France will have you spoilt for choice when it comes to family or group getaways. You may want to discover the history of the country from its early foundations to its important role in the shaping of today’s society. If art is more your cup of tea, there is nowhere else you would rather be. Visit the house of Christian Dior in Granville or check out the many museums and galleries in Paris to discover arts and crafts of all kinds. Now, if all of this sounds way to exhausting, the beaches along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts will surely help you relax.
France is a large country and each region has its own climate and characteristics. Depending on the time of year, you will have to pack differently. Find out in advance about local specificities and your holiday will be great.
To get off to a good start with the French, learn a few words of their language. They will appreciate the effort and you will see that a friendly "bonjour" (hello) or a sincere "merci beaucoup" (thank you) is the best way to start a conversation. It is also quite easy to travel around France. Urban public transport is very well developed and if you wish to discover other regions from your place of stay, the high-speed train (TGV) will take you there.
However, whatever you do, pay attention to the schedule of the French. In France, most shops will be closed on Sundays and restaurants on Mondays. Check-in advance to avoid any surprises.
You may travel to France all year round. You will be fine as long as you plan your trip according to the climate of your destination. In general, spring, from May to June, or fall, from September to October, are recommended because of their moderate temperatures, fewer tourists and more affordable prices. This is also the time France’s nature shows its beauty which has inspired so many poems and paintings that we still marvel at today.
All year long, all over the country, France offers many activities for families with children. During summer, the Mediterranean beaches of the Côte d’Azur are perfect for children as the sea is rather calm and its 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, there is a theme park unlike any other. Literally called, the village of the crazies, it only reveals itself after completing a maze of light physical and water challenges. Original rides, slides and pedal cars provide amusement for children up to the age of 14.
If you and your family are more into discovering beautiful sceneries, a trip to the island of Sainte Marguerite is the right thing to do. A quick 15-minute ferry ride from Cannes, the island with its ancient fort was formerly the home of the man in the iron mask. Besides its historic significance, it is also home to a bird sanctuary, beautiful rocks, caves and beaches. A trip to Sainte Marguerite is perfect for a family picnic.
These are just a few examples of the multitude of things you and your family can experience in France, as the country has so much more to offer its visitors.
The sheer vastness of France makes for a great destination. No matter your preferences, as an adventurer, you will find something to do here.
Surfing -Along the rugged and wild Atlantic coast, France offers 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.