Tourist Information

Almost every city, town and village has an office de tourisme (a tourist office run by some unit of local government) or syndicat d'initiative (a tourist office run by an organisation of local merchants). Both are excellent resources and can supply you with local maps as well as details on accommodation, restaurants and activities. If you have a special interest such as walking, cycling, architecture or wine sampling, ask about it.

  • Many tourist offices make local hotel and B&B reservations, sometimes for a nominal fee.
  • Comités régionaux de tourisme (CRTs; regional tourist boards), their départemental analogues (CDTs) and their websites are a superb source of information and hyperlinks.
  • French government tourist offices (usually called Maisons de la France) provide every imaginable sort of tourist information on France.

Useful websites include the following:

French Government Tourist Office ( The low-down on sights, activities, transport and special-interest holidays in all of France's regions.

French Tourist Offices ( Website of tourist offices in France, with mountains of inspirational information organised by theme and region.