Holiday in France: top 5 activities to do with your teenagers


When planning a family holiday, knowing what to do with your teenagers can quickly become a challenge for parents. To make sure your teenagers have a great time during your holiday in France, Little Guest has come up with a list of unusual activities to do with your teens across the country, as well as a selection of luxury hotels for your trip, which are sure to please the whole family – teenagers included!




Before you go – tips for a successful holiday with teenagers

  • Plan your holiday together: For a successful holiday that the whole family will enjoy, do not hesitate to ask your teens where they want to go and what they want to do on their holiday. For example, if you want to go to the sun, but your teen prefers a city trip, choose a place by the sea, but close to a city where to go on a day trip or do activities.
  • Choose hotels that are teen-friendly: younger children often have kids-clubs in hotels to make lots of friends, but for your teenagers, it is often more difficult if they do not have a dedicated place to meet other young people their age on holiday, and they then have to stay with mum and dad. To make sure your teenager has an unforgettable holiday and meets lots of new people, choose hotels that also have a teen club.
  • Take part in unusual activities with them: teenagers tend to remain in their world off or spend their entire holidays on their smartphones. To avoid this situation, stimulate your teens by offering them to do unusual activities during your holiday. Lacking ideas for unique activities? Little Guest has thought of everything and has come up with a list of activities to do with your teenager during the holidays they will keep forever in their mind!


Top 5 unusual activities to do with teenagers during your holiday in France

1 – Paragliding in Haute-Savoie


Has your teenager always dreamed of flying like a bird or like their favourite Marvel superheroes? Why not make this dream come true with a first flight in a paraglider in Haute-Savoie, offered by the Air Léman paragliding school? Safe and supervised by professionals, this activity is a good alternative to parachuting or bungee jumping, which are very popular with reckless teenagers, but can frighten more than one parent. In the paraglider, you can experience a panoramic flight over the beautiful Lake Geneva and the Haute-Savoie region, with its endless water and majestic mountains. Your teenager is more of the curious type? Then do not hesitate to take them on an educational flight, where the instructor can teach them the basic controls of flying a paraglider, in order to actively participate in this sensational experience.


Where to stay?

If you are planning a trip to the Haute-Savoie region of France with your teenager, the Hotel Ermitage in the village of Evian-les-Bains is the place to be! The hotel enjoys an exceptional location, with quick access and a breathtaking view of Lake Geneva and the French and Swiss Alps. Moreover, parents and teenagers will find things to like there. For teenagers, the Hotel Ermitage offers a teen club for teenagers from 10 to 15 years old, where they can enjoy various activities such as casino nights, movie nights, art activities and a number of sports activities.


2 – Swimming with dolphins in the Alpes-Maritimes


Who has never dreamt of swimming with dolphins at least once in their life? For teenagers who are animal lovers, this experience offered by the team of swim with the Dolphins is worth doing! Located in the Alpes-Maritimes, in Mandelieu, the team of enthusiasts will take you on a full or half-day boat trip to meet the dolphins and whales of the Pelagos sanctuary. Your teenager will be able to dive and join these splendid marine creatures, while parents can admire the spectacle from the boat, with drinks and snacks provided on board. Full of memories guaranteed!


Where to stay?

The Opio Resort Club Med, located in the heart of Provence, not far from Mandelieu and its dolphins, is a real family favourite! For teenagers from 11 to 17 years old, the hotel has an exceptional teens-club offering group lessons in collaboration with the famous Cirque du Soleil, as well as archery, golf and tennis lessons. The ideal place to meet new people! Parents can also enjoy the superb spa of the hotel and the delicious gourmet restaurants.


3 – Canyoning in complete safety near Perpignan


It is well known that teenagers love thrill-seeking activities, but amusement parks or water parks can quickly become monotonous in terms of sensational experiences for the more daring teenagers. Canyoning is the perfect activity for them! This extreme sport, combining swimming and climbing, consists of throwing yourself into canyons, which act as natural slides. In the Roussillon region, near the town of Perpignan, your teenager can learn this unique sport in complete safety at the Canyoning Park. Consisting of several pools, slides and waterfalls imitating natural canyons, your teenager will be accompanied by professionals throughout the course and will have a great time all along. The park also has other sports facilities such as accrobranching, so you can have a day full of activities and sensations during your next holiday in France!


Where to stay?

Located 20 minutes from the city of Perpignan, in Canet, in the Roussillon region, the Grand Hôtel Les Flamants Roses is the ideal place to go on holiday in south-west France for families with teenagers. With a spa for teenagers and their parents, direct access to the beach, swimming pools and water sports activities, this 4-star hotel is sure to please the whole family, even the most demanding teenagers!


4 – Try a free-fall simulator in Paris


For teenagers who dream of thrills, but do not dare to make a real parachute jump, there is a solution to have the same sensations, without the fall! In Paris, iFly offers first flights indoors thanks to their free-fall simulator: a huge turbine that generates a wind so powerful that it keeps you in the air like a real parachute jump. The ideal solution for teenagers who are afraid of heights, but want to experience this extraordinary experience. Ifly also offers a flight with virtual reality goggles, so that you can experience the conditions of an open-air flight. The ideal compromise, which will appeal to both teenagers and their parents.


Where to stay?

Nestled on the corner of the famous Avenue Georges V, 500 meters from the Champs Élysée, the Hôtel de Sers ***** boasts an incredible Haussmannian façade characteristic of the historic buildings of the Right Bank, renowned for its generous size. This boutique hotel is therefore the ideal destination for demanding families looking for comfort, space and luxury in the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.


5 – Riding the waves with your surfboard in Marseille


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As odd as it sounds, Marseille is actually an ideal spot for surfing. Actually not that odd when you realize that the waves of this Mediterranean city can reach 1,5 meters! Does you teenager fits like a fish in water? Then surfing is for him! No matter if he is beginner or advanced, your holidays in Marseille region will be the perfect opportunity to try this sensationnal sport! The city is packed with surf schools, such as the 13ème Vague that provides several level classes. If you want to learn more about surfing for children and young adults, don’t hesitate to read our children surfing guide, full of good advices.


No matter what activity will make your heart skip a beat, Little Guest hopes you will have a great family time during your next holiday in France!



Léna, 24 years old, travel and food enthusiast, from Liège, Belgium

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