Having just returned from a recent trip to Marbella, I’ve been well and truly bitten by the holiday bug! I’ve only been back in the UK for less than 2 weeks but I’m already pining for the beach which I’ll luckily be hitting again in May.
I do feel tremendously lucky living in the UK as we have so many incredible holiday destinations on our doorstep in Europe that are also affordable as family holiday destinations.
Package deals are great when booking family holidays. They’re convenient, offer high-quality breaks away, without hidden charges when booking through reputable travel companies.
So if you’re wondering where to go on your summer holiday, why don’t you check out my favourite family friendly European destinations.
Being Greek-Cypriot I have a natural affinity with Cyprus and even though I’ve lived in the UK my entire life (between Leeds and London), whenever I visit Cyprus, it truly feels like home. It’s genuinely one of the most beautiful places in the world and fortunately I still have lots of family living out there still so I have plenty of excuses to visit!
Paphos is the perfect destination for families with gloriously sunny weather guaranteed pretty much all year round and Blue Flag beaches (my personal fave is Coral Bay, a dreamy shore just north of Paphos). There’s plenty to keep the family entertained too such as pirate boat trips, the underground Tomb of Kings and the capital city of Nicosia, with Limassol a close favourite too.
And you must make sure you visit Paphos’ Old Town! Enriched with culture and history, it offers charming colonial architecture and the world’s greatest food too! Not that I’m biassed of course… 😉
Halkidiki is quite simply one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places I’ve ever visited. With white wash buildings and streets flourishing with flora, the whole town is picturesque postcard pretty.
The beaches are equally as stunning with clean and calm seas that are perfect for younger holidaymakers!
Immerse yourself in the relaxing Mediterranean lifestyle, whiling your afternoons away by the pool, enjoying a healthy diet of fresh fruit and veg which grows in abundance throughout the country and drink frappe (ice cold coffee) to your hearts content. It’s dreamy there.
We took a family holiday to the Algarve when Alexander was just 6 months old, staying in Albufeira, which is everything you could want from a tourist destination when holidaying as a family, as its far from commercial, but it’s lively enough to keep the whole family entertained.
One of my highlights was watching dolphins swim at Zoomarine. It was in floods of happy tears, memories to cherish.
Los Cristianos, Tenerife
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a great all year round holiday destination. We visited when Oliver was just 15 months old (before Xander was born) and found the Island – and especially Los Cristianos – to be very family friendly with shops galore and gorgeous beaches.
There are plenty of things to do to keep children amused, from super fun water parks through to whale and dolphin spotting and even a monkey park! Ideal for keeping your own cheeky monkey entertained!
Our most recent family jaunt was to Marbella in Spain and with 3 generations of the family to keep content, this vibrant destination didn’t disappoint.
With its connotations of luxury and partying, Marbella may not seem like a natural family destination but forget what you’ve seen on TOWIE as it really does offer something for everyone – including kid and grandparents!
Marbella has a truly magnetic atmosphere, you can spend a whole afternoon simply walking around the streets in the sunshine, stopping for tapas, coffee, and dipping into shops or the beach as you go.
Puerto Banus is more commercialized but well worth a visit for the shops alone, and to take in the pretty, pristine yachts too of course.
We favour staying in San Pedro or Estepona, to live like the locals in quieter more rural parts, with playgrounds for the kids on every corner and authentic, rustic Spanish restaurants on our doorstep. Bliss.
So where are you holidaying this summer? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.