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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 […]
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 […]
Which type of holiday would you choose? Are you a camper or do you like your private hot tubs? From holidays on a budget to luxury holiday homes, check out the latest France for Families holiday ideas…
Save 25% plus free kids lift passes on a last-minute Easter ski holiday to France. Find out more with France for Families…
France do theme parks differently. Very differently. Find out about the best attractions for kids and grown-ups alike in our Top French theme park blog.
Discover our top gites in the Charente – a fabulous family-friendly area of France and personally recommended by France for Families
Take a look at our latest added holiday homes in the Dordogne – a beautiful selection of gites in a stunning area of France.
8 euro-busting ways to make your holiday to France cheaper. Read our handy guide and start your holiday planning now!
Never mind the X-Factor. Check out our top luxury gites in the France that have the wow factor!
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 […]
Save up to 40% on family friendly gites in the South Vendee with Vendee Vacances. With heated swimming pools, free WIFI, bed linen & towels all included, this makes a perfect late summer holiday either with toddlers or extended family.
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.
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.
Gite with a pool in France – Check, Ferry crossing – Check, Kids – Check, Luggage – Check, Breakdown Cover?
Don’t forget to buy European breakdown cover for your trip this summer. We’ve teamed up with experts Breakdown Direct to offer you great value for money breakdown cover in France from only £12.45
To celebrate going ‘social’ with our new Facebook page we have teamed up with Castelwood to give away a 2017 family holiday to France. Simply head to our Facebook page to enter at facebook.com/franceforfamilies. Do it now!
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.
We’ve just heard that Lagrange Holidays are offering up to 40% off selected July & August Alpine breaks.
To take advantage of the offer, book a 7-night self-catering stay in any one of their seven resorts in the French Alps before Monday 20th of June. Prices start at just £133/week. Click on ‘Read post here’ for more information
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 […]
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.
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.
Whether you are planning your first European road trip or are a seasoned traveller, buying European breakdown cover is a ‘no-brainer’. We’ve teamed up with experts Breakdown Direct to offer you breakdown cover in France from only £12.45
Laure and Sylvain from the Country Kids resort in Languedoc have just informed us of their latest offer for France for Families subscribers along with their availability for the summer. For more information…
You could easily describe Madame Vacances as a France specialist, they have been providing family holidays in France for 25 years. We recently came across a couple of their holiday places in the Vendee – St Gilles Croix de Vie and at Le Mas de St Hilaire – well worth a look for this summer…
Head to the La Bastide Avellanne in Provence Côte d’Azur, a stunning villa that specialises in family gite holidays and relaxing Yoga breaks.
Check out our list of the top 8 gites in the Dordogne with fabulous swimming pools…
If you are thinking of hiring a car in France, we have arranged an exclusive discount with Rhino Car Hire with up to 10% off for France for Families subscribers. Read more details by using the link below.
Thinking of booking your 2016 summer holiday? Why not take advantage of Pierre & Vacances’ Flash Sale? Up to 40% Off Holiday Villages along France’s Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines. Hurry though! Sale ends of Wednesday 16th March.
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.
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.
Take a look at our top picks of the best beaches in the Charente…
Booked your touring break in France already or planning to soon? Don’t forget to take out essential breakdown cover. We’ve teamed up with experts Breakdown Direct to offer you European breakdown cover in France from Only £12.45.
We’re sure it’s not escaped your notice that Christmas will soon be upon us, but spare a thought for the French where Christmas celebrations start on the 6 December – also known as Saint Nicholas’ Day. Read our 8 ways on how to celebrate Christmas like the French…
White Christmas anyone? We’ve noticed that Pierre & Vacances have just launched their *Flash Sale* with up to 40% off family Christmas Holidays & New Year breaks in France. It starts today and features breaks in Avoriaz, Meribel and La Plagne.
Even in summer, when the main roads can be busy, it is possible to find a quiet spot, though you may have to seek it on foot or by bicycle, there are more than 60 miles of official bicycle tracks to explore.
Ever fancied staying in a Treehouse? Or even a Mongolian yurt? Or how about my children’s favourite, la Maison Escargot? Well we have found somewhere very special for your 2016 holiday in France.
The French take their food seriously. In a land of three-course lunches, three hour dinners and mandated 35-hour work weeks, the French spend as much time and energy eating and drinking as they do working. Find out our top 10 things to know when eating out in France…
Find out which travel company is recognised as one of the UKs top 10 holiday villa rental companies by Condè Nast Traveller readers last year. And offer handpicked holiday homes in France all with private pools, ranging from historic homes surrounded by lush countryside to modern homes close to the coast.
