We have gathered a few sites (many in French only) which we use often when planning a trip. We find them quite useful.
Getting to France on a ferry or by train:
- Eurostar from London St Pancras: https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en
- DFDS ferries operating from Dover and Newhaven: https://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/
- P&O ferries operating from Dover: http://www.poferries.com/en/portal
- Brittany ferries operating from Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth and Cork: https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/
- Eurotunnel Le Shuttle: https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/
Driving in France:
- Many French motorways have tolls, this website informs you of the price and duration for a given journey. However, it is preferable to use the French version as some features (such as interactive rates from one point to the other) do not work on the English version: https://www.autoroutes.fr/index.htm?lang=en
- Gîtes de France for self-catering rental holiday accommodation through all of France, highly recommended: https://www.gites-de-france.com/en
- Clé Vacances, a similar organisation, but we have not used them so far: https://www.clevacances.com/en/
- France has a great network of “Camping Municipaux” which are campings owned and managed by towns and villages; while some are on the expensive side with swimming pool, bar or whatever the modern camper needs, still many are a bit basic and no-frill affairs offering a pitch and clean showers/WC at a reasonable price. However, they are not always easy to find and contact: many still do not have an internet presence, the reception might not be manned 24/7 and French might be the only language spoken if you manage to phone them. This website (unfortunately only in French) is very useful to locate them, get an idea of their prices and find some contact details.
Finding a restaurant
- Unfortunately in French only, but type your location and you'll get a list of restaurants in the area with average prices and reviews: https://www.lafourchette.com/
- Mapping: you can find maps of the whole of France on the IGN website. Click on the top left square marked “CARTES” to select the type of map you require (road map, topographical map and much more). The topographical maps are particularly useful when planning an itinerary for a hike.
- Hiking: we recommend this website (unfortunately only in French) if you are looking for hikes around the place where you are. Simply click on the Je cherche une rando button and on the next page enter your location. You'll get a full list of hikes, each with a map, most with a gps file and a description to download. You can refine your search by clicking on “Plus de critères” where you can select a duration (half-day, one or multi-days), type (hiking, snowshoes, via-ferrata, etc).
- Via-Ferratas: this website (unfortunately only in French) has a nice interactive map which enables you to locate via-ferratas near where you are and provide descriptions, photos, ratings and often documentation from the local tourism office, including access and pricing if relevant.
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