Holidays in France conjure up images of delicious food, romantic landmarks and some of the best wine in the world! From the cobbled romance of Paris to the breathtaking rural abundance of Provence and the south, France is skilled in the art of blending the elegance of its city life with the rustic charms of its countryside. Indulge a taste for glamour in Nice or St Tropez, get lost in history at Versailles, take on the slopes in Val d'Isere or relax in the scenic splendour of the Loire Valley; France offers up a kaleidoscopic choice of holiday options for every taste.
There are an abundance of ways to reach France from the UK. There are direct routes from all major UK airports, making it a fantastic destination for a last minute summer holiday! Budget airlines like easyJet, Ryanair, Monarch and Thomson Flights all offer cheap flights to France. If you're setting off from London, consider travelling with the Eurostar; it's quick, efficient and will get you to the City of Lights, Paris, in under two hours! There are also various bus services that link to a number of different cities in France from the UK.
Using public transport when travelling around during your holiday in France is a great way to keep costs down. Taxis in big cities like Paris can be quite expensive and buses and trains offer a more purse-friendly alternative. It's always worth looking into cheap car hire in France if you're planning on travelling around a lot - that way, you can take day trips from the bigger cities if cosmopolitan life gets a little too much!
Cheap holidays to France start with getting your hands on a cheap flight to France. There are without doubt peak times for French holidays; the hot south is incredibly popular from June to September, so if you prefer a more relaxed environment then spring time is pleasant. School holidays see millions of French families descend on the coasts and mountains of France, resulting in traffic and high accommodation and flight prices during these times. In the south especially, the weather is still pleasant at these times - so you might still be able to work on that tan!
A holiday in France really needn't cost the earth. The beauty of its scenery and the vibrancy of its cities means that there's always something to do, even if the budget is tight! If - like us - the thought of going on a holiday in France without eating out makes you shudder then don't worry - lunchtime is when you will find the best deals at restaurants in France. Look for the 'formule dinner' which will be a set menu of three courses for a fixed price which is often under 10.00 Euros!
If you take the time to shop around, you'll be able to get an amazing offer for cheap hotels in France - there are definitely ways of saving the pennies!
Updated 12th March 2014
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