Nature, water sports with a holiday home in France

With everything from the nightlife of Paris to the sandy beaches of the French Riviera, boredom has nothing to do with this country. If you've come for relaxation, unwind among the scenic nature of the Armorique Regional Park in Brittany. Nearby lies the tidal island of Mont Saint Michel, one of the most recognizable landmarks of France. Climb the 380 meter height and you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surroundings. Explore gorgeous chateaux and villages during your holiday in France, enjoy a delicious dinner and a wine tasting in Dordogne. Ascend new heights when it comes to comfort or savor a little historic wellness at the spa town of Vichy. Don't forget to try the Vichy Pastilles! Ski resorts in France and ski world-renown areas like Three Valleys, L'Espace Killy and Paradiski are just amazing. With fantastic aprés-ski facilities, it's a virtual playground for adults. Not to forget the famous Disneyland Paris in this country, now that will be a real fun adventure for both young and old during a family holiday in France.

Water sports
A full array of water sports offers everyone a great time and on a beach in Brittany, this is a mission accomplished, and you can spend your days sailing, diving, wakeboarding and surfing at places like St. Cast Le Guido and Dinan. Add a little culture to these water sports with a visit to Lower Normandy where you can relive history strolling along the famous D-Day beaches, easily accessible from a holiday home in France. If you prefer the Mediterranean, the French Riviera resorts like Cannes, Saint-Tropez and Antibes, are perfect for combining water sports fun with some holiday glitz. Water also means wellness and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this on the Atlantic Coastas well, or in the spa town of Dax on the Silver Coast, famous for its a rejuvenating mud treatment. One of the many water parks in the country, such as Aqualand in Aquitaine, known as the "land of water" can be a great source of fun during a holiday in France.

Paris getaway
Who doesn't dream of a Parisian escape? This year is the year to turn your dreams into reality! The Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and Louvre, the Paris underground - literally - with a tour of the sewers of Paris or the famous catacombs, home to more than 6 million skeletons can now be a part of your vacation with a holiday home in France from Bungalow.Net. For something a little more upbeat there's always the famous Paris nightlife or even a moonlight cruise down the Seine. Parc Asterix is just perfect for a full day of fun, especially for the kids. Meanwhile, grown-ups can get their thrills bouldering and climbing near the Forest of Fontainebleau, or playing a round of golf at wonderful courses like Golf de Bussy St. George or Golf de I'lle Fleurie. Paris is not just for lovers. There's something here for everyone.

Beauty and mistique with a holiday park in France

The fashionable resort on the Mediterranean, Nice, is home to wonderful sandy beaches, the 7-km-long Promenade des Anglais dating from the 18th century, and the Opera de Nice, definitely worth a visit while on holiday in France. It's a city where a perfect mix of history and culture, fun and glamor awaits for its visitors. You can also visit Cimiez, where you'll find beautifully preserved Roman baths and the historic Hotel Regina, where Queen Victoria used to spend her royal holidays. Nice is also a great place to do some shopping, plus there are endless entertainment venues for a family holiday in France and even great food, in short, an ideal destination for hedonists.

Outdoor adventure
Young or not so young, everyone is sure to love an active time among nature. While on holiday in France you can enjoy activities like hiking in the foothills of the Pyrenees, mountain biking in the Massif Central of the Limousin region, or take surfing lessons in Lacanau, home to world class surfing competitions. For more aquatic fun in the Lake Jura region there's everything from swimming and sailing to horse riding and cycling along the Route des Lacs. Numerous rivers provide plenty of opportunity for a rafting adventure or even a peaceful afternoon fishing in the lakes and ponds of rural France is actually very relaxing. Top attractions like Parc Festyland in Caen and Le PAL in Auvergne are just unforgettable, especially when booking one of Bunglow.Net's affordable holiday parks in France.

