THE 7 BEST EUROPEAN FAMILY HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS
Looking for the best family holiday destinations in Europe? Then look no further. There are many beautiful destinations in Europe, and they’re filled with exciting attractions, exquisite architecture, and of course, wonderful beaches too. So if you’re planning a family holiday or just need little inspiration, see if you fancy any of these destinations…
Anyone who has ever spent a night laughing their way down the Veronica’s strip will say that Tenerife is a great island for nightlife, however, beyond the ever so lively Playa de las Americas, the Spanish island is very popular with families. Only a four-hour flight from the UK, it is short enough to mean you won’t worry about travelling with small children, and its beautiful beaches, clear seas and numerous restaurants make it one of the best family holiday destinations in Europe.
Siam Park in Costa Adeje has been voted as the best waterpark in the world with its Thai-inspired landscape, exciting water rides and beautiful beach, making it real fun for the whole family. You can also spend an afternoon whale and dolphin watching just off the coast of south west Tenerife, visit Loro Parque Zoo, go shopping at the mall, or enjoy a lovely dinner by the sea. The possibilities are endless, and for a family holiday, it’s great value for money too.
Family friendly, picturesque and affordable: what more could you want from a European family holiday destination? It boasts sunshine all year round, it’s home to historical treasures tucked away in La Valletta, and is close to its sister Island, Gozo – a great place for family hikes and peaceful beach days. Take a trip to see the beautiful town that is Mellieha in Malta – it was crowned a destination of excellence by the European Commission for its sustainable and great tourism as well as ecology. And when visiting here with children, you must visit Popeye Village, the original film set of the musical production of Popeye.
Lisbon, Portugal, is perfect for warm weather and city exploring. Once awarded the Best European Destination, we think it’s one of the best city breaks for those travelling with children. Discover the beauty and richness of the region by exploring the castles of Sintra (close to Lisbon), as well as St George Castle in the city itself, and the beautiful alleys in the old quarter of Alfama. Be sure to head to the Oceanarium too for an activity that will entertain you and the kids for hours on end. When you’re dining in restaurants, expect to sample fresh seafood (the perfect opportunity to see if your kids fancy trying something new), and look forward to the fact that the grown ups can sip Portuguese wine while you’re winding down in the evenings.
Another of the best family holiday destinations in Europe? Majorca. It boasts short flights, great family hotels, amazing beaches, even better attractions and plenty of culture too. You can choose from a laid back and quiet resort such as Alcúdia or Cala Bona (home to one of the longest beaches in Majorca), or you can head to Palma Nova that has a trio of beaches, a tropical themed mini golf course and an Aqualand waterpark. It’s the perfect place for a family holiday, with plenty of resorts hosting children’s clubs as well as activities for teenagers.
Children are welcomed and highly catered for wherever you go in the Netherlands, and you’ll certainly get by just fine without speaking the language. There’s plenty to do in Amsterdam or Rotterdam, including canal tours, zoos, pancake houses, outdoor play places, windmills, stunning gardens (such as Keukenhof) and castles too. In addition to all this excitement, the whole family will have fun in the magical theme park, The Efteling. In fact, the Netherlands is a county like no other, so do consider it for your family holiday in 2018.
Italy is certainly one of the best family holiday destinations in Europe, and Rome is particularly lovely. Wake up bright and early to take a walk around the Colosseum for a morning packed full of history and education. Afterwards, sit on the Spanish Steps and enjoy some gelato, or perhaps a slice of delicious pizza. This sort of trip is one for history-loving families, as Rome is a living, breathing history book… it certainly makes teaching little ones easy, as learning has never been so fun for the kids.
Or for a more laid-back family holiday? Take a bicycle ride through the beautiful Tuscan towns, and enjoy many meals on cobbled streets as family whilst soaking up the atmosphere. If its leisure activities you’re after, there are a numerous beaches that are well worth a visit, and there’s nothing lovelier than a hike in the morning followed by swim in the blue sea during the afternoon. Whatever you choose to do in Italy, you and your family are bound to have a brilliant time.
This is the land of Tintin and chocolate pralines – meaning Belgium couldn’t be any more family friendly if it tried. With its wealth of rich history, food and culture, a visit here demands a trip to its capital (Brussels). See the famous Manneken Pis statue (it’s just off the square), and stop off at the best waffle shops in town. For the kids who love comic books, you must drop into the Tintin Boutique, or visit the Herge Museum for a journey through the life of one of the world’s greatest artists from the 20th century. There is no better place to fully enjoy good food, art and medieval architecture than Belgium, making it one of the best family holiday destinations in Europe.