EXPLORING FRANCE'S BEST REGIONS
France is made up of varied and fascinating regions, from the subtropical Mediterranean coast to the cliffs and beaches of Brittany and the bucolic waterways of the Loire Valley. All you need to do is pick your perfect destination and you’ll have a wealth of attractions and sights to explore no matter where you are. This is our pick of some of France’s best regions for a family getaway, along with the best places to stay from our top European holiday parks.
The Paris region offers plenty of beautiful countryside and historic towns, perfect for cycling and hiking days out. Reims offers some incredible historic architecture with its Notre Dame cathedral, site of the coronations of many French monarchs, as well as the neighbouring Palais du Tau. You’re also only an hour’s drive from Disneyland Paris and an unmissable day out for the kids.
Where to stay:La Croix du Vieux Pont
This historic region occupies part of Occitanie on France’s southern coast and is home to many protected national and wildlife parks as well as plenty of sunshine. It also has some of the country’s most historic cities and sites, like the mighty fortified town of Carcassonne and the soaring Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard.
Looking out over the Bay of Biscay on France’s west coast, the sandy shores and long beaches of Vendee are perfect for a summer holiday. It also offers some great days out that kids will love, such as the Zoo des Sables, and the coastal walkways and rocky shore of the island of Noirmoutier. There’s even a small water park on the island.
This beautiful river valley crossing the centre of France is like something straight out of a fairy tale. The winding river snakes across the landscape through historic towns and chateaux bristling with spires and turrets such as d’Azay-le-Rideau and Chambord. Its entire course from Sully-sur-Loire to Chalonnes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflecting its uniquely special charm.
Where to stay:Les Alicourts Resort
The most northwestern tip of France was once a kingdom unto itself, and still has a distinct culture and identity. It’s home to some of the very oldest structures in the world such as the tombs of Barnenez and the Tumulus of Saint-Michel. It also has some great maritime attractions, including annual ship festivals and the Musee National de la Marine in Brest, where visitors can see some incredible artefacts and model ships and even explore a submarine.