Where to spend your family vacation?

Villages vacances Ardèche : Lou Castel

Whatever the season and whatever your desires: France is an Eldorado for young and old alike. Where to spend your family vacation: our top 5 vacation villages.

Our beautiful country has something for everyone, including families. Indeed, the richness of France’s regions makes them fantastic destinations for young and old alike. However, it’s sometimes difficult to make a choice when faced with so many possibilities, so many activities and so many beautiful corners to discover. What’s more, it takes time and a lot of research on the Internet and in travel guides. But as parents, your time is precious. We know that!

That’s why our local tourism specialists have thought of your – well-deserved – peace of mind, and scoured our territory’s most family-friendly spots for you. We’ve selected five of the best Belambra vacation villages where you can spend your family vacations. Landscapes, culture, encounters, activities: they combine all the assets for you and your little ones! So, are you ready for a micro-adventure with your family?

1. In the Camargue, for a wildlife holiday

Grau du Roi - Le vidourle

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The Camargue Regional Nature Park is one of the most unspoilt and wild areas in the south of France. The arid lands, the ponds reflecting the flight of pink flamingos, the fine sandy beaches lapped by the Mediterranean, the reeds tenderly trampled by Camargue horses and ebony bulls… Just thinking about it, the Camargue is relaxing and soothing. One of its most representative towns, Le Grau du Roi, is home to the Le Vidourle vacation village.

This family vacation club has been designed in the image of the white houses of the Camargue. Authenticity guaranteed! There’s a wide range of accommodation on offer, and the village boasts a host of fantastic leisure facilities for children. Heated swimming pool, paddling pool, solarium, various sports fields, ping-pong tables, themes, workshops and activities: it’s impossible to get bored! Of course, don’t miss a stroll around the folkloric port of Le Grau-du-Roi and a sunbath at L’Espiguette.

As for the surrounding area, it offers fantastic opportunities for nature, culture and history. As a family, enjoy the thrill of water sports, explore the salt marshes on horseback or on foot, cycle along the sea, tour the mythical ramparts of Aigues-Mortes (and sample its famous orange blossom fougasse). Then stroll to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the bewitching home of the gypsies, discover the incredible skills of the manadiers and observe the endemic bird species. Finally, visit the arenas of Arles and Nîmes, or the village of Loupian, and let your children discover the splendor of Roman times.

2. In the Ardèche, for an authentic stay

Lou Castel - passer vacances famille

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The Ardèche is one of those French territories that stands out for its authenticity. This spectacular, sun-drenched region is characterized by its string of picturesque villages brimming with charm, haloed by castles and spectacular nature. It’s the perfect place to spend a family vacation, punctuated by outdoor activities and historic walks. Hiking in the mountains, cycling along the old railroads, water sports in the spectacular gorges – all these activities are available in child-friendly versions.

As for history, it’s depicted from Antiquity to the Middle Ages in the characterful villages of Les Vans, Thines, Naves, Alba, Aubenas, Labeaume, Balazuc and Antraïgues. Did you know that you can even take your tribe to the gourmet Palais des Bonbons et du Nougat in Montélimar, on a trip back in time aboard the Little Train of the Ardèche or on a wellness day at the Vals-les-bains springs? But the must-see of any stay in the Ardèche is, of course, the famous Grotte Chauvet du Pont d’Arc. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s sure to delight budding speleologists!

For accommodation, opt for the Casteljau vacation village « Lou Castel », set in a magnificent 13th-century manor house. Numerous tourist outings are organized every day, to the delight of young and old alike. For children in particular: theme weeks, creative workshops and parties. If you’d like to spend some time in the castle grounds, but don’t want to do too much wandering around, no problem. The large swimming pool and immense park will keep you busy for a few hours.

3. In Vendée, for a family holiday on the coast

St Jean de Monts

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If we say ocean, Ile d’Yeu, Noirmoutier, kayaking, wildlife parks, Sables d’Olonne, brioche: where are you? In Vendée, of course! This region, caressed by one of France’s most unspoilt and sun-drenched coastlines, offers a thousand pleasures. It’s a magical place to spend a family vacation if you’re in the mood for iodine, local produce and lots of animals. Here, you can discover the coast on foot or by bike. The inland shimmers with the light of the Marais Poitevin and vibrates to the sights and sounds of the Puy du Fou.

