As a parent vacationing in the South of France, Do you ever ask yourself, “where should my children go for their Summer holidays?” or “What activities will they enjoy the most over the summer?”. Well, with our local knowledge in kid’s summer camps in the South of France, we have created a breakdown of the 9 best activities for your kids and teenagers to enjoy in the French Riviera.
The French Riviera is a fantastic destination for sailing; from the classy atmosphere around Cannes to the relaxing Îles de Lérins facing Cannes, the sailing experience is second to none. The Cote d’Azur also offers many options for total beginners. If you want to learn to sail, there are countless sailing schools which offer sailing courses and lessons for all. Action Camp works in close quarters with the sailing school of Antibes to treat our campers with a very safe and fun sail around Antibes, where they will board a catamaran in groups of 4 and learn how to steer, tack and use the Sail to set the direction.
The mountainous areas of the Cote d’Azur and Provence offer excellent rock climbing areas. Only half an hour away from Cannes you can find yourself at the bottom of beautiful cliffs. Also, if you look in the right places, you can find a lot of indoor climbing centers. Campers enjoying the Action Camp Programs will find themselves bouldering in a very fun indoor climbing center located just 10 walking minutes away from camp.
It is not a surprise that most of the best activities in the Riviera are water-based. If you spend the summer around Cannes and Antibes, scuba-diving is a must. It is an amazing experience to explore the depths of the crystal clear water around the Cap d’Antibes and its amazing sea-life. Octopuses, soles, and breams are a very common sight around the Posidonia meadows scattered around the crystal clear waters of the Cap d’Antibes.
Kayaking in the French Riviera is an activity that is truly underrated. People don’t realise the beauty that kayaking through the cliffs of l’Esterel, between Saint-Raphael and Théoule-sur-Mer, has to offer. It’s one of the best combinations of physical exercise and relaxation in an unprecedented location. Kayaking is such a versatile water sport that can be done in fresh water courses as well as on the calm shores of Cannes or Antibes.
It is often considered that cycling is the national Sport in France, especially in the South of France, which attracts cyclists from all over the world. This part of France has everything a road cyclist could ask for, from high altitude cols to seaside roads that go on for countless kilometers. This explains the number of cycling courses you can find in the summer. Not only road bikes! The local ski resorts transform into summer downhill bike racetracks. These can be accessed with a short 1h30 car ride from the city of Nice.
6. Theme parks
Where ever you go in the world you’ll always find a theme park. The South of France, being the tourist attraction that it is, houses a multitude of theme parks from water parks to adrenaline rides. At Action camp, our residential campers often get the luxury to spend one of their weekend days at a theme park of our choice, often a water park. Water-based activities are welcomed by every camper on hot summer days.
The Gorges du Loup is situated only 15 minutes away from Valbonne and offers some amazing Canyoning experiences, with thrilling sensations and amazing landscapes to see. Canyoning isn’t a widespread sport but it involves trekking through gorges, waterfalls and giant rock pools. We are yet to introduce this activity at Action camp but are looking at broadening our horizons. In the meantime check this out for info regarding canyoning in the Gorges du Loup, click here.
Although the South of France is well renowned for its water sports, you must not forget the dominating presence of the Alps and the breathtaking hiking routes that are available. You only have to drive half an hour out of Nice and you are surrounded by mountains and wildlife. If you drive an extra hour you will escape all traces of civilization, and you can end up hiking through the Vallée des Merveilles in the Mercantour National Park through which you will discover prehistoric traces of the first European agricultural tribes whom lived in the Alpes of the Mercantour and were animal herders.
9. Visiting the arts and the Culture
This part of France has such a rich culture and traditional way of life that visiting the local area has to be in the top 10 activities. You can walk around the pedestrian streets of Antibes and visit the Picasso Museum. You can go to the old town in Biot and learn about the glass blowing traditions. You can go to Cannes and feel like a pop star walking in the footsteps of all those who attended the Cannes film festival. You can walk along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and eat a Gelato while you admire the azure pebble riddled shore-break. You can even spend the day in Monaco visiting the castle whilst admiring all the luxury cars driving around. Possibilities are endless.
Whatever activities you will pick for your kids, we are sure that the South of France is the best place to spend the summer. If you want your kids to have a week full of activities whilst also practicing their English And French language, make sure you read more about our Summer Camp Programs.