midi.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in the Atlantic coast, The Limousin and many more locations in France, reduce the need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.


Free eBook download with every purchase of this guide book to France allows you to access all of the content from your phone or tablet, for on-the-road exploration.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781789197495
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 6/1/2023
Pages: 1000
Dimensions: 129 x 198


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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5.0 out of 5, 3 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Excellent range of travel guides

Reviewed on October 17, 2022
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Would always recommend the Rough Guides as they are an excellent range of travel books. I bought this to replace our previous guide from many years ago and the quality of information is of their usual high standard.

Amazon Customer

Useful guide

Reviewed on July 22, 2020
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Used to plan a trip to France and gives very useful information on accommodation and areas of interest

Amazon Customer

A readable and informative guide

Reviewed on September 12, 2019
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This 1064-page book - the 15th printed edition of September 2016 - is an interesting and readable (the two are not always found together) guide to the attractions of the Republic of France.

Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a well-designed and presented volume, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allows. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.

The Contents are
P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see, etc.)
P028: Basics (information on travel, transport, accommodation, food & drink, activities, and other important stuff for planning a visit)

The Guide
This contains 18 chapters on the various regions of France
P061: Paris
P157: The North
P203: Champagne & the Ardennes
P223: Alsace & Lorraine
P259: Normandy
P307: Brittany
P363: The Loire
P431: Burgundy
P475: Poitou-Charentes & the Atlantic coast
P529: The Limousin, Dordogne & the Lot
P585: The Pyrenees
P639: Languedoc
P683: The Massif Central
P725: The Alps & Franche-Comte
P777: The Rhone Valley
P809: Provence
P865: The Cote d’Azur
P935: Corsica

P992: Contexts (articles on France in history and the arts)
P1038: French
P1048: Index

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