Posted on 01 March 2011 by Dan Johnson
While France’s natural wildlife might not set the heart racing, the country is home to some of the world’s best zoos and aquariums.
So if you want a family camping holiday in France, packed with activities, big pool complexes, dynamic children’s clubs, some of the best beaches in France, and the chance to feed popcorn to giraffes, choose a stay at one of these holiday villages with siblu.
Beauval is home to over 4,000 animals and the zoo has been described as one of the world’s 15 best. It has the largest elephant plain in France, an African Savannah with over 80 animals, one of the biggest sea-lion swimming pools in Europe and rare breeds including white lions and white tigers.
Where to stay: Domaine de Dugny is on the northern bank of the Loire river, close to many stunning chateaux. There is a pool complex, free children’s clubs, adventure playground, bike hire and fishing available. Seven-nights from 17 July starts from only £874, including a saving of £88 for bookings made before 28 March.
La Palmyre zoo
La Palmyre zoo is one of the biggest in Europe with 1,600 animals from across the world. It has a strong conservation programme and runs breeding programmes for endangered species, but children will be much more interested by how close they can get to many of the animals.
There are stalls selling snacks which you can feed to the animals, getting you really near to elephants, giraffes and zebras. Children will also love watching the polar bears swimming through their glass-walled tank, the parrot and sealion shows, the baby monkeys and the extrovert meercats who love to play up to an audience.
Where to stay: La Pignade is a scenic siblu village surrounded by woodland stretching to the nearby beach. There is a covered pool, horse-riding school and free children’s clubs. Seven-nights from 24 July starts from only £1,046, including a saving of £116 for bookings before 28 March.
Oceanopolis sea life centre
Oceanopolis, on the outskirts of Brest, is a high-tech sea-life centre with Europe’s largest marine aquarium. It contains polar, tropical and temperate zones dedicated to a huge amount of sealife. The tropical zone is the most impressive and has species including sharks and large sea turtles which you can see at close quarter from walk through tanks.
The polar zone is the smallest but has fascinating attractions including a penguin colony, a pack of ice seals and impressive giant crabs. There’s also an atmospheric movie shot from of a research ship crossing a polar ice flow.
Where to stay: Domaine de Kerlann is a four-star holiday siblu village in southern Brittany. It is a great base for exploring and has free children’s clubs, indoor and outdoor pools, a fantastic splash zone and multi-sports pitches. Seven-nights from 31 July starts from only £1,053, including a saving of £285 for bookings before 28 March.
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