Travelling with children can sometimes be more of a challenge than a pleasure. But there are ways to have an enjoyable experience with your children; just find the right destination and accommodation that suits you.
By choosing a villa, you have the space away from other guests to relax and enjoy time together. Away from the stresses of everyday life, you can cook with your children and eat together on a terrace by your private pool. Luxury villas promote a quieter way of approaching holidays, you don’t have to adhere to the hotel’s breakfast schedule, or fight for spaces by the pool.
If you would like to completely unwind, an all-inclusive hotel is the best option. Sit back and relax with the knowledge that your children are safe and being entertained. No need to worry about catering, all will be taken care of. Staying at a hotel complex doesn’t mean you have to compromise on making arrangements for your family or bringing extra equipment with you; if you require a cot in your room, all requests can be accommodated. There are plenty of holiday packages that will suit you and your families personal needs.
A holiday in Europe make it easy to experience vastly different cultures, languages and food within short train rides from city to city.
Nearly 30 European countries share a single currency and relaxed border crossings, making European travel quite easy. Ride a train for several hours on the continent and enter a new country. From Arctic Circle Nordic nations to warm southern Mediterranean countries, you’ll find modern cities alongside remnants of ancient civilizations.
There are plenty of hidden European gems just waiting to be discovered. Here are just a few family-friendly holiday destinations:
Southern France: Few places in Europe offer a more memorable travel experience than the glitzy, glamorous and stunningly gorgeous south of France. From the warmth of its sun-kissed beaches to the aroma of its mouth-watering cuisine, a holiday in this sunny region is a treat for all the senses and for all ages.
Austria: Why not try something a little different this year? Instead of vacating to the sun, travel to the mountains to experience flying amongst white powder. This kind of holiday is perfect for older children- they’ll be totally entertained and occupied with their ski or snowboard lessons!
Sweden: For a laid-back weekend trip that still has loads of activities to offer, Stockholm ticks all the boxes. The Swedish capital has great museums with plenty of interactive exhibits for the kids. There’s beautiful scenery and lots of open spaces too, perfect for exploring as a family.
Tenerife: Enjoy the stunning coastline of Tenerife or cool off in none other than the biggest water park in the world, Siam Park. It won’t just be the kids having a blast!
Prague: Petřín Hill, Prague has a funicular that goes up to the top you’ll have great views, a mirror maze for kids, pony rides on the weekends, and a sizeable rose garden. For an even better view, climb up to the top of Lookout Tower or visit the observatory to take in the stars through their collection of telescopes.
Portugal: Spend your time on Portugal’s beautiful beaches; visit Nazare for magical views – don’t forget your wetsuits! Nazare is renowned for having the best waves in Europe! The kids will love the outstanding views and architecture of Sintra as well as exploring the castle of Obidos.
Holland: Part of Holland is transformed into a vast sea of flowers from mid March to mid May. It starts with crocus season in March, which is followed by daffodils and hyacinths. Finally the tulips show their gorgeous colors from mid April through the first week of May. As well as being famous for its flowers, Holland is home to nature walks, cycle trails, charming villages and hidden beaches.
Mykonos: Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. And did you know that the island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”? Perhaps you’re a family with an interest in history who wish to explore the island’s tradition and mythology, if so, Mykonos will certainly meet your expectations.
One of the things that makes Europe such a holiday hotspot is that you can visit all year round. Visit Europe in the spring for warm days and cool nights. Summer brings longer days and lovely weather, but can be busy; August is when locals escape for their annual holiday. Autumn in Europe brings the changing colors and fewer crowds. Winter is best for avid skiers, Christmas Markets and bargain hunters.
Whatever the time of year, with over 50 countries to choose from, a holiday in Europe will provide not only lasting memories but value for money.