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Where to take your kids on holiday according to their age

We only get 18 summers with our kids. So, it begs to question: how do we make the most out of the time we have?

We only get 18 summers with our kids. So, it begs to question: how do we make the most out of the time we have? Travelling as a family is an adventure (to say the least), and it’s also a much needed pause from the stresses of everyday life. 

However, when going on holiday, you would like to be more than certain that the holiday destination and house is adapted to the children’s needs. We get it. There isn’t one destination or house that fits all ages of children.

So, to make holiday planning easier on you, we’ve listed below the best destinations, adventures and houses to take your kids to according to their age. 

To make things easier, just click on the age of your children below to find the perfect holiday for your family:

  1. Ages 0 to 4 years old
  2. Ages 5 to 8 years old
  3. Ages 9 to 11 years old
  4. Ages 12 to 15 years old
  5. Ages 16 to 18 years old

Ages 0 to 4 years old

The destination 
 

The younger the kids are, the more portable they are. The Luberon is a laid-back, always adventurous destination that suits the tiniest of babies to the most rambunctious of toddlers. It is quite easy to hop in a car and take day trips all around the region if you are looking to explore the sites without tiring out your young one(s).

The adventure

The Camargues is a sprawling wetland and natural park just south of Arles. The little ones will especially love wildlife spotting the flamingos, white horses and black bulls as they prance about the Camargues’ golden prairies occupied by real life cowboys.

The perfect house

A modern glass abode with vibrant pops of color in every room, Villa Corail is a little child’s dream house. Toys, board games and stuffed animals overflow from the play room to the ultra-60s living room. As spacious as it is kid-proof, this house is a staple if you are travelling with many young children.

Ages 5 to 8 years old

The destination

About an hour and a half from Bordeaux,  Cap Ferret make us feel as if we are on the Northern California coast. Tall pines line the winding country roads, and the peaceful bassin rises and falls with the tides. It’s here where we live the good life between dips in the sea and licking ice cream. The region’s stunning Dune of Pilat is also the largest sand castle the kids will ever see.

The adventure 

A life size treasure hunt aboard an ancient pirate ship is sure to stir their wild imagination. Just off the coast of Saint Tropez, the kids can follow legendary clues down into the very bottom of a sunken ship: where a special bounty awaits them. 

The perfect house 

Villa Liette is surrounded by an acre of forest and only minutes from Es Torrent beach in Ibiza. The house boasts a children’s park that rivals that of Disney! Huge slides, a trampoline, two miniature wooden houses and a rock-climbing wall are just some of the activities kids will explore. At Villa Liette, the kids will never run out of things to do and adventures to see.

Ages 9 to 11 years old

The destination

Let’s be honest, it can be hard to please children. However, taking your food-loving child to Italy will surely appease their appetite with the best gelato, pizza and pasta in the world. The region of Tuscany is wonderful because children can get a taste of history through visiting its world-renowned art museums and medieval heritage sites.
 
 

The adventure 

In summertime, many villages throughout Tuscany host medieval re-enactments and festivals. What better way to teach kids about history than actually taking a step back in time? The best medieval festivals take place in Volterra, Pontremoli and Montepulciano. The kids will especially love watching the exciting Palio horse race in Siena (and eating a bunch of pasta afterward, of course.) 

The perfect house

Villa Aranciata, in Sicily, is surrounded by organic orange groves and ancient ruins. The kids can spend whole days splashing about in the pool and exploring the surrounding nature by bike. The house also boasts a real pizza oven, so the kids can enjoy a pizza- making party guided by an Italian chef. Bon appetito !

Ages 12 to 15 years old

The destination 

Only 2 hours from Paris, Normandy is a popular destination for families. With its vast array of stunning sea landscapes and charming seaside towns, it’s also perfect for children who love history and fairytales. The kids will enjoy stopping in Honfleur to visit one of the most beautiful medieval ports in all of France. Furthermore, don’t forget to stop off at Trouville and Deauville for some much needed beach time.

The adventure 

Adventure-seeking teens will be thrilled when taking a private free-ride lesson on the snow covered flanks of volcano Mount Etna. With a free-ride champion as their coach, they will be dazzled by the incredible Sicilian views as well as the adrenaline rush that comes with this gravity-defying extreme sport. 

The perfect house 

Villa Foia is made for enjoying the great outdoors with family. Adventurous kids can dive into the infinity pool, stretch out on the hammock, rock gently on the swing or play a game on the volleyball court. In the evening, take the kids on a walk through the Comporta sand dunes. Or, go on a horseback ride as a family across the region’s many gold sand beaches.

Ages 16 to 18 years old

The destination 

Marrakech can often feel like another world all together.  For older teenagers who are looking to experience another culture, taking them to the ochre city can be a colorful experience. However, we recommend taking your children to Marrakech when they are older and able to appreciate the wide array of rich cultural experiences. 

The adventure 

For outdoor explorers, rent mountain bikes to tour the arid valleys of the nearby Atlas Mountains with an experienced guide. If the kids prefer to explore the desert, hop on the back of a 4 wheeler (or a camel) to reach the middle of the pink Saharan desert for an unforgettable Moroccan dinner and bonfire under the night sky filled with thousands of twinkling stars.

The perfect house 

Villa Sawira, just a few hours from Marrakech, is a wellness retreat situated directly on the beach in Essaouira. Between morning yoga on the terrace and learning to surf in the ocean, it’s an active teenager’s dream come true. Original Moroccan architecture and bohemian Riad style is accented by the desert vegetation that surrounds this pared down compound. Wellness packages are also included in the stay.