Les Auberges de Jeunesse (‘Youth Hostels’) provide a wonderful way to travel throughout France with a light budget while allowing the chance for enriching encounters with travelers from France and beyond.
These Youth Hostels are typically located in scenic areas, sometimes in beautiful, historic buildings, but always practical
The staff are usually very friendly and understanding of the issues their guests might have. Compared to regular hotels, their laid back attitude
Whether in summer or winter, a number of Auberges de Jeunesse offer a variety of very affordable activities, cultural, athletic or otherwise. These activities are often led by young, experienced locals who, unlike regular most tour guides, are more than willing to share their knowledge of the region’s best kept secrets.
For comprehensive information, check out the official website of Fédération Unie des Auberges de Jeunesse (FUAJ) (Hostelling International – France): http://en.fuaj.org/