For a fantastic break that is full of fun, I recommend you head to Saint-Tropez. Also commonly referred to as St Tropez, this chic coastal town is famous for being one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in Europe, though it is also an ideal spot for a family getaway.
There are many reasons why Saint-Tropez is a great place for a family holiday, though I think one of the biggest is that it’s quite easy to get to. The town is roughly an hour’s drive from both Nice and Toulon airports (both of which are about two hours’ flight from the UK), so it shouldn’t take too long for your holiday to get started. Of course, France’s proximity to Britain means that you needn’t worry about suffering from jetlag, something that can put a real dampener on your break.
Come here and you’ll find a great range of French family holiday villas, thus providing you and your loved ones with plenty of space to relax and soak up some sunshine. There are also lots of amazing attractions to see and once you’ve settled into your Saint-Tropez accommodation; here are some of the places you might want to explore.
Admittedly, Saint-Tropez is known for being a fantastic beach holiday destination but I don’t think that you should overlook its rich history and culture. In fact, if you’re keen for your kids to learn something while on holiday (after all, just because they aren’t in school that’s no reason for them not to know more about the world around them) then I suggest you take them to the citadel.
This fascinating coastal fortress was constructed in the 17th century and is widely considered to be one of the most important historical buildings on the stretch of the French coastline from Toulon to Antibes.
In fact, the structure has listed status and today is home to a maritime museum that documents the day-to-day lives of the people who contributed to the development of the bustling town you see today. Should you and your family come here, make sure you check out the hexagonal keep that was built between 1602 and 1608 before soaking up some fantastic sea views.
La Maison des Papillons
A trip to La Maison des Papillons – which in English translates as Butterfly House – is sure to be a highlight of your time in France.
Thousands of pinned butterflies are displayed within this attraction, including several endangered and extinct species, and you have a great opportunity to observe these creatures’ colourful wings up close. Of course, it’s quite hard to appreciate the beauty of butterflies up close as they flutter about in the wild, but at La Maison des Papillons you can take all the time you need to appreciate their intricacies.
The collection has been put together by Dany Lartigue, the son of acclaimed French Riviera photographer Jacques Henri, and includes specimens from the Amazon rainforest and the Solomon Islands, so you’re certain to find that a trip here makes for a fascinating day out. As well as cases that display the creatures, there are also a number of paintings of butterflies for you and your loved ones to take in.
If you fancy taking a family break in Saint-Tropez, let us know what attractions you want to see by leaving a comment below.