Best Places for Backpackers in France.

Enjoy backpacking around France without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in France.

Top 50 hostels in France.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in France.

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Nice Riviera Sweet Home

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Nice Riviera Sweet Home

In the historic centre of Nice, a Bed and Breakfast in a typical Niois building of the 19th century with vast private sunlit rooms overlooking a Mediterranean garden decorated with palm trees. This is an opportunity not to be missed if you wish to make your stay in Nice as confortable as possib...
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Hotel Continental

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Hotel Continental

Hotel Continental is a beautiful and comfortable 3-star hotel, located in central Bordeaux. The hotel offers a warm welcome in the refinement of an eighteenth-century building, and offers 50 rooms and a duplex suite with panoramic terrace, all soundproof and well equipped. For your comfort, the prop...
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Hotel Hipotel Paris Hippodrome

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Hotel Hipotel Paris Hippodrome

The Hotel Hipotel Paris Hippodrome is situated in Joinville-le-Pont, 15 minutes from Paris city centre, next to Marne and just 8 minutes from Paris Nation We are well situated for access to both Paris & Disney Land Paris.Our restaurant offers you a range of buffets. We offer you a choice of a...
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Hotel du Dauphin

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Hotel du Dauphin

Charming and cozy hotel in the heart of Lyon. Wifi and luggage available. It is located at 2 steps of the place Bellecour. On the Presqu'île peninsula between the Rhône and the Saône rivers, this modest hotel on a pedestrianized street is a 2-minute walk from the central Place Bellecour and an 11...
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Hotel Mogador

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Hotel Mogador

Hotel Mogador is a beautiful and stylish 2-star hotel located in the heart of Paris. The hotel is ideally located near the Opera Garnier, perfect location for those who want to discover Paris. The property is full of character. Hotel Mogador features air-conditioned rooms with free wi-fi throughou...
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Hotel Opera Frochot

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Hotel Opera Frochot

Hotel Opera Frochot is located in the center of Paris and typical, not far from the Opera and Galeries Lafayette, close to the Moulin Rouge and the Sacré Coeur.Vous appreciate its contemporary, designer furniture, new bedding and its modern amenities. Safe Deposit Box for clients, Concierge Servi...
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Hotel Regence

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Hotel Regence

The Regence Hotel welcomes you in Arles where we can offer a host of air conditioned rooms, some of them with amazing sights of Rhone. The hotel is situated close to the heart of the old town, in proximity of the SNCF railway station, the bus terminals and many car-parks. Monuments and city m...
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Hotel Beaunier

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Hotel Beaunier

The Hotel Beaunier is located on a quiet, typical street but just a few steps away you will find all kind of entertainment in Montparnasse and Saint Germain des Pres. If you come for business, there is also direct access to the exhibitions centre 'porte de Versailles'. All our rooms have bathroom...
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La Collinette Surf House

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La Collinette Surf House

La Collinette Surf House is located in the beautiful village of Hossegor just 100 meters to the beach and 5 minute-walk from the Cafe and Restaurant area, La Centrale. La Collinette Surf House is a large and comfortable chalet with a spacious living room, kitchen and a beautiful garden where will en...
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Hotel Beaugrenelle Tour Eiffel

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Hotel Beaugrenelle Tour Eiffel

Hotel Beaugrenelle Tour Eiffel is ideally located on the left bank, close to the River Seine and the Eiffel Tower and just a few minutes walk away from the Champs Elysees, Montparnasse and the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre. Also located next to the hotel is the Japanese house of culture a...
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Villa Leopoldine

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Villa Leopoldine

Situated between Toulouse and Montauban, Villa Leopoldine welcomes you in a warm atmosphere and elegant in this former family mansion transformed into a magnificent charming hotel. Each suite at this hotel, the decoration is neat and Personalized, has a seating area with sofa, large flat screen T...
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Hotel France Albion

