Like many British holidaymakers, my childhood summers in France are a wonderful memory. We would explore beautiful harbour towns, eat new and exotic foods and get our fair share of beach time along with a little history.
When I was older I’d take off to France the same way, by ferry. I even took my bike and spent a lovely week pedaling around Brittany finding cute bed and breakfasts and eating fresh bread with soft cheeses at the roadside.
Brittany remains my favourite part of France and quite possibly one of my favourite parts of the world, it will be forever tied up with childhood memories of sunny days, rugged coasts and delicious food. The ferry journey to get there was always part of the fun, anticipation and enjoyment of the trip.
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Why Choose The Ferry Over Flying?
The ferry is just all-round easier!
You’re in your own vehicle from the moment you leave home.
No drive or bus to the airport, no airport parking, no hefting luggage to check in or waiting two hours for your flight. The same on arrival, no baggage claim, no hire car to pick up and adapt to, no squeezing your luggage into a (probably smaller) car.
For people who enjoy caravans, cycling holidays or motor homes, flying isn’t even an option. You and your preferred form of transport will be out of the ferry ports exploring France’s beautiful coast and countryside in no time. Yes, even by bike.
Driving in France is pretty easy and with your own car you can go wherever you please. It’s the best way to travel, no restrictions, just freedom.
Boats and the sea are wonderful and I still remember, as a child, the excitement of exploring what I thought was a huge vessel. These days, with 3 cruises under my belt, they seem small, but to a child they are like floating cities of wonder.
Most adults will love a mode of transport that provides a comfortable chair, coffee, food and wi-fi, particularly when the children are having a great time too, unrestricted by seat belts.
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The port towns can be a destination in themselves.
Roscoff is a picturesque port town famous for onion Johnnies and great food. Read about the annual onion festival with Roscoff Tourism. St Malo is an ancient waled town, famous for piracy and now a popular tourist destination. Venture further and the whole of France is open to you, take your pick from any of the popular tourist hot spots or drive the road less traveled.
As a fan of ferries, particularly those to Brittany, I’m more than happy to share this infographic.
Have fun making memories with your family, there is so much to enjoy in France.