Bodyboarding in Les Landes.
Bodyboarding in Les Landes.

The inland départements of Aquitaine are prime villa and gîte territory, although, as ever in France, you might choose to splurge on the odd night in a sumptuous château. You can also self-cater by the sea, including at holiday parks.

For the classic French seaside experience, check into Biarritz’s beachfront Hôtel du Palais, which despite its classy architecture (it was built in 1854 by Napoleon III as a private villa for his wife Eugenie) welcomes children with their own play area and paddling pool. Many rooms can inter-connect, or there are suites with up to three bedrooms, plus four restaurants, a spa with an indoor pool, and an outdoor heated seawater pool open from mid-March to mid-November.

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La Réserve

A child-friendly campsite handy for the Atlantic beaches.

Camping le Ruisseau, Biarritz

A very lively site with great facilities including children's pool and pony rides near Biarritz, Aquitaine.

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Lacanau

Resort in the heart of a pine forest in south-west France, 3km from long white sandy beaches and organised on-site family activities.

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Moliets

Set in a pine forest with a collection of swimming pools and endless activities, including fitness courses, for all the family in Aquitaine, France.

Pierre & Vacances Residence Haguna

Exceptional beaches with a history of golf and surfing. Near the shopping district.

Adagio Bordeaux

Spacious, air conditioned apartments, Turkish bath, Sauna & fitness room, Buffet breakfasts, hotel services.

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Campsite Mayotte Vacances

An active five-star campsite on a freshwater lake in south-west France, perfect for watersports, with lessons available, and childcare from 3 months to 17 years.

Pierre & Vacances La Résidence du Lac

Apartments and houses on a lake shore in a leafy landscaped park, welcoming to kids and well-behaved pets.

Pierre & Vacances Belles Rives

On the banks of the Dordogne, with nearby watersports, horse riding, fishing and more, making this a top choice for a self-catering family holiday or break.

St. Avit Loisirs Campsite

A family campsite in the Dordogne with pools, kids’ club and quad biking.