Despite the Pound’s weakness versus the Euro, France is still a wonderful place to take an excellent value holiday. Self-catering holidays mean you save on eating out costs and get to shop at the markets for the best of local, seasonal produce. The cheapest ingredients to have on your list include cheese, bread (those lovely crispy baguettes!), vegetables and sausages, not to mention the wine. These won’t require much cooking either, so it’s a lovely and simple way to eat like locals.
Entertainment doesn’t need to cost much either. From walks on the beach or in the countryside, wandering through historic cities and picturesque villages to flea markets and festivals – there are loads of free or not expensive things to do in France.
We take a look at some of the best and most popular budget holiday options in France for 2018
Normandy and Brittany
There are a number of options when it comes to affordable accommodation. Skip the hotels and check out the private rental options from gorgeous country cottages to farmhouses, and in the ever-popular areas of Normandy and Brittany, there’s a massive choice. Excellent value doesn’t mean skimping on the benefits though. The rental market in France is competitive which means owners have to ensure they’re offering the holidaymaker something to tempt them. Beautifully renovated, stunning locations and a cosy home from home base make a French Connections holiday rentals a great option – just nip over to our search pages to see for yourself.
Always a favourite with British holidaymakers, Dordogne has so much to offer. The French think of Dordogne as a river rather than a place and know Dordogne as Perigord. Perigord is defined by four colours: Perigord Noir (black) is named for truffles and chestnut trees. It’s an area that’s rich in enchanting castles, stunning countryside and includes the lovely medieval town of Sarlat. Perigord Vert, is in the north, the green part of the department which includes beautiful Brantome, known as the “Venice of Dordogne. Perigord Blanc (white) takes its name from the chalky stone that built Perigueux. Perigord Pourpre (purple) is from the wines made from the vineyards around Bergerac.
Not overcrowded (except in peak summer season), with the most mouth-watering markets (the Saturday morning market at Sarlat is memorable) and breath-taking scenery. Just think Beynac-et-Cazenac with its soaring cliffs and tiny villages teetering high up in the sky. A lack of traffic jams, picturesque villages, the chance to mess about in boats and friendly locals make Dordogne ever popular with visitors.
There are numerous holiday properties available in the Dordogne, so for inspirational ideas take a look at our selection and happy holiday home hunting!
Holidays homes by the sea
France boasts some of the best coastlines in Europe. From the dramatic cliffs and golden beaches of the Opal Coast in the far north to the sunny beaches of the Mediterranean – there’s a massive choice. Whether it’s a romantic break, family holiday or friends’ fun vacation, there’s a beach holiday to suit everyone in France. And, with so many ports to travel to, getting there is easy.
A holiday in France doesn’t need to break the bank – take a look at the fabulous holiday homes on the French Connections website and book your dream holiday cottage…