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Hotel France Albion

There are 34 rooms and suites in our 'Small House' totally equipped with luxurious bathrooms and showers. We are 2-star hotel but with superior property, like a three-star! Buffet breakfast is served every morning in our 'salle a manger', a very old cellar, dating the beginning of the century with...
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Sport Hostel Chamonix

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Sport Hostel Chamonix

Sport Hostel Chamonix exclusivity are its outdoor sport offers, its large range of equipment for most of the mountain disciplines and our resident sport's experts. Lessons from 2 to 6 days for all level of practice for hiking, climbing, moutaineering, trail . Mountain equipment rentals and pass lif...
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Hotel Clarisse

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Hotel Clarisse

We are located close to the Parc des Expositions (exhibition centre) at the Porte de Versailles. Thanks to direct access by metro or bus to the business centre, you will be able to visit the monuments of Paris, shop a little at Saint Germain des Pres, the Champs-Elysees, or enjoy a stroll along t...
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Hotel de France

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Hotel de France

Welcome to Hotel de France, Family Hotel with 2 Stars in the Center of town. less than 200m from railway and bus stations 16 rooms. Facing the 'Champ Juillet' Park, with playgrounds for children at 50 meters, Large free parking area with easy access Your pets are welcome! Calm - Double Pane...
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Pitchounette & Olives

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Pitchounette & Olives

Pitchounette and Olives is the name of our guest house. It is located in the district of Endoume, between Church St Victor overlooking the old harbor and the hill of the rock of the Good Mother, 'Notre Dame de la Garde.' Cati is waiting for you to help your stay in town. In this old and typical d...
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Hostel les Cordées Liées

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Hostel les Cordées Liées

Hostel les Cordées Liées is a renovated building in the trendy new cultural district of Albi. Les Cordées Liées is a small hostel recently opened by 2 young engineers. It is the union of two cottages on four stairs between a coworking space where you can work or organize a meeting. Each part of the...
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Bodysurf House

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Bodysurf House

Bodysurf House is a surf-house located in Capbreton in the Landes. Near to the Ocean and to the most famous beaches, as well as to the most well-known spots for surf. It is a quality accommodation, a new building housing rooms from two to six people. Bodysurf House is a meeting point for surfing ent...
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Hotel Residence Villiers

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Hotel Residence Villiers

Welcome to Hotel Residence Villiers, located in a residential district of Paris, near Charles de Gaulle Etoile Square, Champs Elysees and Monceau Garden. Discover a splendid panoramic view from the Eiffel Tower or visit the Louvre Museum, Monceau Gardens and the Palais des Congres. Villiers Hotel...
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Les Jardins de la Livree

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Les Jardins de la Livree

Welcome to the Jardins de la Livre, Bed & Breakfast and charming garden in Villeneuve les Avignon. Resort to the Cardinals in the fourteenth century, Villeneuve has kept its calm. A huge garden and a swimming poolin the old family farm will help you relax. We are located in the historic center...
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Au Bon Accueil

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Au Bon Accueil

**Free Breakfast***Free WIFI****Free Transport** We are situated just 15 minutes by car from the world heritage site of Mont St Michel and 30 minutes from the fabulous walled City of Corsairs - St Malo. The nearest beach is 5 minutes away. There is free transport to and from Mont St. Michel ev...
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Hotel Acacias

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Hotel Acacias

The Acacias Hotel is located in the Cavalerie district of Arles; at the beginning of the historical centre when coming from the direction of the railway station. It is therefore possible to reach, within a few minutes on foot, all of the monuments and museums of Arles. Entirely renovated, it has...
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La Beaufortine

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La Beaufortine

It is our pleasure to welcome you to spend your vacation or a weekend in Provence and you enjoy the charms of our home La Beaufortine, only 5 minutes from the center of Aix en Provence. From here, you can discover Provence, land of sun and cicadas, and immerse yourself in a landscape dear to Paul...
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Lou Souleou Bed and Breakfast

