If you are off to the South of France and Provence in the autumn and winter months, there is a chance you will will see a few rainy days. When the weather turns grey, cold and wet, you will want to have a back up of attractions and activities that are indoors. Though our family friendly villas in Provence can provide you with much entertainment and comfort on a rainy day, there is still plenty to do and see in the area that the whole family can enjoy. We have picked our top five attractions you can spend a day at which your kids will love visiting.
Perfumeries of Grasse
France is considered the home of perfumes, and Grasse is the perfume capital of the world. The South of France is the ideal climate to grow the essential flowers such as jasmine and lavender, which are used in perfume. The main perfumeries of Grasse offer tours of their factories, where you can learn about the art and science of making perfumes, smell the best of the best, make your own, and buy bottles to take home. Children and adults will enjoy the tours, as there is so much to see and smell! The biggest perfumeries in Grasse are Galimard, Fragonard and Molinard, which have all been operating for hundreds of years.
Haribo Sweet Museum
The kids are sure to love visiting the Haribo Sweet Museum (Musée du Bonbon) in the town of Uzès. The museum, opened for over 20 years, offers a wonderful insight into the history of the production of liquorice, gummy bears and many other sweets. There are hundreds of exhibits to explore, discovering old advertising materials and marvel at the history of the sweets and company. You can also see the old machines and facilities that were used to make sweets. There is also the chance to see Haribo Gold-Bears being made first hand in a specially created machine.
Carrières de Lumières
Carrières de Lumières is a former quarry in Baux-de-Provence that exhibits audio-visual shows. One exhibition, created in 1976, includes large, luminous images that are projected onto the white limestone walls of the quarry. There are several immersive exhibitions to see every year, which show the work of French artists and musicians, with a current exhibition, running to January 7th celebrating Georges Méliès, the filmmaker and inventor known as the ‘cinemagician.’ Visitors embark on a magical journey, encountering creatures by the inventor and his famous moon. The lights, sound and colour are amazing to behold, and you can easily become lost in the wonder of the galleries.
One of the best ways to stay dry and see a beautiful part of Provence is to visit one of the regions many chateaux. If the weather is good, you can also explore the beautifully kept gardens and surrounding villages. The chateaux in Provence vary from ruins such as the medieval Chateau des Baux to the Chateau de Grignan that hosts several events throughout the year. Many chateaux date to the Medieval period and are great fun to explore. One not to miss is Chateau Lacoste, which dominates over the Luberon and its many hilltop villages, and offers amazing views of the area. The chateau has a rich history, dating back to the 1700s, which can be explored in exhibitions throughout the castle. The building was largely destroyed during the French Revolution, but restoration began in 1952 and is ongoing today, transforming it to its former glory.
Stay active even if it is pouring with rain outside and head to an indoor playground in Provence. There are two to choose from; Montopoto and Legend’Aire, both in the Aix-en-Provence area. Montopoto is the largest indoor playground in France, making it ideal for bad weather days for the whole family. The playground has a jungle theme, and is air-conditioned and heated depending on the season, and open all year. There is a small jungle for toddlers, along with roller skating rinks, trampolines and a snack bar. Legend’Aire Indoor Play Area is split into two areas, one for 1-5-year-olds and another for 6-12-year-olds. There are slides, ball pools and trampolines for younger children and laser games, karting and mazes for older children. It is open throughout the year, though closed Monday and Tuesday during school term dates.
Don’t let bad weather and rain get in the way of having a fun family holiday, as there are lots of activities and attractions that are great to do if it’s raining. Book your stay at one of our family-friendly villas in Provence today, and rest assured that the rain won’t get in the way of a memorable holiday!