Ah, teenagers! These big kids with their strong personalities, almost all grown up, are not always easy to live with… although it doesn’t have to be the case! The solution for a peaceful and positive relationship: understanding. Once we understand what our teens want, life is a piece of cake. To make it easier, Little Guest investigated: what do teens want to do on vacation? Here are our favorite regions to spend a great family vacation in France.
If there is one French region that everyone loves, whatever their age, it is Brittany! Its beautiful beaches, its iodized air and its jagged coastline make this destination an exceptional landing-place for a family vacation, especially with teenagers. In this region, you cannot get bored, your plate will be full of activities! Whether your kids are art and history lovers, marine enthusiasts or foodies, there is something for everyone! Little Guest has put together a practical guide to discover the must-see places in Brittany. Finistère, Saint-Malo, or Morbihan, will have no more secrets for you after that. We also give you the best addresses to eat emblematic dishes of Brittany, as well as the list of the most beautiful beaches and fun family activities.
A true gem of Morbihan, this floating piece of land located off the Quiberon peninsula has long charmed the most romantic writers, such as the great Victor Hugo, and the most famous impressionist painters of their time, names such as Monet and Matisse, no less. You can reach this gorgeous island from the ports of Vannes, Le Croisic, Port Navalo or La Turballe and enjoy a family trip with your teenagers that everyone will remember. This destination promises a stay close to nature, with family activities like horseback riding, surfing on the beach of Donnant, sea outings and cruises, cycling or walking, but also golf, sailing, kayaking and sea fishing. This spot on the Atlantic coast is also famous for its thalassotherapy center, the Castel Clara, nestled on the wild coast.
If the Castel Clara is the perfect address for a relaxing wellness getaway, it is also an exceptional hotel, certified by the European Ecolabel for its thalassotherapy center. Each facility is entirely dedicated to bliss and comfort, which will delight parents and teenagers alike. At any time of the day, join the swimming pools to enjoy the sea air and the softness of the waves, before playing a game of tennis on one of the dedicated courts. Other must-do activities include flying over Belle-Île in an airplane or a helicopter, riding an electric bicycle along the steep roads and paths of the coastline, and letting yourself be rocked by the rhythm of the waves on the Grève des Curés beach.
Haute-Savoie is the kind of place that delights its visitors all year round. In summer or winter, the region is bustling with tourists who come to enjoy the lakes and mountains. While summer is synonymous with golf, rafting, via ferrata, paragliding, wakeboarding, zip lines, canyoning or mountain biking ; winter is for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and, of course, Savoyard fondue tasting! In short, enough activities to fill your teenagers with happiness and thrills!
We are overjoyed to introduce you to a ski resort nestled in the heart of the Grand Massif ski area. Located at an altitude of 1,600 meters, Samoëns extends over 265 kilometers of slopes, you heard that right! On top of that, the area charms by its quietness and its setting for soothing hikes. Your teenagers will love to ride their bikes on the marked trails, to go climbing or to canoe down the Guiers river. Samoëns is also a lovely authentic village where you can always find refuge around a big deliciously cheesy fondue after an intense day!
You can’t list the best spots for teens without mentioning a Club Med resort! The Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, overlooking a breathtaking panorama, offers its guests cosy chalets located on the Saix plateau in the heart of the Alps. Families can enjoy a private vacation here without missing out on the wide range of activities that are typical of Club Med hotels. Swimming, group aqua-fitness classes, Nordic walking among the pines or even dance and magic shows, everything has been designed to meet your every need and desire and fill you with joy. In the evening, while Mom and Dad enjoy a dinner for two, the teens can strut their stuff on the dancefloor with their new friends.
All aboard! We are headed to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region to discover some gems, and more particularly the Var. This French department has everything to charm families: villages with character, parks and sublime gardens, monuments and emblematic buildings, olive groves, or even kite surfing spots and thrilling activities! Your teenagers will be delighted to have followed you there when they gaze at the beauty of the place with their own eyes. By the way, if you want to know more about this land of contrasts with a preserved natural heritage, leaf through the 2021 Guide written by VisitVar and discover everything you can do and visit in le Var!
Spread over the Var and the Alpes de Haute Provence departments, the Verdon Gorges never cease to attract the curious eyes in search of wonder. Considered as the most beautiful canyon in Europe, these gorges form absolutely unforgettable landscapes! In addition to the picturesque villages – the official website of the Gorges du Verdon warmly advises you to go to Rougon or La Palud sur Verdon – there are many viewpoints to visit. We particularly loved the Point Sublime or the Couloir de Samson. Hiking is the perfect introduction to this beautiful place, but it is definitely not the only great thing you can do! Swimming, rafting and paragliding are the main activities of the region!
The department of Var offers so many sites not to be missed, that it is important to choose where you’ll spend your holidays in order to be able to reach the various points of interest easily. That’s why Little Guest recommends the Villa des Jardins. You can stay there with just the kids or bring a group of friends, so that the teenagers can have fun with their buddies. The superb villa, located in Tourrettes, in the heart of a park of 6 hectares, spreads over a beautiful surface of 360 sqm to offer you, among other things: 3 bedrooms, 2 independent suites, 5 bathrooms, 1 equipped kitchen, 2 living rooms, 1 dining room and 1 laundry room. Outside, a living room with fireplace and a splendid infinity pool await you for sweet moments of sharing and bliss.
Corsica, you like it or you love it! At Little Guest, we love it! To prove it, we have created a little travel guide just for you, take a look at it here: Corsica with your family. Did you know that almost half of its territory is classified as a natural park? This destination promises a unique experience, surrounded by the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. The Isle of Beauty is to be discovered with teenagers, as there are many hikes and walks to take to explore every corner. Don’t forget your walking shoes and your motivation. I promise, it will be worth it!
Take a break in the south of Corsica and enjoy a natural, organic interlude: let the city reveal all its secrets to you. Porto-Vecchio is home to an exceptional heritage, heavenly beaches and breathtaking panoramas of the sea and the mountains. Speaking of mountains, one activity that you must do with your teenagers is a hike on the Piscia di Ghjaddu trail (« pine waterfall » in Corsican). This trail, which takes 1:30 round trip, will lead you straight to one of the natural wonders of the region, a fascinating waterfall of 70 meters!
The Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa is a true gem of the Corsican hotel industry! Nestled on a fine sandy beach, in the heart of a private park, this five-star establishment displays a warm atmosphere of a vacation home that families love. The decoration is inspired by the bobo-chic style of the most beautiful buildings of the south. Teenagers love to stay here with their parents to enjoy a relaxing break close to nature.
Have a great family vacation!
Pernell, 25 years old, travel lover, from Angers, France