- By John
- On Nov 11, 2018
- Travel Tips
Paris – The City of Lights
Paris may have a reputation as being a city for lovers. But when my husband and I visited with our daughters, we discovered it's a wonderful family destination as well. There's something for everyone in Paris – history, art, famous landmarks, and fabulous food. Visiting the city's famous parks is a must when in Paris with children. Be sure to walk through Luxembourg Gardens and take your children for a spin on the old-fashioned carousel in Tuileries Gardens. A cruise on the Seine offers a unique perspective on the famous landmarks of Paris as well as a chance to rest weary legs after a busy day of walking. Finally, ascending the Eiffel Tower and taking in the view over Paris is something your kids will always remember.
Dordogne – Castles, Caves and Adventure Parks
Located in central France, Dordogne is a lesser-known gem for families. This town offers a huge variety of things to do and see. It has some of the oldest cave paintings in Europe, fantastic medieval castles perched over the Dordogne River, adventure parks that wow kids of all ages, and much more. Idyllic villages offer authentic self-catering accommodation options where families can live like locals for a week or more.
Montpellier – Student City with Stunning Center Square
When considering where to go in France for families, do not overlook Montpellier. Located in the Languedoc region in the central south section of France, this student city is filled with universities aplenty and a youthful, hip vibe. (It's also where I studied abroad during my junior year of college!) The town’s large center square, La Place de la Comedie, is one of the prettiest you’ll find in all of Europe. The square is surrounded by cafes perfect for people-watching. La Comedie is flanked by a gorgeous opera house at one end and the tree-lined Esplanade Charles de Gaulle at the other.
Parents and young artists will appreciate Musee Fabre, a small but impressive art museum featuring works from the Renaissance to modern day. Then, take a stroll along Promenade Royale du Peyrou to see a statue of Louis XIV on horseback, Port du Peyrou (the town's refurbished arc de triomphe), and a Roman aqueduct and water tower.