Where to go for family friendly holidays in Europe
When deciding where to go for family friendly holidays in Europe you will want to think about what you want to see or do during your holiday. It is important to involve the children throughout the planning stage they must start to think of this as their holiday just as much as your holiday. You will make the final decision about where you go but if your children don’t feel engaged with your chosen destination then they aren’t going to enjoy themselves. A family friendly holiday in Europe needs to be one you plan together. If there is some European destination or landmark that they particularly want to see then why not consider a trip there?
The iconic tourist sites of London, Paris and most other European cities cater for children. If your child’s desires are more general like “I want to go to the beach” or “I want to visit the mountains” then you have a lot more flexibility in your planning. Generally when thinking about European holidays we think of the big cities and the popular tourist spots but there is a lot more out there to explore. Big cities can be tiring especially for small children. It may be worth saving excitement and culture of a big city until they are older. While they are younger you could opt to take them somewhere quieter where there is still plenty for them to enjoy but they can move at their own pace and you don’t need to worry about losing them in a crowd.
There are many great family friendly holidays in Europe where you can escape a lot of the crowds and still find enough to keep the most active child happy.Here are three ideas for great family friendly holiday activities
Head for the beach in Barcelona
Don’t follow the crowds and head for the beaches near the city centre. Try going a little further to the east to Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella. Here you will have the added benefit of access to grass in the park where you can indulge in family picnics together. There is also a children’s playground nearby at the bottom of the Rambla del Poblenou a great way to keep them entertained if they get bored of the beach.
Try a water park in the Algarve
Not everyone likes sitting the beach all day. Children can quickly become restless and want to try something more exciting. A water park is a great idea as you can relax by the edge of the water while they run around and use up all their energy in safety.
The Algarve has several superb water parks to choose from. The largest of these is Slide and Splash. The park is 7 acres in size and includes a well designed children’s area with slides and interactive games.
Mushroom picking in the Czech Republic
Perhaps you have never thought about the delights of mushroom picking but if you want to get away from the crowds and spend a few hours bonding as a family then why not consider a trip to the Czech forest. There are no dangerous animals here and mushroom picking is extremely popular with locals and tourists throughout the summer months. You can can walk for hours through the beautiful forest. The only equipment you will need is a small knife and a basket to carry all the tasty mushrooms you will collect.
Wherever you want to go with your family in Europe there are lots of different types of holiday waiting to be experienced. Make your family holiday in Europe one that you remember for all the right reasons.