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The super-stylish TUI SENSATORI Resort Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.The super-stylish TUI SENSATORI Resort Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Easter is a great time of year for a family holiday – long enough for a proper getaway and long-haul travel, but with warm enough temperatures in parts of the Med for a European beach break too. We’ve shared our top overseas family holiday destinations for Easter.

Marrakech, Morocco   
This old walled city is the perfect destination for a long weekend and warm city break, with magical bazaars and winding alleys to get lost in and snake-charmers, storytellers and acrobats to wonder at in the medina’s main square.
Stay: Riu Tikida Palmeraie

Algarve, Portugal
This most family-friendly of coastlines is sunny and pleasantly warm at this time of year yet less than three hours’ flight time from London. Incredible beaches and excellent purpose-built resorts make it especially good for those travelling with small children, but a huge choice of sporting options make it perfect for teens too. 
Stay: Riu Guarana, Olhos D'Agua

Cape Verde 
Easter is warm and dry in this fabulous destination for families who like to combine activities, adventure and discovery with a laid-back beach holiday, situated off the north-west coast of Africa within a six-hour flight of the UK. There is also an ever-increasing number of family resorts with facilities such as kids’ clubs. 
Stay: Hotel Riu Touareg, Boa Vista

Cyprus 
It’s warm enough to swim in the sea at Easter on this island of myths and legends, where ancient ruins rub shoulders with some of the loveliest beaches in the Mediterranean. Other aquatic fun includes snorkelling, diving, paddling, paragliding, whizzing around in a banana boat and boat-trips.
Stay: Hotel Louis Phaethon Beach Club, Paphos

Dominican Republic 
Ideal for those who want to make the most of the two-week Easter holiday, this gorgeous Caribbean island counts palm-fringed white beaches, tropical rainforest and mangrove swamps among its varied landscapes. The south-east has the best beaches and tourist facilities, making it the family-holiday hotspot.
Stay: TUI SENSATORI Resort Punta Cana

Goa, India
Easter is the summer season here, so it’s hot, but there are fewer visitors because it’s not peak season. Goa is best known for its 130km string of palm-fringed beaches including Morjim, a turtle nesting site, Colva and Calangute, although inland there are wildlife sanctuaries and temples to discover.  
Stay: Heritage Village Club, Arossim Beach

Costa del Sol, Spain
One of the Europe’s best-known holiday hotspots, the 160km ‘Coast of the Sun’ – part of the Andalucia region – is just a short flight away and has lots of great-value accommodation in addition to a whopping 325 days of sunshine a year and lots of Blue Flag beaches.
Stay: Hotel Pez Espada, Torremolinos

Book your Easter family holiday with TUI now.


Family time at Les Villages Nature® Paris.Family time at Les Villages Nature® Paris.

Holidays that offer the ‘best of both worlds’ or ‘something for everyone’ – such as a combined seaside and city break, a camping holiday followed by a night or two’s splurge in a luxury resort, or a theme-park and countryside break – can be ideal for those travelling with children of all ages, ensuring variety and a welcome change of pace during the course of your getaway.

Theme-park holidays can be particularly full-on, and with all that fun and adrenaline it’s great to have somewhere peaceful to retire to and some quieter activities, such as those offered by Les Villages Nature® Paris, which is just an eight-minute drive from Disneyland Paris but offers all of the following:
• Bee-keeping sessions
• Ranger-led woodland-den building
• Creative nature classes
• Nature activities including trails and geo-cacheing
• Learning to be a farmer
• A children’s farm
• Animal care (caring for and feeding pets)
• Horse-riding
• Cycling
• Segway
• Mini-golf
• A lake beach with games and activities
• A watersports centre
• A multi-sports court
• Bowling
• Academies with themed cookery classes and mill tours/bread-baking
• A swimming-pool complex including a splash playground, swimming classes and baby swim sessions, plus outdoor pools with lovely views
• An aerial ropes course for young children
• Indoor play areas
• Baby-massage sessions

There’s also a spa, fitness classes, a crèche and kids’ club with options for ages four months to 12 years, bedtime story sessions, kids’ discos, live music on summer evenings and wine-tastings. All of which combined mean you can get back to nature, enjoy lots of quality family time in the great outdoors and even return home with a new skill or two under your belts.

