Open any holiday brochure about France, or click onto any website, and you’ll find a wealth of possibilities for tourists. As a country full of contrasts, it caters well to every type of budget, and every type of holiday maker. Ski holidays, beach breaks and chic city stopovers are all available here, along with a variety of attractions, activities, culture, and traditions, to help make your stay something special.
Spending a holiday under canvas in France is a popular choice for affordable, flexible breaks, which can be booked direct with campsites, or through tour operators, who can also provide travel arrangements as part of a holiday package. Booking through a tour operator can offer reassurance when it comes to facilities and accommodation, and many of the sites are located in popular areas where there is plenty to see and do. Thomson’s offer ‘Alfresco’ breaks to luxury mobile home sites in 23 locations, including Brittany, Champagne, The Loire, and Aquitaine, while Eurocamp has sites in coastal, countryside, and inland locations across the country. Their parks include the medium sized Val D’Europe close to Disneyland Paris and Camping Les Fontaines in Annecy Lathuile, French Alps. Away from the big chains, locally run campsites operate in many of the popular areas, such as the Pas De Calais region which is good for beaches, and St Malo, a good base for exploring Brittany and Normandy.
Locations such as Normandy and Brittany are ideal for soaking up French history, while the coastal areas cater well for beach breaks and water sports, but there are two other things the French are famous for, skiing and wine. If winter sports appeal to you, then take advantage of one of the many hotels and chalets in the French Pyrenees or French Alps. There are ski resorts of varying size that offer skiing and ski instructions for all ability levels. Popular resorts include Espace Killy and Grande Massif in the Alps, with Gourette and Les Vallees welcoming skiers in the Pyrenees. For wine lovers, the hills and valleys of the Loire region, Burgundy, Languedoc-Rousillion, and Bordeaux, are the places to head to, with many vineyards and wine chateaux offering tours, tastings, and accommodation to tourists.
For something a little more chic, why not sample city life on a short break? Situated along the Eurostar route is the French capital Paris, with its many famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees. Also check out Lille which is full to the brim with museums and monuments, and other points of interest. Other city break options include the chic French Riviera locations of Nice, Monte Carlo, and Cannes, the medieval city of Carcassonne in the South West, Marseille with its vibrant and varied attractions, and the historic/arty Toulouse. When it comes to city breaks, France has a mix of popular tourist traps, along with attractive, different, and atmospheric lesser known destinations. All offer the chance to experience first-hand, traditional French food and culture, and view some of the country’s most significant architecture/heritage.
This is just a snapshot of what’s available in France, though it should be enough to illustrate that this is a nation that’s cultural, historic, modern, and traditional in equal measure. To experience all this country has to offer, you’ll just have to plan a break there yourself, and with excellent road, rail, air, and sea links from a variety of UK/European destinations, there should be nothing stopping you doing just that.
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