For visitors to France, bed and breakfasts offer one of the best ways to get the most out of the country. Not only do B&Bs provide cheap accommodation, they also allow the visitor to experience authentic French living far more than one would staying in a characterless hotel.
The quality of bed and breakfasts in France is excellent, whether you choose a city apartment or a rural cottage. Comfortable and clean beds, romantic and idyllic settings, and naturally, delicious continental breakfasts of hot coffee, warm baguettes and croissants await the guest in France, where hospitality is simply a part of the culture.
French charm and hospitality
Some of the best locations for B&Bs in France include Arles, a charming and historical city in Provence that simply oozes charm and atmosphere – as well as being where one of the world’s best-known artists, Vincent Van Gogh, painted many of his works. Staying in a B&B here in Arles is an ideal budget solution to touring the many attractions in the region, including the city’s art museum, Musée de l’Arles, the Church of Saint Trophime, and the amphitheater. Further afield, the natural beauty of the Camargue regional park, with its flamingoes and wild horses, is an experience unlikely to be forgotten.
Châteaux and vineyards
You could stay at a bed and breakfast in the Loire valley and enjoy peace and tranquility, and the ideal base for touring one of France’s best regions for châteaux and vineyards (you may well be staying in one yourself). One can simply hop from one spectacular château to the next, enjoying the garden festivals of the vast and well-groomed estates. In Bourges, the 12th century cathedral is known for its meticulously detailed stained glass, while the huge Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers can equal the Bayeux Tapestry for fascinating storytelling and vivid colors.
In Saint-Émilion in Aquitaine, a region not far from the Spanish border in the shadow of the Pyrenees mountain range, classic châteaux overlook spacious vineyards. This beautiful and ancient walled town has no less than seven gates, and its steep, narrow streets hide wonderful restaurants and shops. Its monolithic church, meanwhile, was carved out of the rocks by the town’s monks.
A house by the sea
Experience the rustic idyll of the Breton region with a room in Saint-Malo, an authentic fishing settlement in France’s Brittany region with a history of seafaring and piracy. Visitors can enjoy walking around the town’s cobbled streets and ancient ramparts. Two small islands can be reached on foot from Saint-Malo at low tide, while the Grand Aquarium is also worth visiting with this town as base. Take a boat trip up the Rance River and back again for a leisurely four-hour sightseeing tour.
France has much to offer the budget traveler, and is a country synonymous with good food and a high level of service and hospitality. Look for reasonably priced hotels, and you’re never far away from an excellent and memorable French experience.