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Christmas in France

CHRISTMAS is a time for traditions – but expatriates in France will have noticed several differences between the French way of doing things and what they have been used to. Here are just a few ways Christmas in France may be just a little different… Christmas cards Although Christmas cards are available in shops, French […]

Last-minute offers for Gites in France

New – look out for our new special offer emails featuring deals across a range of family-friendly gites in France. As well as our top posts on all things France (from driving licence rules to taking pets abroad) you’ll also benefit from our latest deals as we have them. Poitou-Charentes Escape to Charente, Saint-Front, Charente […]

No-fly Family Holidays

  An interesting question was posed to me earlier this year… is it possible to take a no-fly family holiday in the south of France? Answering the question became this year’s summer family holiday. The children and I discussed the question over supper late one evening in May; whether we jump in the car, or […]

Chateaux of the Loire Cycling Special Offer

We thought we’d let you know about the great offers the guys at Headwater are offering France for Families subscribers.

Their featured offer is book their Chateaux of the Loire Cycling holiday and they’ll upgrade your room on the first and last night of your holiday. Click on ‘Read…’ below for details and many more offers.

This featured cycling holiday offer is a route through the Loire’s majestic forests, vineyards, poppies and sunflowers on traffic-free lanes. Not to be missed.

Late Villa Deals from Vintage Travel – Save up to £600

Vintage Travel are currently offering villas in the south west of France with savings of up to £600 in August.

Try Villa Soulages in Aveyron – An idyllic place where time stands still and beauty overwhelms. The spectacular setting of Soulages will not fail to impress: surrounded by landscaped gardens, there lies nothing between you and the stunning panoramic views over tree clad hills, the deep river valley below and the open sky.

Click on ‘Read…’ for more details and how to book.

30% Discount on Remaining Summer Breaks at Château

Stay at Le Pavillon de St. Agnan this summer and save 30%. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Dordogne, the château, its holiday homes and grounds, including 2 heated pools, offers cultural-minded families a peaceful setting to enjoy a break. For details of the offer and to find out more about the excellent holidays offered by Le Pavillon de St. Agnan, please click on Read the post here below.

Taking your dog to France

  Taking your dog on holiday to France is really straightforward, provided you follow a few golden rules of the Pet Travel Scheme and prepare in advance. We find that there are no restrictions and only brief microchip checks when leaving the UK to travel to France; however officials are super-switched on when it comes […]

Summer Holiday Savings with Siblu

Siblu has just launched their new campaign ‘Spring into Summer’ that can save you up to 40% on summer holidays at 4-star holiday villages in France, if you book before 31st of May. You can choose from 15 villages mainly in coastal locations, each include free kids clubs, free family entertainment and free life guarded pools.

If you can getaway in June, Le Bois Dormant and Le Bois Masson in the Vendée offer free bike hire for 2, gym access and 2 massages with all new bookings for holidays taken between 4th and 25th June. See their website for terms.

Adventurers by day, Kings by night

We are very proud to introduce Cycling for Softies to France for Families. Their luxury cycling holidays are expertly planned so that you and your family can explore and indulge in all that France has to offer. Their itineraries especially crafted for families have easy cycling, lots of cycle paths, hotel pools, flexible eating arrangements and plenty to see and do nearby. Click on Read more for details of their breaks, their latest availability and prices.

Spring Season Special Offer at Country Kids

We’ve just heard about a great new offer from Country Kids to help you and your children banish those winter blues for another year with a Spring break in the south of France. They are offering a FREE massage for every adult for all holidays booked to stay between the 26th March to the 7th May 2016.

Spring in the South of France is perfect, no crowds, warm sunshine, trees and flowers in full bloom and lighter evenings for you to enjoy a nice glass of handpicked local wine, for a wonderful late Apéritif. Find out more about Country Kids using the link below.

