Our guide to a great budget family holiday in France this Easter.
Ahh, Bonjour mon petite champignons! Are you feeling the need to escape this Easter for a well-earned break? Require fantastic wine, food, culture and family friendly accommodation whilst keeping to a budget? Look no further - our list of wallet-happy university rooms will have you shouting OUI! before you can stop yourself!
To get the ball rolling, start with the north-eastern city of Reims. Situated in the Champagne -Ardenne region, it is packed full of amazing places to explore. If culture is your thang, then the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral is simply breathtaking or have an absolute blast with one of Reims’ many vineyard tours and Champagne tastings. Plenty of natural parks with bicycle hire will keep the kids happy, and hopefully ensure they have a good night’s sleep too.
Where do you start? There is genuinely so much you can do a s a family in this city. Take the children to visit the flower and pet market at the Ile de la Cité, climb to the top of Sacré Coeur and take in the views of the city scape, enjoy a boat ride on the Seine or spoil them rotten at the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Parc de la Villette is great for children of all ages and the Jardin de Tuileries is good for older ones. Animal lovers will enjoy the zoo at the Jardin de Plantes. An interesting trip to the Père Lachaise Cemetery will keep even the most cynical teenager intrigued. This famous graveyard is home to some of the most notorious artists, novelists, play writes and singers such as Oscar Wilde, Edith Piath, Georges Bizet and Jim Morrison to name but a very few of the vast number of the cemetery’s A list inhabitants. Oh, and of course, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Moulin Rouge, Disney Land …. And for as little as for a night, one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic cities can be all yours during the Easter holidays.
Found on the river Saône, this delightful town provides lively markets, great shopping and gorgeous countryside, including lakes you can wakeboard and water ski on. Culturally the Mâcon Cathedral and Museum of Fine Arts are easily located in the town centre. The parks in the town are famed for their beauty and the city has won the coveted 4 Flowers award in the horticultural competition, Entente Florale Europe.
Medieval streets bursting with fabulous shops, cafés, restaurants, and a maze theme park, white water sports, an aquarium and of course, wine tours, all located nearby guarantees your family is unlikely to become bored. Montpellier is the 8th largest city in France and being situated in the south, the average temperature in April is between 13°C – 18°C ensuring Montpellier as an ideal destination for the Easter holidays.
Found in one of the southern most points of France, Perpignan celebrates both the French and Catalan cultures. This delightful town, brimming with an abundant blend of pastoral peach and yellow buildings scattered along mazes of rambling alleys bursting with shops, cafés and bars also boasts the Palais des Rois de Majorque, a palace once inhabited by the kings of Mallorca. The Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel is dedicated to prehistoric cave findings from the nearby cliffs above Tautavel including a human skull estimated to be over 450,000 years old. Water babies will have fun splashing in sea at Canet Plage, only 15 minutes away and at the huge lake at Villeneuve de la Raho.
Avignon = http://www.universityrooms.com/en/city/avignon/college/reslesquartierslatinsavignon1
Montpellier = http://www.universityrooms.com/en/city/montpellier/college/maisonuniversitaireintmont1 25€ - 35€ a night
Reims = http://www.universityrooms.com/en/city/reims/home
Paris = http://www.universityrooms.com/en/city/paris/college/rulanteriparis 50€ - 116€ a night
Macon = http://www.universityrooms.com/en/city/macon/college/residencelecoursmoreau
20€ - 27.50€ a night
Perpignan - http://www.universityrooms.com/en/city/perpignan/book/rooms/local 80€ or £68.35 a night for a family apartment with ensuite.