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Easter holidays: our 10 destinations to visit with the family in France

Family hike in the Esterel massif

Between the Mediterranean and Provence, the Esterel massif extends over 32,000 hectares, nearly half of which are classified as a Natura 2000 area. Characterized by its red rock and its steep reliefs, the Esterel massif is a paradise for hikers, riders and mountain bikers. Don’t panic, many hiking trails are designed for the whole family: enough to exercise! Between two hikes, discover the surrounding towns and villages – Saint-Raphaël, Théoule-sur-Mer, Bagnols-en-Forêt…

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Visit Nice and the hinterland of Nice

The capital of the Côte d’Azur and its hinterland have everything to please young and old alike: firstly, their location between land and sea means that activities can be varied according to the weather, which is generally particularly mild in Easter holiday time. Beyond the Promenade des Anglais and the Castle Hill, two unmissable spots, a visit to the thermal baths and the Gallo-Roman archaeological museum of Cimiez can prove fascinating for the youngest.

Discover the Vendée with children

Lovers of nature holidays by the sea, here is a destination made for you! The Vendée offers very beautiful corners to explore, such as the coves of the island of Yeu or the fine sandy beaches of Noirmoutier. Fishing on foot, visiting the salt marshes, boat tour in the Poitevin marshes… fun activities are not to be outdone!

Take on the volcanoes of Auvergne

With a surface area of ​​just under 400,000 hectares, the Parc des Volcans d’Auvergne is the largest regional natural park in mainland France… and one of the best places for fun holidays! In addition to visits to the volcanoes themselves, many activities allow the whole family to learn more about these natural phenomena, starting with Vulcania, an amusement park themed around volcanoes.

Take a family walk in the Cévennes

Tree climbing, canoeing, canyoning, via ferrata… many physical activities are possible in the Cévennes! More of a history and heritage lover? Head to the Château de Portes or the Pont du Gard, for example. The Cirque de Navacelles or the village of Vézénobres and its medieval streets, in particular, are unmissable spots in the Cévennes. Finally, taking the Cévennes steam train, between Anduze and Saint Jean du Gard, is a fun idea for a family outing. Compulsory stop at the Bambouseraie des Cévennes!

Stroll around Mont-Saint-Michel with the family

If almost everyone knows Mont-Saint-Michel, you have to go there to live the experience! Starting with crossing the bay, in the middle of quicksand… an original introduction for young and old! A treasure hunt-style booklet for children aged 7 to 13 is sold at the intramural Tourist Office, to discover the alleys of the Mont and its Marvel. Teenagers can visit the abbey at their own pace by downloading a free application in the form of a time travel punctuated with puzzles.

Admire the wild nature in the Camargue

With its Ornithological Park of Pont de Gau, which notably offers workshops for children, the Camargue is a very “kid friendly” destination. In addition to birds, other animals are to be discovered in the Camargue, starting with bulls, which can be observed in herds, where they are bred, and horses, with which it is possible to go for walks. Whole families could also enjoy sailing on the Petit Rhône aboard a typical paddle boat.

Set down your suitcases with your family in La Rochelle

With its flagship attraction, the Aquarium of La Rochelle, the capital of Charente-Maritime has something to appeal to all age groups. Climb the towers, visit the La Rochelle bunker or take a ride on the Ferris wheel: so many activities to enjoy a stay in this charming coastal town.

Take a family trip to the Dordogne

Lascaux caves, Padirac chasm, Castelnaud castle or the Troglodyte city of La Roque Saint-Christophe: the Dordogne is an ideal playground for families! Cyclist families will not be left out and can take a Greenway and a cycle route along the Dordogne valley. Among the beautiful villages to discover in the Dordogne, let us mention those of Rocamadour, La Roque-Gageac (with its cliff and its fortress as well as its exotic garden), as well as that of Beynac-et-Cazenac, classified among the most beautiful villages of France.

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