France has long been a popular destination for family travellers, the ease of driving straight to your hotel, campsite or gite makes taking little ones that bit easier. The vibrant cities also offer plenty to keep everyone entertained and don’t forget the luxurious beaches of the south.
You don’t have to travel far to experience the historic towns, excellent food and beautiful scenery France is so famous for. Brittany is a firm favourite for families with young children offering sandy beaches, ideal for sandcastle building and rockpools ideal for catching shrimp. Normandy offers a whole load of culture with several UNESCO World Heritage sites and the world famous Bayeux Tapestry.
A little further South, head to the Pays de la Loire and visit the city on Nantes, regularly referred to as “The nicest city in France” boasting a rich architectural heritage and plenty of museums and theatres, whilst in the area you can visit Zoo De La Fléche where you can spend the night in a safari lodge next to wolves, tigers or even bears!
Inland, why not try out the Auvergne region with its glacier carved valleys, vast forests and dormant volcanoes, this area screams small-town charisma but still offers loads to keep the whole family entertained. Visit one of the many Spa towns such as Vichy to play in the thermal park, take in the amazing scenery on a hike or horse ride and visit Vulcania, where you can experience the awakening of the volcanoes of Auvergne and play in the water features and Le Pal, an amusement and wildlife centre with plenty of white knuckle rides and animals from around the world.
If its sun, sea and sand you’re after then head south, it’s perhaps best to fly as this is a REALLY long drive from the UK with little ones. Pristine white sands and clear blue waters await you on the French Riviera but if your visiting in summer, make sure you don’t miss the lavender fields in Provence, spectacular! The Bouscarasse water park makes for a fantastic day trip when the weather gets too much and the charming town of Uzés has a wonderful market for picking up essential souveniers.
Don’t forget Paris with its heady mix of must see museums and monuments, excellent restaurants and theme parks galore. Check out our Paris destination guide for more ideas.
When to go
High season : June-August
Low season : November-February
Currency : Euro
Language : French
The worlds first artificial heart transplant took place in Paris
Not to miss
Tackle part of the Velodyssee, Frances longest bicycle trail which covers 1200 km starting in Brittany