Paradise for Kids, Heaven for Parents

We are very proud to introduce La Ferme du Cayla in the South West of France. To be seen 6 top-notch family holiday cottages with pool set in beautiful grounds. And they have thought of everything – spend quality time with your children or relax while they are entertained and discover new things in a safe and natural environment. For photos, prices and availability please click on the link.

I want to ride my Bicyclette…

We love our cycling here at France for Families HQ, so it is no surprise that as winter approaches we are keen to think of sunnier climes, the gentle warm breeze blowing inbetween the spokes and une vue incroyable as we ride by. We’ve picked out 3 cycle routes in France that could inspire your 2016 adventures.

A guide to Where to Visit in Paris

Our trip to Paris in August of this year gave us the great opportunity to re-visit some of the most famous attractions of Paris and at the same time introduce them to our children. Amongst other facts discover Paris’ Grand Axis, what happened to the Palace des Tuileries and the best day and time to visit the Louvre.

Tour Montparnasse 56

The rooftop is breathtaking, warm winds greeted us as we reached it, with the lights of Paris filling our gaze as we begin to identify the areas of Paris we know. There are glass screens around the rooftop for safety, but the view is crystal clear and incredible.

Le quatorze juillet

The 14th of July marks Bastille Day in France, or as it is formally known as La Fête nationale, and more often referred to by the French as Le quatorze juillet.

The day was celebrated with mass at Champs de Mars, after which followed a 4-day feast celebrated with fireworks, wine and running naked through the streets to show their freedom.

Save on Self-Catering Holidays at Disneyland Paris

If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland Paris with children it’s important to choose the right accommodation, so we asked Katie Edwards from Disney specialists www.welcometothemagic.com to give us the low down on the Disney’s self-catering option – Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch.

Says Katie: “This collection of log cabins is part of the Disneyland Paris Resort, but set in its own Swiss Family Robinson-style location surrounded by woodland, yet with loads of its own facilities to keep families wowed. ”

Visit franceforfamilies.com now to read more and discover a great offer available for Disneyland breaks this summer and autumn.

Top 6 Reasons to Visit Normandy

June 13, 2015 – Family holidays to Normandy remain popular with the Brits, due to it’s easy-to-reach location and it’s authentic French charm. This is a region brimming with history and culture, combined with some beautiful coastlines, perfect for relaxing with the family.

There’s plenty to keep you occupied on your holiday to Normandy, from tasting the famous ‘Calvados’ and the local cheeses and breads, to exploring the ancient history. The famous Mont St Michel is to be found here, a great day out for the family – you’ll love the tiny winding cobbled streets filled with scents of fresh food and battlements just waiting to be explored.

The Lovers of Verdun

The Grand Parc du Puy du Fou is a live action theme park dedicated to the history of France.  Created in 1978 in the Vendee, Puy du Fou welcomes more than 1.7 million visitors annually. And as we found out, the Cinéscenie performance can feature more than 1000 actors!             […]

Summer adventure in the Alps

Alpe d’Huez is best known as one of the Alps’ most popular ski resorts, but Catherine Cooper tells us how it also makes a brilliant family destination in summer too. Says Catherine: “Alpe d’Huez is one of the most famous stages of the Tour de France, and as such it is a big centre for […]

On yer bike with the Veloscenic bike route

Active families can enjoy France from the bike saddle by following bite size chunks of Veloscenic, a 270-mile cycleway linking Paris and Mont-Saint-Michel. The route takes on special significance this year, with the final leg arriving at Mont-Saint-Michel, which will complete 10 years of development work to restore the tidal flow which cuts-off the iconic […]

Best museums in France for children

  Boring museums? Think again! From gold panning, to interactive science games and old fashioned circus rides, travel writer Heidi Fuller-love gives us her guide to France’s top 11 kid-friendly museums. For family friendly accommodation close to any of these museums, head to our gites pages. www.franceforfamilies.com/gites 1. Futuroscope, near Poitiers With more than 40 […]

