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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JO&JOE Hossegor

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JO&JOE Hossegor

JO&JOE Hossegor brings together travellers and neighbours around well-being, good food and surf in a unique partnership with Quiksilver & Roxy. A jolly team is here to welcome you and guarantee fun in this spot open to all. Friendliness abounds all around in this Basco-Landais property. The prop...
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Hotel Richiardi

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Hotel Richiardi

The hotel Richiardi is ideally located on the little fishingharbour of Carqueiranne. The hotel has 18 rooms with shower or bath and toilets. and at 10mn by car from Hyeres Les Palmiers. Near the Hotel, you have a lot of entertainment facilities: water-ski, scuba diving boat and jet ski...
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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...
Ethic Etapes Côté Lac Evian is a hostel in Evian. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Nami House

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Nami House

Inspired from backpackers in Australia, Nami House is much more than a hostel: a hosting place where you can meet people from all over the world! You'll enjoy a huge Basque house decorated in Hawaiian/Japanese style, with a fully equipped modern kitchen, a large lounge, a huge conservatory, garden w...
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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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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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La Folie Douce Hotels Chamonix

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La Folie Douce Hotels Chamonix

Get on board and try a completely new holiday experience at La Folie Douce Chamonix. Come with your crew and discover plenty of choices to make up you perfect stay: from Dorms to Premium Suite, be sure: we've what you're looking for.Skiing is among the activities that guests can enjoy near La Foli...
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Hotel Audran

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Hotel Audran

The Audran is a friendly 2-star hotel ideally located in the heart of Montmartre one of the oldest districts in Paris. The hotel offers a continental breakfast complete with hot drinks and fresh juices. Other facilities at Audran include a 24-hour front desk, a lift and luggage storage is also avail...
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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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Hotel Acapulco

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Hotel Acapulco

Hotel Acapulco is located nearby the historical center of Montpelier and is two steps away from the nearest tram stop Stade Philippides. It offers our guests comfortable and fully equipped rooms with a free wifi. Our lovely garden terrace gives the guests the opportunity to enjoy the fine weather th...
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Quality Sainte-Catherine

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Quality Sainte-Catherine

Quality Sainte-Catherine is very easy to reach as it is located just 3km from Bordeaux St Jean train station, 15km from Bordeaux Mérignac airport and 200m from a tram station. Bordeaux will amaze you with its quality of life and its cultural and historical heritage....
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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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Forme-hotel Montpellier Sud-Est

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Forme-hotel Montpellier Sud-Est

Forme-hotel Montpellier is ideally located at 10 minutes from the beaches and from the city center of Montpellier, and at 2 minutes from the Arena, the Exhibition Park, the Zenith, the airport, the Montpellier Sud de France TGV train station and shopping malls and leisure activities. The closest tra...
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Hotel Croix des Nordistes

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Hotel Croix des Nordistes

Located in the heart of Lourdes, Hotel Croix des Nordistes is just 400 meters from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. You can dine at the on-site restaurant and free WiFi is provided in public areas. All of the rooms at Hotel Croix des Nordistes are simply decorated and feature a wardrobe. The p...
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Chanteclair

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Chanteclair

Provenale house located within 100 meters from Forville Market, little shops and restaurants. within 50 m. there is a paying parking. Please note that the 3 bedded rooms have 1 double bed + 1 single bed You can sleep in a silent surrounding and can have your continental breakfast served on the...
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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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Pension Edelweiss

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Pension Edelweiss

The Pension Edelweiss is a bed and breakfast, right in Marseille City center, ideally located next to Vieux Port (Old Port) by foot, to Canebière and 3 mn walk from Saint-Charles Train Station. 5 beautiful independant guest rooms, decorated with unique style & design, welcome and host guests and tra...
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Castel Chambres

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Castel Chambres

10km from Carcassonne, Castel chambres is in a 13th century building, stone walls leading into the courtyard of the castle in the town of Malves en Minervois Our guesthouse has a beautiful fireplace in the living area, with carved wood, murals. Guesthouse with Double rooms with bathroom (bath...
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Residhotel Galerie Tatry

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Residhotel Galerie Tatry

Apartments at Galerie Tatry are air-conditioned and have a modern décor. They each feature a kitchenette with a microwave and fridge (dishwasher for apartments for 4 persons) and a seating area with satellite TV. Bedroom and bathroom linens are provided. A buffet breakfast is served each morn...
Residhotel Galerie Tatry is a apartment in Bordeaux. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Au Bon Accueil

