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France is one of the most popular holiday destinations for many tourists. Due to the wide variety of sights and opportunities that the country offers, tourists come to France all year round.

It is impossible to describe France in a few words. There are 40,000 monuments, 10,000 castles, abbeys and around 6,000 museums. Not to mention the many regional delicacies and traditions. Get a breath of fresh air on the rugged coasts of Normandy or stroll along the boulevards of fashionable seaside resorts on the French Riviera. Welcome to France!

Discover France

Ardèche

Popular destination because of the weather, picturesque old villages, markets, the river and all kinds of beautiful sights.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

The bustling town of Chamonix is ​​located in the French Alps. Here you will find one of the most beautiful landscapes, high in the mountains.

Alsace Region

Colmar is a beautiful town in the Alsace region, characterized by a mix of French and German influences that go together perfectly.

Côte d’Azur

The scenic coast of the Côte d’Azur is the perfect place to enjoy plenty of sun, sea and sand.

Loire-Valley

Here you will find a large number of historical villages and cities. Although the valley is best known for the many castles, which you can find everywhere.

Normandy

Here you will find D-Day beaches, Mont Saint-Michel, the cosiest towns and beautiful nature reserves.

Places I’ve been

  • Bordeaux
  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
  • Colmar
  • Etretat
  • Èze
  • Le Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Le Puy-en-Velay
  • Lille
  • Menton
  • Nice
  • Paris
  • Reims
  • Saint-Tropez
  • Vannes
  • Verdon
  • and many more…

Bucketlist

  • Pont du Gard
  • Carcassonne
  • Lourdes
  • Verdun

Best travel months

France can be visited year-round as long as you know the climate of its different regions so you can plan your trip accordingly.

  • From April until the end of September is the best time to visit France;
  • June until August, it’s high season so it can be hot, crowded, and more expensive;
  • May, September and October are ideal travel months to avoid mass crowds;
  • In July and August the French have their holiday season so it can be crowded on the roads.

Travel costs

As with most countries, how expensive your trip is going to be is entirely dependent on your preferences. Below you can find average prices for accommodation, food & drinks and some activitities.

Based on the expenses of other visitors on average prices, I believe that you can budget around €80 per day on your vacation (includes accommodation, food, transportation and fees for tourist attraction).

Accommodation

  • Camping (€10-40)
  • Hostel (€20-50)
  • Mid-range hotel (€80-100)
  • Luxury hotel (€200-400)

Or, you can try Airbnb; a popular choice for many travelers, including myself. Use this link to get a discount of €34 on your first trip.

Tip! Did you know that France is known for its many nudist campsites? For those interested, there are many special camping places throughout the country, often in a wooded and a green setting.

Food & Drinks

  • Simple breakfast (€10) – breakfast is usually included at your hotel.
  • Meal inexpensive restaurant (€15)
  • Meal for 2 persons in mid-range restaurant (€50)
  • French bread or croissant (€1-2)
  • Domestic beer (€4,50)
  • Perrier sparkling water (€1,50)

Tip! France is worldwide known for its delicious Burgundian cuisine. But did you know that each region has its own specialties/delicacies?

Activities

  • Museum entry (€10)
  • Cooking Class (€25)
  • Tours (€40-80)

Tip! France is a diverse country and offers many different activities for young and old. You can do something sporty like hiking, canoeing or surfing. But the country is also ideal for a beach holiday.

More tips

Bretagne

This region has a lot to offer. Enjoy the beautiful view at Cape Fréhel and eat fresh oysters in the port of Cancale.

Charleville-Mézières

Beautiful city with historic buildings and the cozy main square ‘Place Ducale’. Also visit the fortifications of Mézières.

Dordogne

The Dordogne region is bursting with beautiful (medieval) villages, castles, beautiful nature and great campsites.

Tarn

This region is a popular holiday destination. This is partly due to Gorges du Tarn and the many other interesting sights in this area.

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