Family-Friendly Adventure Holidays

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Whether you’re looking for mountains, wildlife or thrills, there are plenty of ways to get active with the kids with one of these affordable family adventure holidays in Europe.

Kayaking in Croatia

Croatia’s main attraction has to be its coast. Sparklingly clear waters in gemstone colours are peppered with islands large and small. The best way to discover them? A self-propelled micro adventure around the islands by way of a kayak. Discover hidden coves, deserted beaches, island ruins and sunken shipwrecks. Specialist sea kayaking tours are available for families that prefer a guide, with some offering pickups from Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar.

How to get there

EasyJet flies to Dubrovnik and Split from several major UK airports, while Ryanair flies to Zadar. All three airports are served by low cost shuttle buses, affordable private taxis and minibuses for larger families, all of which can be booked in advance.

Skiing in Austria

Austria’s chocolate-box ski resorts, built up around picturesque farming villages, are ideal for novice skiers. Not only that, but several of its resorts offer guaranteed snow throughout the season, making it easier to get away during the school holidays. Obergurgl is a perfect example, and only a one-hour transfer from neighbouring Innsbruck. Mayrhofen is another top choice, notably for its ski kindergartens and beginner-friendly slopes.

How to get there

British Airways and easyJet fly to Innsbruck from London, Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow. From Innsbruck it’s only a short ski transfer to either resort.

Rock Climbing in Spain

The Costa Blanca may be named after its spotless white sand beach, but the name could easily refer to the expanses of limestone that can be found everywhere. It’s no wonder that the area is a popular rock climbing destination. Add to that the availability of cheap flights, a choice of accommodation and year-round good weather and you’ve got an excellent spot for a family adventure holiday.

How to get there

Alicante Airport provides easy access to the whole length of the Costa Blanca. British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and other airlines all offer year-round flights.

Surfing in Portugal

It’s a little-known fact, but Portugal actually owns the record for the largest wave ever surfed. Regularly attracting some of the most experienced surfers in the world, Portugal is also a great place to learn to surf. During the summer months, when waves are smaller, surf schools all around the coast offer lessons to beginners both young and old. Try a surf school in the Algarve, a very family-friendly holiday destination with purpose-built resorts complete with lots of facilities.

How to get there

The easiest way around the Algarve is with a direct flight to Faro, followed by a low-cost shuttle or private transfer direct to your resort. Non-stop flights are available from most major UK airports.

Cycling in Majorca

Majorca is something of a cycling Mecca. Its quiet but dramatic mountain roads, offering views of the surrounding Tramuntana mountain range, are perfect for seeing by bike. If you’re looking for something a little easier on the legs, the picturesque Soller valley is accessible for all riders. Road, mountain, electric and kids’ bikes are all available to hire locally. Book a guided tour for the family to get your bearings, before heading out to explore the island further.

How to get there

Flights to Majorca (Palma Airport) are only 2.5 hours from London. From there, the best option to skip the queues of holidaymakers is with a pre-booked airport transfer, ready and waiting on your arrival.

Hiking in Tenerife

Easily one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations, Tenerife is also a hiking paradise. Whether you stay in the south, in a popular beach resorts, or the north, in a traditional island towns, there are a huge range of trails to choose. The famous Teide National Park has several that take between one and three hours to complete.  Another kid-friendly option is the Anaga Rural Park, where cool walks can be taken through the ancient laurel forests.

How to get there

The majority of low cost flights land at Tenerife South Airport. From here you can get a private transfer or shuttle to beach resorts in the south or towns in the north.

Horse Riding in Iceland

While Iceland is best known for its… ice, there are plenty of reasons to visit during the warmer months. The island positively bursts into life come spring, when an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife emerges. And the best way to cross the unspoiled, otherwise inaccessible landscapes is on the back of the gentle Icelandic horse. Take the family on a cross-island adventure full of roaring waterfalls, glaciers and explosive geysers.

How to get there

Several low-cost airlines, including Wizz Air and easyJet, fly to Reykjavik Airport. From here you can get a transfer to the city centre and to other towns in Iceland.

Snorkelling in Cyprus

Snorkelling is a great way to explore beneath the waves without the costs of learning to scuba dive. It’s also a very child-friendly activity that can be done on any beach holiday. Cyprus, however, is one of the very best locations in Europe for spotting colourful fish and exciting marine life. If you’re lucky, you may even see a green sea turtle! At the very least you’ll find coral reefs and plenty of fish in waters around Akamas, Ayia Napa and Limassol.

How to get there

Larnaca is the main international airport in Cyprus, served by several major airlines. You can also find low cost flights to Paphos Airport.

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