France is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. Even the French choose overwhelmingly to stay put en vacance and, for that reason, you’ll find most places have an intrinsic child-friendliness. The biggest problem you’ll face is deciding where to go and what to do. A big city like Paris, for example, might be the last thing on your mind, but even in a world without Disney, you’d still find a city brimming with child-friendly attractions, from scaling the Eiffel Tower to getting down to some serious fun in the interactive science museum at Parc de la Villette. The real boon for families, though, is the ease with which you can combine two or three regions. Sandwiched by a few days on the Normandy coast and an interlude in the Loire, that Paris city break begins to look even more enticing. Likewise, you could make a tasty combo of walking and rafting in the Pyrenees with beach fun on either the Atlantic or Mediterranean coasts. You may decide that some regions deserve your undivided attention: Provence and Brittany spring to mind. Both have idyllic coastlines, loads of activities, medieval castles and Roman ruins. Not forgetting the fine cuisine and cheap wine. France is tres bon for parents too.

This is edited copy from Europe with Kids by William Gray.


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