Les Villages Nature® Paris is a new-generation self-catering holiday village with a focus on the environment, nature and sustainability in its five ‘worlds’. Accommodation is in 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with balconies, giving you both indoor and outdoor space.

Book by 24th April 2019, to save up to 35% off your Les Villages Nature® Paris stay. Valid for arrivals between 2nd April and 6th November 2019, with prices starting from £249 per person, your package will include a two-day ticket to both Disney parks, along with FASTPASS so you can bypass the queues, Extra Magic Time and Free parking. 

Find out more about Les Villages Nature® Paris.


Dog-friendly holiday parcs with Eurocamp.Dog-friendly holiday parcs with Eurocamp.

Dogs are part of the family and deserve to come on holiday with you whenever that’s feasible. And that’s certainly true of mainland Europe, and especially of holiday parcs, where you get space, freedom and the chance to take your four-legged friend on amazing beach or countryside walks during your break. Many holiday parcs have dog-friendly accommodation options. We’ve shared what you need to think about when booking a holiday with your dog in tow – and shared our favourite holiday parcs with dogs.

• Talk to your vet about your travel plans: where you’re going, how you’re travelling and what you plan to do there. He or she will give you all the information you need, including applying for your PETS passport.

• Give your family the exact details of your dog so that your holiday is correctly booked in line with the PETS requirements.

• Swot up on campsite etiquette. Though dog-friendly, they have specific rules about dogs, including the need to keep them on a lead, keep any noise to a minimum, and clean up after them.

• Be smart when travelling in hot weather. Never leave an animal in a vehicle in direct strong sunshine and/or high temperatures.

•. In terms of coming home, your dog can only enter the UK with an approved transport company on an authorised route, or he or she will have to be quarantined. Eurocamp holiday packages use only approved travel operators, but if you book your own travel element you need to check all details with your chosen transport company.

• Check the microchip is correctly recorded on all required documents. And prior to travelling, make sure to always update the microchip registration database, where your dog's microchip number is recorded, with your holiday details so that he or she can be re-united with you as quickly as possible in the unlikely event that you get separated while you are away.

• Ensure you get any booster vaccinations on time by checking the 'valid until' date on your PETS documentation. Your dog has to be re-vaccinated against rabies by this date.

• Contact an overseas vet overseas in plenty of time before you plan to return or come to the UK to arrange for your dog to get tapeworm treatment (they must be treated not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours or 1–5 days before being checked-in with an approved transport company for the journey into the UK). If you require assistance calling and booking an appointment, Eurocamp has on-site couriers who are glad to help. Before you leave the surgery, check that the documentation has been completed (especially that the date and time of treatment, using the 24-hour clock, have been filled in, and that the products used to treat your dog have been noted).

Take a look at Eurocamp's top 10 dog-friendly parcs for the best holidays with dogs, where your dog can join you from as little as £3 per night (a lot less money and a lot more fun than a kennel!). 


Family on the slopes in Andorra.Family on the slopes in Andorra.

Those who’ve already skied or boarded in Andorra know that for a small country, it packs a big punch and is an ideal place to take to the slopes. Above all, this is a fantastic destination for family ski holidays, with masses of gentle green and blue runs to help build little ones’ confidence, some of the best English-speaking ski schools in Europe, and some hotels offering free kids’ clubs for ages 3–11 years. We’ve looked at what makes Andorra so special.

• Huge Investment in Ski Resorts
Andorra has invested 10s of millions of Euros in infrastructure over the last 5-10 years, meaning its resorts of Arinsal, El Tarter, Pas de la Casa and Soldeu have an almost purpose-built feel. Arinsal is great for families and beginners, with quieter, gentle slopes, excellent après activities and great-value family accommodation.

