Provence is a perfect holiday destination for families. The beautiful nature and the historic small villages bring a great twist to the family holiday. Every day can be individually designed. Whether visiting a new village or relaxation in nature is in vogue, in Provence everything is given.
We have dreamed about our holidays in Provence for years. Our expectations got exceeded!
The landscape in the south of France is mesmerising. The food is mouth-watering, as you would expect in the land of Haute-Cuisine. And most importantly, children are welcome guests. Restaurants usually offer a special kids menu.
The lavender fields flourish between June and August. At this time, the tourist rush comes to Provence. That’s why we decided to avoid these months. The best time to travel is spring and fall. Perfect to start earlier or extend summer.
Day trip to Gordes and Roussillon
The two romantic villages Gordes and Roussillion are counted as most beautiful in Provence. Don’t miss a day trip with the family.
Gordes is a small village that was built in the middle of a mountainside. A Castle and a church mark the center of the village. Small cafes and shops surround them. It is worth to take a look at the Provencal spices, scents and linen. A special feature of Gordes is the fabulous view. If you follow the small narrow streets, you have reached the viewpoint quickly. The hillside overlooks the entire valley. If you want, you can take a walk down or admire the panorama with an ice cream in your hand. Kids might definitely go for the second option.
Just 15 minutes away is Roussillion. Another picturesque village of Provence. It is characterized by ocher houses and narrow streets. The famous ocher rocks surround the village and already served the Romans with their bright colors. It is and has been processed into pigments and colors and plays a major role in craftsmanship. A tour through the rocky landscape is interesting. During our visit we were already very hungry and went for a restaurant with a view over the rocks with bizarre shapes. The restaurant Le Clos de la Glycine is perfect for big and small gourmets. Although it is not explicitly child friendly, they prepared a delicious menu for the kids on request. The ambiance is very calm and pleasant. The tables are aligned so that the view always falls on the ocher cliffs.
Enjoy nature in Provence
The nature in Provence is impressive. It grows and thrives in the most beautiful forms. That also pleases the children. During a walk through the forest, we collected a variety of wild herbs. Smelling and tasting them gets on a whole other level. If you are in Provence, definitely take time for nature. The rich colors, the variety of plants and animals fascinates every age.
Lakes and mountains in the area are THE destinations for families when visiting Provence.
Charming wineries in Provence
For all Rosé lovers, Provence is the land of plenty. Several wineries of the region are among the most popular in the world. The visit with children on a winery works! Surrounded by the pure nature, a playground for the children is quickly found. So while dad is doing a little wine tasting, the rest is playing. Sometimes there is a snack to eat. This is appreciated very much by kids. We can recommend the winery Valdition. It is idyllically located in the Alpilles Nature Park and produces organic wines and olive oils. The winery Chateau Romanin is traded as insider tip. For years, the probably best rosé of Provence is produced there.
Travel Gadgets with kids – Update
During our holiday we learnt how traveling with kids is changing over the years. With children you live in constant change, parents know that too well. This time we got surprised how different traveling with children got. All of a sudden the children are happy to visit an old tower, like visiting the next playground. We even took our children to an exquisite restaurant and actually enjoyed it.
We also noticed on the car that the travel conditions with children change. We took our Toniebox (a kind of boombox for kids). This allowed them to listen to exciting audiobooks together with their headphones.
During sightseeing, the scooters were our practical companions. The children fled from A to B. We had to keep up with fast steps. If a child got tired, the scooter was assembled in no time and stowed away in the stroller.