Short haul summer holidays for the whole family
When school’s officially out for summer, it’s the ideal time to spend some quality family time together. In search of the sun but don’t want to venture too far? Here are some sunny family-friendly destinations that are only a short plane ride away!
Spain is renowned for its breathtaking islands, balmy weather, and low cost family-friendly retreats. Here are some Spanish destinations to choose from…
The Balearic Islands
Nestled in between Spain and the North African coast are the beautiful Balearic Islands; these are made of popular Spanish destinations Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza. The Balearics offer the perfect balance of family activity and relaxation, with a mix of bustling towns, historical sites, watersports & boat trips, and secluded beaches.
The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are home to popular destinations such as Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura. There are lots of fun days out, from the Loro Parque wildlife park in Gran Canaria, to whale watching expeditions in Lanzarote and Mount Teide National Park in Tenerife. Siam Park in Tenerife is one of Europe’s largest waterparks, and is perfect for family fun!
Ooh la la! Being just 20.7 miles across the English Channel, France is easily accessible by ferry, car, or plane.
With Paris being a city bursting with culture, Disneyland Paris is a great alternative to flying all the way to Florida for Disney World with the kids. The children are going to experience their own magical world with the likes of Space Mountain in Discoveryland, Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland, and Thunder Mountain in Frontierland. Don’t forget they can meet all their favourite Disney characters too!
If you and your family want to venture off somewhere that’s a tad cooler, Brittany is perfect – as temperatures through July and August stay at around the 18°C mark. There are a multitude of wonderful family outdoor activities to embark upon when in Brittany, including: the Océanopolis aquarium; the dinosaur park Parc de Préhistoire de Bretagne; the Zoo de Trégomeur; and the mystical Planétarium de Bretagne.
Choose from family-friendly Brittany resorts such as La Baule and Saint Malo, which are famed for their large beaches.
Greece has simply so much to offer for any family getaway. Well known for its stunning beaches with crystal blue water and relaxed way of life, Greece has lots of fun family things to do.
Kos is situated in the Dodecanese Islands, and is the second most popular island in the region. Kos has a pleasant blend of both busy and quiet hotspots, with intriguing historical sites and architecture – from the famous Asklepieion to a Medieval Castle. The beaches on the Southern coast have a variety of beautiful spots and watersport activities.
One of Greece’s largest islands, Crete is packed with magnificent mountains, amazing beaches and pretty villages. For a day of true relaxation with the kids, the stunning beach of Elafonisi is renowned for its white and pink sand and dazzling lagoon. An additional fun way of travelling about the Cretan towns is by boarding the Little Train Tours! The Little Train Tours run to and from Elounda to Agios Nikolaos.
Steeped in history, Italy has many family friendly activities to choose from that will let your kids’ imaginations run wild.
Rome brings ancient history to life, and your little ones can walk round Ancient Rome to see the ruins of the old Roman Empire! You can also opt for private walking tours so you can explore the sights at your own family friendly pace. If you prefer, sit back and relax as you explore the city, there is a hop on hop off red bus so you can see Rome at leisure.
Although Venice may seem like a destination for adults, it’s also great for families! Take to the water on a water taxi to truly impress your children. There are also a plethora of water tours available so you can float through the beauty of Venice in a few hours. At night, the cafes throughout Piazza San Marco have the beautiful sounds of live music echoing through the streets, which will keep the kids entertained! Venice also has its own little beach if you’d like to take a cool dip.
So, where will you be heading to this year? Take a look at our family deals to help your money go even further this summer!
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