Soldeu and El Tarter are livelier in terms of nightlife, although El Tarter is quieter than its neighbour. It offers great access to the slopes and a very family-friendly hotel in the form of Neilson’s Hôtel del Clos. Soldeu is the best all-rounder, with mainly four-star hotels at three-star prices, easy piste access and a great array of bars, restaurants and shops.

• Quieter Slopes
As Andorra isn’t as well known as the big-named resorts, its slopes are naturally a bit quieter, especially at peak times such as Christmas, New Year and February half term. In low season, meanwhile, you’ll sometimes feel as if you have the runs to yourself. Andorra’s two ski areas, the 63km Vallnord (Arinsal and Pal) and the huge 210km Grandvalira (El Tarter, Pas de la Casa and Soldeu) have such good lift systems that you’ll never wait as long as would elsewhere, even at busy periods.

• The English-speaking Ski Instructors
Andorra has an unusually high ratio of native English speakers teaching skiing and boarding  – possibly due to the fact that this is such a lovely place to be. While just about all ski and board instructors speak excellent English, having a native speaker does make things that bit easier at times.

• The Value for Money
With the lowest VAT tax rates in Europe (4.5%, against the UK’s 20%), lift-passes passes, equipment hire and tuition along with food and drink are all great value in Andorra compared with other countries. 

• The Human Scale
Andorra is so tiny (it could fit into the Yorkshire Dales nearly three times!) that the capital, Andorra la Vella, is only about half an hour’s bus-ride from the ski resorts. Buses run regularly and it’s worth the trip for Andorra la Vella’s 2000+ shops and restaurants, as well as Caldea, Europe’s largest thermal spa, with 6000m2 of indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, hot tubs, bubble beds and much more.

Find out more about Neilson ski holidays in Andorra.


View over Eurocamp's Les Sablons holiday parc.View over Eurocamp's Les Sablons holiday parc.

If you don’t want to, or can’t, travel to the Continent by car or use a hire car when you get to your destination, take a look at our favourite Eurocamp holiday parcs that make it easy to avoid driving abroad. All are within easy reach of airports with low-cost flights and have superb local transport links, meaning you and your family can get around and explore the local area as part of your car-free holiday.

FRANCE

Les Sablons, Languedoc (as pictured above)
A mere 10 minutes from Béziers Airport and a short walk from a splendid beach as well as an upmarket resort with restaurants, bars and markets, this excellent parc includes a pool complex with no less than five swimming pools – one specially for kids and one just for adults with a water massage bed and Jacuzzis.

La Chapelle, Roussillon
Just 37km from Perpignan Airport in the foothills of the Pyrénées, with stunning vineyard and mountain views, this parc is just 200 metres’ stroll from a long sandy beach and close to the delightful town of Collioure. Facilities include another brilliant pool complex.

Le Ruisseau, Gascony
Only 7km from Biarritz Airport and close to Biarritz Beach, this Atlantic Coast parc is especially great for budding surfers. On-site you’ll find an outdoor pool with waterslides and a children’s play area, while directly opposite lies an indoor pool with a spa and thalassotherapy facilities.

SPAIN

Cambrils Park, Costa Dorada
Thirteen kilometres from Reus airport, this premium parc is brilliant for water-loving families, with five superb pool complexes, one with elephants and dragons to the delight of younger kids. There’s also crazy golf, tennis, football and trampolining on the agenda, a great beach with watersports less than 1km away and the world-class PortAventura theme-park 8km away. 

ITALY

Marina di Venezia, Adriatic
Near Punta Sabbioni ferry port and a short ride from Venice, this parc includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a large kids’ pool and waterslides, and even its own diving school operating from the wonderful, white-sandy beach next to the parc.

Bella Italia, Lake Garda
Just over 20km from Verona Airport, this gorgeously located parc has direct access to the lakeside as well as its own fabulous pool complex with four pools (among them a children's pool, lagoon pools and waterslides). For those who love exploring on two wheels, the cycling path between Mantova and Peschiera (also within walking distance) runs past the entrance.  


Teen Hangout at TUI FAMILY LIFE Las Pitas, Gran Canaria.Teen Hangout at TUI FAMILY LIFE Las Pitas, Gran Canaria.