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Lou Souleou Bed and Breakfast

Located in old Nice on the Promenade des Anglais facing the sea, Lou Souleou Bed and Breakfast enjoys the ideal location between the beach and the old town at the foot of the park of the castle of Nice. In the lounge or on the balcony you can take breakfast with a beautiful sea view and see every...
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RockyPop Hotel

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RockyPop Hotel

The RockyPop Hotel is a new 3 star establishment in the picturesque village of Les Houches, only a 4 minute drive from Chamonix. Its 148 bedrooms allow you to enjoy all that Chamonix has to offer, at affordable prices. With its innovative concept the RockyPop creates a completely new staying exper...
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Edd Hostel

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Edd Hostel

Edd Hostel is an ideal base camp for travellers visiting Europe and willing to discover the authentic France. A new building made of wood with all comfort and personalized decorations. All our room are decorated with a special french touch and our bunk beds are custom-made by a local company. Our te...
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Fontaineblhostel

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Fontaineblhostel

Hostel near Fontainebleau (12 km); easy access to legendary bouldering areas (between Larchant and 3 Pignons) In a quaint 18th-century house, on a residential street, this simple hostel is 2.8 km from the A5 autoroute, 5.2 km from the Forêt de Fontainebleau (forest), and 13 km from the royal … Mo...
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Au-Domisiladore

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Au-Domisiladore

Welcome to Au-Domisiladore located in the city center of Carcassonne. Our B&B has a' hidden away' feel to it - despite being very central in Carcassonne. Au-Domisiladore is in a large old house with a quiet charm and retains much of it's original features. We ou have 2 gardens with beautiful hu...
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Hotel Lutetia

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Hotel Lutetia

Welcome to Hotel Lutetia located 5 minutes walk from the centre of Lourdes, just 100 metres from the SNCF train station. All guest rooms have en suites and TVs and are serviced by a lift. The Hotel Lutetia has its own restaurant, which serves regional specialities. It also has a bar and garden...
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La Maïoun Guesthouse

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La Maïoun Guesthouse

La Maïoun Guesthouse has been built in an ancient temple (built in 1855). It keeps his authenticity, with modern comfort. You’ll enjoy the cosy and friendly atmosphere of the place. In the common area you can find a relaxing and reading area, tea and coffee for free, cards and board games, and acces...
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Lacerise.eu

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Lacerise.eu

La Cerise is a familial guesthouse located in the city center of Strasbourg. You have an open access to our common areas located on the ground floor of the building. You will find a sitting room with sofas and a table soccer to relax as well as leaflets about Strasbourg and surroundings. You will al...
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Hotel des Arts

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Hotel des Arts

In 'La Bastille' area wellknown of its atmosphere with restaurants and bars, the Hotel des Arts offers you 35 rooms (single or double) . The hotel re-examines its image in this typically Parisian spirit: mid–trendy, mid–Parisian “tête-de-veau”. Hotel des Arts-Bastille is located in Paris, in th...
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Hotel l

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Hotel l'Aiglon

Hotel l'Aiglon is a cozy family-run hotel is located in the heart of the country of lavender and natural geological reserve of Haute-Provence, the largest in Europe. In the city center, close to all amenities and 3 km of Digne Baths (treatment of rheumatism and respiratory diseases).Many excursions...
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Hotel Argi Eder

Located in the centre of the old town of Biarritz, close to the shops and Les Halles (indoor market), Hotel ARGI EDER***, offers 15 comfortable rooms (ALL RENOVATED IN 2012) in a quiet environment, 3-5 minutes (by foot) from the beaches and conference facilities. The Basque Country is ideally lo...
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La Tournerie Hotel

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La Tournerie Hotel

There is an outdoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool, La Tournerie Hotel is located in Menton. Free private parking is available on site. You will find babysitting services at the property. You can play ping-pong and mini-golf at the hotel. Jean-Cocteau Museum is 1.8 km from La Tournerie Hotel, and...
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Manoir de Beauvoir

