Heading on holiday as a family to explore different places and try new things is a great way to bond and create special memories. Family activity holidays in France are not only great for this, but they are also just a short hop across the Channel by ferry, making them just as convenient as they are fun.
Family activity holidays in Ardèche
A wonderland of forests, caves, and trails, Ardèche is a wonderful place to take the family if you are hoping for a holiday packed full of adventure, and ideal for family activity holidays in France. You can reach this fascinating destination in 8 and a half hours from Calais by car, so you might like to check out our tips for a family road trip before you set off!
Ardèche boasts loads of green space which is perfect for exploring with younger children, and you’re all sure to love kayaking or canoeing along the Ardèche River. Although much of the river is calm, there are some rapids which won’t be suitable for smaller kids, but you can work out how to avoid these before you start paddling.
Another popular activity in Ardèche is climbing. Adults and children over the age of 10 can enjoy “via ferrata“, which are climbing routes involving a cable that you can clip onto, plus ladders and bridges to conquer. This activity is challenging but comes without the risks that are associated with climbing unaided, making it far more fun and stress-free.
Family activity holidays in Brittany
Due to its location on the coast, Brittany is the perfect French destination for families who love being by the sea. Sit back and relax on the beach as children as young as 5 learn to surf, or hit the waves yourself and show them how it’s done!
Small children will have a wonderful time exploring rock pools, and the whole family will enjoy taking a trip out to sea in a traditional sailing boat where you can discover wildlife and history, and will be shown forts and islets dotted along the Bay of Saint-Malo.
Brittany’s forests offer the perfect place to try out tree-top trails. Children from as young as 4 can explore the trees via zip wires, ladders, and hanging bridges, so everyone can have fun making their way through the forest canopy.
Family activity holidays in the Loire Valley
Situated in central France, the Loire Valley is best known for its wine, but there’s plenty on offer that make this a great destination for family activity holidays in France too.
One of the best things to do in the Loire Valley is to explore the stunning landscape on two wheels along 800km of cycle paths. Due to its flat terrain, children of all ages will enjoy cycling through the Loire Valley, or you could choose to use a bike with a child seat or trailer for very young kids.
For something a bit different, head to Le Monde d’Ossyane where you can all try donkey trekking. Children between the ages of 2 and 6 can ride a donkey while you lead it, or they can lead it themselves if they are older. This activity provides a unique way to explore the countryside, and you can stop off for a picnic during your walk too.
With so many great destinations for family activity holidays in France to choose from, book your Dover to Calais crossing and start planning your active family adventure today.