5 Perfect Family Holiday Destinations in France

Brittany France

Over recent years, France has seen something of a resurgence as one of the most popular family holiday destinations among discerning travellers from the UK.  With leading operator Brittany Ferries offering great value holidays in France with accommodation and quick enjoyable ferry crossings to five major ferry ports across Northern France, it’s never been easier to enjoy a French adventure with the family. The big question being – where should you go?

If time is on your side, setting out on a voyage of exploration comes highly recommended. If you’ve little time to spare, it’s a case of focusing on one or two highlights you won’t want to miss and giving the family some time to relax as well. 

So whether you’re planning on heading over to the continent for a few days or an extended stay this year, here’s a brief rundown of five perfect family holiday destinations in France to consider:


Midi-Pyrénées France

During the warmer months of the year, the Midi-Pyrénées guarantees  the most beautiful and consistent weather in the entire of France. In fact, the season in the Midi-Pyrénées often extends all the way from the early spring right up until mid-autumn making it the perfect location for holidays to the South of France.

The whole region is bursting with the kind of natural scenery that’s no less than spellbinding – perfect for an invigorating camping trip and anyone with a taste for the outdoors.


It may be cliché to call the central Auvergne region one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to family holidays in France, but it’s also completely true.  The extraordinary landscape is home to approximately 80 volcanic peaks, along with the largest in France – the Puy de Dôme. This is again the kind of place that takes enjoyable outdoor pursuits to entirely new heights and is a firm favourite among adults and kids of all ages.  A truly unforgettable experience in one of the most dramatic backdrops imaginable making it the perfect for those looking for south of France holiday destinations. 


Brittany France

Anyone heading over to the north of France even just for a couple of days really must consider stopping by Brittany. One of the easiest of all the Northern regions to travel to by car from the UK, you’re looking at a rich and endless tapestry of beautiful beaches, charming villages, unspoilt countryside and so much more besides.  One of the best ways of soaking up the very best the region has to offer is to bring your bikes along for the ride and set out for a cycling trip you’ll never forget!


The remarkable landscape of Argeles-sur-Mer sets the region apart from anywhere else in the south of France. This is the place where the Pyrenees mountains drop dramatically into the ocean, with visitors enjoying a sublime six-mile beach that’s a renowned sun-trap throughout the season. This is where discerning French families head for traditional seaside delights – following their example for places to holiday in France comes highly recommended !



Last but not least, Menton is a charming coastal resort that combines the luxury and amenities of the Côte-d’Azur with the kinds of affordable prices and relaxed lifestyle you’d expect from a far less developed and exclusive French holiday destination. It’s a little like the Côte-d’Azur, if you removed the air of exclusivity and snobbery. Hence, the perfect place to head for a slightly more upmarket family holiday in France that’s also affordable and relaxing in equal measures.

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Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. Frank says:

    Absolutely stunning ideas. I was there about 18 years ago, mainly in Southern France in Provence. Definitely time to revisit.

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