Top 10 Family Holiday Ideas and Destinations

Ed Maughan
Ed Maughan

Post updated: 23/10/17

A Guide to Exploring Child Friendly Holiday’s

With travel becoming more affordable and the world feeling smaller than ever, intrepid families are getting increasingly adventurous when it comes to booking their annual getaway. Though a week on the British coast is still one of the best family holidays around, there are lots more exciting and exotic places to discover around the world.

So if you want to ensure your next escape is one to remember, take a look at our pick of the top family holiday destinations out there.

1. Cornwall

When it comes to stunning scenery, pristine beaches and picture postcard towns, it’s hard to beat Cornwall. A firm family favourite, the county is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Head to the Penwith Heritage Coast or the area around St Austell for spectacular beaches, secluded coves and more picturesque views than you can shake a stick at.

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2. Umbria

One of Italy’s most beautiful regions, Umbria offers plenty for families to explore. Cool off in one of Umbria’s many sensational wild swimming spots, or, if you’re visiting in the winter months, warm up in one of the region’s hot springs. Home to some of the best food in Italy, Umbria’s child-friendly pasta and pizza dishes will keep even the fussiest members of the family happy for the duration of your stay.

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3. Sardinia

Breath taking beaches, historic towns and villages and rugged countryside make Sardinia one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful destinations. Kids will love exploring the island’s beaches, while Sardinia’s family friendly restaurants will make eating out a breeze.

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4. Andalucia

Guaranteed sunshine, family friendly attractions and affordable flights from the UK make Andalucia a great destination for parents travelling with kids. Escape the crowded coast by staying slightly inland, among the region’s spectacular hills and charming towns. A hire car will make nearby beaches and attractions easily accessible, ensuring you can make the most of your time in the region.

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5. Norfolk

Boasting some of the most beautiful coastline in the UK, Norfolk should be on every family’s bucket list. With a range of fantastic activities to suit everyone: for the adrenaline junkies there are surfing opportunities at every turn, or perhaps you’d like a more gentle activity, like a round of golf. For those seeking a laid back, cultural trip, there are plenty of museums and galleries for you to visit, as well as some fantastic historical sites, such as Sandringham House and the Royal gardens.

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6. Portugal

The Algarve has always been a popular family destination, but there are still some undiscovered, secluded spots for you and the family to relax and getaway from the maddening crowd. Discover the wild swimming spots and explore the numerous beaches that dot the area, spending your days relaxing in the shade of olive trees as the kids cool off in the crystal clear water.

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7. The Scottish Highlands

With breath taking views around every corner, the Scottish Highlands are one of the most spectacular destinations in the UK. Ideal for families who like to get out and explore the natural world, the Highlands offer plenty of opportunities for walking, biking, water sports and bird watching.

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8. Brittany

A well-established family favourite, Brittany has everything from great beaches to historic towns and villages. Central Brittany is home to a wealth of beautiful landscapes and family friendly group accommodation options making it the ideal choice for a summer getaway.

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9. Antigua

If you want to treat your family to a bit of luxury, the sun-drenched Caribbean island of Antigua is the destination for you. An archetypal tropical paradise, the island boasts outstanding beaches, warm water and wall to wall blue skies. A range of activities are available on Antigua, allowing you and your brood to have a go at everything from scuba diving to sailing.

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10. Côte d’Azur

St. Tropez, also known as the French Riviera, is one of Europe’s most popular family destinations. As a result, the main harbour area has lost some of its classic charm, however, the unspoilt parts of town more than make up for it. With quintessential cobbled streets and lots of family friendly restaurants where you can sample the finest in local French cuisine. There are plenty of beaches and beach clubs for day time trips.

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With so many exciting family holiday ideas to choose from, your next escape is guaranteed to be unforgettable. Why not book your accommodation now and start looking forward to a trip you’ll treasure forever.

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