The Saint-Jean-de-Monts vacation club is nestled in the heart of the typical Vendée Atlantic coastline: ocean, dunes and forests embrace you. You are clearly invited to recharge your batteries in the fresh air, and so are your children. Everything has been thought of with them in mind. Swimming pool, mini-golf, water sports center nearby: they’ll have plenty to keep them entertained while you enjoy a break in the sun, a fitness class or a romantic dip. Then, all together, you can rent bikes and explore the coastal paths.

4. In the Auvergne, for a green holiday

Super Besse - Club « Le Chambourguet -passer vacances famille»

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Where can you spend your family vacations if you’re in the mood for green, green and more green? Auvergne, of course! A temple of chlorophyll and emerald volcanoes, this region is a paradise for lush nature lovers. But that’s not all: Auvergne also boasts a necklace of turquoise lakes and ponds (Vieure, Aydat, Bouchet, Lastioulles), theme parks (Vulcania, Paléopolis, le PAL, Lemptégy), châteaux (Murol or La Batisse) and traditional villages (Besse, Besse-en-Chandesse and Saint Anastaise). Not to mention its gastronomy and farming culture. Conclusion? There’s plenty to do in the Auvergne.

Your whole tribe can discover the joys of lake activities, the thrills of the bubbling waters of the Sioules and Allier Gorges, hikes between craters and forests, and even experience horseback riding.

So what could be better than a vacation village right in the heart of the Parc naturel des Volcans d’Auvergne? At the foot of the Puy de Sancy, SuperBesse Le Chambourguet offers breathtaking mountain views. This family-friendly club offers a wide range of activities for all ages: entertainment and evenings for adults and children, themed activities, sports tournaments, guided hikes and much more. For example, you can try out atypical and grandiose activities such as the giant zip-line, bobsledding on grass or trottin’herbe.

5. Corsica, for an all-inclusive holiday

Propriano - passer vacances famille

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Can’t decide between the sea and the mountains? Because you love everything or want to please everyone? Then head for Corsica! The Isle of Beauty is undoubtedly the most diverse place to spend a family vacation. Natural pools, basins and lakes offer crystal-clear freshwater. The Mediterranean shows its most beautiful face here, while pine forests cover the land.

TheBelambra Propriano Arena Bianca hotel is located in southern Corsica. An uncompromising location between crystal-clear water and fragrant scrubland. You are the privileged guests of a heavenly beach and a breathtaking view of the town of Propriano. In these idyllic conditions, let yourself be intoxicated by Corsican charm and identity. Relax and enjoy a fine Patrimonio wine. Your children are in good hands: leisure activities, discovery outings, creative workshops and games are on offer all day long. Away from the hotel, discover the infinite range of hiking trails, water sports (diving and canyoning in particular), boat trips, Polynesian beaches, megalithic sites and charming villages. If you’re in the mood for originality and animals, book a donkey or horse ride.

As for Propriano itself, it enjoys an exceptional location halfway between the imperial Bonifacio and the capital Ajaccio. The town center is pleasant, the little port enchanting, and the myriad of restaurants will delight cheese and charcuterie lovers young and old. Propriano is also an ideal base for exploring the Gulf of Valinco and the Sanguinaires Islands. Among the authentic Corsican villages nearby, don’t miss Olmeto and Sartène, « the most Corsican of Corsican towns ».

When it comes to hiking, the whole family can enjoy the trails of Campomoro and its Genoese tower, the Mare a Mare park and the Alta Rocca. Also nearby are the beaches of Palombaggia, Tamaricciu and Rondinara. The latter is the most family-friendly, thanks to its lagoon, which allows you to descend very slowly into the water. Closer still, put down your towel in the small cove of Mancinu, the white sandy beach Arena Bianca or the bay of Portigliolo. On site: canoe, buoy, small boat and windsurf. Which of these will delight your children the most?