Whatever kind of riding holiday you are looking for in France, you will find it. Horse riding is popular throughout the country and the expanse of countryside is put to good use with a vast network of bridleways and paths. Whether in a region of mountains or rolling valleys, the countryside is always appealling. Good food and wine is synonymous with France and you will always be within reach of a local vineyard and discover some local delicacy or other.
The diversity of the landscape from seaside Brittany in the North through the central region including the volcanic Avergne and the lush valleys of the Loire to the sunny South, is enough to keep any rider coming back for a different taste of France for years to come. You will find riding in all of the country's 22 regions but the central and southern areas, including Provence and the Mid-Pyrenees are the most popular for holidays.
When to go:
Riding holidays are available year round.
The north of the country sees cool winters and mild summers while the weather in the South is more Mediterranean with warm, moist winters and hot, dry summers.
French. While English is widely understood in cities, it is not spoken in some rural areas. Brush up on the language or make sure your guide speaks English. If travelling alone, ask to join a week when other English speakers are booked.
France is in the Central European Time Zone (CET), 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Citizens of European Union (EU) are entitled to the same healthcare as residents. British citizens need form E111. All non-EU citizens have to pay for any medical needs and should ensure they have medical insurance.
EU citizens and those from Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand do not need a visa and can stay for up to ninety days.
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