Cultural France
Culture in France is always wonderful, the iconic Eiffel Tour in Paris will leave you mesmerized, a city tour encompassing all the famous architectural and historical landmarks is simply a must in this city. And when in Paris, the Champs Elysées should definitely not be missed either, especially for a bit of upscale shopping. Lyon is another historic city where the Lumiere Institute, housed on the former grounds of the factory of inventors Auguste and Louis Lumiere is yet another one of the city's marvels. It contains all kinds of equipment and photos of the inventors, and is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Of course you can always pick up a good bottle of wine and relax at your holiday park in France or maybe just walk around town in the evening and see the varied attractions that seem to mix up perfectly with the mistique of the place.

Apartments France

Now you can enjoy a fantastic vacation in France thanks to the convenience and affordability of Bungalow.Net's apartments in France. Whether you're into sports, culture, cuisine or some good old fashioned family fun, our fully-furnished apartments in France have a holiday accommodation that's right for you. Reserve a pet-friendly apartment in France and that extends to the family pet as well. With an apartment on the coast of France you can pursue a complete range of water sports, or for a change of pace, try the sport of sand yachting on the beaches of Picardy. Relish a world-class golf holiday with one of our luxurious apartments on a golf course in France or pamper yourself with an apartment with Jacuzzi in France. Looking for more wellness possibilities? Visit the thermal spas of resorts such as Bourbonne-les-Bains or settle back with a good glass of wine or champagne. If you're vacationing with the family in France, a spacious child-friendly apartment is ideal and gives you convenient access to family-oriented attractions like Disneyland Paris and the Vulcania amusement park in Auvergne. And of course you'll have more than sufficient opportunity for a memorable cultural holiday when you reserve an apartment in a city in France, such as Marseille, Nice, Avignon and Bordeaux. Live life to the fullest. Book a cozy self-catering apartment in France today!

Apartments in France for that long awaited family holiday

With the opportunity to enjoy everything from white water rafting on the Yonne River to skiing in the Alps, why would you not want to book an apartment in France? With Bungalow.Net's affordable apartments in France, you can spend your days sunbathing on the beaches of the French Riviera or exploring the coast of Picardy by historic steam train. In winter there's nothing better than a day of sledding or tobogganing with the kids in the Cevennes Mountains of southern France, unless of course it's ice skating in front of the Hotel de Ville in Paris. In the warmer months, reserve a cozy apartment in Brittany and go horseback riding along the more than 2600 km of bridle paths, or pursue family-oriented activities like mini-golf, karting and quad biking in regions like the Ardeche. Of course a child-friendly apartment in France offers more than just the chance to enjoy outdoor sports with the family. You can also visit the zoo in La Palmyret or take in a horse show at the Royal Stables of Versailles, to mention just  two fantastic alternatives. Don't keep the family in suspense. Book a pet-friendly apartment in France now!

Apartments in France for a taste of the good life

For a taste of the good life, reserve one of Bungalow.Net's apartments in France and  spend your days sipping wine by the swimming pool or go to the source with a visit to the wineries of the Cote d'Or, home to some of the best wines in all of France. Use the kitchen of your self-catering apartment in France to prepare a sumptuous meal fit for a king, then top it off with a glass of Calvados from Normandy. Reserve an apartment on a golf course in France, such as in the Aquitaine region, and savor a top-notch golf holiday. In winter a cozy apartment in a ski resort in France, such as Isola 2000, offers a ski holiday others only dream about, while for more extreme skiing, try the Haute Route (the GR20 in summer) on the island of Corsica. After all the physical exertion it's great to unwind back at your apartment with Jacuzzi in France, or you an visit the Turkish baths of Parc Edouad Geuon in Lons-le-Saunier or Trianon Spa in Versailles. An apartment in France is also ideal for day trips to places like Monte Carlo, where you can try your luck in one of the casinos, or watch others try their luck competing in the 24 Hours of LeMans in Pays de la Loire, both within easy reach of one of our fully-furnished apartments in France. Book one of Bungalow.Net's affordable apartments in France today and trade the mundane for the magnificent!

