When I think back to all the holidays we had when our son was younger, France featured very heavily. Whether it was a busy city break or a relaxing camping trip, France was the perfect destination for a family holiday. I have great memories of playing on the beach with a toddler in Dinan, Brittany, then years later exploring the prehistoric cave art with a teenager in the Dordogne.
Being so close to the UK, France is a popular choice for British families. But what’s the best way to get there and what do you need to be aware of if you’re driving? Here are some helpful suggestions.
Driving to France – Mini Travellers
Brittany and Normandy
There are a number of fabulous holiday destinations within easy reach of your channel crossing. Beautiful beaches and an abundance of picturesque towns await you in Brittany and Normandy.
Finistère, Brittany: a great destination for families? – Pigeon Pair and me.
City breaks with kids: Honfleur – Suitcases and Sandcastles
Burgundy was a big hit with a number of travel bloggers last year. Discover the hidden delights of this part of France by taking the scenic routes.
Things to do in the Burgundy backroads – Extraordinary Chaos
Taking the Burgundy backroads: Magical castles – My Travel Monkey
La Montagne aux Alouettes farmhouse – Five Adventurers
Camping in France is a very popular holiday choice. Most campsites have fantastic facilities with pools, playgrounds plus kids clubs for children of all ages. Here is a review of a campsite just outside Paris and, if you’re after something a little different, check out all the possibilities on this site in the Loire Valley.
Eurocamp La Croix du Vieux Pont campsite, Paris – Ickle Pickle’s Life and Travels
Exploring the Loire Valley: Alternative accommodation – Tired Mummy of Two
If you want some inspiration for a summer break, there are some exotic destinations in France which might trick you into thinking you’re in the Caribbean. The French Riviera has some superb hot-spots and there are hidden delights on the south-west coast. Even areas more noted for their winter activities will surprise you with some summer fun.
Finding exotic destinations in France – Dais Like These
French Riviera for family fun – Way Too Much Luggage
Le Petit Train Marseille with kids – Tin Box Traveller
10 summer activities in Morzine – Globetotting.com
Fancy a tipple?
Of course one of the good things about France is its reputation for fine wines. Find out more about the capital of Champagne, Epernay, and what you can expect from a champagne tour at the House of Krug. The new Bordeaux wine museum looks like an amazing place to visit, even before you’ve had a little taste. And if you’re not keen on wine, maybe dairy products are more to your liking? In that case, a trip to Lactopôle is recommended.
A taste of champagne in Epernay – Wander Mum
Private tour and tasting at the House of Krug – Like Love Do
Bordeaux wine museum: La Cité du vin – Untold Morsels
Lactopôle: La Cité du lait – Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays
A dash of Disney
I have fond memories of two trips to Disneyland Paris when my son was very young. I think we spent most of the time on the Small World ride and that tune was stuck in my head for weeks afterwards. If your children love Disney princesses and want to meet them in style, this extra special treat is worth considering.
Lunch with the Princesses ADC Disneyland Paris – Twinderelmo
Plus tips for making the most of your visit – Where Jo Goes
Naturally, when the snow appears, skiing is on the agenda. But there are so many other activities to try and, if you want a rest from all the schussing, allow some four-legged friends to take the strain.
Our week away with Snowbizz – The Mummy Adventure
Snow & ice, action & adventure in sunny La Rosiere – The Family Adventure Project
Dog-sledding in Alpe d’Huez – Mums Do Travel
A Nice treat
Finally, a travel round-up treat for you. Phoebe, BritMums member and travel blogger, has a beautiful family-friendly gîte near Nice on the Côte d’Azur. She is offering a 10% discount for readers if they quote BRITMUMS when booking. If you would like to know more about her self-catering accommodation, this post is a great place to start:
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