France is a perennial feature in the top tourist destination lists, even in light of the recent problems there. The country is beautiful, full of culture and has amazing food and wine, so if you’re thinking about going on a family vacation, why not consider France? It is a vast and varied country, which offers incredible opportunities for travelers with a wide range of interests. Here are some top tips to help you plan a perfect family vacation in France.
Where to go
France is a large country, and there are many different regions to choose from. This is a year-round destination, which suits travelers of all ages. Visit in the winter months to enjoy sun in the area of Provence or an action-packed ski holiday in the Alps. Hit the beaches of Brittany and Normandy in the summer, or head for the glitz and glamour of the resorts on the Cote d’Azur. Visit Paris to tour the museums and galleries and see the sights. Don’t miss Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Paris, in my opinion, can be visited in summer and winter (Christmas in Paris anyone?) and springtime is gorgeous with all of the Cherry Blossom trees.
Where to stay
France offers an abundance of options when it comes to accommodation. Camping is very popular in France. You can pick up incredible deals on chalets and beach huts, as well as traditional campsites. If you’re traveling in a large group, investigate farmhouses, villas, and chateaux. It’s often much cheaper to divide the cost between the party than booking separate hotel rooms. In the countryside, you’ll find charming gites and holiday lets. In the cities, you can book everything from budget hostels to 5-star hotels. If you’re looking for ideas for accommodation, call your travel agent to help you vet places to stay and see. You can compare prices, work out locations and plan the perfect trip.
What to do
There’s a holiday for everyone in France. Take a tour of the sights and attractions in the cities or escape to the country. Spend your days at the beach or go camping on the banks of the rivers. Head into the mountains for an action-packed adventure or take it easy in a sleepy hamlet. If you’re staying in the French Riviera, take a day trip to St Tropez town. Head down to the harbor to see the yachts or celebrate a special occasion at one of the waterfront restaurants. If you have babysitters willing to volunteer their services for an afternoon, head to a winery. Enjoy some samples and learn more about the manufacturing process. Kids will love outdoor adventures, and you can hike, cycle and swim to your heart’s content in rural France.
Food is a jewel in France’s crown, so make sure you take advantage of the cuisine. Start your day with a freshly ground coffee and a traditional croissant. Try the famous classics and don’t forget to pop into a patisserie or two. You won’t want to leave after sampling amazing French food.
Are you searching for ideas for your next family holiday? Are you looking for a beach holiday, which also offers a bit of adrenaline-pumping action and a sprinkling of culture and history? If so, France is an ideal choice. Tick off the must-sees in Paris, head for the tranquil mountains or enjoy the luxurious seaside resorts. Go camping, hire a beachfront villa or create your own version of the country life.
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