Looking for some inspiration for your family holiday? Here are the top places to travel with children, from traditional beach holidays to city breaks and more.
Thanks to its glorious sandy beaches, guaranteed warm weather and child-friendly facilities, Majorca is a fail-safe place to take your kids. An abundance of Majorcan package holiday deals means less to worry about and fewer things to organise, especially when it comes to mealtimes. Not only that, but at only just over 2 hours away from the UK by plane, there’s less chance of little ones feeling the boredom of a longer-haul flight. Once you arrive on the island there’s plenty to see and do to keep them entertained. Family-geared resorts such as Palma Nova and Alcudia boast excellent amenities as well as waterparks, go-karts, crazy golf and a plethora of watersports aimed at all ages.
Now even more accessible, thanks to the recently introduced Eurostar route direct from London, Amsterdam is a great city break alternative to the typical family holiday. A visit during spring, when the tulips are in full bloom and the crowds are smaller, will go down a treat. Getting around by boat or by bike is always more fun than just another car journey, and the Dutch capital is particularly pedestrian-friendly. Take the little ones to one of the city’s top-notch, hands-on museums, such as the NEMO Science Museum or the National Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum). Additionally, just an hour and a half south of the city is the Efteling fantasy-themed amusement park – with rides for kids and adults alike.
Portugal’s Algarve region may just be the best place in the world to take kids on holiday. Just a short hop away from most major UK airports, and with more sunny days the most places in the world, it’s no wonder its such a popular choice for families. It also remains to be a destination that’s easy on the wallet, ranking top in the list of most affordable European destinations for 2017 (2017 Post Office Holiday Money Report). With its endless supply of golden sandy beaches, rated some of the best on the continent, there will be plenty of opportunities for snorkelling, surfing, rockpooling and sandcastle-building.
Tenerife is a dream family holiday destination, especially since winter highs of 22°C make it a great choice for anyone trying to avoid peak summer season prices. It also offers the palm-fringed beaches and stunning scenery of a long-haul holiday, with only a 4.5-hour flight time. There’s endless nature to be explored by adventurous kids, from the crater-filled desertscape of the Teide National Park to the crystal-clear waters full of corals, turtles and whales. Tenerife is also home to the biggest and best waterpark in the world: Siam Park.
What little girl or buy wouldn’t love a holiday to Rome, city of gladiators, ice cream and pizza? For a more educational, but no less fun, family holiday, the Italian capital makes the perfect city break. Best avoided during the hottest summer months, when the crowds are long and prices high, a visit during spring or early autumn will still offer warm holiday weather. See the sights with ease on a hop on, hop off sightseeing bus and don’t forget to mix up famous landmarks with a stop at one of the many delicious gelaterias. Complete the experience by enrolling your kids in Rome’s very own Gladiator School, where they can dress up and learn how to duel.
Spain’s Mediterranean Coast
The south coast of Spain, stretching from Catalonia and the city of Barcelona in the north to Andalusia in the south, is made for family summer holidays. Whether you prefer the rugged beauty of the Costa Brava, the stunning beaches of the Costa Dorada, the lively resorts of the Costa Blanca or the variety of the Costa del Sol, there’s something here for everyone. Highlights include castles, the PortAventura theme park, child-friendly beaches, endless fiestas, tasty tapas, fabulous weather and a whole host of activities and water parks.
For the most magical of family holidays, Disneyland Paris is an enchanting destination for family members of every age. Where else can little ones experience the excitement of seeing their favourite film and TV characters in real life? With rides and attractions suitable for kids as young as one, you’ll find plenty to do during your visit. The park hosts a full calendar of events, so it’s always a good time to visit, and the fun continues come rain or shine thanks to indoor and outdoor attractions. Not only that but it’s a short hop away by boat, train or plane.