If you are exploring family-friendly holiday destinations in France, then the beautiful South has plenty of hidden gems that are well worth exploring. Whether you are looking for self-catering holidays in France, a camping adventure or a luxurious hotel stay, you will find plenty of stunning beaches, breathtaking mountain scenery and lively resort towns to enjoy. Here are three fabulous South of France holidays that you can experience with your family…
Coastal adventures in Le Lavandou
Situated not far from St. Tropez in the Var region of the French Riviera, Le Lavandou blends a fun, sporty atmosphere with the arty accolade of being the official City of Culture. Filled with waving palms, warm yellow mimosas and the scent of eucalyptus, the city has no less than twelve fine sandy beaches to enjoy, each with its own distinct character. As well as beach-based fun, there are plenty of activities to keep your family busy, including boat trips, golfing and shopping. Le Lavandou is also known as ‘the city of the dolphins and whales’, which gives you an idea of the fascinating marine life that you can experience while scuba diving or snorkelling. With the Maures mountains as a backdrop, there are plenty of walks, picnicking spots and cycling routes on offer for a fun family day away from the city too.
Where to stay: Residence L’Anse de Pramousquier, set within a park that opens out into the sea.
Mountain scenery in Ax-les-Thermes
A charming mountain town and spa resort located at the gateway to Andorra in the Pyrenees, Ax-les-Thermes is famous for its health-boosting thermal baths. Situated at the foot of the Ax-Trois Domaines ski resort, the town also boasts historic architecture, fountain-dotted streets and three relaxing spas. Nearby is the Orlu Valley, which offers a national wildlife reserve with a wolf park, perfect for a family outing. Other local highlights include the Akrobranch d’Orlu zipline & aerial adventure park, the caves at Grotte de Lombrives and various lakeside walking trails. In winter, you can take to the slopes to enjoy skiing and snowboarding.
Where to stay: Residence Les Trois Domaines holiday village, situated at the foot of the gondola lift.
Wild beauty in Mercantour National Park
Often seen as the link between the Southern Alps and the Mediterranean, Mercantour National Park is a vast, protected mountain and forest space. Its 70,000 hectares includes seven uninhabited valleys, a multitude of scenic villages and nearly 400 miles of marked footpaths to explore. Highlights include the imposing Cime du Gélas mountain, the Alpha wolf park, and the Neolithic and Bronze Age rock carvings of Mont Bégo. There are also plenty of outdoor activities for families to enjoy, including hiking, biking, horse riding, rafting, canoeing and kayaking, as well as winter sports.
Where to stay: Les Terrasses d’Azur apartments at Isola 2000 mountain resort is set in a tranquil forest and offers a panoramic view over the Chastillon Valley.
If you are looking for France holiday destinations that your family will love, then consider one of the above scenic spots. Whether you are craving beachside bliss, rugged mountains or the vast splendour of a national park, you will find plenty of enjoyment for both children and adults at each of these locations.
By guest blogger Richard Palese.