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Manoir de Beauvoir

1h20 from Paris by TGV, and few kilometres far from the Futuroscope Park, The Manoir de Beauvoir opens its doors on its 90 hectares property. This residence of character brings you back in the past, with its Victorian-style architecture, its large pool, its small chapel, its wooded restaurant roo...
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Hotel Adonis Bayonne 3*

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Hotel Adonis Bayonne 3*

At Bayonne’s gates, along the Adour, Adonis Bayonne hotel is totally new and has 78 bedrooms and suites decorated in a contemporary style. All bedrooms are equipped with all modern amenities: shower or bath, separate WC, flat screen TV with satellite, direct dial phone, free Wifi and air-conditionin...
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Inter Hotel Ascotel Lille Metropole

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Inter Hotel Ascotel Lille Metropole

Inter Hotel Ascotel Lille Metropole is a cosy hotel located in the heart of the Scientific city of Villeneuve d'Ascq, near from the Grand Stade Lille Métropole. The restaurant with a capacity of 300 seats offers buffet formulas, brewery formula and semi-gastronomic card. There is a free onsite parki...
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Auberge de Jeunesse de Morlaix

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Auberge de Jeunesse de Morlaix

Close to the heart of the city and facing the harbor, the Youth Hostel of Morlaix open all year long, individually or in groups, passing through or staying. Built in 2008, the hostel is quite modern, consisting of recent equipped rooms. Yann, our director, and his team are at your disposal to i...
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Cecilia

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Cecilia's Guest House

Our cosy, self-catering studios are a home away from home while you travel. Each studio is furnished with a private kitchenette in a house with a large garden. The kitchenette includes a fridge, microwave, boiler, toaster, coffee machine, and table and chairs so you can have a relaxing 'home' br...
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Pension Edelweiss

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Pension Edelweiss

The pension Edelweiss in Marseille has 4 beautiful independent guest rooms. 3 mn from the Station and 10 mn from the Old Port by foot. The room are very affordable and right in Marseilles City center. The Pension Edelweiss, located rue Lafayette No.6 in Marseilles, is a duplex apartment which gro...
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Ethic Etapes Côté Lac Evian

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Ethic Etapes Côté Lac Evian

The Ethic Etapes Ct Lac Evian welcomes you and offers a hotel quality and complete accomodationat a fair price. We receive groups and individuals in single or double rooms and larger rooms with 4 beds. All the rooms have shower and WC. A friendly staff will welcome you in our restaurant or...
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Sidsmums Travellers Retreat

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Sidsmums Travellers Retreat

If you are looking for a peaceful stay in the beautiful countryside then Sidsmums is the place for you. Sidsmums is a family run backpackers situated in the tiny, unique medieval village of Preixan just 10kms outside the famous Cite of Carcassonne. A 1€ bus service connects Carcassonne and Preixa...
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Chalet D

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Chalet D'Amo

Chalet D'amo is located 2km from the centre of Morzine, a picturesque mix of old traditional village and modern ski resort, the chalet is surrounded by mountains and forests. It is a traditional alpine lodge with accommodation set over 3 floors to accommodate up to 13 guests. Refurbished in Sep...
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Residhotel Grenette

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Residhotel Grenette

Each apartment has Wi-Fi internet access and a living area with work desk and cable TV. The kitchenette features a hot-plate, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. Some also have a balcony. The Residhotel provides a daily buffet breakfast service which is served in its breakfast room. The...
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Cassis Hostel

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Cassis Hostel

A beautiful villa with views of the sea and Cap Canaille. A five-minute walk from the small port of Cassis and a 20 minute walk from the first fjord, Port Miou. A pool in which to refresh, a terrace on which to relax and a garden in which to listen to the cicadas sing are all at your disposal. I...
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Hotel Val de Loire

