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Top 10 family holiday destinations
Travelling with your family should be something to enjoy and remember for all, the right reasons. So where should you head for great family holidays? We offer you the top 10 choices for value for money family breaks.
1. Menorca – One of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Menorca is a superb beach destination to take the family. Reached in only two and a half hours from the UK and with lots of gently shelving beaches and a relaxed family atmosphere, there is a wide range of accommodation to choose from including villas, apartments and hotels to suit all budgets and styles.
The island’s resorts are only really open in the summer months and temperatures do fall in the winter months, however when it’s warm it is sublime.
2. Florida – At some point you are going to take the plunge and take the family on an all action trip to Florida. With theme parks, entertainment galore and water parks to enjoy there is plenty to keep the family occupied.
Eating out is relatively cheap and easy with lots of variety. For added convenience choose a holiday home and car hire to make the most of your time with many houses having private pools too.
And if you fancy a change from Orlando then head to the beaches around Clearwater, Daytona, spend some time in Miami or the Florida keys or visit the Everglades to get back to nature.
3. Greek Islands – With more than one hundred islands to choose from, Greece offers a wide range of holiday options for the family and a great welcome from the locals. The big draw islands of Crete, Corfu, Rhodes and Kos all have resorts ideal for families with safe beaches, lots of family activities and a wide choice of places to eat out and stay.
However it is the simple pleasures that Greece offers families that will have you coming back for more and more. Beware that summer temperatures can hit well over 30 degrees so it is important to consider having air conditioning for your little ones. The islands are reached on non stop flights from all over the UK in around three to three and a half hours.
4. The Algarve – Portugal’s southern coast is a firm favourite with Brits. Its sandy beaches, ease of access from the UK and wide range of value for money accommodation has people coming back for more year after year.
There are plenty of places to eat out that cater for families as well as lots of activities including many sporting options such as tennis and water sports of all types.
Temperatures in the summer do not get too hot and you can still enjoy a break in the winter months although always be aware of the ocean as there are strong undercurrents off the coast.
With holiday complexes, lots of self catering apartments and a huge array of villas, this is a great value for money family choice.
5. UK Holiday Parks - Mum and dad may well remember their own childhood holidays to the Great British Holiday Park, however things have moved on and 2009 saw a renaissance of brands such as Butlins and Pontins to add to the success of Haven and Center Parcs.
These days, holiday parks cater for entertainment from the stars of TV shows such as the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, and have more activities that you can imagine both indoors and outdoors. There is also a wide range of catering options from full dining to self catering.
Choosing the right park with the right mix of entertainment and facilities is key to your enjoyment, however you know that the family will really enjoy themselves. With many of them close to beaches or areas of outstanding natural beauty then you can enjoy the scenery as well.
6. Take a cruise - Not the most obvious option, however, there are many cruises now offered aimed fairly and squarely at the family. Pick a cruise line that caters specifically for younger children and teenagers which offers lots of organised activities while you are at sea.
Days in port can be spent exploring new places and the opportunity to holiday in a way totally different to normal is really exciting for children. The sheer excitement of arriving and departing on a boat is fascinating.
Safety need not be a worry on board as the ships cater for children and they are looked after at all times. They even have food options and childchildren’s entertainment. And if you want to go all out family friendly then take a Disney cruise complete with characters on board.
7. London – Not the most obvious choice for Brits on holiday, however the UK’s capital offers so much for the family to enjoy.
World class museums and galleries, river boats, the London Eye, the London Planetarium and entertainment of all kinds, London has it all. You can see historic buildings, visit London Zoo and take a city tyour on an open topped bus.
Many attractions gear up for younger members of the family with dedicated staff and options to help you make the most of your time.
And don’t forget an extensive range of festivals, events and processions such as the Lord Mayor’s day and family day at the Notting Hill Carnival.
You could even enjoy a family theatre break to see shows such as The Lion King. Accommodation is wide and varied and there are now many apartment style properties ideal for a family stay.
8. Egypt – From snorkelling in the Red Sea to exploring pyramids, tombs and mummies, Egypt is ideal for children, however you may want to avoid the hottest times of the year in the summer school holidays.
The culture is different to Europe and children will find this exciting as well as adventurous as you holiday in either a beach resort or touring around. Sail on the Nile, clamber over ancient monuments and then rest in your holiday hotel – just ensure you book one with a pool.
Be careful – this is a destination where you need to take care with food to prevent any upset tummytummies, however the sheer difference of such as country really adds to the experience.
9. Mexico – Holidaying in the Mexican beach resorts not only offers the chance of a great tan and lots of beach activities for the family but also an opportunity to explore history with trips out to see Mayan ruins and ancient history.
The resorts tend to be Americanised so they are family friendly and the hotels are geared up to visitors of all ages, with many offering children’s clubs.
10. Take a ski holiday - Learning to ski or snow board at an early age really helps you to get going on the snow before you develop any sense of fear. With short flight times to the Alps, where better to learn than in France or Switzerland at one of the many family friendly ski resorts?
Ensure you pick a property with easy access to the ski schools and slopes and kit out the family with equipment to keep them warm and safe in the snow. By evening, you can eat out in atmospheric restaurants ofr self cater in an apartment and make your own fun.
Many resorts also offer lots of other activities such as toboggans, ice skating, snowmobiles, paragliding, horse riding and indoor swimming pools – if the family has any energy left for that.