With gorgeous sandy beaches, off-the-beaten-track coves, fun-filled seaside resorts, tranquil natural parks, aqua-parks and compelling cultural sites to explore, Spain continues to excite and delight families looking for a classic Mediterranean holiday. We’ve looked at some of our favourite Spanish resorts for families in TUI’s Family Life, Magic Life and Platinum ranges.

As the name suggests, Family Life resorts all offer spacious rooms specially designed for those travelling with children, family-friendly buffets and sharing dishes in its restaurants, BabyLounges, BabyClubs, age-specific kids’ clubs and teen Hangouts, plus sports, games, fitness classes and evening entertainment. Magic Life resorts take all inclusive to the next level, with 24-hour service, beachfront locations and fantastic sports programmes including the likes of water sports, beach volleyball, mountain-biking, archery and Nordic walking. Platinum hotels all carry a minimum 4/5 TripAdvisor rating and offer kids’ clubs for ages 4-11 years and a lively programme of sports and activities. 

TUI FAMILY LIFE Las Pitas, Gran Canaria
The rural backdrop makes for a dramatic setting for this family-friendly package holiday resort on Gran Canaria. Set within the grounds of another TUI favourite complex, you are just a short walk from the pools, places to dine and sporting facilities. And with the kids' clubs for 3-11 year olds both during the day and evening, the little ones will never have an 'I'm bored' moment. Find out more.

TUI MAGIC LIFE Cala Pada, Ibiza
Stylish bohemian interiors combined with a vast array of sports faciltiies and family activities make this all-inclusive resort alongside Cala Pada’s pine- and juniper-backed beach perfect for funky family holidays in Ibiza. The MAGIC Mini Club hosts parties, pool games, football, shows, picnics and more, while the Wunderbar serves everything from coffee to cocktails right around the clock. Find out more.

Hotel Golden Bahia de Tossa & Spa, Costa Brava
The high level of repeat custom speaks for itself at this well-run Platinum resort with its own spa and a kids’ club for ages 4–11 years, located just a short stroll from Tossa de Mar’s medieval castle and some great cliffside pathways. Find out more.

Insotel Punta Prima, Menorca
Uninterrupted Med views from its prime hilltop location, pools reserved for little ones, kids’ clubs for ages 2–12 years, a spa and a great array of places to eat make this Platinum hotel a fantastic choice for families. Find out more.

Read more about Spain family holidays with TUI and bag your £100 short-haul discount now. See also TUI’s all-inclusive options to Spain.


Beach, mountain and lakeside retreats with Eurocamp in 2019.Beach, mountain and lakeside retreats with Eurocamp in 2019.

From beach breaks to mountain escapes and lakeside retreats, Europe is a continent full of possibilities. We’ve taken a look at some of our favourite family holiday types on the Continent and where best to experience them.

Beach Breaks 
Why: Holidays by the seaside are a family classic that will never go out of fashion, whether you want to relax and soak up the sunshine or take part in activities ranging from sandcastle-building to exciting water sports. Many of Eurocamp’s parcs have direct access to a beach, meaning you can be on the sand within minutes of finishing your breakfast… 
Recommended parc: Park Playa Bara, Costa Dorada

Mountain escapes 
Why: Breathtaking views, serene surroundings and crisp fresh air make the mountains an ever-more popular alternative to the beach in summer, with resorts across Europe offering increasing numbers of activities ranging from archery to mountain-biking. Eurocamp’s parcs in the foothills of several mountain ranges are ideal for those who want to make the most of the great outdoors while enjoying all the luxuries of home.
Recommended parc: La Ravoire, The Alps

Lakeside retreats
Why: Lake holidays are perfect for water-loving families and thrill-seekers, with access to beaches and activities ranging from gentle kayaking and dinghy sailing to the more challenging wind-surfing and water-skiing. Eurocamp’s lakeside parcs also offer facilities such as pools and even spas.
Recommended parc: Bella Italia, Lake Garda


Kid's activities at Holiday Village MallorcaKid's activities at Holiday Village Mallorca

With Brexit making some people nervous about booking a holiday in Europe in 2019, we strongly recommend looking at all-inclusive holidays such as those offered by First Choice. Not only are all-inclusive packages fully protected against any unforeseen circumstances surrounding Brexit, but they also proof you against the weakness of the pound against the euro because you’ve paid for just about everything in advance in sterling. Facilities including kids’ clubs, sports academies and even the likes of aerial adventure courses, which vary by resort, make all-inclusive resorts perfect for families who like to combine activities with relaxation. 