Think you’re up to date about what you should know and equipment you should have when travelling to France? Check out our handy guide here…11 things to know when travelling to France.
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.
Overlooked by many British visitors to France, the city of Montpellier is an elegant, sensual and subversive city that offers those who venture here unexpected sensory pleasures. Talk to any local and they will tell you that if you want to capture what Montpellier is all about, arrive at Place de la Comedie early in the morning and watch the city awaken.
Welcome to the Magic, Disneyland Paris specialists, have today launched their new offer allowing families to save 35%. We think this is a perfect opportunity to take everyone to Disneyland’s Christmas celebrations.
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.
Has cycling in France become your passion? Check out our latest video from the La Plagne in French Alps.
Each summer on the way back from the south of France we tend to stop at different towns on route and explore somewhere new – do you have a favourite stopover place?
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.
We were here to meet our rides, two 30-year-old Citroen 2CVs whose drivers would be our tour guides around central Paris this morning.
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.
With the Tour de France hitting the headlines at the moment it’s the perfect time to consider your own cycling holiday to France.
Measure No 22 of the Action Plan for Road Safety announced by Bernard Cazeneuve in January 2015 comes into force today – Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The road safety measure aims to prevent car accidents caused by distraction by sounds and noises.
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.
Now we know that hiring a car in France can be painful at the best of times but a recent change to UK law means that it may now become more complicated…
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.
French workers get more holidays than we do, and as reported in the New York Times at the weekend, not since 1972 have the French been able to enjoy so much time off in one month. But, as reported, even holidays
France for Families today launches a door-to-door travel search engine that returns a travel itinerary for flights, trains, coaches/buses, ferries and driving options to and from anywhere in the UK and France.
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! […]
If you are unsure of where in France to holiday this year or you have already planned a family break on the west coast of France, then Futuroscope near Poitiers is the ideal attraction to head to. You won’t be disappointed. With more than 40 million visitors since it opened, Futuroscope is one of […]
Have you ever been tempted to save money on your holiday to France by driving over without breakdown cover? We asked Tim Jury, of Breakdown Direct, to tell us about the pitfalls of parking a European policy. Why do I need European breakdown cover? What will it cost if I break down and don’t […]
We think the Vendee is a great destination choice for families – there are great beaches, some lovely seaside towns and it’s far enough south for great weather without being an epic ride from the ferry ports. So we asked expert Martin Holmes, of Vendee Gites, to tell us even more about the region. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Away from the treats of Paris, Lyon, Marseille and the country’s other huge metropolises, France has a large number of smaller cities with just as much to offer families. Journalist Ben Lerwill gives us 10 of the best, ranging from globally renowned tourist spots to enjoyable under-the-radar destinations. Find accommodation with our choice of family […]
Catherine Cooper and her children are left seeing stars after a visit to the Pic du Midi to see the largest telescope in France. It’s not often that I will willingly get up at 6am, and it’s even less often that my children Livi, aged 10 and Toby, 12 are happy to do so. But […]
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 […]
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 […]
From tots to grannies, everyone enjoys an animal park and France offers some unforgettable close encounters; France expert Gillian Thornton picks 10 of her favourites. Le Parc des Oiseaux (Rhône-Alpes) Clustered round a central lake, the Bird Park at Villars les Dombes showcases birds from around the world in landscaped areas reminiscent of their […]
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 […]
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 […]
Temperatures hit 30°C on the south west coast of France this week as many families took their annual La Toussaint week’s break. Toussaint (All Saints’ Day in English) is a Catholic celebration to honour all saints, known or unknown; and is celebrated on the 1st of November each year. This year, French families were […]
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 […]
Tignes, set high in the Savoie Alps, is a superb, purpose built, ski in – ski out resort linked with Val d’Isère to create the l’Espace Killy domaine which offers over 300km of pistes. Although the resort is not particularly pretty, it is in a stunning setting. Our likes/dislikes: Skiing is really convenient with […]
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 […]
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 […]
September through to December is the perfect time to head across the channel for a day trip or weekend, and sample some authentic French cuisine and meander amidst French life. If you are learning French in one of the many evening classes offered, this is an opportunity for you to practice. Use our Day […]
