The Cote d'Azur is the perfect sunshine destination for families. With its stunning coastal scenery, warm sun, stunning beaches and vibrant towns including St Tropez, Cannes, Antibes and Nice, this is a sun-kissed holiday choice that's impossible to beat.
Things to do on the Côte d’Azur
Visit Hyères and the Giens Peninsula
Sun-drenched Hyères is a charming city with stunning architecture, captivating culture, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. To the south is the Giens Peninsula, where you'll find gorgeous beaches and clear turquoise waters, and outdoor activities that include cycling, boat trips and fishing.
Explore Thoronet Abbey
Thoronet Abbey is an amazing place to bring the whole family. With its stunning architecture and beautiful grounds, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. Kids will love exploring the ruins of the abbey, taking in its history and imagining what life would have been like for those who once lived there. Adults can appreciate its remarkable art and craftsmanship and be inspired by its grand design.
Visit Fréjus Zoo and you'll discover a wide range of exotic animals, as well as seeing the conservation efforts made by the zoo to protect endangered species and aid in their rehabilitation. There are plenty of interactive activities that children can take part in—from petting zoos and educational talks, to photo ops with animals—ensuring that everyone has a day full of fun and learning.
Culture and activities in the region
The region is much-loved for its sweet and savoury specialties including anchoïade, artichoke à la barigoule, cachaille, Provençal caillette, and panisse
Draguignan, Fréjus, Saint-Tropez, the salt marshes of Hyères, the Gorges du Verdon, the Rade de Toulon, the Estérel massif, Toulon, the Maures massif, the Chartreuse de la Verne, the Sainte-Croix lake , Bormes-les-Mimosas, Cannes…
Beach volleyball, padel, football, rugby, climbing, trail running, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, tree climbing, scootering, canyoning and rafting...
Picnics on the beach
The Var is renowned for its superb sand and pebble beaches, with favourites including Anse Méjon, Ramatuelle, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Saint-Clair au Lavandou, Pampelonne, Fréjus. After a day soaking up the sun and playing in the sea, and picnic as the sun goes down is impossible to beat.
Explore Port-Cros National Park
Only accessible by boat, this island park offers a marine world filled with colourful fish and coral. The crystal clear waters make snorkeling and scuba diving an amazing experience that kids and adults alike won’t want to miss out on. Plus, the park is home to some of the best beaches in Europe, so you can relax and soak up the sun.
Visit Toulon harbour
Accessible by cable car from the top of Mont-Faron, Toulon is known as the 'most beautiful harbour in Europe!' This picturesque port offers stunning views of azure waters, rolling hills, and quaint villages - creating an atmosphere unlike any other. Families can enjoy exploring the nearby beaches, checking out the bustling markets, or simply taking in all that the harbour has to offer.
Not to be missed
The Basilica of Saint-Maximin
The Basilica of Saint-Maximin is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture, and its unique history-filled atmosphere provides an educational experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Bormes-les-Mimosas is a charming village surrounded by lush vegetation, and boasting breathtaking views of the Cote D'Azur and its crystal blue waters. Its narrow cobblestone streets make for an enchanting experience, as visitors explore the local shops, restaurants, and attractions.
Popular with celebrities, Saint-Tropez is renowned for its glitz and glamor! Those looking for relaxation can spend a daty on the stunning beaches, or take a leisurely stroll through the colourful, cobblestoned streets. If you have an adventurous streak, take in breathtaking views from one of the many hilltops, explore a hiking trail, and visit some of the most famous landmarks, such as Fort de Brégançon.
Brousse du Var
With stunning views, spectacular hikes and exciting activities, this magnificent gorge has something to offer everyone. The trails around the gorge are designed to suit all abilities and ages, making it an ideal spot for parents to explore with their children. For those looking for an even more thrilling experience, there’s a range of adventure activities available such as kayaking and canyonning. Visitors can also take part in guided tours to learn more about the geological history of the gorge and its wildlife.
Massif des Maures
The Massif des Maures is a small mountain range that stretches from Hyères to Fréjus. With its picturesque forests and serene lakes, it provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, fishing, and bird watching.
This charming little island is perfect for families looking to spend quality time together in an idyllic Mediterranean setting. With its white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, it's the ideal spot for swimming, kayaking, or just soaking up the sun. The old village and its fort provide a fascinating insight into the island's history, while the selection of restaurants and shops offer plenty of opportunities for exploration.
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