France is known for being a romantic country. Especially when you take the time to roam the streets in the city of Paris. However, when you are looking to take a family vacation in France, you need something other than romance. After all, you don’t want the kids gagging and rolling their eyes all day long as you and your spouse kiss and hold hands. Anyway, I have discovered one of the best things to do with kids while on a family vacation in France. You can easily visit some of the storybook towns. These towns will keep the kids occupied. They may even inspire them to use their imaginations instead of their cell phones. And you will still find some of that romance you may desire. Today, I am going to share some of the storybook towns you should visit during your next family vacation in France.
The highest city in France is Briançon. It sits at an altitude of four thousand three hundred fifty feet. There are many buildings that are considered UNESCO World Heritage sites in this city. The best place to check out in this storybook town is the parish church from the 18th century. I recommend visiting this town during the winter months. It is near the Serre Chevalier ski resort. So, you can ski and enjoy your storybook views at the same time.
Hunspach is the favorite village amongst the locals. You will find this town near the border of Germany. A visit here will have you walking along the streets as you gaze at the houses complete with flower boxes.
This small town in Normandy offers a mix of emotions. This was the first town liberated after the Allies landed on Normandy Beach in 1944. The highlight of this storybook town is the Norman-Gothic Bayeux Cathedral. Just don’t miss out on the World War II cemetery during your visit.
If you want to see panoramic views of the Burgundy countryside, you must visit Vézalay. Head over to the Vézelay Abbey to check out those views. Of course, there are plenty of other things you can do while visiting this medieval town. I can easily plan your entire day for you!
If your family loves traveling back in time, a trip to Castelnou in France is a must. This storybook town is a medieval village that has been carefully preserved. Walk along the narrow streets before climbing the hill to see the castle. I recommend visiting this charming village during the holiday season. Their annual Christmas Market is one of the best in the country. Plus, all the holiday décor adds to the ambiance of the area.
There are quite a few storybook towns in Aveyron, but none of them are as stunning as Conques-en-Rouergue. While a visit to the Abbey Church of Sainte-Foy should be on everyone’s list, there is one other thing you should do while in town. That is dine at the Michelin-starred La Table d’Hervé Busset.
You can all try new foods while talking about what you have done so far during your family vacation in France.
Most people choose to visit Carcassonne to see the citadel from the 10th century. And who can blame them since it has ramparts and a drawbridge? This medieval town is near some of the best beaches, vineyards, and forests in France. Add this storybook town to your list if you want a little of everything during your next family vacation.
In Rocamadour, you can see amazing views of the Alzou Canyon. It is easy to walk around the streets in this town because there is only one street. That street is full of religious buildings. The most popular one is the Chapelle Notre Dame. Inside you can see the infamous Black Madonna statue.
Colmar has long been known as Little Venice. This storybook town is filled with small canals and candy-colored houses. Many people think this town was the inspiration for the village in Beauty and the Beast. This is just a thought, but it is completely possible since Walt Disney used a castle in Germany as inspiration for Cinderella’s castle.
Instead of vacationing in Cannes or Nice, head over to Èze for your next family vacation in France. This storybook town offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean. I recommend taking a hike to the summit in town to really get the best views.
The canals that wind through Annecy are romantic enough. Add the small bridges over them, and the kids will have plenty of Instagram-worthy photos to post. During your visit, you can walk along the cobblestone streets while checking out the pastel-colored houses. Do this while the kids are getting their pictures, and you won’t need to listen to them telling you to stop being all mushy.
These are the best storybook towns to visit during a family vacation in France. If you have never seen these towns and are looking for something different to do during your next vacation, you have finally discovered your solution!
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