Your Guide to a Great Family Holiday in France

June 21st, 2015 / by / in: Travel / No responses

Going on holiday with the family is never a smooth process. But a visit to France can be ideal, and here’s a guide to help you out.

Where to Go

Choosing a holidays location that’s suitable for both the adults in the family and the children is never easy. But it can be done if you put in the time and effort required to get it right. Firstly, you need to think what you all want from your time in France. There’s a vast and varied range of locations to choose from and each offers something different.

If you’re looking for a relaxing break in the sun, the French Riviera is probably the place for you. Within the area that comes under the French Riviera, there is the beautiful port town of Marseilles and the sovereign state of Monaco. But if you’re instead looking for something more city-based, the obvious choice is Paris or Lyon.


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Choosing Accommodation

When you have young children, it is very important to get your accommodation right because you’ll be spending a lot of time in there. If you decide to stay in a hotel, make sure you give yourself plenty of space. It’s never much fun to feel like you have a large family cramped into a small room for the duration of your stay.

An even better option though is to rent out a small home or apartment for your holiday. That way, you’ll have lots of space to spread out in. I feel that it’s much easier to relax when you’re in a homely setting compared to staying in a hotel. Visit HouseTrip to find deals on rental apartments in Paris.

Family Activities

We all know how difficult it can be to keep kids interested and busy throughout a family holiday. There are lots of simple things you can do though. If you’re in a French city or small town, you can explore the streets and visit all the bakeries and great cafes you find in France. Kids love these things, so turn it into an adventure!

The beach is always a winner too. If you’re near the coast and have nothing else to do, going to the beach is always a good idea to fall back on. But the best idea is to research the area you’re going to and prepare and plan some activities before you go.

The first thing to adjust to when visiting France is the eating pattern.You might be used to eating a larger evening meal and a smaller meal at lunch. But that’s not how it’s done in France. The midday meal tends to be the largest meal, when people often have 2 or 3 courses and then eat a smaller meal in the evening.

As for the actual food itself, there are plenty of options and even fussy eaters will be able to find something suitable for them. It’s not all about frogs legs and snails, so don’t worry!

The key to a great family holiday in France is planning. If you arrive in a prepared state of mind, the visit should be trouble-free!