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Hotel Val de Loire

This place looks just as it did when it was a turn of the century Bourgeois home, with hard wood floors, high ceilings and some of the gas lighting fixture still in place. The restoration of this hotel has been finished this year and we can offer you: Singles, doubles and triple rooms, some with...
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Aquitain Hotel

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Aquitain Hotel

The Aquitane Hotel offers comfortable rooms, a peaceful atmosphere and a friendly welcome at the heart of Bordeaux. Our 17 rooms are all comfortably furnished and feature en-suite bathrooms, flatscreen TVs and WiFi. We have rooms to sleep up to four people, ideal for families or groups of friends...
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Résidence la Barbacane

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Résidence la Barbacane

The Residence ADONIS Carcassonne La Barbacane 3* is pleased to welcome you in a green setting near of Carcassonne city classified as World Heritage Site by Unesco. You will discover a beautiful region with an extraordinary cultural richness. ADONIS Carcassonne La Barbacane welcomes you in one of...
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Hotel des Mines

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Hotel des Mines

ALL ROOMS WITH AIR CONDITIONING. Located in the famous LATIN QUARTER, near the LUXEMBOURG GARDEN & CATHEDRALE NOTRE DAME, Panth'on, Saint Germain des Pr's and Montparnasse area, the Hotel des Mines is in the perfect location to fully enjoy Paris charm and style at an affordable price. We are sit...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in France.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in France.

If you're already planning to visit France - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Arc de Triomphe

About the triumphal arch, it was built in honor of those who fought for France, in particular, those who  fought during the Napoleonic Wars. Engraved on the inside and at the top of the arch are all of the names of the generals and wars fought. There are inscriptions in the ground underneath the vault of the arch which include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I where the Memorial Flame burns and have made the Arc de Triomphe Paris a revered patriotic site.

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About food

It is worth it to talk about food in Paris. Traditional French foods rely on simple combinations that enhance the rich, natural flavors of French ingredients. Many French chefs have earned international acclaim for turning French food into haute cuisine and influencing the gastronomic scene worldwide. Food in France is an integral part of its culture and was added to UNESCO’s world list of intangible cultural heritage in 2010. The most famous dishes are:

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Paris: Experiencing The Parisian Culture

I knew I wanted to explore France, and I chose the city Paris to be my first stop. Why choose to live in Paris? Well on my travels around the world I met amazing people along the way. I made a friend in Tahiti that lived in Paris and we met up again and he showed me his city that he loves so much and I began to love it too. My wonderful weekend in Paris is what made my mind up, I decided Paris was going to be my new home.

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Things to do in Montpellier, France

An often overlooked city on France’s Mediterranean coast, Montpellier is thriving. Over half of its population is under 30, the city is becoming ‘smart’ and attracting a fair bit of attention from the start-up community in recent years. I decided to head down for a few days and check it out for myself. And I was not left disappointed; the city is absolutely charming with all its narrow, winding cobblestones streets and impressive buildings. The city is distinctly French, yet with a hint of Spanish vibrancy. It was also such a treat to see the sun shining every day. A city break here is definitely a must.

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Things To See

Croix Rousse: Lyon is a city that stretches far and wide, with each suburb within the Presque-Ile (central area) subtly changing it’s charm. Croix Rousse is that are where you walk and you walk and, being positioned on the eastern hillside, you take in the views which surround you. Croix Rousse has a labyrinth of staircases and secrets passages which lead you in all directions and getting lost (which you more than likely will) is half the fun. The other half is the artistic, bohemian feel that fills the streets. With the plenty of pop-up galleries, art shops, open- galleries and more, I highly recommend that you don’t plan where you want to go, but just go get lost in the streets.                                                                                                                                     Discover what it has to offer

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Strasbourg: The city of roads

Strasbourg-more than 2000 years old, developed from Roman settlement named Argentoratum, then being renamed to Strateburgum „city of roads“, and finally in 842 got its today’s name. Nowadays, is a part of France, but in the past, it belonged to  Germany. Considered as a symbol of reconciliation between two countries, no wonder why it is chosen to be one of EU administrative places. With that kind of background, Strasbourg is definitely a place where you can improve your diplomacy skills and career.

