Taking the Kids to France
The global financial crisis has done something strange to the traditional European family holiday. With the advent of ‘glamping’ and the rise of luxury budget accommodation options, a camping holiday with the kids can now mean staying in a quaint gypsy caravan by the seaside or living it up in heated log cabin with power shower and hot tub. As glamorous as this may all be, one thing remains the same, and that’s the destination: France.
France is still one of the most popular destinations for European family holidays with manageable temperatures, fabulous beaches and great food. Across the country there are hundreds of family parks fully equipped to cater for families of all sizes. France is also great for cycling holidays for families too. Don’t fancy sleeping in a tent? Then opt for a mobile home complete with air con and your own private decking space out front. No more cramped caravan holidays – this is a home from home, with a proper kitchen and bathroom set up and plenty of space for the kids to play.
For kids with plenty of energy to burn, France’s largest camping resorts offer everything from water parks to evening shows and craft workshops. With tennis courts, mini golf and organised sports on hand, you’ll be guaranteed to tire out even the most hyperactive of children! If your kids are ten years plus, then taking them on a break to the Languedoc/Roussillon region is a good choice, with its nature reserves, thermal hot springs and many caves to explore. If they’re keen to try watersports, then the rugged coastline of Brittany offers some of Europe’s best surfing beaches along the coast right up to the Pointe du Raz.
For small families and those holidaying with babies, some of the country’s smaller resorts – like those in the gorgeous Champagne region – offer a safe and peaceful environment for a relaxing break. The Loire Valley is also a popular choice with those who enjoy a slower paced holiday, with its chateaux, beautiful little villages and the opportunity to sample some of the country’s finest wines. Taking a walk around the countryside, taking in the sights and sampling the local produce is a family holiday a world away from the hypercharged resorts on the coast.
Al Fresco Holidays give families the chance to mix with other parents and kids in an open environment away from the stresses of work and real life. Even basic chores like washing up and bathroom breaks take on a certain novelty when abroad. Camping holidays in France have a charm that will hopefully never fade even in the times of high tech living.