Fun ways to learn about France’s culture and history
You can’t go far in France without tripping over a building or region shouting the country’s rich cultural heritage. And even your kids will enjoy learning about its history, architecture, art and geography when they see the amazing buildings and scenery in real life – much more exciting than a schoolbook!
D-Day beaches near Domaine de Litteau campsite in Normandy
If you’re on holiday at our Domaine de Litteau campsite in Normandy, don’t miss the nearby beaches where British, Canadian and American armies carried out the largest military operation in history: D-Day. On 6 June, 1944, the Allies finally gained a foothold in France – a major turning point in World War II. Kids will love checking out battle remains, while the museums and monuments will help you answer all their questions…
Magical castles in Brittany and Loire Valley
Just a little further south – and an ideal stop-off if you’re driving down to our Brittany campsite Domaine de Kerlann – is Mont-Saint-Michel. This rocky island is home to an 11th-century abbey that seems to float in the air like a magic castle at high tide. Climb up the winding streets and see if you can find the section of the abbey nicknamed The Marvel because it’s so high and carefully balanced.
Further down the Atlantic coast, you’ll find our Domaine de Dugny holiday park, nestled in the breathtaking Loire Valley with its famous châteaux. Here, you have hundreds of castles to explore, as well as their stunning gardens.
Ancient lighthouses in Charente Maritime
If you’re staying at one of our holiday parks in Charente-Maritime – La Pignade, Les Charmettes or Bonne Anse Plage – see who’s the fittest member of the family by climbing some of the lighthouses (phares in French) off its coast.
On the Ile de Ré, you can hike or cycle to the 150-year-old Phare des Baleines (Lighthouse of the Whales). You’ll have to climb 250 steps to the top but you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic view. In fact, you’ll be able to see the nearby Ile d’Oléron’s lighthouse, the Phare de Chassirons, first built in 1685 to save sailors from a treacherous stretch of water. The current building dates from 1834 and has a spiral staircase with 224 steps.
But the oldest lighthouse in France is the Phare de Cordouan, just off the coast of Royan. At 68 metres high, it’s known as the King of the Lighthouses and sits on a rocky islet 7km from the coast. It dates from 1611 – it’s the oldest lighthouse in France – and is still in use today.
Medieval ruins in Languedoc
An unmissable day trip from our Lac des Rêves campsite in the Languedoc is to Nîmes. The kids (and older Horrible Histories fans) will love exploring the 53 watchtowers and fortifications of this medieval walled city – you can even tour a 12th-century fortress, Château Comtal!
Obviously, this is just a glance at what there is to visit when you holiday with Siblu. Whichever campsite you choose, you’ll never run out of things to discover!
Siblu campsites with heritage hotspots
Les Charmettes **** Charente Maritime
Le Lac des Rêves **** Languedoc
Bonne Anse Plage **** Charente Maritime
Domaine de Dugny **** Loire Valley
Domaine de Kerlann **** Brittany
La Pignade **** Charente Maritime
Domaine de Litteau **** Normandy