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France will have you spoilt for choice when it comes to family or group getaways. You might want to explore the country's history from its earliest foundations to its important role in shaping today's society, or, if you prefer art and culture, there's nowhere better! Visit Christian Dior's home in Granville or check out the many museums and galleries in Paris to discover arts and crafts of all kinds. If all that sounds too exhausting, the beaches of the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts are sure to help you relax.
France is a big country, and each region has its own climate and characteristics. Depending on the time of year, you'll need to pack differently. Find out about the local characteristics in advance and you'll have a great holiday.
To get off to a good start with the French, learn a few words of their language. They'll appreciate the effort and you'll find that a friendly "bonjour" or a sincere "merci beaucoup" is the best way to make a good impression. Travelling in France is also fairly easy. Public transport is very well developed, and if you want to discover other regions from where you're staying, the TGV (high-speed train) will take you there.
However, whatever you do, be aware of the French timetable. In France, most shops will be closed on Sundays and restaurants on Mondays. Check the timetable in advance to avoid any surprises.
You can visit France at any time of the year. It is recommended to plan your trip according to the climate of your destination. In general, spring (May to June) or autumn (September to October) are recommended because of their moderate temperatures, fewer tourists and more affordable prices. This is also the time when the French countryside, which has inspired so many culturally significant poems and art, is at its most beautiful.
Throughout the year, France offers a wide range of activities for families with children. In summer, the Mediterranean beaches of the Côte d'Azur are perfect for children, as the sea is fairly calm and the temperature is around 25°C.
If you prefer an exciting experience for the whole family, you should plan a trip to the Village des Fous. In Villeneuve-Loubet, you'll find a theme park like no other. This town, literally called the 'Village of the Crazy People', is accessed through a maze of light and watery physical challenges. Unique rides, slides and pedal cars will keep children up to 14 years old entertained.
If you and your family prefer to explore the beautiful countryside, a trip to the island of Sainte Marguerite is a must. Just a 15-minute ferry ride from Cannes, the island and its ancient fort were once home to the Man in the Iron Mask. As well as its historical importance, it is also home to a bird sanctuary, magnificent rocks, caves and beaches. It is also ideal for a family picnic.
The sheer vastness of France makes for a great destination. No matter your preferences, adventure-lovers will find something to do here.
Surfing - Along the rugged and wild Atlantic coast, France boasts some of the most famous surf spots in the world. So suit up and dive in!
Hiking - For the adventurous group, the GR20 trail on Corsica is a must. Besides being the most famous and difficult foot trail in all of Europe, the GR20 is known for creating great challenges and even greater friendships.
To walk the original itinerary, start in Calenzana and walk to Conca.