Things to do in France
In the wine producing regions in France, you can sample the local produce out of the vineyards free through “dégustations”. Avoid the big chateaux producers and the tourist trail traps and go for the secret backroads, which is where you’ll find authentic wine and bargains. The French love cycling and it helps you to get off the beaten track and discover the stunning French countryside and deserted ruined castles, rivers and bathing lakes in say, the Dordogne. France also has some fantastic and very quiet sandy beaches that are popular with locals for various sports including surfing (followed up by a barbeque) but you’ll need to know where those sands are. Why not take a boat trip to explore one of several offshore islands around the coast such as Iles Chausey.
Another great joy is antique and treasure hunting in the city center markets and “Brocantes” – huge fun if you know how to play the game and spot the genuine articles! Mass tourism approaches will allow you to see a lot of ‘tourist-guide’ France. What they typically can’t do though is to help to you experience this beautiful country. That’s why the Withlocals approach provides local tours with local people because they will know the hidden secret gems of France better than anyone else.