Travel Planning
Central France
Travel Planning
Central France

Central France at a Glance

Central France is a vast and diverse territory. Here you'll find rural regions untouched by tourism, bustling historic towns, ancient castles and churches as well as extraordinary volcanic landscapes, hot springs and mountains. 

Central France is a region best explored by people who love the outdoors. Here you'll find landscapes to rival the most beautiful places you've ever seen. In the south, limestone plateaus have been cut and crisscrossed with rivers making for fabulous boating and walking. In the east, volcanoes have left their mark on the countryside.

In central France you'll want to soak in famous hot springs, head out for some mountain biking, road bike up steep mountain roads, walk along the Route of St. Jacques de Compostelle or go white water rafting. 

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Getting There
Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter France if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a French consulate office to learn more about travel requirements. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Cool to cold winters and warm summers are the norm in central France and the Massif Central region. Higher elevations bring colder weather, especially in winter. 

Safety Concerns Protect your belongings whether you are in a crowded town square or on a deserted hiking trail. Keep belongings in your sight and avoid flashing valuables. 

Health Concerns Purify all water you take from streams and lakes in the back country. City drinking water is clean and safe. 

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