Best French language holidays for over 50’s in France

It’s never too late to learn a language. In fact, learning French in France when you’re over 50 is not only a chance to improve your language skills, but it also offers new experiences and perspectives.

Imagine practising your French in medieval villages, using your new vocabulary at the local shops and cafes, brushing shoulders with locals at the farmers’ markets.

However, learning something new or speaking another language in front of others can often be daunting, so these unique French language holidays have been specially created for 50 plus students.

This means you’ll be able to build your confidence with people similar in age, learn at a comfortable pace and, most importantly, share common interests and experiences.

What does a French language holiday involve?

Each of the holidays below includes group language lessons at a local language school, taught by qualified native French speakers. These lessons typically take place in the morning.

Some of the holidays can include cultural and social activities that have been created for you to experience the best local French culture in the area with your peers.

Here are some great options for learning French, with something for everyone. Warning: great company, cultural discovery and lots of laughs guaranteed.

Learn French in Rouen: for those who love history and culture

over 50s student study french with teacher

Why study French in Rouen?

A gorgeous town packed with museums, culture, history, cathedrals and gastronomic gems – ugh, best go for two weeks instead of one!


Stay for one or two weeks starting on specific dates in 2019 with availability opening up to every week in 2020.

If culture and history is your thing, Normandy is the place to be. This award-winning French language school has been teaching students for over 25 years and understand the importance of a relaxed friendly learning environment.

What’s more, this French course offers special social activities for you and your peers in the afternoons…

Visit the botanical gardens, learn all about Joan of Arc, join an excursion to Honfleur and much much more – all while practising your French.

Sounds like your kind of place? Click here to find out more about the school & how you can learn french in Normandy.

Learn French in Nice: for those looking to discover the Riviera and its beaches

over 50s group wine tasting in Nice bar

Why study French in Nice?

Nice has something for everyone, from the old town and easy access to the French Riviera to promenades, seafood, shopping and history.


Stay for one or two weeks starting on specific dates – one in the spring and one in the autumn.

This French language school have developed an amazing 50 plus package. Not only will you learn French, but you’ll also discover the very best of the French Riviera through guided tours, excursions and activities.

After language lessons in the friendly school, located in the Liberation-Borriglione quartier of Nice, a typical week of afternoon activities may include…

  • Monday: Tour of Nice, the Old Town and Baroque Palaces, followed by a wine and cheese tasting evening
  • Tuesday: Head to Monaco and its Old Town then on to Monte Carlo
  • Wednesday: Experience the glamour of Cannes
  • Thursday: Visit Menton, the most easterly town on the French Riviera
  • Friday: Stroll through the medieval town of Saint-Paul de Vence and its artists’ workshops

Talk about getting the most out of your language holiday! Find out more about the school & how you can learn French in Nice.

Learn French in Lyon: for those in need of a gastronomic adventure

language students having picnic in Lyon park

Why study French in Lyon?

France’s second largest city is nothing like it’s big sister. Lyon is vibrant, yet understated. With part of the city registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is full of charm minus the chaos.


Full disclosure here: this language doesn’t have specific 50 plus courses but WAIT! The reason is that many 50 plus students who visit Lyon actually prefer joining the regular courses, meaning you can join a course throughout the year.

Lyon boasts a rich cultural heritage, famous for its gastronomy scene, vineyards and more recently for its football team.

The language school is superbly situated right in the heart of the city but close to the wonderful Parc de la Tête d’Or. It’s a great place to wander or have a picnic after your French lessons.

Pam, 68, said of her time there…

“Loved the friendly casual atmosphere and that the teachers allow you to participate without judgement. They were professional and kept the learning going. I wanted to see how it was and am definitely thinking of going back as the family I stayed with were fantastic. They really made the package!”

Like the sound of that? Click here to find out how you can learn French in Lyon.

Which one would be your top choice?

If age is just a number to you, then you’re more than welcome to join any of our French language courses throughout the year.

Find out more information about where you can learn French in French here.