Winter Holidays in Provence
Your holiday in Provence
The February holidays are coming up fast and if you've decided to visit Marseille, Arles or Aix-en-Provence rather than go skiing this year, our special winter holiday activity and excursion guide is designed to keep your little cherubs happy! It's always the same when the school holidays come around: we need to entertain the kids and sometimes we just don't know how. No worries! Our guide offers plenty of ideas for keeping them busy, even in winter, with animal parks and educational farms, thrills and spills at the local amusement parks and treetop adventure parks and friendly-priced excursions with the My Provence Pass. And to ensure the grown-ups have fun too, the guide guarantees you a breath of fresh air as you explore the scenery of Provence, together with turnkey sightseeing tours and a selection of 100% family-oriented accommodation. Ready for a winter holiday in the Bouches-du-Rhône? It's simple and stunning!
Talk with the animals
Make the most of the February holidays to make some new friends… Some furry ones! If you'd like your children to learn more about protecting the environment and nature, why not take them to visit an educational farm in Provence and introduce them to goat milking and animal care? You'll be sure to have a fab time too! And if you fancy something a little wilder, Barben Zoo and the Pont de Gau Ornithological Park will delight all the family
A visit to Barben Zoo
Pink flamingos in Camargue
Thrills, spills and plenty of laughter at the local amusement parks and treetop adventure parks
If you're holidaying in the Bouches-du-Rhône, don't miss our exciting theme parks and amusement parks. Whether indoors or outdoors, they are the perfect place for your kids to run, jump, slide and generally have a ball, with a great choice of fun attractions for all ages. If you're looking for some extra thrills, head along to the Bouches-du-Rhône's two amusement parks, or if you want to lost them altogether, try the Parc des Labyrinthes maze park in La Roque d’Anthéron – just kidding! Daredevils will love playing Tarzan at one of Provence's treetop adventure parks: a sporting challenge with ziplines, lifelines and climbing in a pretty forest environment. But who will be the most exhausted at the end of the day – you or the kids?
Thrilling adventures at Provence's treetop adventure parks
Enjoy some fun tours with the My Provence Pass
If you live in the Bouches-du-Rhône and possess the My Provence Pass, make the most of the winter holidays to take the kids on some fun outings at mini prices for all the family. With the My Provence Pass, you benefit from 1 free ticket for every ticket purchased. Our winter holiday activity suggestions include:
The Musée Provençal des Transports, where you can enjoy a ride in a scenic train through the Aix countryside.
The Musée de la Mine, for a full immersion into the mining world, including a team treasure hunt.
The Confiserie du Roy René, where you can make your own Calisson candies (a local speciality!).
The Fondation Vasarely, to take part in an art workshop.
Make the most of the February holidays to visit the Calisson candy factory and learn how to make your own candies!
In the footsteps of My Provence: a selection of turnkey family itineraries
Don't know what to do next? My Provence has concocted a series of turnkey itineraries for all the family! The My Provence sightseeing itineraries are a great way to (re)discover the scenery and towns of Provence. Whether you're visiting for a half day or full day, spending a weekend in the Bouches-du-Rhône or an entire holiday in Provence, just follow the guide and enjoy our detailed, step-by-step itineraries for guaranteed delightful memories to take back home.
Where to stay with children in the Bouches-du-Rhône?
The holidays are the one time of year when we get to make the most of our kids, so bring along the whole clan! You can opt for a city break in Marseille at a hotel, or rent a holiday cottage with plenty of space for your children's friends too. My Provence has selected three family-style holiday establishments in the Bouches-du-Rhône, ideally located for visiting the villages of Provence.
Fanny offers guests a warm welcome at her 150 m2 country house in Rognes in the heart of Provence. Standing in 2000 m2 grounds, this beautiful house boasts picturesque scenery, high-end services and a delightful, fully-fitted playhouse for the kids. An ideally-situated holiday rental for touring Provence in all seasons!
Fancy visiting Marseille with the kids to show them the Calanques fjords and islands, Basilica, Cannebière main thoroughfare, Old Port and lots more? Book a room at the Alex Hôtel, a modern boutique hotel offering family suites, located a stone's throw from the Marseille-Saint-Charles TGV railway station. Handy!
Make the most of the February holidays to catch a rare front seat view of pink flamingos strutting their stuff at the Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau, then hop on a bicycle to enjoy a ride along the wetlands. If you're spending a night or two in Camargue, we recommend Mas du Colvert – a family-style B&B set in wild countryside and offering a myriad of activities for every age!
La Bastide de Fanny: a high-end family holiday rental ideally located in Provence
Sleep at the hotel during your February holidays in Marseille
A breath of fresh air in the landscapes of Provence
Make the most of Provence's stunning scenery and wide open spaces during the winter holidays. The beaches are empty at this time of year and places such as the 10-km Plage Napoléon are perfect for a game of football or kite-flying! Alternatively, the Grande Plage in La Ciotat is ideal for a birthday celebration and building sand castles... Whatever you choose to do, a breath of sea air will invigorate all the family! Don't miss the stunning and well-maintained coastal footpaths running along the Côte Bleue coast, or take the kids to visit the Bouches-du-Rhône's 3 nature reserves. You will find all our walking itineraries in the guide!
Enjoy a breath of sea air during your holiday in Provence with a walk along the beautiful coastal footpath
A game of football or simple stroll on the beach in winter: a real pleasure for all the family
A cultural winter holiday
The February holidays in Provence are also the perfect time to lap up some culture with all the family. The local museums and cinemas offer plenty of entertainment and you can even sign your kids up for an art workshop! Discover our hand-picked selection of cultural activities and events for kids during the **February holidays **in Provence with My Provence Culture – the Bouches-du-Rhône's official culture magazine.
Our recommendations to fully enjoy the Nomadic European Biennial
Manifesta will take place for the first time in France, in Marseille from the 28th of August until the 29th of November 2020. The Nomadic European Biennial will also extend to the whole Region Sud. Enjoy an arty stay in Provence !
The "Sentier Provence, mines d'énergies" (Provence Energy Mine Trail) is a new GR® long-distance footpath crossing 14 towns in the Pays d’Aix and Pays d’Aubagne areas. The trail is divided into 3 itineraries (42 km, 45 km and 66 km) and also includes 13 local loops.
From the producer to the bag
What's the best thing to bring back from your holiday in Provence? And what souvenir from the South should we take if we're visiting friends or family elsewhere? We won't be offering you a classic little tour of the souvenir shops this time, so let's head off to meet the local producers and craftspeople instead!
" Place your bets ! "
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Get a new angle on Port-Saint-Louis !
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Special itineraries and guides for touring the Bouches-du-Rhône by bike!
Time to eat outside
Picnics are a great way to escape from routine and spend some quality time with friends, family or your partner. Whether you opt for the seaside, a park or vineyard, they are an ode to simple pleasures and sharing.