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Holiday ideas with teenagers

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Holiday ideas with teenagers

Thinking of driving to France this year with 3 kids -16,14 and 11 - and looking for ideas? Looking at maybe mid-west France - don't want to drive for days but want sunshine and relaxation combined with the option of some days out. SC accomodation in a small complex works best for us, preferably within walking distance of a town. Went to Lasize, Lake Garda last year on advice from this site and loved it, but need a slightly cheaper option this year. Any suggestions welcome.

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1. Re: Holiday ideas with teenagers

With kids that age -- give them a guidebook and have them pick out an area that they think sounds interesting...if you're lucky, there will be a consensus...if not, I'm sure they could find a compromise somewhere.

You might just be surprised at their choice.

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The matter is that after beginning of July, the "haute saison" makes most of the places crowded and the accommodation prices go up.

You could look at Pierre et Vacances as the major holiday resort chain. The quality is usually "pragmatic", nothing fancy but it works. They are semi-self catering offering some services. One of the more practical ones of these is located in a central spot downtown Antibes, Cote d Azur.

Inland regions are often clearly cheaper than the coastal regions. You might find a big house to rent with all amenities such as a pool, a tennis court, some park/forest, river or lake etc. Take a look at homelidays.com , ownersdirect.com, interhome.com etc. In addition, you would need to rent a car. This way the costs cumulate for self catering, as well. The advantage is that you can prepare meals from the local ingredients, if cooking is your interest. Lots of direct sales and markets are available, too.

Interesting inland areas include e.g. the Loire Valley, the Pyrenees and Dordogne. And there are many more.

No matter where in the coastline regions you would go, you will most likely not be totally disappointed: of course the industrial sites and commercial harbours, as well as the only a few horrible mass tourism spots will have to be avoided.

You can also fly to Barcelona or Girona in the Spanish side, and drive from there to the most western part of French Mediterranean coast: there are nice resorts such as Saint Cyprien and Argeles with great surroundings inland, as well as some nice towns within a reasonable drive. Apart from watersports, biking is popular there, you can rent bikes. The rental cars are cheap in Spain. Remember to apply for the document allowing you to take the car outside Spain. Some friends, 3 generations, will stay several weeks in that region in summer 2012.

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Have a look at Chateau Sentout near Bordeaux overlooking the Gironde River and valley. It is a genuine chateau (not just a large house) that has been lovingly converted into self catering accommodation to suit people of all family sizes (we stayed in the turret room as there were only 2 of us). It is surrounded by small, personal vineyards - Chateau Constantin and Chateau Melin are both within walking distance where you can have a wine tasting. It is about a 5 min. drive to the nearest supermarket/small town.

Nearby places to visit: Latresne (local market), Creon, Cadillac.

Further afield: Drive through the regional forests of the Garonne and Lande to Arcachon (for the famous Pyla Sand Dune) and the fine sandy beach at Biscarosse (Atlantic surf). En route to Biscarosse, there is a huge lake at Navarosse which is fed in part by the tidal waters of the Atlantic that seep into the estuary. There are pine trees surrounding the lake and it is a good place to stop for a bite to eat/swim. The journey to Biscarosse takes about 2 hrs. (not taking into account the stop at Navarosse).

On site at Chateau Sentout, there is a lovely swimming pool with table tennis and volley ball facilities in a large garden area. It is not at all commercialised and you very much feel that you are staying in your own chateau.

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4. Re: Holiday ideas with teenagers

Hi there

Last year I loved Biarritz.

Kind Regards


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