Family holidays in Loire Valley, France.
We are all the same – we all want the best for our children. For them to have fun, breathe some fresh air, get some rest, learn new things… So, pack your bags, because Touraine is THE destination to delight all the family!
All wet at the Lac d’Hommes water park or at the Rillé wake park, in the middle of a treasure hunt or disguised as a knight at the Château de Gizeux, enjoying tree-top adventures at Baud’Rillé Adventure Park, Gadawi Park, Clic Lac and Saint Benoit l’Aventure or with your hair in the wind at the prow of a boat, there’s a vast range of options in Touraine for children and teenagers.
Much more fun than holiday workbooks, the Loire châteaux with their visits adapted to children are a way to bring history to life, from Anne of Brittany (Château de Langeais) to Francis 1st (royal Château of Amboise), via Joan of Arc (royal fortress of Chinon) and Leonardo da Vinci (Château du Clos Lucé). As for fairy tales, head to the Château of Ussé (the sleeping beauty castle!) and the gardens of the Château du Rivau.
To see them all at once, a little visit to the Mini-Châteaux Park is in order.
Throughout the holidays: hiking, animals, swimming…
To get some fresh air and do a little exercise, but also to learn to find your way around a map as a scout, around forty short hikes are available. By bike, Touraine even has more than fifty loops, alongside major routes such as The Loire by Bike.
And there are plenty of other things to discover:
- koi carp in the Grand Aquarium of Touraine with its touch-screen pool
- the safari-train of Beaumarchais wildlife park
- the troglodytic valley of les Goupillières
- the Véron ecomuseum
- the birds mini golf
- horses, with the Attelages of Villandry, for a nice ride
- goats at the Cabri au Lait educational farm
- or the warm sand at the outdoor activities centre in Chemillé-sur-Indrois, Bourgueil, Rillé and Hommes!
If you are looking for peace and quiet, Touraine is quite a long way away from Ibiza and other hectic seaside resorts, so you can count on peaceful, restful nights. And if you make sure, too, that your little nippers eat five fruits and vegetables a day, then you will be well on the way to being the parents of the year!