France is the most visited country in the world and with the use of the Eurotunnel it is the easiest overseas destination to travel to from the UK. Making it one of the most popular sports tour destinations in Europe, helped along by the range of sports they offer as a nation too.
The importance of the land reverberates throughout French culture, manifesting itself in areas as diverse as regional pride in local cuisine and the state's fierce defence of Europe's agricultural subsidies. Perhaps the most striking feature of the French countryside is the sense of space. There are huge tracts of woodland and undeveloped land without a house in sight, and, away from the main urban centres, hundreds of towns and villages have changed only slowly and organically over the years, their old houses and streets intact, as much a part of the natural landscape as the rivers, hills and fields.