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Summer travel tips for families: How to avoid the crowds and make the most of it?

Categories : Where to go out?, Where to go for a walk?, Water activities, published on : 5/27/24

Sanary-sur-Mer, a pearl of the French Riviera, stands proudly as a popular summer destination, attracting travelers in search of sun, sea and adventure every year. Nestled between the azure waters of the Mediterranean and the verdant hills of Provence, this charming seaside town offers an intoxicating mix of culture, relaxation and adventure. At the heart of this idyllic setting is the Holidays and Work Hotel, an iconic establishment that perfectly embodies the essence of southern hospitality.

Sanary-sur-Mer: A popular summer destination

As soon as you set your sights on Sanary-sur-Mer, you are seduced by its picturesque charm and its captivating atmosphere. The narrow streets lined with colorful facades, the lively markets where the intoxicating scents of local products float in the air, and of course, the golden sandy beaches bathed by the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, make this city a true gem of the Riviera.
In the heart of this enchanting destination proudly stands the Holidays and Work Hotel, a welcoming establishment that offers a peaceful refuge to travelers seeking comfort and authenticity. Located near the picturesque port of Sanary-sur-Mer and the region's main attractions, this hotel stands out for its warm ambiance, attentive service and modern facilities. Whether for a business trip or a family getaway, the Holidays and Work Hotel is the ideal address to discover the wonders of the Côte d'Azur.
We aim to guide you through the mazes of Sanary-sur-Mer during the summer, providing you with sound advice to avoid the crowds and make the most of your stay. Whether you're looking for tranquility on the beaches, outdoor adventures or gastronomic discoveries, we've put together a series of practical recommendations to make your summer getaway unforgettable. So, get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere of Sanary-sur-Mer and experience an unforgettable family vacation.

Advance planning - Importance of planning summer vacations in advance for families

Summer is a popular time for family trips, and Sanary-sur-Mer is no exception. The beaches fill up quickly, the streets are adorned with enthusiastic visitors and the activities are often crowded. This is why it is essential to plan your summer getaway in advance to avoid disappointment and fully enjoy your stay.

Choice of dates - Tips for Choosing the Best Travel Dates

To avoid crowds and fully enjoy your stay in Sanary-sur-Mer, the choice of travel dates is of capital importance. Preferably opt for the end of spring or the beginning of autumn, periods when temperatures are pleasant and tourist flows are less important. By avoiding the months of July and August, traditionally busier due to the summer holidays, you will have the opportunity to discover the city in a more peaceful and authentic atmosphere.

Advantages of traveling outside school holidays

If your family obligations allow it, choose periods outside of school holidays for your getaway to Sanary-sur-Mer. By avoiding peaks in attendance linked to school holidays, you will benefit from cheaper rates for both accommodation and activities, and you will have more space to move around and explore the city at your own pace. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to interact with local residents and experience the daily life of Sanary-sur-Mer in a more authentic way.

Discover lesser-known attractions - Presentation of less frequented sites

Sanary-sur-Mer is full of hidden treasures and less frequented sites that are well worth discovering. Among these little-known gems, we include the Jardin Exotique du Rayol, a true botanical paradise located a few kilometers from the city, offering a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean and home to varied and exotic flora. History lovers will also be delighted by the discovery of Fort de Brégançon, a former presidential residence nestled on an island off the coast of Sanary-sur-Mer, offering a journey back in time through its ramparts and lush gardens.

Tips for discovering places off the beaten track

For a more authentic and immersive experience, don't hesitate to get off the beaten track and explore the less touristy areas of Sanary-sur-Mer. Stroll through the picturesque streets of the Petit Barry district, where charming traditional houses and small shaded squares are ideal for relaxing. Take the hiking trails of the Sainte-Baume Regional Natural Park for a nature getaway far from the urban hustle and bustle, or set off to discover the hilltop villages of the Provençal hinterland, where time seems to have stood still. By venturing off the beaten track, you will have the opportunity to discover the true essence of Sanary-sur-Mer and experience unique and memorable moments with your family.

