France is the 3rd largest country in Europe and in recent history had the second largest colony in the world behind the United Kingdom. It rates as having the highest number of visitors in the world, and thus well worthy of inclusion in our featured destinations guide. France is most famous for its high quality wines, cuisine, romance and of course the Riviera. France has a total population of 66 million inhabitants and welcomes over 83 million tourists per annum. In the summer months a high volume of visitors head to the south coast to relax in St Tropez, Antibes, Cannes and Nice. In the winter months they find glamour in the ski resorts of Courchevel, Val d’Isere, Meribel and Chamonix. France occupies a high land mass bordered by the Atlantic, Mediterranean and the English Channel to the north. It thus enjoys a wide cross section of climates, ranging from temperate in the north , Mediterranean in the South and Oceanic to the west of France. Tourism remains a large contributor to the French GDP with visitors being attracted to the many locations listed among the heritage sites of the world as compiled by UNESCO. Many come to France to sample its wine region, or enjoy the 300 days of sunshine on the riviera. Marina’s along the south coast have become a favoured summer destination of 50% of the world’s superyachts attracted by summer events such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. Other attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Le Louvre, Mont St Michel, Carcassonne and Disneyland coupled with a huge number of museums, galleries, theatres, cafes and restaurants ensure that there really is something for everyone in France. Events not be missed in France include: Le Tour De France – Conceived in 1903 and still going strong today Mardi Gras – The French equivalent of Shrove Tuesday. Monaco Grand Prix – Whilst not strictly in France, the Monaco Grand Prix is just a quick helicopter ride from Nice. Cannes Film Festival – One of the worlds leading film festivals attracting Hollywood’s finest. Bastille Day – Celebrating the anniversary of the start of the French Revolution with the attack on Bastille Prison. For more information on private jet charter and helicopter flights to France please contact our team on +44 (0)1252 416343 or email fly@execflyer.com