France’s cheapest holiday spots revealed

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Paris is the most expensive region in France to spend a summer holiday... but where is the cheapest? A new study has found the answer.

France's cheapest holiday spots revealed
Holidayers in Nice, southern France. Photo: AFP
The summer holidays are almost upon us, and many in France are no doubt already scrambling to find a good option that won't break the budget. 
And if a cheaper option is what you're looking for, you'd best avoid Paris.
Yes, a week-long stay in a place with two rooms will set you back €2,458 in the capital, according to a recent study from Tripadvisor.
Of course, the Ile de France was the most expensive region in the country in the comparison of 16,000 properties nationwide available between July 1st and August 31st. 

(Who can deny the charms of Paris? Photo: The Place Dauphine – Henry de Saussure Copeland/Flickr)
The second-most expensive region was that of the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur in the south, also known as PACA, at €1,341 a week.
But the cheapest was less than half that, going for only €607, in Lorraine.
Lorraine? Yes, Lorraine, in the north east of the country on the border of Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg. You might remember it from our story about the areas of France where British expats tend to avoid.
But that doesn't mean it's not worth a visit. Rebecca Pintre, a Brit who calls Lorraine home, told us at the time that it was “a great area with all the variety of British weather with a few occasional extremes of heat and cold”.
If reasonably decent weather isn't enough to swing you, there's also the stunning town of Nancy (below), some brilliant cathedrals, and the best quiche Lorraine you're ever likely to taste.

(The town of Nancy, in Lorraine, is beautiful – but often wet. Photo: MorBCN/Flickr)

Other cheaper regions in the study included central Auvergne, and Haute Normandie in the north, a week in both of which would cost you under €650.
If you're looking for the coast and you don't want to break the bank, the best option is Brittany in the north west for an average of €838.
Otherwise, Aquitaine in the lower west coast was the only other region to top €1,000, with all the rest falling between €650 and €1,000.
Here is the full list, with the average price for a week in a 2-bedroom property on the right. 
A map of France's regions:


Traffic warnings issued in France for Pentecost holiday weekend

Traffic authorities have warned of busy roads as people in France head off for the long Pentecost weekend.

Traffic warnings issued in France for Pentecost holiday weekend
Many French people will be heading off for a long weekend until Monday, which marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost (Pentecôte). Photo: Ludovic MARIN / AFP

Roads will be busy across most of the country on Friday as many people in France take advantage of the public holiday on Monday 24th, which marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost (Pentecôte).

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Bison Futé, the government-run website that monitors traffic levels in France, has put most of the country on orange alert (third highest) on Friday for departures, except for the greater Paris Île-de-France region and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which were on red alert (second highest).

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Photo: Bison Futé

On Saturday the whole country will also be on orange alert for departures except for the Île-de-France region, which will be on red alert. And the same will be the case on Monday for returns.

Photo: Bison Futé

Rail disruption for trains to Marseille and from Paris to Toulouse

With SCNF carrying out works at the Saint-Charles station in Marseille, there is expected to be significant disruption in trains arriving in the southern French city from Saturday 22nd and Monday 24th of May.

This includes the TER trains between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, Avignon via Arles, Narbonne and Lyon; the Intercités between Marseille and Bordeaux (a bus service will be available on Sunday 23rd of May) and the TGV Inoui and Ouigo trains.

The Intercité line from Paris to Toulouse will also be severely disrupted due to building works. There will be no trains running on Sunday, and will restart progressively from Monday.

From Wednesday May 19th, the curfew has been pushed back from 7pm to 9pm. So if you are travelling between 9pm and 6am, you need to fill the latest version of the attestation, which can be found on the TousAntiCovid app.