When it comes to the South of France, child-friendly activities might not be the first thing that comes to mind. You imagine cocktails in Cannes surrounded by the rich and famous, trying your luck at the Monte Carlo Casino or strolling the streets of Nice drinking vino after vino without a care in the world. While all those may seem like lovely ideas and should by no means be ruled out if you are going on holiday without children, families will often rule themselves out of holiday destinations like this on the grounds that it’s not suitable for younger ones. Here at Quality Villas, we disagree, and think that our luxury holiday villas in the south of France actually make the perfect base for a family getaway. Read on to discover just some of the many reasons both children and adults alike can, and will, enjoy a holiday to this beautiful part of the country.
One obvious reason that children will love the South of France is the plethora of beautiful beaches available to visit, wherever you are staying. Families can bypass the more popular, busy bays of Cannes and St Tropez and take a short trip up or down the coast to any of the more secluded spots where you’ll have much more room for playing in the sand and splashing in the waves. Take a picnic to make a day of it, but don’t forget sun cream or water – the sun can be a lot more powerful than you might expect in this part of the world.
There are an array of rivers, gorges and lakes in the South of France, all of which offer a refreshing break from the sun for both children and adults. Gorges allow the children who are old enough to leap from the rocks into the azure blue water below, although be sure not to copy the front-flipping, twisting, head-first diving displayed by locals who sometimes like to show off their skills – it’s not as easy as it looks! The Pond du Gard has fantastic cliff-jumping opportunities, while younger children will spend hours on the infamous ‘slidey rock’ that sees you slip and slide into the river.
Exploring Museums and Art Galleries
It’s virtually unheard of to embark on a holiday in Europe and ignore any cultural-related activities, and in fact, for many, it is part of the reason they chose to go to a specific location. Children may perceive these to be boring at first, but there’s various interactive and educational exhibitions all over the South of France that make for a fantastic day out wherever you are exploring. For example, Toulouse is home to the City of Space, where children can learn all about gravity, stars and planets or head to the Museum of Toulouse for an insight into some fantastic natural history displays centred around the region.
From mountain biking down steep yet exhilarating tracks to canoeing and kayaking, you won’t be short of pulse-raising activities for you and your little ones to enjoy during a stay in this part of the world. The Languedoc has a myriad of rivers, all of which criss-cross with each other and make for the perfect family paddle conditions – albeit with a few small rapids in between! There are inexpensive hire shops up and down the region, and most will arrange your travel home from certain points on the river or mountain biking route as well, depending on how far you get.
Marvel at the Castles
The South of France is home to some of the most magnificent looking castles in Europe, all of which have an even more fascinating past that you can learn about during your visit. Children will love looking at the fairy-tale-esque towers and their imagination is sure to run wild as they imagine what life was once like for the inhabitants. One particularly popular location is the Chateau de Peyrepertuse. It is home to some of the most spectacular views in all directions from its 800m rocky ridge location. Why not spend a day visiting as many different castles as possible?
That concludes our list of just five of the many fantastic reasons you should consider a family holiday to this part of the world for your next big getaway. The South of France thrives on tourism, and as such ensures that children of all ages are catered for, including when it comes to festivals and events that occur throughout the region during the summer. For more inspiration, check out our recent blog post, Child-friendly Activities in Nice. If you have any questions at all or you’d like to know more about where would be best to stay, don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Quality Villas who would be more than happy to help.
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