However, it is not just these reasons that make France canal boat holidays popular as the picturesque countryside in the nation also tempts many people to take a break here. And the Nivernais area is certainly one of the most beautiful that can be found in France.
Nivernais is home to the winding Canal du Nivernais, a popular choice for people on a boat holiday, and a waterway which passes through some of the best places to visit in France. The region also boasts a number of well-known grape varieties and wide variety of communities filled to the brim with history, all of which can be explored on a canal boat holiday here.
A visit to the medieval town of Clamecy should be top of your list if you are heading to Nivernais on a canal boat holiday this year. The town is particularly noted for its stunning architecture and also has a number of beautiful churches and other religious buildings which form part of the rich past of the area.
Culture vultures will also not be disappointed with a visit to Clamecy, as there are easily enough art galleries and museums to keep you amused on a trip to the town as part of a boating holiday.
The canal on which you will sail on a boating holiday to the Nivernais region of France was originally constructed to link a number of industrial hubs in France and as such, it passes through various places well worth a visit.
As well as Clamecy, you may want to take time out of your canal boat holiday to visit the communities of Tanna, Corbigny, Vermenton and Coulanges, all of which have a real French charm and offer their own sights and attractions.
Fans of traditional French buildings may want to visit the town of Auxerre, which is easily reached on a canal boat holiday down the Canal du Nivernais. The most famous building in Auxerre is the gothic-style cathedral, which is certainly worth a picture of two and is a stunning example of the architecture of the time.
If seeing the gothic church in Auxerre has made you keen to check out some more of France's most beautiful buildings, then make sure you steer your canal boat towards the town of Sens.
Sens also has a huge church built in the gothic style as well as numerous other architecturally interesting structures. Further down the river you will be able to visit the settlements of Chitry-les-Mines and Chatillon-en-Bazois, which are both home to some incredibly pretty traditional French chateaux, which are certainly a must-visit on a trip to this part of France.
As you sail along the Canal du Nivernais, you may find that you catch glimpses of a wide range of wildlife and birds. The canal itself is actually noted for its biodiversity and you could be able to see bird species including wagtails, great crebes, herons, kites and kingfishers as you enjoy your canal boat holiday in the region.
If you are keen to include as many visits to French towns and cities on your canal boat holiday you may want to stop at the town of Baye, which is right at the end of the canal. This community could appeal to those who like keeping active on their holidays, as it is known for the wide variety of water sports which it offers to visitors.
Shopping fans who want to head back home with plenty of souvenirs to remind them of their holiday to France may want to stop their canal boat at the market towns of Florentin and Villeneuve-sur-Yonne.
Both of these towns hold regular markets and could be ideal for those who want to use their holiday as a chance to stock up on the wine and cheese for which the Nivernais region is noted.