10 European Breaks to Consider for Your Summer Family Holiday This Year
As we emerge from a chilly winter, the thought of a well-deserved summer break with our families is on our minds. The words ‘summer holiday’ often concoct images of long, hot days of sunbathing and swimming in the sea, but whether this is your dream holiday or if you fancy getting into nature and being active, there are many European breaks to consider this summer. Check out our round up of the top 10 European breaks to consider for your summer family holiday in 2018.
1 Nice and Monaco
The South of France has been a family-friendly holiday destination for years and, with so many things to see and do in the area, we can see why families return year on year. Base yourself in the city of Nice where you can trek up to Castle Hill and take in the panoramic views across the rooftops to the sea. From here, wander back down to the Old Town for an afternoon exploring the local market and a perfect opportunity to pick up gifts such as organic olive oil and lavender soap. Hire a car to check out the nearby village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, where a spectacular bay and lunch overlooking the harbour lies waiting for you. Antibes, Cannes and Juan-les-Pins are only a short drive away from Nice and provide sandy beaches and beautiful traditional old towns where you can spend hours immersing yourself in the laid-back lifestyle.
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Galway is a fantastic family holiday destination due to the wide variety of sights and activities in store. Find a bustling entertainment scene in Galway city, whether it’s in the city centre or to the seaside resort of Salthill. Day attractions in the area include pet farms, museums and activity centres, or head to the coast along the Wild Atlantic Way for spectacular sights of Connemara, Achill and Westport. Explore the coastal area by bike, car or on foot and come across great opportunities for watersports, hill walking, trekking, cycle trails, pony trekking, boat rides and beautiful beaches along the way.
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It won’t be hard to persuade all the family that the Croatian city of Dubrovnik is a good idea. This is especially true for any Game of Thrones fans who will know fine well that the early scenes of the series, the set of King’s Landing, in fact, were filmed here.
Dubrovnik’s coastal location means you can wind down and relax along the many white pebbly beaches with their crystal-clear waters. Once you have recharged the batteries, get stuck into exploring Dubrovnik’s city walls – the city’s main claim to fame. Kids will be enchanted by the history of the area as the walls date back to the 9th Century when inhabitants built many forts and towers to protect themselves from attacks. From the top of the walls, you can take in the views of the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea. Here you can also spot shelling damage from as recent as the 1990s conflict. Catch a cable car to Mt Srd in under four minutes, giving you a stunning perspective of the city and the terracotta-tiled rooftops.
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Known as the party island of the Balearics, not many realise that Ibiza has a softer, more chilled-out side, giving you a family escape from the hustle and bustle of your 9 to 5. Holidaymakers can head north for quieter beaches and amazing opportunities for picnics, beach walks, paddling and snorkelling. Explore the island’s natural beauty on an off-road jeep safari or get active with the kids at one of the many adventure parks offering zip-lines, trampolines, climbing walls and rope bridges. If you want to soak up some party atmosphere, spend an evening in San Antonia, Ibiza Town and San Antonio Bay, which all attract many crowds come evening. Head early to catch a perfect beach-side view of the sunset.
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Whilst there are a wealth of beautiful beaches to perch the gang on, you’ll want to get active in the Algarve, hitting the waves with family surf lessons. Spread the domestic duties back home more evenly and teach the whole family how to cook at a Portuguese cookery class. You can even catch your dinner on a fishing trip at sea. Make the most of your time in one of the sunniest countries in the world by catching the rays on a marine wildlife-watching boat trip where you can spot sea turtles, porpoises, shearwaters and gannets.
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Tenerife offers a warm, friendly-family atmosphere to spend quality time with the kids and your other half. Explore the vibrant architecture of the island’s capital, Santa Cruz, and take home some local treasures from the many stalls and shops that line the port. Spend a day at Teide National Park exploring the active volcanoes and rocky terrain. Hire a bike and see everything this varied island has to offer on a cycling tour. With may hotels providing a packed itinerary of night-time entertainment, you can witness magic shows, put your singing skills to the test at karaoke or learn a new dance routine that you will be keen to show friends back home.
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When it comes to planning a fun-filled family holiday, Costa del Sol should be at the top of your list as there are hundreds of fun activities and attractions to choose from. The only difficulty you will have is fitting everything into the one trip! Start with a visit to the Biopark Zoo in the nearby town of Fuengirola where your little explorers can see tigers, crocodiles, gorillas and snakes. Dolphin lovers will enjoy Selwo Marina, which runs sea lion and dolphin shows daily. For budding marine biologists, the Sealife Aquarium offers a diverse display of sharks, jellyfish, sea rays and turtles. Marbella and the surrounding area offer many waterparks, adventure centres and beach activities like jet skis, stand-up paddling and scuba diving.
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8 Rome, Naples and Sicily
Rome is not only a fantastic couple’s location, it is one of the world’s best cities to visit with children. Make their school-based history lessons come to life in the Eternal City with majestic monuments, art masterpieces and some of the most famous landmarks in the world. No visit would be complete without seeing the Colosseum, a 2,000-year-old amphitheatre where many can imagine the scenes from the movie Gladiator. Take in the Spanish Steps and stop by the Trevi Fountain where you can chuck a coin over your shoulder and make your wishes for the future. Italy is also an attractive family location for its food; pasta and pizza can be enjoyed in many of the city’s eateries and for another dimension to the trip, head to one of the nearby beaches for a few days of blissful sunbathing.
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9 Lake District
The Lake District in Cumbria is a great place for an activity-based UK family holiday, where you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to spectacular landscapes and scenery. Pack the car and head to the hills for a week of camping and exploring the great outdoors. With over 16 lakes to visit plus an abundance of mountains and forests, your little campers will build new skills and build their confidence in the great outdoors on this family holiday. Both parents and children can enjoy scenic treks, boat trips and forest trails. Visit Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm or have a picnic at Fellfoot Country Park.
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If your children are no longer kids but you still have the pleasure of their company on family holidays, take to the streets of Berlin to explore this city’s troubled past. The main attraction and first on your list should be the Berlin Wall, which once divided the city and its people. Museum Island is an UNESCO Heritage Site where you can visit all five of the island’s museums. Swot up on your knowledge of the Cold War with a visit to Checkpoint Charlie, which served as the main entry point for visitors wanting to cross the famous Iron Curtain. If you have a full day left in the line up, just 30 minutes from the city you can find Potsdam, the capital city of Brandenburg.
Berlin also has plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes to hit after a long day of sightseeing.
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