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Au Bon Accueil

**Free copious Breakfast***Free WIFI****All private rooms** We are your cheapest option for 2 people plus...A copious breakfast is included, also WiFi that works, beds are made up, towels included. All rooms are private and have private ensuite shower rooms with strong, hot showers, wc etc. W...
Au Bon Accueil is a guesthouse in Mont Saint Michel. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hotel Angleterre Etoile

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Hotel Angleterre Etoile

Hotel Angleterre Etoile is located between the Eiffel Tower and the Arc the Triomphe, close to the Champs Elysees and the International Congress center of Porte Maillot. Near the Klber and Ina international centres, the Porte Maillot, places of interest for the eyes and the palate : Crazy Horse...
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Fontaineblhostel

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Fontaineblhostel

Hostel (+ small camping) near Fontainebleau (12 km); easy access to legendary bouldering areas, some within 35 mn walking (e.g. Elephant). 6€/person compulsory linen rental In a quaint 17th-century house in center of town, this simple hostel is 3 km from the A6 highway or accessible by public t...
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La Croix du Reh B&B

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La Croix du Reh B&B

Are you looking for a really exceptional bed and breakfast in south-west central France? A warm welcome and good food await you at this delightful early 17th century manor house in the heart of region Limousin, the French lake district. There is much to see and do while enjoying your stay at...
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Adonis Annecy - Icone Hotel

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Adonis Annecy - Icone Hotel

Adonis Annecy is a 16th century building, it offers 25 air-conditioned rooms with views of the old quarters or courtyard, our hotel also offers a shared lounge, luggage storage and free Wi-Fi. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is located directly on the pedestrian zone of old Annecy, i...
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Hotel Viator

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Hotel Viator

The Hotel Viator is a budget hotel located in a walking distance from Moulin Rouge, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees. We offer you our 30 rooms with the best value for money in Paris. We have single, double and twin rooms (without ensuite facilities.) Internet connec...
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Ho36 Les Menuires

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Ho36 Les Menuires

Ho36 hostel Ménuires is our new hostel e at the foot of the slopes. We will be opening our doors on 10 December 2017 to anyone looking for a new mountain experience, including young people, families and business groups. We offer beautiful rooms created by interior designers, loft spaces available fo...
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Un Mas en Ville

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Un Mas en Ville

Un Mas en Ville is set in a three-storey Provençal farmhouse and features en suite accommodations with a country décor, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa bath. The accommodation has an equipped kitchen and free WiFi is provided throughout the place. Home-made jams, honey, traditional gingerbread,...
Un Mas en Ville is a guesthouse in Marseille. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hotel Madrigal

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Hotel Madrigal

Located in the heart of the 15th district, 2 steps from the Montparnasse train station, the Hostel Innova reinvents itself and becomes the Madrigal guesthouse: a unique hotel/hostel wellness place. Madrigal Hostel is a tribute to the character of Anna Madrigal, the legend of 28 Barbary Lane, of the...
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Residence Thibaud

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Residence Thibaud

The property is located slightly outside the city of Toulouse. From the residence, you can reach the city center with buses and subway: it takes between 30 and 45 minutes. It is much more convenient with a bicycle or a car because the buses do not run after 20:30. if you have a car, you reach the...
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Garibaldi Bed and Breakfast

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Garibaldi Bed and Breakfast

Garibaldi bed and breakfast is located in the old town at 20m from the place Garibaldi, at 10 minutes walk from the beach and the Flower Market. The breakfast is include in the price. The 2 dormitory have access to the living area with comfortable seat, to a bathroom with toilet and an addition...
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Hotel/Hostel Saint Charles Biarritz

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Hotel/Hostel Saint Charles Biarritz

Located in the city center of Biarritz at Quartier Saint Charles, 7 minutes by walk from the beach, 15 minutes from Quartier des Halles and Casino. A hearty continental breakfast consisting of fruit juice, yogurts, French baguette, pastries, jams and honey, a hot drink is served in the hotel's livin...
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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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Hotel Abalys

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Hotel Abalys

Hotel located in city centre near Brest train station. Many restaurants and touristic area are within walking distance. All our rooms have ensuite facilities, hairdryer and direct dial telephone. LCD TV with international channels: BBCWORLD, Skynews, BBC1,BBC2, Eurosport. Free high speed wirele...
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Hotel Argi Eder

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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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Citôtel de la Vallée