The 12 Best Family Skiing Holidays in France

  Are you planning to take the family skiing in France, but you’re not sure which resort to choose? We asked travel expert Jane Egginton to pick 12 of our favourite skiing holidays for families. To find family friendly accommodation at ski resorts in France visit our Alps pages: franceforfamilies.com/gites/alps-accommodation. 1. Courchevel This resort may […]

Self-Catering Holidays at Disneyland Paris

If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland Paris with children it’s important to choose the right accommodation, so we asked Katie Edwards from Disney specialists WelcomeToTheMagic.com (www.welcometothemagic.com) to give us the low down on the Disney’s self-catering option – Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch. Says Katie: “This collection of log cabins is part of the Disneyland […]

Les Petits Mousses de Plymouth

  A new Saturday school in Plymouth has been launched to help children learn about French culture and language. It was setup by a number of French mums to ensure their children don’t lose touch with their French heritage. It is believed that at least 100 children with French associations reside in the city and […]

Normandy: 70 years on…

2014 marks 70 years since the Allied invasion of 6th June, 1944 and we explore some of the reason why you should visit Normandy next month. There’s plenty to keep you interested in Normandy, from tasting the famous ‘Calvados’ and the local cheeses and breads, to exploring the ancient history. Travel east from Dieppe to […]

Going underground in the Pyrenees

  The department of Ariège in the Pyrénées shelters some of the world’s most important cave art. Walk by torchlight inside the mountain to marvel at original paintings of bison, horses and other beasts in fabulous the Grotte de Niaux, and get the full story of the people who roamed here 10,000 years ago at […]

Morbihan – wild shores, legendary forests and mysterious menhirs…

  One of the 4 departments that make up the popular region of Brittany, Morbihan takes it’s name from Breton ‘Ar Mor Bihan’ meaning ‘the little sea’.  Discover this most beautiful area with a mild climate, rugged coastline, legendary forests and mysterious menhirs. Morbihan is rich in scenery, from charming towns, myths and legends and […]

Off the beaten track: family friendly France

Are you still looking for summer holiday inspiration? These French destinations are not necessarily the best know for UK visitors, but each offers something special for families. Cycling in Mayenne (picture) Cycling for Softies, who specialise in gourmet cycling holidays in rural France, has launched a new itinerary to the little known Mayenne region. Mayenne […]

Spotlight on Brittany Gites

Spotlight on our Gites in Brittany Rural life Looking for a real ‘getawayfromitall’ break? La Motte Parent Gites, Plouguenast, Brittany offers two delightful gites in a peaceful, rural setting yet within walking distance of the essentials (a lazy bar, the baker and a delicious creperie).   Surrounded by beautiful countryside this area is great for walking, […]

Top 10 … French art locations

  There’s an undeniable thrill at walking in the footsteps of great artists and seeing the scenes they painted. France expert Gillian Thornton tell us about her favourite art locations. Need somewhere to stay. Find a gite close to these arty settings. Barbizon – Ile-de-France Forerunners of the Impressionists, the Barbizon School owes its existence […]

10 panoramic French views

  France is full of unforgettable views from river valleys and mountain tops to perched villages and iconic monuments. France specialist Gillian Thornton lists 10 of her favourite panoramic perspectives – all easily accessible to visitors. Col de Rousset, Vercors (Rhône-Alpes) Rising dramatically above the Rhône Valley south of Valence, the limestone plateau of the Vercors […]

New family adventure company launches

  From bivouac-ing to bread-making, a new family adventure company is offering breathtaking breaks to France this summer. Family Adventure Holidays has launched three action-packed summer holidays based in different regions of France, with high-adrenaline thrills offering something for everyone from tots to teens – and their parents. Families can choose between a fun-packed, all-inclusive […]

NAUSICAA dives in to 2014

  Explore the might of oceans, come face-to-face with sharks and dive into the world of plankton following the launch of a new programme of thrilling events at NAUSICAA aquarium and marine centre in Boulogne-sur-mer in 2014. The centre, which is home to 36,000 fish and is one of the biggest attractions in the north […]