Family-Friendly Holiday Destinations

Family-Friendly Holiday Destinations

Travelling with kids can be quite the challenge, no matter what age they are. Waiting times at the airport seem endless, car rides often end in tears or fights and not all activities or destinations are suitable for children. Fear not, read on below for a few suggestions where to take your family for a great holiday where everyone will have a wonderful time.

Tignes, France

Children don’t have to mean the end of your skiing days! Especially when kids are four or over, there are many skiing classes they can take part in. Even if you are travelling with younger kids, there are many tour operators, including Mark Warner, who own hotels in the best family ski resorts in Europe. Their chalet hotels in Tignes offer child-minding services so parents can enjoy a bit of alone time on the slopes. Their deals also include most meals, meaning you don’t have to worry about cooking on your holiday.

Tignes itself is part of the vast Espace Killy ski area. This means you will have access to over 300km of pistes and you will find slopes for all levels. The town also offers different other experiences, including ice skating or great après ski – ideal if you’re after a break from skiing. If you visit at the right time, you can also enjoy downhill skiing in Tignes as the area hosts a number of events throughout the season.

Cornwall, England

You don’t have to travel far for a great holiday experience. Cornwall offers options for those travelling with little ones as you will find various child-friendly holiday parks in the area. Many offer children’s clubs, game rooms, playgrounds and a host of activities to keep them engaged. The Park in Cornwall is one of these parks. While the kids are off playing, the parents can enjoy the pool, steam room or their sauna.

Cornwall also offers different activities to fill your days. If you are staying close to Penzance, consider a visit to St Michael’s Mount. This is a small tidal island off the coast, which can be reached by ferry, or by foot depending on the sea level. With low tide, a walk-way emerges from the sea by which you can reach the island and its church. It’s more suitable for older kids, as there are cobbled stones paths. Pushing your pram might get a bit rocky and tricky. There is children’s quiz and trail to keep the younger ones preoccupied whilst enjoying the island.

Algarve, Portugal

If you are looking for a destination that offers sun, sand and sea, then the Algarve area in Portugal will offer you exactly this. This region in the south of Portugal is known for its Mediterranean beaches. Many budget airlines have a direct flight to this area, and you will also be spoilt with choices for accommodation: luxury resorts, hotels and self-catering apartments. In fact, the Algarve has been named the cheapest destination for UK tourists in 2017!

For a fantastic day out, head to Lagoa and visit Slide & Splash. This amazing water park also has daily shows, featuring parrots or reptiles. It’s a great opportunity to learn something about the animal world. Certain slides do have height restrictions, so check out their website before you go to ensure your kids will be able to enjoy most of the rides. Alternatively, you can also enjoy relaxing days at the beach building sandcastles. The region is home to many beautiful historic towns, such as Faro, that are just made for wandering the streets. The architecture is breathtaking, with great places to sit down and have a drink. I can guarantee you, you will not be bored!

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