Holidays in France conjure up such a wide variety of meanings to different people; there is of course the sun, sea and sand variety of holiday particularly on the French Mediterranean coast but France is a large country with rolling hills and beautiful countryside in the Northwest, the Pyrenees on the Spanish border and The Alps on the Swiss border. One of the most famous products of France is its wine and champagne which has developed a lucrative holiday trade by promoting things such as the various wine routes and wine tasting holidays.
Accommodation, or as it’s generally called, lodging in France for all types of French holidays varies from the humble B & B, although in some of the top Gites in France, many of which offer an option of B & B this is far from humble, to the enchanting prospect of staying in a beautiful French Chateau. Personally the idea of a holiday in France and the opportunity to sample the delights of a Chateau in France in one of the wine regions seems like heaven. For those on a tighter budget but who prefer to find their own lodging in France, there are many hostels in France, available in all the important towns and cities as well as the ever popular Youth Hostels in France.
Most of the apartments in France tend to be concentrated in the cities or on the coasts, those on the coasts being popular with those clients looking for self catering in France. Hotels in France are as wide ranging, in age as well as services offered, as any other country that has an old established tourism trade; from the small country family hotels in rural France to the world renowned George V hotel in the heart of the French Capital, Paris, revered by many as the best hotel in France.
Golf in France as a French holiday option doesn’t get the promotion effort that some other European countries give to their golf holidays, but that’s not to say that it’s not available; one can combine a Chateau in France with (sometimes on private courses owned by the Chateaux) a golf holiday in France with of course French cuisine and the almost mandatory French wines with a generous measure of French Brandy to end the day. Alternatively one can book a hire car in France, fly over and tour the country sampling the various golf courses in France, as well as a choice of French restaurants; of course the majority of French people claim that restaurants in France are the best in the world! Car hire in France is now very similar to other European countries whereas not so long ago the French car industry used to seem to take a delight in producing idiosyncratic cars that had features completely different to other countries.
Skiing in France has been a popular French holiday option for many years and skiing holidays in France help to give employment in the more remote mountainous country areas; most of the ski resorts in France are also used in the summer months by mountaineers and those looking for walking holidays in France thereby providing more months of employment although it does seem as though most walking guides in France wait impatiently for the snow to return so that they can get back to their beloved skiing.
Whatever form your holiday in France takes we wish you happy holidays and hope that you’ll return to try another type of French holiday.