Villas from Bungalow.Net France

Whether young or old, you'll certainly enjoy your vacation in France with one of Bungalow.Net's villas in France. Reserve a pet-friendly villa in France and you can even bring the family pet along. And nothing beats your own private villa with swimming pool in France, unless of course you consider a cozy villa on the coast of France which enables you to spend your days surfing, kiteboarding, diving, swimming, water-skiing, snorkeling and more at places like Arcachon, Bayonne and La Tranche sur Mer. Kids will feel at home with a spacious child-friendly villa in France and parents can make use of the babysitting services to enjoy a night out on the town in top destinations like Paris, Marseille and Cannes. In winter there's nothing quite like a villa in a ski resort in France. Enjoy downhill or off-piste skiing in the Alps, cross-country skiing in the Vosges and snowshoe trekking in the Pyrenees. At the end of an active day outdoors, head indoors and recline by the fire of your cozy villa in France. With so much to offer, the only hard part will be deciding which villa in France to book! Start the search today!

Villas in France for a body and soul wellness break 


Bungalow.Net's affordable villas in France offer the perfect opportunity to getaway and enjoy a wellness break in France. With a villa in southwestern France you can visit traditional spa towns like Dax, France's first spa village, and Evians-les-Bains, famous for its mineral water. Reserve a child-friendly villa in France and take advantage of Evians-les-Bains' father and child/mother and child wellness packages, or head farther up the coast and splurge with a red wine bath at Las Sources des Caudalie near Bordeaux. If you've had your fill of red wine (literally), try a self-catering villa in northeastern France, for example in Alsace. With a history dating back to the Romans, here you'll find a treasure-trove of festivals, street markets and museums, not to mention a number of France's "most beautiful villages." You can also set off from your villa in France and traverse "La Route Chocolat", but don't forget to stop off at Erstein (in August) for the Sugar Fair! Everyone has their own ideas about wellness, and Bungalow.Net has a fully-equipped villa in France that's right for every taste. Book yours now! 

Live like royalty with a holiday villa in France


Climb the social ladder, if just for a week or two, with Bungalow.Net's villas in France. Our freestanding villas with swimming pool in France are truly fit for a king, but can be yours for less than a king's ransom. That means you'll have plenty of money left over to take the kids to Disneyland Paris, or stop by the Palace of Versailles to see how other blue bloods live. Reserve a villa on the Atlantic coast of France and enjoy surfing with the world's best at Hossegor, the surfing capital of Europe. For those who have come for a winter break in France, a cozy villa with fireplace in the mountains of France puts you where you need to be to enjoy world class skiing at resorts like Chamonix and Méribel. And of course you'll want to set aside some of your vacation time to pursue more genteel sports like fishing, hunting, tennis and golf. Reserve a villa on a golf course in France and you won't have to go far to enjoy a round of golf at top-notch clubs like Golf de Morfontaine and Les Bordes, both ranked in the top 100 best golf courses in the world. There's no reason to lodge in the bungalow when you can reserve the villa for peasant change. Don't delay. Book your spacious villa in France now!

Types of houses

    Holiday homes France

    Holiday homes France

    Enjoy your family vacation with a holiday home in France. The fabulous weather, warm sun and fantastic countryside ensure that you can relax completely. You can travel here each season, but especially in summer it’s a popular destination. Our holiday homes are located in the best spots, for example, on the waterfront, among nature and in the cities, ideal for a city trip too. Love a beach holiday, there is plenty of choice near the sea or at one of the lakes. A holiday home in France in the mountains is ideal for a hiking holiday or mountain bike tour. Add a special flavour to your stay by booking a holiday home with swimming pool, the children will love it. Take the family dog along too, there is plenty of nature for nice long walks. You are sure to have a great time.

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    Apartments France

    Apartments France

    Our apartments in France are the ideal starting point for a cultural holiday or city trip Visit famous cities like Paris, Lyon or Marseille. You can step out of your door and within a few paces you are standing next to a famous site or are on a shopping street where you can begin a wonderful day of shopping for French brands. They are the ideal choice for culture lovers, yet an apartment in France near the sea is also a much loved destinations. You’re at the beach in a few minutes for hours of fun in the water and also the lively boulevard and cosy restaurants are around the corner. Often you'll find a swimming pool here, so the children can play as much as they like. Enjoy a French breakfast on your balcony while enjoying the splendid view of the sea or nature. You will definitely relax here.


