Family vacations in France

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A France family vacation is a dream for many parents and kids. But the Eiffel Tower isn't the only draw. Take a stroll with your kids along picturesque rivers and beaches, or explore renowned museums and galleries. No matter where you go, Evaneos works with English-speaking travel agencies that offer tailor-made trips to fit your family's needs.

What makes France a great destination for families?

Family trips in France are popular for the country’s variety of attractions and experiences, as well as its diverse geography. France's rich culture, safe environment, and world-class accommodation and dining options ensure that both the young and young at heart will experience an unforgettable vacation.

Best things to do in France with kids

There are countless delights for a family to experience while on vacation in France, with many exciting opportunities for both you and your kids. Here are our top picks for your consideration:

Seek out an outdoor adventure

France has a wide range of terrain and landscapes, so why not take advantage and see the best of the French outdoors? Picture yourself canoeing through the Loire River Valley, hiking or skiing the French Alps, or horseback riding in Provence. For older children and the more adventurous, consider surfing on the Basque coast or canyoning in the Alpes-Maritimes region.

Immerse yourself in French history and heritage

France has a long, proud history that is famous worldwide. Whether you visit the Lascaux Caves, the Loire Valley's majestic castles, or Normandy's D-Day landing sites, you're sure to come away with experiences that are both captivating and educational.

Bike your way around

There are few better ways to explore a country than by pedaling down its streets. Better yet, a bike allows you to access areas that you can't get into as easily by car. Enjoy riding through the vast network of routes that extend throughout France. Some great family-friendly excursion areas include the Atlantic coast, the Ardennes, or the areas around the famous walled city of Carcassonne.

Hit the beach

With its Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, you can't miss the French beaches. Of course, the beaches on the French Riviera are known for their mix of rocky coast and summer sunshine but don’t discount the Brittany and Normandy coasts, which boast both rugged scenery and plenty of historical and cultural attractions, as well as unique cuisines.

Tips for planning a family vacation in France

It's best to plan your trip for France for the shoulder seasons outside of summer, as you'll get smaller crowds, shorter lines, and an easier time interacting with locals. It might help to have a rental car if you intend to access villages out of the way, while trains are convenient for quickly and comfortably jumping between both major and secondary cities. When you book with Evaneos, you'll enjoy the added comfort of working with local guides who specialize in family travel, and will help you to plan the vacation you've dreamed of.

When to go in France?

France's temperate climate makes it a fairly pleasant country to visit all year round, though you do need to bear in mind that it can get very cold in winter, especially in the north and the east, and very hot in summer, particularly in the south. Many French people (and other Europeans) choose to holiday on the Mediterranean coast in August. This can make the price of accommodation particularly high at this time of year, and the most popular and well-known coastal resorts can get very busy. Shops more or less everywhere will be closed for the annual holidays too. So avoid August if you plan to go on a shopping spree!
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