Family activity planning - Family activity suggestions

Sanary-sur-Mer offers a multitude of family activities, often little-known but just as entertaining as the region's main attractions. For a day of family adventure, why not explore the Cedar Forest Adventure Park? Nestled in the heart of a lush forest, this park offers treetop adventure courses suitable for all levels, guaranteeing thrills and unforgettable memories for young and old.
For an enriching cultural experience, be sure to visit the Frédéric Dumas Museum, dedicated to the fascinating history of scuba diving and the exploration of the seabed. Children will be captivated by the interactive exhibitions and collections of unusual objects, while adults will appreciate the rich maritime heritage of the region.

Recommendations for less crowded outdoor excursions or water activities

If you want to escape the crowds and enjoy the natural beauty of Sanary-sur-Mer, opt for outdoor excursions or less crowded water activities. Rent bikes and explore the cycle paths that wind along the coast, offering spectacular views of the sea and surrounding landscapes. For a more unusual experience, board a sea kayak and explore secret coves and hidden caves along the coast, in the company of an experienced guide.

For a relaxing day with the family, rent a boat and go on an excursion to the islands of Porquerolles or Port-Cros, preserved jewels of the Mediterranean where time seems to have stood still. There you can discover secluded beaches, snorkel in crystal clear waters and enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature, far from the tourist hustle and bustle.

Exploring less crowded beaches - Finding less crowded beaches

Although Sanary-sur-Mer is renowned for its magnificent beaches, some are less crowded than others, offering families the opportunity to enjoy the sea in peace. Beaucours Beach, for example, is a little corner of paradise nestled at the foot of the cliffs, far from the hustle and bustle of the main beaches. With its fine sand and turquoise water, it is the ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries as a family.
Another lesser known but equally attractive option, Plage de la Gorguette is a true haven of peace where a peaceful and authentic atmosphere reigns. Bordered by a fragrant pine forest, this preserved beach offers an idyllic setting for a lazy day under the Côte d'Azur sun.

Avoid peak hours at the most popular beaches

To fully enjoy Sanary-sur-Mer's most popular beaches without being overwhelmed by the crowds, it is advisable to plan your visit outside of peak hours. Choose the mornings and late afternoons, when the beach is less crowded and you can fully enjoy the sea and the sun in a more peaceful setting. Also consider exploring the region's lesser-known beaches, which often offer the same charms as the main beaches but with fewer crowds. By following these tips, you will be able to make the most of your seaside stay in Sanary-sur-Mer with your family, avoiding the crowds and creating unforgettable memories.

Discovery of local gastronomy

Sanary-sur-Mer is full of culinary treasures, and although some restaurants popular with tourists offer an authentic experience, there are also lesser-known but equally delicious addresses. For a total immersion in local gastronomy, discover the neighborhood restaurants frequented by locals, where you can enjoy traditional dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal produce. The Restaurant Le Grand Bleu, located by the sea, is one of those confidential addresses where Provençal cuisine is in the spotlight, in a friendly and warm setting.
To fully enjoy the local cuisine while avoiding crowded places, choose off-peak times for your meals, such as midweek lunch or early evening dinner. Opt for restaurants located away from tourist areas, where prices are often more affordable and the atmosphere more authentic. Do not hesitate to ask for recommendations from the locals or the staff of the Holidays and Work Hotel, who will be delighted to help you discover their favorite addresses and the hidden treasures of local gastronomy.

Traveling with family to Sanary-sur-Mer in the summer can be an unforgettable experience, provided you plan your stay well and follow some wise advice. By choosing the right travel dates, exploring less-crowded sites, enjoying outdoor activities and discovering authentic local gastronomy, you can avoid the crowds and maximize the enjoyment of your French Riviera getaway.
We hope that this article has been useful to you in planning your trip to Sanary-sur-Mer and that you will keep memorable memories with your family. For an even more exceptional experience, we encourage you to book a stay at the Holidays and Work Hotel, where our dedicated team will be on hand to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. May your adventure in Sanary-sur-Mer be filled with discoveries, relaxation and family happiness!