Discover the best day trips from Marseille that you can take with your kids. You will also find many precious tips to enjoy your family trip in Provence at the fullest!
Marseille and the region of Provence are full of hidden places that are perfect for a family trip with kids. That’s why I love running kid-friendly tours of Marseille and providing families with great tips to visit the region. Keep reading to discover my personal list of the best places to enjoy a day trip from Marseille with your little explorers.
TOP 5 DAY TRIPS FROM MARSEILLE TO EXPLORE WITH YOUR KIDS
Named the European Capital of Culture in 2000, Avignon is a great getaway for all those families who appreciate culture. In fact, Avignon is the city where, in the 14th century, the popes fled to. In order to accommodate the popes of the time, a magnificent palace was built: the Palace of the Popes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is really worth a visit. If your kids and history lovers, they will absolutely love it. If not, they will surely appreciate the majesty of the gothic palace.
After a visit to the Palace of Popes, stop at La Cour d’honneur for a great lunch for both adults and children (kids menu available).
Arles is mostly famous for its strong link to Vincent Van Gogh. In fact, Arles is the place where Van Gogh took inspiration to paint some his most iconic works. You can follow the itinerary created by the tourism office of Arles to spot the places he painted. If you want to match art with history, keep in mind that in Arles you can also see many incredible Ancient Rome ruins, such as: the amphitheater (inspired by the Colosseum of Rome) and the Ancient Theatre, which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
To enjoy an unforgettable lunch in Arles, head to La Chassagnette, a French Michelin starred restaurant that serves incredible dishes for all tastes (vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available).
The town of Sault, with its charming houses perched on a small hill, is a place worth a visit in its own right. However, most people come here to see the lavender fields, that from mid-June until the end of July, when they are blooming, give you the chance to enjoy breathtaking purple, violet and blue lavender views.
If you want to have a lunch break in a place that serves genuine food at the foot of Mont Ventoux, in the heart of the lavender fields, Ferme Auberge la Maguette is the place to go.
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This charming Provençal town is one of the hidden gems of the region. What makes it so worth seeing is the overall artistic atmosphere, a legacy of the painter Cézanne, where the artist was born.
And what’s better than a TAPSYlicious restaurant to have a lunch break after sightseeing? I am talking about Patacrêpe, a French restaurant that serves delicious sweet and savoury crêpes in a kid-friendly location well equipped with baby facilities!
If you come to St Remy, don’t forget to visit Saint Paul Monastery (Saint-Paul de Mausole in French), the place where Vincent Van Gogh stayed for one year enjoying the amazing lavender field that surrounds the place. Another place that you can’t miss is Glanum archaeological site, where you can still see the remains of the city at the time of the Roman Empire.
Another Michelin star is served at the gourmet restaurant of L’Auberge de Saint-Rémy. You can come here for lunch and stay for the night if you what to enjoy another day in St Remy.