France is a great place for a family holiday and is still the number 1 country visited by overseas tourists by quite a margin – 74 million international tourist arrivals in 2008 compared with the USA in 2nd place with 55 million. The strong euro and credit crunch have no doubt hit visitor numbers in 2009, but the recent slump in the value of the euro has provided an opportunity for lovers of France to resume their affair with the country and to take a Summer holiday in France that offers better value than 2009.

Brittany and Pays de la Loire

Brittany and Pays de la Loire are especially good destinations for families from the UK, as the climate is a little milder than at home, journey times to and from your holiday destination are relatively short, and the region is served by excellent ferry companies – saving the trauma that air travel seems to be bringing at the moment. The region has some of the best beaches in Europe, excellent local produce, good roads, and plenty of open space.

Although there are literally thousands of holiday property rentals available in these regions we would like to give an especially big plug to our advertisers who offer their own properties to rent across these regions of France. So please take a look at their adverts down the right-hand sidebar, or find out more about the locations available by hovering over the “Places to Stay” link at the top of this page. If you have young children and are looking for child-friendly holiday accommodation you might be interested in the “totstotravel” brand, which specialises in visiting and rating holiday accommodation so that parents can have more confidence about the suitability of the holiday property they have chosen for their “Vacances en France”.

So, if you’re still considering your summer holiday prospects, why not try France? Let us know if you are travelling to the region this year, what you plan to do, and which area you are visiting, and let us have your experiences by commenting below.

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