Looking for a great family getaway opportunity? If you’re not looking for a far-flung destination, and want something a little closer to home, what about France as a tempting alternative?
With rustic towns, pretty countryside, vibrant cities, snow-capped mountains and miles of stylish coast to explore, you’ve got yourself a high-return holiday just across the channel.
If you’re thinking of going Gallic this year, whether by ferry, Eurostar or plane, here are five holidays the Flexicover team suggest for a ‘bonnes vacances’.
A self-catering holiday near Calais
For one of the nearest foreign holidays possible head to the Clubhouse Gites in Beussent. It’s just 45 minutes from Calais, making the 'are we there yet’ car journeys a distant memory. These apartments are kitted out with two bedrooms, a kitchen and there’s a games room with table football, a pool table and other activities to keep the kids entertained. There’s plenty to explore around the area too. Beussent itself has a chocolate factory for a fun day out, otherwise the seaside and adorable medieval villages like Montreuil offer something a little different. If you’re in the area between 14 – 22 April, Berck-sur-Mer hosts Festival du cerf-volant, a fantastically colourful International Kite Festival.
The oft-forgotten region of Auvergne in central France is a former volcanic area, featuring rolling hills and beautiful valleys with trickling streams. Untouched by tourism, it’s only recently gained a reputation as a cycling hotspot, which makes it especially interesting for older children who enjoy active holidays. To rest those tired legs, the spa town of Vichy is well-known for its thermal waters. Kids can bathe in the naturally-heated pools while parents indulge in one of the many relaxing treatments on offer.
Thrills and spills at Disneyland, Paris
It’s something that’s on a lot of people’s bucket list, a family visit to Disneyland. If you’re looking to save a bit of money, and avoid the queues, then it might be worth visiting outside of the summer months (weather permitting). It has all the thrills and spills of its Orlando counterpart, but is an easy few hours away. Take on its biggest rollercoasters, meet your favourite Disney characters and experience the Star Wars takeover of Hyperspace Mountain – all in the space of a day. Shop around for the best deals, as there are plenty of bargains on offer.
Skiing in the French Alps
Dependent on the time of year, make sure you check before you go! During the early months of the year, January and February especially, prices can be a little steep. But in March, the prices go down a little. While the slopes may be a little slushy, it’s still a great feeling to go skiing with the sun shining overhead. Even if you don’t ski every day, there are plenty of events to keep the kids entertained in the beautiful winterscape. There are 13 ski resorts across Portes Du Soleil, so you have plenty to choose from whenever you choose to go.
Go all-inclusive at Opio en Provence
For a holiday where decisions don’t get harder than what time to have dinner, try an all-inclusive resort that expertly caters to kids. A tempting example is Club Med’s Opio en Provence, which benefits from being a stone’s throw from Nice on the Cote D’Azur glam coastline. But who would leave with food, drinks and entertainment taken care of inside its walls? The resort organises kids’ clubs for different age categories, so they’ll find friends and fun while parents enjoy the shimmering pool, sports classes or simply the peace and quiet of their accommodation!
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