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Prepare for a crowded, but memorable experience.

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Welcome to Lyon, the Real Heart of French Culture

France: forget smoggy Paris; forget the painfully pebbled beaches of the likes of Nice and Marseille – Lyon, as a confluence of culture & history is the height of your French fantasy. Despite being the third-largest city in the country, this self-proclaimed food capital of the world is often overlooked by travellers as a place to sojourn and relish in French culture.

Georgia Cox

Isla Negra–El Rincon de La Poeta

Crashing waves. Volcanic sand beaches. A frosty pisco sour. Welcome to the Pacific coast of Chile! With most of the country along the coast, a road trip along western edge of Chile has dozens of opportunities to pull over and enjoy a sweeping ocean view, or stop for a few hours and explore a small town. Here are my favorite 5 stops for a lunch or dinner with a view–ocean spray optional! Valparaiso–Casa de Cuatro Vientos You won’t forget your first trip to the rolling, raucous, vividly-colored Valparaiso, affectionately known as Valpo. In fact, I first visited the city on a day trip from Santiago three years ago, and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I fell in love with this eclectic city from the top of one of the city’s many hills, or cerros, accessible via small funiculars, or acensors–a must for any visit to Valpo. Hopping on the Acensor Artillería, one of 16 funiculars, a short ride ($300 CLP/person) takes you to the top of the hill and the Paseo de 21 de Mayo, a small plaza with a sweeping view of the colorful hills full of seemingly precariously-stacked houses next to the water.  Turning left as you leave the acensor, head down the stairs towards the bright blue house perched above the acensor railways. Stop in at the Casa de Cuatro Vientos for a breathtaking view of the city as you enjoy a refreshing maracuya (passionfruit) mojito and a tapas-style menu. There’s plenty to watch as you munch, from the cranes lifting shipping containers onto cargo ships, the ever-moving acensor, and ships arriving to the port. And the interior of the restaurant is just as interesting–the weather Victorian exterior reveals a carefully-restored interior of exposed wooden beams and stained glass windows.   Hanga Roa–Pea Restobar Okay, so this one is a bit farther than a day trip from Santiago. In fact, just getting to Ranga Roa requires a five-hour plane flight from Santiago–this small town is nestled on Rapa Nui, known in English as Easter Island and in Spanish as Isla de Pascua. Taking a cab, bus or rental car into town, you can’t miss Pea Restobar in the center of town, opposite from the small boat harbor and line of scuba diving shops. Perched over the harbor, you can enjoy a 360-view of the vast Pacific Ocean and reflect on arriving in one of the most remote inhabited island in the world, 2,182 miles away from the mainland. But the highlight of this restaurant isn’t even the ocean view! Sit on the outdoor deck so you can spend your meal keeping one eye on the water–sea turtles are known to frequent the harbor, cruising the waves for a meal and delighting snorkelers. While we enjoyed a couple of beers and a light dinner, we spotted four sea turtles, one the size of a boogieboard–the largest I’d ever seen! At one point, a woman carrying a large armful of bright green seaweed waded out into the waves….and began hand feeding the turtles! If you’re not a snorkeler or a diver, this is your opportunity to see sea turtles in the wild! Isla Negra–El Rincon de La Poeta Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda’s works have been celebrated around the world and translated into hundreds of languages–but his winding career path and unique perspective on life are the most intriguing aspects of this famous Chilean. Get a glimpse into the man–and the women–behind the exquisite love poetry, by visiting his lovingly-restored homes in Santiago, Valparaiso and Isla Negra. Led through La Chascona in Santiago years ago, I became entranced with the creative motivations for each aspect of the house. Neruda was in love with the sea, but afraid to swim, so he made his homes into ships: running water canals around the house, using old wood from ships in the floor to mimic the creaking of wooden frigates, and decorating his offices as captain’s studies full of maps and nautical prints. Actually located on the coast, Isla Negra was his favorite home–and undoubtedly the most impressive. Set above jagged rocks covered in sinuous seaweed tossed by crashing waves, the grounds of the home set the stage for an incredible, marine-inspired interior. After your tour of the home, treat yourself to a glass of Chilean Carmenere wine, a likely subject of Neruda’s Ode to Wine. Carmenere was thought to have been obliterated from France due to disease in the 1800s, only to be rediscovered in Chile decades later–and thank goodness, because it’s muy rico (very delicious)! Las Cruces–Puesta de Sol If you’re looking for a quiet oceanside retreat with a small town and accessible beach, Las Cruces is your spot. We spent a few days there over the holidays and enjoyed walking through the rolling streets and exploring neighboring towns, heading to the three restaurants along the water in the evenings. All seem to have similar seafood-based menus, so we chose based on location—ending up at Puesta del Sol, set on the rocks closest to the water. Outdoor tables let you take in the expansive sunset, as well as watch kids try their luck at surfing. Enjoy a crisp pisco sour (grape brandy), and a plate of machas parmesanas, local clams baked in parmesan cheese that you can top with a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of aji pebre, a savory pepper sauce. Pichilemu–Kupal As with Las Cruces, for surf town Pichilemu, menus tend to run along the same lines of Chilean seafood and meat staples, so choose your evening spot based on location! Along Costanera sits three restaurants side-by-side along the coast–we chose Kupal, the first of the three. Guaranteed an ocean-view, you’ll find you’re even closer when you walk out to the patio and your feet hit sand. Find a table on the deck and settle in for a perfect sunset with a refreshing bottle of white wine. In fact, just leave behind your shoes like we did and take your wine glass out to the closest dune for a sandy, tranquil sunset. There’s no better way to end a day than watching the sunset with good food and good company. These spots will add a spark to your road trip along Chile’s coast–and hope you find your own hidden hideouts along the water! Happy travels!

