Family holidays in France are massively popular and with very good reason. France, typically has a longer spring and summer than we do here in the UK which gives families the very best chance to relax and enjoy quality family time. In rural areas, scattered with historic villages and local markets, the pace of life is very relaxed - that helps enormously with the whole business of switching off from our busy lives.
Why choose France?
Where is the best place in France to go for a family holiday?
This will all depend on whether you’re travelling with babies, toddlers or children of multiple ages, as well as the type of activities you are after. Here are some suggestions to get you going:
South of France- For plenty of sun, pools and pristine countryside, head to the South of France. The French Riviera starts at Menton and stretches south-west through Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, and St Tropez to Hyeres before heading further west towards the Spanish border and Catalan country.
Head inland to the lavender-covered fields and limestone mountains of Provence, try exploring the walled city of Avignon or the Roman aqueduct of the Pont du Garde before heading into Montpellier for family fun. Here you’ll find plenty to do including museums, zoos, aquariums and pony rides and more. Frankly, you can’t go too far wrong with the South of France.
Families after a child friendly villa, with plenty of countryside to roam around in, pools to laze next to, a slow relaxed pace of life with tiny local villages to explore and delicacies to try, opt for the Dordogne. Head to Bordeaux for sight-seeing and La Rochelle and surrounds for the stunning Atlantic coast beaches.
The Alps- If it's snow and adventure you want for your French holidays then consider hiring a chalet in a family friendly French Alps ski resort. A fantastic winter adventure, but equally stunning in the summer months with plenty of walking and fresh air to be had.
Holiday adventures start here: splash in the pool, play on the swings and slide, explore local villages, or drive to beautiful beaches of Southern Brittany.
Enjoy full-on family fun at this charming property, set within captivating South Brittany countryside.
Relax while watching your children swim, play and making new friends at this beautiful group of gites, set within breath-taking countryside of South Brittany.
Explore the stunning coast of Southern Brittany from this ultra-family friendly property with pools, a play barn and toys forever more.
Set up your base camp at this ultra-family friendly property in South Brittany, spend lazy days by the pool, on the beach or playing in the tree house.
Happy tots are to be found here! Splashing in the pool, enjoying the endless supply of toys, making new playmates or enjoying the sandy beaches of Southern Brittany.
Bestselling! For a touch of the good life, choose here for playtime in beautiful vine-filled gardens, splashing in the pool, and fun family day trips.
A blissful French idyll, book here for splashes in the private pool, playing in the huge garden, and family board games in the fairy-lit converted stable.
It’s all about happy tots here! Check out the pool, sandpit and huge toy selection, and (our favourite bit) you’ll get an evening’s free babysitting.
Escape from the hustle and bustle to this laid-back cottage within half an hour of the beaches, where happy kids will find plenty to do.
For an ultra-luxe, child-friendly holiday, check out this 5* hotel, which is nestled within a 1,235-acre estate in France – it has its own winery and gourmet restaurant.
Memories here are made of hours of fun in the gorgeous gardens and pool, family day trips out, and coming back to delicious home-cooked meals made for you.
An ultra-luxe retreat, this 5* hotel is set in a private wine-producing estate with its own winery, enclosed pool, spa, and gourmet restaurant. Absolute bliss!
Families return year after year to the luxury here; with 20 hours of childcare, concierge service and lots of special touches. Heaven!
With plenty to keep the children amused for hours, this traditional maison de maitre is a haven for grown-ups to relax and unwind, with a private heated pool.