And Spain is as fabulous a destination for a family holidays as ever, with its seemingly endless sandy beaches, pretty coves, lively seaside resorts, nature reserves, water parks and world-class museums. The following are some of our favourite destinations in Spain for an all-inclusive family holiday in 2019.

Gran Canaria
Often described as a 'continent in miniature', the third largest of the Canary Islands combines beaches, lush greenery and lunar landscapes. The gorgeous year-round weather makes it perfect for outdoor activities ranging from wind-surfing to spectacular walking.
Recommended property: Servatur Puerto Azul with its tropical-style pools and gorgeous views.

Mallorca
Dozens of safe sandy beaches, lovely scenery, friendly locals and plenty of entertainment, from water parks to sandcastle-building displays, makes the largest of the four main Balearic Islands a brilliant destination for family holidays with all ages.
Recommended property: Holiday Village Majorca, including luxury swim-up rooms, a Balanceability cycling course and a great spa.

Costa del Sol
One of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations, this stretch of Andalucia’s coastline has a reputation for being hectic but actually caters to all tastes. There are sandy beaches and resorts with modern facilities including world-class golf courses and amusement parks, but also an ancient history, compelling architecture, white-washed villages and spectacular scenery if you venture slightly inland.
Recommended property: Riu Costa del Sol with its indoor and outdoor pools, splash playground and spa.

Costa Dorada
Within easy reach of Barcelona, this coast named for its 216km of golden beaches welcomes families with its lively resort Salou with its thrilling theme park PortAventura and with its UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Tarragona, combining Roman ruins with wonderful Blue Flag beaches.
Recommended property: SuneoClub Villa Dorada with its circular pool and Spanish language lessons.

Lanzarote
More than 90 glorious, child-friendly beaches – both traditional white-sand versions and ones with black volcanic sand – make this Canary island a firm family favourite. But the whole place has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and its out-of-this-world volcanic terrain inland is not to be missed either.
Recommended property: Los Zocos Club Resort, with its activity and quiet pools, plus two pools just for kids.

Read more about family holidays in Spain.

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Spending time with a Forest Ranger.Spending time with a Forest Ranger.

The woodland cabins at Forest Holidays make for a delightful escape for the whole family. They’re perfect for reconnecting with nature and spending quality time together. With 10 locations UK wide, Forest Holidays can create unforgettable memories for you without your having to travel too far from home. 

The forest itself is full of endless possibilities, but we’ve gathered six activities that we think you’ll just love as a family. 

Spend time with a Forest Ranger
Spot rare wildlife and birds, build dens, light fires and learn how to make nettle tea – these are just some of the things you’ll do with the resident expert at each Forest Holidays location. The Forest Ranger adventures offer something for every member of the family, from arts and crafts for the youngest to the revival of childhood memories for parents and grandparents. Your Forest Ranger will bring the forest alive for you.

Discover the forest at night 
Venturing out beneath the night sky, you’ll go stalking through the woodland to try to catch a sound or glimpse of wildlife with your night-vision equipment. Patience is key After spying some nocturnal wildlife in its natural habitat, pick our expert Forest Ranger’s brains on the wild forest before heading back to your cosy cabin. The minimum age to enjoy this one is 12 years.

Carve a pumpkin this Halloween
Every Forest Holidays location has a central hub called the Forest Retreat. Head there to carve your own pumpkin this Halloween season, creating any design you like, from a simple smiling face to a forest creature or maybe something spookier. Forest Holidays will provide all the necessary tools you'll need to create your masterpiece. 

