Family getaways in France’s most beautiful cities

Want to (re) discover Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nice or Lille with your clan? Great idea! All these cities are well suited to adults and children alike. To ensure you get the most from your stay, the ideally-situated Novotel and Mercure hotels have thought of everything. So – don’t delay and book today!

Have fun on the docks in Bordeaux

By bike, scooter, rollerblades, skateboard, stroller or on foot… enjoy the seven-kilometre course along the refurbished quays of the Port de la Lune, on the banks of the Garonne. The grassy lawns on Bordeaux’s right bank are perfect for picnicking, with a break at the charming Botanic Garden. On the left bank, the city’s UNESCO-listed architecture is laid out in all its splendour. You’re guaranteed to delight the kids with the Miroir d’Eau, the world’s largest water feature, where little legs will love the wading and splashing. Fortunately, the hotel isn’t far away…
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Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons (External link)

Surprise yourself in Lille

In the park surrounding Lille’s mighty citadel, built by Vauban, you can play hide and seek and explore the ramparts, which are also home to a zoo. You might even run into a wolf! It’ll take a few plates of chips to recover from all that adrenaline. In the alleys of Old Lille, traditional ‘estaminets’ offer hearty portions alongside board games – finally the kids are allowed to play with their food. Save room for a delicious vanilla waffle from Meert, the local speciality.
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Mercure Lille Center Old Lille (External link)

Refuel in Paris

It’s impossible to be bored in Paris with your family – you’re spoilt for choice of iconic landmarks, beautiful museums and large gardens. You have to narrow it down somehow, so you’re best booking a centrally-located hotel – and the district of Les Halles, with Beaubourg and the Forum moments away, is ideal. The Marais isn’t far from here either, nor are the Tuileries gardens. Don’t miss the recently reopened Jardin d'Acclimatation (accessible direct on Metro line 1). And in the Bois de Boulogne, with its 40 attractions (the Enchanted River, the Little Train, the distorting Mirrors and new rollercoasters), there’s a great atmosphere for all ages.
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Novotel Paris Les Halles (External link)

Play pirates in Marseille

From here, you’re just a tram or Metro ride from the Mediterranean with its beautiful beaches and creeks. After checking out of the Novotel, you can hop straight on a mini cruise from the Old Port, heading out to the Frioul islands and the mysterious Chateau d’If. If you dread seasickness, take the small tourist train that climbs up to Notre-Dame de la Garde – from which the views are spectacular. You’ll see the MuCEM in the foreground, and the Stade Vélodrome, instantly recognisable under its vast white metal canopy and a must-visit for football fans.
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The Novotel Marseille Vieux-Port (External link)

Go back in time in Nice

Imagine wandering around Old Nice eating an ice cream from Fenocchio. Lavender, violet, poppy, rose or olive… its ice creams are considered the best on the Côte d'Azur. Then head to the famous flower market to buy a bouquet for your mum. Climb up to the Parc du Château for the most beautiful view of the Promenade des Anglais, where your hotel is. Then take a time machine to the Gallo-Roman site of Cimiez with its arenas, thermal baths and museum with excavation area – you always learn more when you’re having fun!
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Mercure Nice Promenade des Anglais (External link)

Expand your knowledge in Lyon

Your little heroes will feel like they’re in an episode of Star Wars here, in Lyon’s quirky spaceship at the Musée des Confluences, situated close to the Novotel. But it’s an educational place too – there’s an entire programme devoted to the fascinating history of Earth and humanity. After this they can blow off steam in the Parc de la Tête d’Or, a sure bet with its zoo, botanic garden, theatre and lake, ideal for pedalo rides.
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Novotel Lyon Confluence (External link)

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