Do you plan to cart your family off to France for a week of fun and relaxation? If so, it may please you to know that doing so will now leave less of a dent on your wallet, because the pound recently shot up to its highest against the euro in 2 years. To […]
There are many reasons for keeping your big day an intimate occasion, amongst them the fact that you will be surrounded by the people who love you and the day will feel more like a celebration than a performance. And with the average price of a wedding now at over £20,000, a smaller wedding […]
School’s Out! If you are holidaying in the Poitou-Charente, Pays de la Loire or Dordogne areas of France, why not pay a visit to Futuroscope, one of the best-known attractions in France. Read more about Futurescope Here’s a taster of what you can expect to see… New for 2014 – The Time Machine An […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
Classroom lessons come zinging vividly at France’s many historical sites. Travel writer Gillian Thornton gives us 10 to try these for starters… Want somewhere to stay? See our list of gites close to history locations. Wellington Quarry, Arras, Nord (Nord-Pas de Calais) For families fired up by the World War I centenary, the Wellington […]
Cote d’Azur family holidays have just got cheaper following the launch of a new discounts card providing savings on more than 100 activities and attractions. The money-saving pass costs from just €39 for adults and €21 for children, and gives free access to tours and excursions, natural attractions, museums and monuments, leisure facilities and […]
What is the ‘D’ in ‘D-Day’? D-Day commemorations are taking place today, June 6th, across northern France, marking the 70th anniversary of an event that changed the course of the Second World War. But what does D-Day actually mean? When a military operation was in the planning stage, its actual date and time was not […]
France is dotted with stunning small villages, each one reflecting local history, architecture and tradition. Here, France fan Gillian Thornton picks out some favourites amongst the 156 members of the elite association, Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. Want somewhere to stay? Search our list of gites close to Les Plus Beaux Villages. We […]
This summer, France hopes to see the prehistoric paintings of the Chauvet Cave in Ardèche added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, ahead of the opening of a replica cave next February. With more than 30 UNESCO sites to choose from, travel writer Gillian Thornton lists 10 of her favourites. Looking for somewhere […]
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 […]
France loves cyclists, and taking your bikes on holiday is a great way of seeing some more of the destination you are visiting. We asked Claire Crawley, of Cycling for Softies, to give us her expert tips on how families with young children should go about planning a bike trip to France. 1. If […]
Brittany Ferries has published a revealing infographic on the merits of travelling to France by ferry or plane. Okay, the result was always going to be a resounding victory for ferries, but it’s really interesting to see how the pros and cons of both modes of transport stack up for families. Probably the most […]
One stormy night in 708 (according to legend), the Archangel Michael appeared to Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches, in a dream and commanded him to build a church on a rock off the Normandy coast known at the time as Mont Tombe. The Bishop wasn’t so keen and tried his best to ignore these […]
If you are looking for cool accommodation to wow your kids, we really like these quirky ideas from La Flèche and Glisten Camping. A night at the zoo in La Flèche La Flèche Zoo, which is located in the Loir Valley between Le Mans, Angers and Tours, has launched three new, super-stylish safari-style lodges […]
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 […]
Brittany Ferries has announced plans to launch a new low cost ferry service from Portsmouth to Le Havre on France’s north coast. The service launches on 25 March and will be branded as Brittany Ferries économie, to appeal to those looking for cheaper crossings without the cruise-style experience normally provided by Brittany Ferries. One […]
City tours can sometimes be boring for children, so we love the idea of the ‘Secret Paris: Cheese, Art & Local Life‘ tour from Urban Adventures. The tour brings the city to life and is suitable for families with children aged six and over, as well as solo travellers and couples. The passionate local […]
If you are planning a late-season ski holiday, we like the look of these new child-friendly chalets and hotels. Nine & Tenne has created a brand new luxury chalet in Chatel in the French Alps (just 90 minutes from Geneva airport). The chalet has been built with families in mind and features an indoor […]
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 […]
The Country Kids five-star resort in Languedoc in the south of France is offering €300 off all April stays! Easter activities This amazing resort has a great programme of Easter kid’s activities lined up, including Egg Hunts, Easter bonnet making and parade, eggshell mosaic making and games with real eggs for older kids which […]
There are lots of family friendly festivals and fascinating events taking place across Brittany 2014. These are great if you want to experience something that is totally unique to the region. Here are some of the events we are most looking forward to in 2014. If you need accommodation, search our gites in Brittany. Fête […]
Are on the lookout for a great family holiday? We chatted to Lesley Willis about Brittany’s Emerald Coast and her selection of amazing child-friendly gites in Hénansal near St Malo. Says Leslie: “We were first attracted to Brittany because it wasn’t too hot but was warmer than the UK, was quite close to all […]