    Villas from bungalow.net France

    Villas from bungalow.net France

    A holiday in France with a luxurious touch comes true with our villas, whether you choose a luxurious one with swimming pool or a traditional estate in a scenic spot, you are always ensured of all the comforts. Our villas in France are always situated in special locations, for example near the sea with a beautiful view, but you also find them in the mountains, near a lake, or looking out over the sunflower or lavender fields, you can enjoy the Burgundian life everywhere! You will have plenty of time to relax, do some shopping or breathe in the culture, it's an enjoyable holiday in France without any hassle. When you choose that extra bit of luxury that makes your stay complete. Do bring your dog along as he will love the big garden and long walks among nature. Come and enjoy your stay together.


    Group accommodations France

    Group accommodations France

    Relax with one of our group accommodations in France, ideal for a fantastic weekend break or week-long holiday with friends or the whole family. Explore culture and nature together or savor the Burgundian way of life with wine and cheese along with other specialties. Our spacious group accommodations in France are the ideal destination for any type of group. You can spend quality time together in the large living room and kitchen, yet there is sufficient privacy thanks to the multiple bedrooms and extensive garden. Having a swimming pool and barbecue makes your stay complete. Relaxing, swimming and barbecuing in the evening, it doesn’t get much better than this and everyone will really enjoy themselves. The best thing about them is that you will have the chance to experience this wonderful country with its great nature and culture.


    Holiday parks France

    Holiday parks France

    The ideal destination for a holiday with children is a holiday park in France as there is almost always a swimming pool, a variety of playgrounds, an indoor play area with table tennis tables and an animation team. At a holiday park in France there are often organized activities like hikes in the area, kayaking tours and various sports competitions. They are also often situated near local attractions like the sea, lively boulevards, swimming lakes and a host of cultural sights making them ideal for anyone visiting France, you will not be disappointed. It’s not only cultural sights that you can visit, there are also plenty of theme parks and zoos for the kids. Another thing they will love is Eurodisney near Paris.

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Specials

Practical Information

Documents

For travel to and within France you will need the following documents:

  • A valid passport or ID card. From the 12th of June 2012 onwards children will also need their own identification.

  • A drivers license is not valid identification although you will need to bring it when taking your car to France or hiring one locally. Don't forget to bring your car insurance documents.

Driving a car:

  • Speed limits:
    Within the city limits: 50km/h (often just before entering 70km/h)
    Outside the city limits: 90km/h
    Highways 110-130km/h (depending on the weather)

  • In France you are not allowed to drive after drinking. The legal limit is 0.0‰ (0 tolerance). This law is strictly supervised.

  • You must have a red warning triangle and fluorescent vests (one within reach plus 1 for every passenger) in your car. You also need to carry a first aid kit on board.

  • If you go cycling during your holiday note that you must wear a fluorescent vest outside city limits in the evening and at night, but also in poor weather.

  • Cyclist often cycle without lights at night (it's punishable). We advise you to overtake them with caution. In France you must use your indicator when overtaking cyclists.

  • Note that most drivers drive fast in France and many will overtake you.

  • In winter you must have snow tires or non-skid chains in the mountains.

  • Filling up your car cheaply can be done at larger supermarkets. Petrol = SP95, Diesel= Gazole, LPG= GPL (difficult to come by in France).

General Information

  • Surface area: 544.000 km²

  • Number of inhabitants: 65.3 million (2012)

  • Capital: Paris

  • Form of Government: Republic

  • Language: French

  • Currency: Euro

Currency

The currency of France is the Euro. The coins are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Euro cents and 1 and 2 Euro. Bank notes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro.

Food and Drink 

  • French cheeses (Brie, Camembert, Rochefort)

  • Stick bread and croissants

  • Brioche

  • Boeuf Bourguignon

  • Coq au Vin

  • Crêpes

  • Patés (Paté en Croûte, Foie Gras)

  • Escargot (snails)

  • Wines (Bordeaux, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot)

  • Champagne (Sparkling wine from the Champagne region)

Pets

If you want to bring your pet with you on your holiday to France, you need to be mindful of the following:

  • Pets must have a European pet passport which states which vaccinations your pet has had.

