Problems arise mainly between mid-July and the end of August, when the French take their own vacations en masse. During this period, hotel and hostel accommodation can be hard to come by, particularly in the coastal resorts, and you may find yourself falling back on local tourist offices for help. In addition, big cities can be difficult throughout the year: we've given a greater range of possibilities for them in the Guide and very detailed accommodation Listings for Paris, the worst case of all.
Most tourist offices offer a booking service, although they can't guarantee rooms at a particular price, and all can provide lists of hotels, hostels, campsites and bed-and-breakfast possibilities. With campsites, you can be more relaxed about finding an empty space, unless you're touring with a caravan or camper van or looking for a place on the Côte d'Azur.
Pages in section ‘Hotels’: Hotels, Prices, Bed and breakfast and self-catering, Hostels, Gites, Camping.
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