© Ville de Nice

Family holidays in the Alpes Maritimes are a doddle, with several airlines, including some low-cost operators, flying daily from a variety of UK airports to Nice. From there, the mountains are a one- to two-hour drive. 

If you bring your own car, it's about an 11-hour drive and €150 in tolls from the ferry port of Calais to Nice. For information on getting there by train, see Man in Seat 61 (seat61.com).