Provence is located in the south of France and is a region of mountainous landscapes, vineyards, lavender fields and olive groves. It’s a popular destination for visits from British tourists who love the Provencal way of life.
Half term holidays are coming up soon and many families will be thinking about going away to somewhere sunny. This can be expensive so why not consider staying at home instead? Head out into the beautiful countryside that you find around your house and explore all that it has to offer or plan a day trip to one of your local towns or cities.
Many parents don’t realise just how much fun they could have with their children outdoors during half term and put pressure on themselves to go abroad when a staycation can be just as good, if not better. With the right planning, a holiday at home can be a great way to spend some quality family time together and learn more about your local area.
There are plenty of things to do in Provence with children and here are just a few suggestions:
Visit a lavender field: In the summertime, Provence is filled with fields of lavender. Take a walk through these beautiful purple fields and enjoy the sweet smell.
Visit a vineyard: A trip to a vineyard is perfect for wine lovers and their families. Many vineyards have activities for children such as grape picking, learning about how the wine is made, and tasting sessions.
Go on a birdwatching trip: There are so many types of birds in Provence, such as the golden eagle and flamingos. Make sure you bring your binoculars!
Take a mountain walk: The mountains offer amazing views and will keep little ones occupied for hours while they climb rocks and look for new creatures. You can either take a guide or just work your way up slowly. Take plenty of breaks and don’t forget to pack plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
Most towns have mountain walks that begin from the centre of town and boast beautiful scenery along the way. In Cévennes is Mount Lozère with an altitude of 1165 metres which offers great views over the town. Start at the Maison Forestière and follow the path up to Le Château then head on to the Caverne du Pont d’Arc. You can then return down through Tricastin towards La Croix de Férec then walk through the forest until returning back into town.
Take a trip to a farm: Many farms in Provence keep animals such as Camargue ponies, goats, cows, pigs and chickens so why not see what it’s like inside? Some farms offer pony rides and milking goat sessions so be sure to check before you go. Try asking your parents if they know any nearby farms where you could visit for half term fun!
Lavender Farm Tours offers short visits to lavender fields and a tour of the production plant, including a stop in the shop where visitors can buy local products. Children will love the opportunity to see how lavender is harvested and processed.
There are plenty of other things to do in Provence with children such as cycling, swimming, playing in the park and visiting ancient ruins but hopefully, this gives you a few ideas to start planning your trip. Just be sure to take into account the weather as it can be very hot during the summer months! Have a great time exploring everything that Provence has to offer.