If you’re looking for the perfect family holiday to France let me introduce you to the Languedoc-Roussillon region. During the summer we spent a week there with our mini-explorer who was 20-months old and my sister, brother-in-law and their nearly three year old.
It’s a particularly great option if you’re travelling with young children as the travel time is so short and the weather in the summer is usually enjoyable, rather than scorching hot. If you like to have a lovely base, but the opportunity to explore the local area this holiday will be your cup of tea. We packed a lot into the week, but there’s scope for lots more – an excuse to go back, right?
What to Do and See in Languedoc-Roussillon region
Ideally you’ll need to hire a car to make the most of this area. We stayed in Cers and all of these spots took us no more than an hour to reach – some only took a few minutes.
Voted one of the prettiest villages in France it’s easy to see why as soon as you arrive. It’s perched high up on a cliff ledge, so it can get a little blowy – hold on to your hat – but it’s gorgeous. Little cafes and shops are tucked into the hillsides, making it a perfect stop for a few hours. Nova loved running around here.
This gorgeous town scored highly with our family. Nova loved the sundial water fountain near the cathedral and the splash park that was a ten-minute walk away. Canal de la Robine runs through the town so it’s really pretty. There are lots of cafes, restaurants and little shops too. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why we loved this place – it just had a really good vibe.
There are lots of wide, flat avenues so it’s easy on the pushchair and the indoor food market offers loads of tasty local delicacies – try the macarons!
If you’d rather leave everything urban head to this area for award-winning, sandy beaches that seem to go on for miles. Our little boy would have happily played on the beach all week.
This is the place to come to shop. There’s a cute street that’s sheltered with artistic umbrellas and filled with really good clothes boutiques. I wanted to buy everything! On a Friday there’s a flower market if that’s more your thing.
The narrow winding streets lead to a 13th century cathedral that sits on a hilltop and offers gorgeous views of the French countryside.
This tiny village is full of beautiful French homes with authentic shutters. If you’re after a few classic French shots for your Insta feed this is your spot. You can also get a really good pizza and a top #IHaveThisThingWithTiles pic in the little restaurant, though you’ll want to book a table and check opening times.
How to Get Here
Budget airlines like easyJet and Ryanair offer frequent flights from the UK to nearby Toulouse and Beziers. However, if you want more of an adventure and an opportunity to see a bit more of France then you could visit via Brittany Ferries.
Where to Stay
We hired a villa with a private pool in the sleepy village of Cers. It’s a tiny spot that has a small bakery, a cute restaurant and not a lot else to be honest. However, the warm pain au chocolats from the bakery are divine and the unassuming restaurant serves up quite possibly the best pizzas in the region.
We felt like honorary locals in the family villa we booked through Pure France. It’s like borrowing someone’s home for the week. They have a huge selection of properties and it’s the second time I’ve used them.
Our week went far too quickly and I have no doubt that we will be back when I’m not pregnant so that we can try all those lovely wines that Languedoc-Roussillon is famous for! X