Although some of us think of the St Tropez as a permanent holiday destination, with its seemingly eternal sunshine, azure seas and wealth of incredible eateries, St Tropez kids still have to go to school just like everyone else. But with the summer holidays finally upon us, children across Europe will be filled with excitement and energy, and desperate to know what’s on the cards this summer. No one likes to hear the dreaded ‘I’m bored’; luckily the French Riviera is well-equipped with a great number of fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. Here are three of the best for summer 2018.
Kid’s Island in Antibes- Cut loose at an adventure park
Those travelling to the Riviera with children should definitely look at renting St.Tropez villas with a playground – a great way to keep kids entertained from the get go. However, when you need to step it up to the next level, exciting theme parks – perfect for a family day out – are dotted all along the Riviera. For animal-loving youngsters, try Kid’s Island in Antibes, where children of all ages can delight in meeting a wide variety of four-legged and under-the-sea friends. Little ones will also love taking part in the pony rides, and with a lively adventure trail to complete and a full schedule of marine life shows throughout the day, you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do.
Or, for children who can’t get enough of wacky activities, head to Les Village des Fous (meaning The Crazy Village!) This Villeneuve-Loubet-based leisure park offers you two hectares of completely wild adventures that will continue to surprise. Over 30 games, a special discoveries area and a so-called ‘Flying Bathtub’ makes for an amazing day out in the South of France.
Explore vibrant night markets
Every evening, from mid-June through to mid-September, the pedestrian centre of Sainte Maxime is transformed into a giant open-air arts & crafts market, with goods appealing to all interests and age groups. I know what you’re thinking – just because it’s the summer holidays, doesn’t mean I want my kids staying up all night! Luckily, these extraordinary night markets are open every evening from 4pm to midnight, meaning you get to decide what time is best to visit for your family. A favourite amongst St Tropez children and grown-ups alike, these Marché de Nuit are not to be missed.
Tour medieval castle ruins
Situated on a hilltop overlooking the town of Grimaud, this medieval castle makes the perfect day out for budding history-buffs and boasts panoramic views over the gulf of Saint Tropez. Le Chateau Grimaud dates all the way back to the 12th century. Although it faced destruction during the French Revolution, surviving with only one vaulted room intact, the castle still makes for fascinating exploration. Ask your kids to imagine what it was like living there in the medieval times, and prepare to be amazed by their creativity.
If you visit on the 14th August, don’t miss Grimaud’s traditional village festival, where lively celebrations in the heart of the town are free for all to attend. The lively dancing, music, and delicious food and drink will be the perfect way to finish your day of exploration.