January 16, 2015

Monaco by night

This January, I'm finding it really difficult to get out of the winter slump, so I've decided to pack up the family and take the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle for a weekend trip away. Whilst the north of France is just a short journey across the Channel, the warmer temperatures to the south have persuaded us to take that extra step! January is one of the best times to plan a holiday, as prices are lower and there are often fewer crowds. If you can't get away just yet, plan ahead, and check out some of Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's summer holiday deals.

Day trip escapes to France

You can pack a fun day trip with the family to Boulogne-sur-Mer with activities revolving around the city's history and culture, which serves as a great way to keep the kids entertained when it's too cold for the beach. Boulogne is just 30 minutes from Calais by car, so you'll have the whole day to explore the area, and even time to drive through the scenic Côte d'Opale. The city is teeming with architecture to admire and museums to visit, such as the historic Vieille Ville and the city castle. In the old town you'll find the Basilica of Notre Dame, which is famous for its beautiful altar and 83-metre dome.

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Boulogne-sur-Mer

Whilst it might be a little too chilly for the beach, a trip to the National Sea Centre just north of Boulogne is sure to entertain the family. You'll get the chance to see an array of sea life and even pet stingrays in the touch tank! If you're willing to travel a little further, Belgium is just an hour's drive from Calais, and the northern coast on the way to Bruges is home to some charming towns where you can get a taste of authentic Belgian life.

Enjoy a sunny weekend away

When planning a long weekend away, I like to fill our family trips with some variety. With this in mind, a road trip from Nice to Monaco, which boasts warmer climates and scenic surroundings, will make you forget the cold weather at home! With its fantastic restaurants and stunning architectural history, Nice is not only a beautiful place to visit but practical too, with so many places to see just outside the city, so a scenic drive or train journey along the coast is a must. If your family loves walking, then head the town of Èze, which lies to the east, and has some wonderful hiking spots, as well as a great walk through the medieval village.

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Fontaine de la Place Masséna in Nice

Venture just 20km inland from Nice and find yourself in the beautiful countryside that many locals choose as their holiday destination. Known as Arrière-Pays Niçois, this is an ideal part of France to visit if you have your own car, and is a lovely place to pass through if you're seeking stunning and tranquil natural surroundings. Just half an hour's drive along the coastal roads from Nice, and you'll arrive in Monaco. There are many fun outdoor activities, like golf and tennis, to enjoy, and the stylish Principality has several groomed parks that serve as peaceful retreats. My whole family enjoy the Musée Océanographique de Monaco, and throughout January to March you'll be able to visit the Monaco open air ice rink. It's even a good idea to check out the local day tours that show you around the area in small groups. Kids will enjoy watching the changing of the guards at the Prince's Palace, too!

Be spontaneous!

If you're planning a day trip with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle , don't miss our day trip return ticket promotion. It's never been easier to plan a last-minute getaway with just a 35-minute journey across the Channel.

Photo Credits:
Boulogne-sur-Mer @ Les Haines on Flickr
Fontaine de la Place Masséna in Nice @ stephane martin on Flickr
Monaco by night @ Luca Galli on Flickr

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