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Citôtel de la Vallée

Citotel DE LA VALLEE is a hotel/restaurant with GARAGE, located in a quiet area in the city centre and is only 600 m. from the Shrine. All our comfortable rooms come with Sat.TV & Canal+ and en suite facilities. Free WiFi access with your own laptop. A room with disabled facilities is available...
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Hotel de l

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Hotel de l'Europe

At our hotel you can relax and enjoy a warm welcome in our friendly atmosphere. We are ideally located for backpackers exploring Europe, as we are located very close to Gare du Nord train station. We offer refined 2-star comfort; all rooms feature direct-dial telephone, TV and sound-proofed walls...
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Hotel Marignan

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Hotel Marignan

Located in the central and historic Quartier Latin, the Hotel Marignan is walking distance to Paris' monuments and historical landmarks. 3 minutes walk to La Sorbonne, 5 minutes to Notre Dame and walking distance to The Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Tuilleries Gardens, & The Marais. Hotel Marignan offe...
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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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Moulin2Roues

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Moulin2Roues

We offer bed and breakfast and hostel style accommodation in our Water Mill in the Saumur area of the Parc naturel régional Loire-Anjou-Touraine. If you fancy an overnight stop or maybe a longer break in a building that's not run of the mill - then stay in our Mill! We have double rooms, twin...
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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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Hotel Graffalgar

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Hotel Graffalgar

Each floor and guest room at Hotel Graffalgar has been uniquely decorated by local artists. The rooms will provide you with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower and a hairdryer. It offers free Wi-Fi internet access. A breakfast is prepared in the morning and you can park...
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Hotel-Du-Soleil

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Hotel-Du-Soleil

Charming family hotel, quiet and relaxing, 3min. from the medieval city centre of Hyeres, just not Golden Islands, new private parking (2012), free Wi-Fi, terrace Sun... Opposite the iles d'Or, 3 km from the railway station, 7 km from the airport and 3 min walk from the medieval centre of hyeres le...
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Yooma Urban Lodge

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Yooma Urban Lodge

Yooma Paris Eiffel Tower is a hotel located in the city’s 15th arrondissement, facing the Maison de la Radio, at 1 km distance from the Eiffel Tower, on the banks of the Seine. The hotel was designed by Ora ïto in artistic cooperation with Daniel Buren. A vast lobby designed as a living space, with...
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Hostel Meyerbeer Beach

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Hostel Meyerbeer Beach

Voted BEST HOSTEL IN FRANCE for 2019 , 2018 and 2014, Hostel Meyerbeer Beach is the ideal low-cost accommodation for backpackers and budget travellers , located in a centre of Nice. We're the closest hostel to the beach, with a super transportation network - our location is just a few minutes' wa...
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The People Hostel - Les 2 Alpes

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The People Hostel - Les 2 Alpes

The People Hostel - Les 2 Alpes is simply the perfect spot to stay. We offer 362 beds, either in dormitories or private room. Our 43 Dorms are all ensuite, fitted with our very own Super Bunk Bed The 44 twins and double rooms give you 3-star quality! Oh, some of those can be combined for familie...
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HO36 La Plagne

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HO36 La Plagne

HO36 reinvents the hostelry concept by striking the right balance between private rooms, shared rooms and independent lofts at low prices in a unique location. Modern with an Eighties twist, HO36’s warm, unconventional decor by Alma Interiors and cool, comfortable surroundings ensure guests feel r...
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JO&JOE Paris - Gentilly

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JO&JOE Paris - Gentilly

JO&JOE is a house open to all, a cool and caring place to live, at the crossroads of a hostel, a hotel and a private rental. Positive, unrestrained, fun and unfussy, JO&JOE is the reflection of its customers: open, connected, curious about everything and in tune with their time. Whether you are here...
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Millett Guesthouse

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Millett Guesthouse

A traditional Carcassonne townhouse, situated in the heart of the main town known as 'Bastide Saint-Louis' Ideally located near Place Carnot square, which hosts regular local produce markets and is surrounded by many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The famous Canal midi and Carcassonnes...
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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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Hotel Les Loges

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Hotel Les Loges

Hotel Les Loges is a calm and comfortable hotel located in the area of Chantepie, near Rennes. The property combines quiet and warm atmospheres. From spring onward, it is possible to take your breakfast, lunch or dinner on the hotel terrace. Breakfast is available (additional fee) the specialties ar...
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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.

Nguyen Giang

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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