Samantha Squishnak

Breaking Out, and into Paris, France

This is the first blog I have written, and though I am an avid writer, it has never been for public consumption. Till now. I wrote this between January 22- February 10th in Paris, France.

Kyle Franklin Johnson

Connemara and Cliffs of Moher

So, your trip might start with Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher, as are the closest places to the city, furthermore, for those places is worthy to pay a tour trip. Don’t forget to bring with your your student card! Ireland is a place for students and you can find deals everywhere, including ,of course, the tours. Those tours are around 25€ for adults and 20€ for students and they will drive through other points of interest like the well-known “The Burren” national park, caracteristic for the very rocky landscape that comes as a huge contrast to the vegetation that you will encounter later but not for that it means that is not worth visit. There you will catch view of few stone portal tombs (like the Britain and France dolmens) and take amazing pictures. It is also worth to pay attention to the tour guide while he relates some tales involving Leprechauns and why some circular tree formations are not removed due to the fear that those bad-luck wearers infuse on the zone peasants.

Pedro Ireland

Eating

For breakfasts, bakeries are very popular. I like the most the sweet ones. I suggest you especially macarons without thinking of its price. They are so delightful and colorful. Délices de France near Louvre is a sweet shop which became my favorite. Louvre Museum might have different meanings for others, but we have a nice memory of a breakfast in its huge garden. (We spared that museum for our next visit to Paris.) In brief, you may enjoy to use whole Paris as your personal restaurant.

Özge Kıter

Milan Central Railway Station

From here, trains to Switzerland, France and Germany depart.

