Holidays in France
Enjoy the Burgundy way of life during your holiday in France, it's the wish of many during the summer. It doesn't matter what type of holiday you are looking for, you’ll find beautiful sandy beaches, large lakes and broad rivers ideal for a fantastic beach holiday. You can soak up the culture in picturesque little villages with their atmospheric squares and cafés, but larger cities are also the place to be for a cultural city trip in France. Nature also invites you to enjoy hiking in the Alps or Pyrenees, mountain biking in the woods or cycling past the yellow sunflower fields or fragrant purple lavender. Close the day at a terrace with a good glass of local wine and a cheese board. Your holiday in France is sure to be 100% enjoyment..
Enjoy the Burgundy way of life during your holiday in France, it's the wish of many during the summer. It doesn't matter what type of holiday you are looking for, you’ll find beautiful sandy beaches, large lakes and broad rivers ideal for a fantastic beach holiday. You can soak up the culture in picturesque little villages with their atmospheric squares and cafés, but larger cities are also the place to be for a cultural city trip in France. Nature also invites you to enjoy hiking in the Alps or Pyrenees, mountain biking in the woods or cycling past the yellow sunflower fields or fragrant purple lavender. Close the day at a terrace with a good glass of local wine and a cheese board. Your holiday in France is sure to be 100% enjoyment.
A cultural holiday in France
No matter where you decide to go you'll find the country's history everywhere in the form of churches, palaces, castles, fortresses, amphitheatres and arenas. A city trip to Paris will allow you to visit the Notre Dame, Montmartre or Eiffel tower. Your cultural holiday in France also comes to life in the Loire valley with splendid castles rising on the banks of the river Loire. Visit the historical cities of the Provence like Avignon, Arles, Nimes and Vaison la Romaine, easily accessible from wherever you are staying. Go back in time to the Second World War with a visit to the D-Day beaches of Normandy, then enjoy regional specialties like Calvados and Cider. On the Côte d'Azur you can experience modern culture, while strolling along the boulevards or visiting the Cannes Film Festival. Of course you should not bypass the gastronomy when visiting France. Breakfast with croissants and baguette, enjoying the wines and cheeses along with typical French dishes such as Coq au Vin and Boeuf Bourguignon. Don't forget to visit one of the wine chateaus during your holiday in France.
Active holidays in France with the family
You can enjoy activities practically everywhere, for example on the waterfront with activities like swimming, fishing, snorkelling and boating or you can spend your time hiking or biking in the mountains. You can plan your holiday in France exactly as you wish. Various hiking and biking routes take you through the beautiful landscape, but you can also explore the area on horseback. Trek through the French Alps or the unique nature of the Pyrenees. You can not only have a great time here in summer, but in winter as well, with the best locations for a fantastic winter sports holiday in France. Skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing will make your ski holiday the best ever. You can also choose to relax, recharging on the beach sunbathing then dive into the sea to cool off. Enjoy the water or the garden of your holiday home with swimming pool in France.
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:
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).
Surface area: 544.000 km²
Number of inhabitants: 65.3 million (2012)
Form of Government: Republic
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
Coq au Vin
Patés (Paté en Croûte, Foie Gras)
Wines (Bordeaux, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot)
Champagne (Sparkling wine from the Champagne region)
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)
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)
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.
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.
Our holiday homes
A bungalow in France is the ideal destination for a family holiday. The single-storey accommodations are often located in the middle of nature and are sometimes part of a park. When staying here you can walk right out your door and begin to enjoy the warm sun or beautiful nature surrounding you. A bungalow with swimming pool in France is much loved by everyone. The children can swim and play in the water while you keep an eye on them from your deck chair, while reading a good book. It’s also the ideal place for relaxing, but you can also enjoy a more active holiday including hiking and biking in the mountains, sailing, swimming an paddle boating on the sea or lakes. Soak up culture in picturesque little villages or visit a wine chateau. It’s also a good idea to bring your dog, because of the spacious gardens.
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
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
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
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.
Our holiday parks