Seeing as its holiday season, DC has collated some family friendly destinations in Europe for you and your family. Not only is it more affordable, holidays in these coastal regions of Europe have been specifically tailored to families. Our chosen holidays, in and around the Mediterranean are guaranteed to have your children engaged thus freeing up your time to enjoy some couple therapy or free time with friends.
A few things to note though about holidaying in Europe;
Never book a hotel that is less than 4* – experience is the best teacher!
Check for reviews on Trip Advisor and don’t settle if it’s less than 8/10.
Flights should be booked well in advance, the Easy Jet flight window for Easter Holidays opens up in the first week of November. If you are not on a budget, obviously you can book whenever and with any of the bigger airlines. If you get in early enough you can get return flights for most European destinations for less than £30. I have gone on holidays with my family of 4 from London with flights costing us less than £150. Therefore if you have the right paper work and you are on holiday to London from elsewhere with good planning, you could also pop into Spain as well.
Accommodation: Booking.com is your friend. This website will give you the flexibility to find exactly what you are looking for and most times there’s no need to pay until you arrive at the hotel or villa. My typical search criteria is;
Essential – Spa, Indoor Pool, Kiddies Club, Night Entertainment, All Inclusive (if it’s not too pricey)
Optional – nearness to beach, nearness to town, coach service
Car Hire: Most providers are good. I am not a fan of this though for seaside holidays as the resorts normally have everything that you are looking for. For me this is an opportunity for the family to bond by taking long leisurely walks and exploring the environment using local transport.
Our chosen destinations:
Spain is the top choice from my experience for beach holidays. Not only do they have 320 sunny days a year with the lowest temperature being about 12°C in January, their hospitality is excellent. Family resorts in Spain put children at the heart of their planning thus ensuring that every member of the family has a cracking time. You are spoilt for choice when choosing where exactly to stay as Spain is home to some of the world’s most beautiful islands. Choose carefully though as some resorts are not for families. Your choice should be Majorca, Menorca or the Costa del Sol area. For the latter you are looking at Malaga, Fuengirola, Benalmadena or Torremolinos. Costa Del Sol is the most popular because of the attractions that include water parks, dolphins and the beaches at the doorstep of its lively resorts. The coast of Spain stretches even further and just off the North African coast is the Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife. The options are indeed rife when it comes to Spain.
Portugal is another strong contender for that all inclusive getaway for your family. The weather there is almost sunny all year with temperatures averaging 24°C . Spring and Autumn are the best months as they are bright and sunny but lacking the intense summer heat. Hotels are friendly and very accommodating of children and the cuisine is extensive. If you are a fish lover, you are definitely in right place. Portugal is all about The Algarve and that is definitely the region you want to be at. The liveliest resort town within The Algarve is Albufeira. Once a peaceful fishing village, Albufeira has over the years transformed into an outstanding holiday destination for families. Other destinations you can look at booking within The algarve are Lagos, Portimao or Vilamoura. Activities include visits to Zoomarine which is ideal for under 10’s and there’s the Slide and Splash water parks for all ages amongst others.
Greece also boasts some of the most child-friendly resorts in the Mediterranean. The usual components that would interest families like beaches, kids clubs, spa’s, the all-inclusive option, friendly tavernas are the order of the day here. Temperatures average 29°C with a drop to about 11°C in January. Your focus for where to go could be Zante, Corfu, Crete, Mykonos, Khalkidhiki, Kefalonia and there’s more if you check on Google. Crete has often times been voted the safest and most popular place for families. The culture is unique and the scenery is amazing. Greece is also popular for water sports and parks, hiking, animal watching, underground caves and more.
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