Sandra Gomez

Orientation of Paris:

Look at a map of this city and you will see the Seine River splitting it in half, dividing the two banks: The Left Bank (South) and The Right Bank (North). Now, don’t yawn when I say the H word because this ole river has her fair share of quirks, but historically speaking Seine has got some interesting tales. It’s the birthplace of France, where the Gauls first settled, but it has also transported the body of Napoleon and the statue of liberty, a gift from France to New York. The ashes of Joan of Arc apparently were thrown in and Nicholas Flamel’s ghost (he was a real guy, not just a Harry Potter character!) is said to haunt the banks. On top of that, the only Olympic obstacle and underwater swimming races were hosted! There are two natural islands in the Seine: Ile de la Cite and Ile St Louis.

Judes

My Top 5 Autumn Alpine Activities

Now, before anyone who actually knows me starts calling me out on this one just know that there is a reason I’ve put cycling at the lowest possible number on this list – I hate it. In my mind, hell is Satan behind me screaming at me to cycle up a mountain. However, for some unknown reason people actually seem to like road cycling in the mountains. Its an unbelievably popular activity among locals and tourists alike, its good for you, gets you seeing the local scenery and the immense popularity of the Tour de France makes this region the perfect place to do it. There are plenty of local companies who can guide you on your tours including ChainLynx which are based in Montgenevre. There are hundreds of possible routes in this area but some recommended routes from locals I’ve talked to include the Col d’Izoard, the Serre Poncon circuit and the Col de Sestriere.

georgia-gallon

How To Avoid Paris Syndrome (vol. one)

The city in France that takes away breathes of people all around the globe except for the twisted few. I am among them. My breath stayed as regular as it had been before I saw the inviolable being of The City of Light (it does have plenty of light, though).

latich

The Eiffel Tower

After familiarizing ourselves a bit with our new environment, our first order of business was to… can you guess?? Make a trip to “La Tour Eiffel!” I will never forget the moment we first saw the Eiffel Tower: We got off at the train station (Gare de Lyon, if I am not mistaken) and we started walking toward where they indicated the Eiffel Tower was. Nothing could top the moment when we walked past the corner and there stood the Madame of France herself: the Eiffel Tower in all her glory! We screamed and hugged each other and were ecstatic with joy. But the fun didn’t stop there: we actually got ourselves some tickets to go straight to the top of that beautiful piece of architectural engineering. (I might need to mention this here: when going to see the Eiffel Tower, take A LOT of warm clothes with you- I took my very warm snow jacket, but only wore light cotton baggy pants. When we got to the second “level” of the Eiffel Tower, all my friends had to huddle around me, to prevent my legs from freezing off! It was memorable, but not recommendable. I am sometimes surprised that there isn’t snow or ice at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Femke Paul

Toulouse: "La ville rose"

Here we are, in the so called “La ville rose” a cause of all the buildings with an orange-pinkish bricks, so when you see the city with a wide angle you can see it pink. Toulouse is one of the most important cities in the south of France, is actually the capital of its own region which is called Midi-Pyrenees. It is also one of the most important amd biggest cities in the metropolitan area of France.

pame-garay

It was the beginning of November back in 2013, I was in Zimbabwe on holiday with my family. I was sitting on the back seat of an old African Safari truck next to my 40-something year old Dad, we were the only Australians there, and we were about to white water raft down the Zambezi River, the river that divides Zimbabwe and Zambia.

My Dad and I are what I would call, beginner-level adrenaline junkies, especially when we’re on holiday. We are constantly daring each other to do crazy things. Ride the biggest roller coaster we can find in Disneyland with our eyes closed? Check. Strap ourselves into a sling-shot that flings you 52 meters into the air in Bali? Check. Slide down the tallest water slides in France to land in freezing cold water at the bottom? Yep we did that too. It’s kind of a tradition that we’ve got going, so why would we stop now?

Sherstyn Pike

What’s Dunkerque ?

DK’s a town in the North of France, right next to Belgium, and on the North Sea coastline. Quite close to England as well, and that’s pretty cool : we can go there by ferry from Dunkerque, or just drive through the Eurotunnel from Calais to Dover.

Camille Debussche

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