There’s nothing better than getting away from it all with those who mean the most to you. Taking a trip away means you can sit back and relax while your kids relish in the change of scenery somewhere new.
However, the difficulty lies in choosing where to go. To give you the inspiration you might need when planning your next travel adventure, here are some family holiday ideas that the whole gang will enjoy, both abroad and within the UK.
If you’d like to get away with your little ones but you’re not sure where to go, don’t panic. To help you plan your trip, we’ve compiled a list of the best holidays for children...
The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca ticks all the right boxes for a family holiday. The flight is short, there are plenty of attractions to keep your brood busy and, if you time it right, the weather can be amazing without being too hot for little ones. You can even spend time strolling around the culture-packed old towns, taking in the local sights and sounds. Many families flock to the likes of Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona, all of which boast clean, safe beaches, as well as an abundance of restaurants that cater for smaller guests.
Home to Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando is a no brainer when it comes to planning the ultimate family holiday. Consisting of four huge theme parks, two water parks and an impressive shopping district, there’s plenty to see and do during your visit to the “most magical place on earth”. Little ones will love getting up close and personal with their favourite characters, while big kids (and adults alike) will enjoy the array of thrill-seeking rides on offer. You can also take advantage of other nearby activities in the Orlando area, such as Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
Offering soft golden sands and warm Mediterranean waters, Cyprus is the ideal holiday spot for those looking for a sunny getaway. Families love the clean, pristine stretches of sand in areas such as Fig Tree Bay, Larnaca and Limassol, which also offer a variety of water sports, including surfing, snorkelling and canoeing. The island boasts stunning countryside and picturesque coastal towns too, as well as beautiful vineyards and marinas if you fancy a quiet stroll away from the hustle and bustle.
With its miles of sweeping beaches and impressive unique heritage, Portugal is a popular holiday destination choice among those travelling with little ones in tow. With so much to see and do during the day, there is plenty to keep children occupied while you can soak up the sun. Small ones will love discovering everything the Algarve region has to offer, including gorgeous crescent-shaped sandy bays, rocky inlets and hidden coves that make up the stunning coastline. You can also check out the cobbled streets of the old town where you’ll find busy market stalls and al fresco dining options.
Despite being a firm favourite among couples and honeymooners, Paris has something for the whole family to enjoy too. For kids big and small, there’s Disneyland Paris, which is just a short train journey from the city centre. There are two parks to choose from, including fun-themed lands, as well as meet-and-greets for little ones to get an autograph from their favourite characters. In the city itself, there’s a plethora of things to do and see that even the kids will appreciate, including the impressive Eiffel Tower, the stunning Arc de Triomphe and the prestigious Louvre Museum.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly beach break, Tenerife is an ideal choice. The island has it all, giving you the option of spending your time relaxing on the seaside with your brood, going on a mountain-climbing adventure or wandering through sleepy villages. The south coast of the island is a popular family spot, especially areas such as Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas, which feature a plethora of shops, restaurants and water sport activities to take part in.
You don’t necessarily need to travel far to enjoy the perfect break with your youngsters. So, if you’re looking to get away within the UK, keep reading...
As the capital of the UK, London is bursting with things to do and see for the whole family. Kids will love getting lost in one of the city’s many museums, whether it’s discovering new creatures at the Natural History Museum or concocting their own experiments at the Science Museum. You could even catch a family-friendly show on the West End or go behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films at the Warner Bros Studio Tour. To keep things cultured, you could even swing by Buckingham Palace or pay a visit to Big Ben.
There’s plenty to lure you to Belfast for your next family adventure. The capital city offers an array of fun-filled activities for you and your tribe to enjoy together, whether it’s visiting the iconic Titanic Museum or walking around the stunning Botanic Gardens. Let your little ones run free around the historic Belfast Castle or check out the wild and wonderful range of animals that reside in the Belfast Zoological Gardens. If you fancy a break from the city centre, why not venture further afield to the spectacular Giant’s Causeway?
If your kids love being outdoors, Cornwall could be the place for you and your family. In the summer months, the beaches boast soft sands, cool waters and the opportunity to learn how to surf. You could also check out the stunning woodlands of the Marsh Villa Gardens or take a stroll through the Siblyback Lake Country Park. If the weather takes a turn, there are an array of indoor activities to get involved with at places such as Trethorne Leisure Park.
There’s no denying that planning a family holiday can be tricky - especially if you’re not sure where to go. But, once you’ve decided on the right destination for you and your little ones, you should find that the rest falls into place.