Make a Christmas wreath together
Create a wreath in the comfort of your Forest Holidays cabin or in wreath workshops. Crafted from beautiful flowers, feathers and ribbons, theyr'e perfect for adding an extra touch of welcoming warmth to your front door this festive season, or for adorning your home. 

Play a board game
As the nights draw in and the leaves begin to fall, you need no further excuse to make yourself cosy, put some logs on the fire and bring out the board games. Darker evenings and chilly autumn nights are a great time to bring your nearest and dearest together with a game or two. Create your own night-in by hiring out a special games crate at any Forest Holidays location.

Unwind in the hot tub as a family
All Forest Holidays cabins have their own hot tubs on the decking,  which are ready to hop into whatever the weather. After the day’s adventures, what bliss to return to your cabin and jump into the hot tub with nature all around you.  Children and teenagers love lounging in the hot tub and once the little ones are in bed or the teenagers are back indoors, enjoy a peaceful moment with the hot tub to yourselves.

Want to enjoy a Forest Holiday?
Forest Holidays are offering a 5% discount when you use code TAKETHEFAMILY. Simply book your break and holiday before 31st March 2019.

Terms:
Discount code applies to the cabin price only and not any extras.
Discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer and cannot be applied retrospectively. Forest Holidays reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.


France is great for family cycling.France is great for family cycling.

The summer family holidays are a great time to try out new sports, have adventures abroad and spend quality time together as a family while learning about other countries. France is a perfect holiday destination for get-up- and-go families; we’ve showcased 10 exciting family breaks in France featuring biking, kayaking, boating, swimming, climbing and/other horse-riding, among other activities.

The most convenient way to travel as a family to northern France or to get to France as a whole is via the cross-channel ferry. For easy access to Brittany, sail into the Brittany Ferries ports of Roscoff or St Malo.

1. Sail away in Brittany

Sailing is the best way to appreciate the rugged Breton coastline, especially on a sailing trip in the Gulf of Morbihan. A tour on a wooden sailboat will steer you around the unspoilt coastline, with kids acting as deckhands for the day, helping hoist sails and aiding navigation as you drift around the islands. On one of these trips you can visit Hoëdic, one of the tiny islands off the south coast of Brittany, with two Neolithic sites.

Alternatively, almost every seaside town in the region has its own sailing school, while the Finistère area – the most westerly part of France – offers good surfing conditions at La Torche, La Guidel and Spot de La Palue (surf lessons are available). Or opt for the sheltered coves on the Quiberon Peninsula, perfect for paddling.

2. Cycle through history in Normandy

A great way to appreciate Normandy’s scenery and history is by bike, on around 500km of cycle paths for all levels of ability. For smaller children, there are old railway tracks and car-free greenways to travel down at a gentle pace, or you can even ride down the old railway line on specially adapted railway carts ideal for families.

Normandy is rich in history. See the Bayeux Tapestry, which shows the story of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and learn about the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944 by visiting the D-Day landing beaches (Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah), battlefields, cemeteries and memorials.

3. Explore an island in Vendée

Cast aside 21 st -century life by crossing the cobbled causeway (Le Gois) from mainland France to the delightful Ile de Noirmoutier. This 19km island off the Atlantic coast is a deservedly popular spot among French tourists. The best way to travel around is on Dutch-style bikes along the flat cycle routes, exploring the salt marshes and beaches where children fish for clams, mussels and cockles.

You can also learn about Vendée’s turbulent history and its part in the French Revolution at the medieval Château de Noirmoutier. Other attractions include a waterpark and sailing. A great day-trip is a visit to the spectacular historical themepark Puy du Fou, just over 100km away, for history-themed shows.

Many of the Ile de Noirmoutier’s campsites are within walking distance of the beach and have swimming pools and children’s activities. Hôtel Saint Paul and L’Île Ô Château are other well-situated options.

