Teen Appeal: Top five French escapes with P&V
While little ones are delighted by buckets and spades and paddles in the pool, finding an affordable family holiday that will keep teenagers entertained can prove a tall order for parents.
European accommodation specialist, P&V, offers an excellent choice of properties in some of France’s most stunning locations, with a wide selection of children’s activities for toddlers to teens.
Many P&V properties feature action-packed clubs for teenagers where your teens can hang out, make new friends and sample a fabulous choice of sports and activities. Clubs are divided into two age groups: 13-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds with a range of activities and events tailored to each. Many P&V ‘holiday village’ properties also include a dedicated teenager-only zone, known as ‘The Spot’ that features sofas, large screen televisions, DJ turntables and a dance floor.
Even better, P&V is offering free children’s clubs at family holiday villages and a ‘Eurobuster’ saving of at least 22% on all holidays taken before November 2009.
Here’s our round-up of P&V’s five top destinations for holidays with teenagers…
Adventurous teenagers will love the action-packed mountain resort of Chamonix where summer holidays can be spent hiking, biking and rafting against the stunning backdrop of Mont-Blanc. There are many routes perfect for families, and for ease of navigation, many choose routes, which fall between key resort cable car drops. Example routes include the Brevent to La Flegere and Mer de Glace to Plan de l’Aiguille.
P&V’s Residence MGM La Ginabelle is located in the heart of the resort and is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area, with the Montenvers train and the Aguille du Midi cable car both close by. The resort is also home to the ‘European Adventure School’ (payable locally), suitable for 13–17 year- olds, which offers a wide range of adventurous activities, including land and water treks, mountain biking, camping, orienteering and mountain survival courses. The residence has a heated indoor swimming pool and a health spa.
Hot offer: Eurobuster prices start from £312 (previously £400) per week for a family of four in a one-bedroom apartment.
A haven for teens that loveto explore. This lush region is close to both the sea and surrounded by thick forests. Surfing is a popular past time as Aquitaine boasts over 150 miles of sandy beaches. Young people and families also tend to gather around beaches, which sit, between Gironde and the Pyrenees. For sporty teens, many will probably know that some of France’s most popular teams are from the region, including Girondins de Bordeaux one of the leading football teams, and several Rugby Union clubs.
The Pierre & Vacances Lacanau Holiday Village is a family resort nestled in the heart of a vast pine forest, freshwater lake and dune area. The village lies just 2km from the Atlantic Ocean where surfing is extremely popular. Teenagers will be spoilt for choice with a wide range of activities on offer through the children’s clubs, including tennis, golf, circus tricks, pony-riding, paint balling, beach volleyball, basketball, handball, table-tennis and mountain biking. The 400m heated swimming pool with upstream swimming and whirlpools, as well as the close proximity to the ocean, make Lacanau Holiday Village an ideal location for an active family break.
Hot offer: Eurobuster prices start from £333 (previously £382) per week for a family of four in a one-bedroom apartment.
Famed for being one of the cleanest regions in France, Vendee is very proud of its 200 km of sandy beaches, most of which have “blue flags” for cleanliness. Coupled with a mild climate, this is perfect for families who wish to inject a little adventure whilst relaxing on holiday. Popular resorts include: Les Sables-d’Olonne, La Tranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-de-Monts. For teen David Attenboroughs’, inland teens can explore the Marais Poitevin, an area of marshlands famed for wildlife whilst also checking out the forested area around the village of Mervent. For father-son bonding time, fishing is popular in the ocean or in the Vendee’s rivers and lakes.
The Port Bourgenay Holiday Village is a superb location for a family holiday in the Vendée region of France. Located 9km south of Les Sables-d’Olonne, this 90-hectare car-free village offers numerous activities for all ages, ranging from a 9-hole golf course to an aquatic centre with three swimming pools. Veillon beach is just 1.5km away and is accessible either on foot or via the seasonal tourist train. Teenagers can meet at ‘The Spot’ where a range of daytime and evening activities are organised, or they can take advantage of the bicycle hire, archery and flying trapeze courses available within the resort.
Hot offer: Eurobuster prices start from £361 (previously £404) per week for a family of four in a one-bedroom apartment.
With its rivers and streams, Ardèche has become a favorite place for canoe and kayak enthusiasts from around the world. Ardèche contains a part of the Cévennes National Park. For families visiting to the region should note that there are 5 key aspects to the region which nature and adventure lovers should aim to explore: the mountains, the plateaus of the Haut-Vivarais and the Cévennes, the Bas-Vivarais, the plateau of the Coirons, and valley of the Rhône.
Le Rouret Holiday Village is a 100-acre multi-activity resort located in the Ardéche region of France. The resort offers extensive activities for families with teenage children with a number of activities arranged through the onsite children’s clubs. Teens can choose to take up mountain biking, canoeing or horseback riding, as well as taking advantage of the onsite facilities that include mini golf, table tennis, circus training and a large outdoor swimming pool. This property also features ‘The Spot’ teenagers-only zone.
Hot offer: Eurobuster prices start from £384 (previously £545) per week for a fa
mily of four in a one-bedroom apartment.
Perfect for families looking for a short break in France filled with a ton of activities. Normandy has a variety of zoos, water parks, gardens to include Monet’s at Giverny, butterfly pavilion, the Bayeux Tapestry, Mont st Michel, the D Day Invasion Beaches, Regional National Parks, beaches, rivers, lakes, forests, marshlands, valleys and hills, and much more!
An excellent choice for families with sporty teens, Branville Holiday Village features the ‘Aquaclub’ – a huge outdoor water sports complex with swimming pools, water slides and wave machines. Free children’s clubs and ‘Le Spot’ teenage meeting place is available on site. Villers-sur-Mer is less than 10km away, where families can sail dinghies and catamarans or try their hand at wind surfing. Fencing, horse riding, circus training and tennis coaching are all available onsite at an extra cost.
Hot offer: Eurobuster prices start from £476 (previously £717) per week for a family of four in a one-bedroom apartment.
All properties are eligible for P&V’s ‘Beat the Euro’ discount. This deal has been introduced to offer the Euro-Sterling rate of 2008 when holidays were at least 22% cheaper than they are today. All properties are self-catering and come with a fully fitted kitchen and living area. One-bedroom apartments include a double bedroom and a living area with pull out sofa bed. Find out more on the Beat The Euro section of our website.
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