French holidays are a big favourite with British families seeking a dose of Europe. Not only has it never been easier to get to France with Eurostar and the Channel Tunnel and the masses of cross channel ferry journeys but there are so many different parts of France to choose between and they are all so different.
For a great beach holiday for a younger family the beaches of Normandy, Brittany and Picardy to the north are always absolutely ideal. They also make convenient stopover points on longer journeys to south but are best as great destinations in themselves. Slightly further afield are the lush green hills and the 1,000 chateaux of the Loire Valley. Great wine making areas such as Burgundy and Champagne have stories to tell of their own making this a perfect place for a holiday whatever your age and interests.
Rolling waves , golden sands and all things water sports will delight those who holiday in the Vendee and as you move inland from the fabulous beaches you’ll find hills rolling away into the distance and as far south through Gironde to Gascony. If you need a more gentle beach environment then head even further south to the costs of Provence and Languedoc Roussillon and the ultimate delights of the sophisticated French Riviera.
France has villages, towns and cities that boast thousands of years of history and vary from the likes of Paris, the city of lights and like no other capital in the world, Carcasson with its medieval history and resorts such as Biarritz and Cannes which are famous for their glamour and celebrity visitors.
France is also one of the great cuisines of the world and any holiday will be so much more memorable if you experience as much as possible. From local markets to restaurants to boulangerie selling fresh bread and croissant with delightful pastries it sure beats the bakers counter at your local super market.