5 Places In France Ideal For A Self-Catering Holiday

Summer holiday season is in full swing across the UK, with tens of thousands of families setting their sights on the continent once again. France is nothing short of a mecca for family fun – the fact that it’s right on our doorstep also happens to be quite the blessing! Quite simply, getting yourself and the family across the channel for an unforgettable trip has never been easier or more affordable.

There are of course a great many options when it comes to self-catering holidays in France. For summer holidays in 2015, Brittany Ferries have some excellent deals on holidays in France that include both accommodation and return ferry travel with your car.

So if you’ve decided to take the family on a fun-filled trip to France this summer, head out to any of the following five top-picks and you generally cannot go wrong:



Considered by many to be the most outstanding natural adventure playground in the world, Brittany is packed with enough delights to keep families busy for a dozen lifetimes. Boasting the longest coastline in the whole of France, Brittany is busting at the seams with incredible outdoor pursuits, relaxation opportunities and unique accommodation options created with families in mind. Be sure to check out the pretty villages of the region by bike, if time permits.


A place that’s inspired writers, poets and artists for much of history, the beauty of the Loire Valley is both unique and spellbinding. With an outstanding range of France’s most stunning Chateaux to visit and more than enough cycling routes to satisfy all ages and all ability levels, it’s a captivating corner of the French countryside that’s downright irresistible throughout the summer months. While in the area, check out the frequent local food fairs and farmers markets for a taste of France how the locals do it best!



Occupying a prime plot on the French Atlantic Coastline, the Vendee Region doesn’t get nearly as much of the spotlight as it should among traveller circles. Why take the family here? Put it this way – vendee boasts not only the same amount of daily sun as the South of France, but also 120 miles of stunning beaches and an outstanding array of accommodation and entertainment options. It’s such an easy hop from the UK that you really will not believe these kinds of treasures are right on our doorstep – perhaps it’s a secret too good to share!


Do family camping trips come any better than those based in the Dordogne region? They might, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any, that’s for sure! An area of outstanding natural beauty with a unique ‘home from home’ atmosphere for British tourists, there are more castles, gardens, towns and villages to visit than any family could ever wish for. It’s all about getting back to nature and making memories together – pure gold for family summer holidays.



Last up, Aquitaine sits quite teasingly close to the Spanish border and has been a family favourite among discerning travellers for generations. Famed for its lush green fields, beautifully sunny summer seasons and mile after mile of golden beaches, it ticks all the right boxes for fabulous family fun and so much more.


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