4. Canoeing, castles and caves in the Dordogne

It’s pretty hard to beat the Dordogne’s fairytale landscape, with its turreted chateaux perched on hilltops, plus vineyards, forests, rivers and the prehistoric sites along the Vézère valley down below. One of the best ways to see it all is from a canoe: drift serenely down the Dordogne River past the picturesque fortified villages of Beynac and La Roque-Gageac. Canoeing along the Dordogne is safe for children, lifejackets are provided and hire prices are reasonable.

The Dordogne’s prehistoric sites will capture your children’s imagination. The cliff-side Les Eyzies has an entertaining museum, featuring recreated cavepeople and mammoths. The Grotte du Grand Roc, a vast cavern filled with stalactites and stalagmites, and Lascaux, with its multimedia special effects and interactive iPad guides, are also great days out.

5. Pony-trekking in Aquitaine

Trot across golden sands or through pine forests on organised rides. Book a ride on a pony from the Centre Équestre Marina for trails in the Landes Forest and along beaches. There are Anglo-Arab steeds for adults, too.

Freshwater from the River Leyre merges with seawater from the Arcachon basin in the Landes de Gascogne Natural Regional Park to produce a unique marshland populated by eels, otters and terrapins – another splendid place to ride.

6. Easy cycling in the Loire

Enjoy leisurely bike rides along the flat terrain of the Loire Valley, using the Loire à Vélo trail from the outskirts of Nevers to the Atlantic Coast. You don’t have to worry about traffic – these are car-free paths along France's longest, loveliest river that pass heritage sites and other attractions. The trail passes through the Loire-Anjou- Touraine Regional Nature Park, vineyards and past countless châteaux. Look out for the Château de Cheverny (the model for Captain Haddock’s ancestral home in Tintin) and the walled garden at Château de Bourdaisière.

7. Saddle up in Provence

Away from the crowds and beaches of the Côte d'Azur, explore authentic Provence by riding through the blue and violet lavender fields on horseback. There are guided tours around the Camargue National Reserve – where you can see flamingos – or the Alpilles Natural Park. The Parc Naturel Régional des Baronnies Provençales also offers horseback or donkey-riding.

If you’re a more adventurous family, head for the medieval village of Orpierre and go climbing. There is something for all levels of ability: the testing cliff faces of Quiquillon, Belleric and Adrech, and for beginners the Quatre Heures cliff and the inflatable climbing tower and walls at Camping des Princes d’Orange.

8. Climb a volcano in the Auvergne

The Auvergne region, in the centre of France, is home to around 80 volcanic peaks and you can climb the highest, Puy de Dôme, or catch a train up. The 1,464m extinct volcano has a restaurant, a museum and spectacular views from its summit.

Themepark Vulcania in Auvergne makes volcanoes fun through its interactive exhibits and rollercoasters. Don’t miss the 28m-high cone covered in lava stone on the outside.

9. Wild swimming in the Côte d'Azur

Swim the Loup river and see some of the Côte d'Azur’s most captivating hilltop villages. Adrenaline junkies can try rafting and canyoning – run by local operators – along the gorge. Flowing from its source in the mountains at Andon, the Loup winds its way for 49km to the Mediterranean at Villeneuve-Loubet. Or the Clue d'Aiglun is a series of gorges north of Cannes that has rock passages in white limestone and stunning natural pools.

10. Get on your board in Bordeaux

The new five-star campsite Club Mayotte, south of Bordeaux, offers a range of watersports. Nestled amidst pine trees on the shores of Lake Biscarrosse, which leads to the Bay of Biscay, it’s a place where you’ll never get bored, with activities including paddle-boarding, water-skiing, wake-boarding, kite-surfing, dinghy and catamaran sailing. Hire of equipment is included.

The surrounding area is also great for mountain-biking and kayaking, while nearby is Europe's tallest sand dune, the Dune of Pilat, in La Teste-de- Buch in the Arcachon Bay area 60km from Bordeaux. Travelling by ferry allows you to bring your family car packed with everything you need, including the family bikes, so not only do you avoid lengthy airport queues and excess baggage charges, you also save money by not needing to need to hire a car or hire bikes for the family.

Brittany Ferries offer the widest choice of ferry crossings from the UK to France along with excellent holiday deals that include ferry travel and family accommodation.


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