  • Pets need to have identification by means of a chip (a tattoo is not valid as of the 2nd of July 2011).

  • Pets need to be vaccinated against the following diseases (at least):
    - Dogs: rabies
    - Cats: feline enteritis and toxoplasmosis

  • Make sure that your pet has been wormed prior to departure.

  • Plan ahead and contact your vet for vaccinations and a pet passport.

  • Take care that your dog is always on a leash in public and that you carry a muzzle, especially if you have a larger dog. The dog doesn't always need to wear it, but you need to be able to show it upon request.

  • Dogs under 3 months of age are not allowed to be brought to France.

  • If you would like to bring more than 5 dogs to France, you will need a health certificate from a vet from your country.

  • Not all types of dogs are allowed in France. If you have a "tough" dog, you better check in advance as to the specific rules and regulations. There are regular checks at the border.

  • More information can be found on the website: http://www.dogsincluded.nl/invoer/Frankrijk.htm (Dutch)

Conversation basics

When you go on holiday in France it means you will encounter a different language, in this case French. Therefore we’d like to introduce you to the conversation basics. It’s always appreciated if you know a few words in the foreign language.

Good day – Bonjour (bonsjoor)
Good evening – Bonsoir (bonswoir)
Hello – Salut (saluu)
Good bye – Au revoir (o revwoir)
Please giving/receiving – S’il vous plaît (seal voo play)
Thank you – Merci bien (merzee bien)
Sorry – pardon / Excusez moi (excuzay mwah)

Supermarket – Supermarché (supermarsjai)
Bakery – Boulanger (boolansjai)
Butcher – Charcuterie, Boucherie (cold cuts) (sjarcutery, boosjery)
Restaurant – Restaurant (restauran)
Pharmacy – Pharmacie (pharmazy)
Hospital – Hôpital (opital)
Doctor – Médecin (medzin)
Dentist – Dentiste (dentiste)
Swimming pool – Piscine (pizine)
Beach – Plage (plaa-sje)

One - Un (euh)
Two – Deux (deu)
Three - Trois (trwa)
Four – Quatre (quatre)
Five – Cinq (sank)
Six – Six (sees)
Seven – Sept (set)
Eight – Huit (we'd)
Nine – Neuf (nuf)
Ten – Dix (dees)

Cultural habits

When in France you will experience a different culture. The culture of a country is not only defined by its architecture, clothing and language, but also by the manner of being which can be quite different from what you're used to. We hope to give you a better insight into the French habits and customs with the following information.

  • The meal at midday is the most important meal of the day. Only very few shops are open between 12:00 and 14:00 (in the south even later). Shop are regularly open until 19:00 or 20:00 and 6 days per week. Small shops are much loved in France, but especially in the larger cities you will find large supermarkets nowadays. Many smaller shops are also open on Sunday morning. Note that shops in France often close at midday on special holidays (there are several holidays per year).

  • The French are very proud of their country and traditions and they can be less flexible than you would like. Directness in speech can be considered rude in France. To break the ice you say bonjour when entering and au revoir when you leave. Show gratitude by saying thank you (merci) and please (sil vous plait), it's an unwritten rule in France.

  • Coffee is usually drunk in the morning and after a meal. When you order coffee you will get a small cup of espresso, unless you order a café au lait (coffee with milk) or café grand (large coffee). Breakfast in France is not much, but a large cup of coffee is drunk, in which a croissant is dunked.

  • For services like in restaurants it's custom to give a tip when you are satisfied, usually 10 to 15%. There are often different prices for the same drink in the same establishment (terrace is more expensive than the bar). Tip: do not reserve a table at a restaurant before 19:00, it's too early in France!

  • The French are proud of their country, culture, sportsmen and famous/important persons. They will do their very best to ensure that guests are satisfied. Not everyone may speak English, but they will try to help. If there is something wrong with the holiday home, we advise you to tell the owner about it carefully and calmly. Keep in mind that the owner is proud of his house and has done his best to make it look as nice as possible.


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