The New Year has arrived and with the Christmas period finally over, many of us are probably sitting around looking at grey skies through an office window feeling a little down.nIt’s no wonder after all that family time we’ve just enjoyed, which means there’s only one thing for it – time to book that family getaway. As a key time for bonding between parents and children, the annual family holiday is hugely important, but, where to go?
Below, you’ll discover a selection of European holiday spots that are perfect for the whole family.
An increasingly popular destination, Sweden has a reputation as one of the friendliest, diverse and vibrant countries in the whole world. This is what makes the capital, Stockholm, an exciting place to visit for people of all ages, and though you may not have thought it – it’s excellent for families. From an array of island districts that can be explored by ferries and connecting bridges to the Science Museum, Fairytale House and World of Pippi Longstocking – a popular amusement park – there’s plenty to do. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the exquisite architecture, food and drink.
Often thought as a ‘first holiday’ destination for British teenagers and those 18 – 30 club nights, Malaga has more to it than meets the eye. Filled with luscious sandy beaches, clear waters and fabulous outdoor attractions to explore, Malaga has everything a family could want. Filled with family orientated resorts, easily reached through Malaga airport transfers, check out sites like Castillo de Gibralfaro – a 14th-century Moorish fortress that overlooks the city. There’s also a wide selection of museums to choose from, while the food is second to none. However, the highlights are the beaches where families can spend hours splashing in the sea, building sandcastles and sunning themselves.
A destination that’s been creeping up in the popularity stakes over the last couple of years, Lisbon is a holiday hot spot you need to visit at least once in your lifetime. While it’s become a renowned city break for young people looking to break away from their day-to-day lives, Lisbon is extremely child-friendly. While the cuisine is a must-try for anyone, those with kids don’t have to panic when it comes to sitting in a restaurant, as many have children’s only zones filled with games and amusements. Meanwhile, the beaches are absolutely to die for and provide hours of fun as you relax and play games together. For something a little cultural, take a tour of the city on a tram car and explore the largest castle as the kids dive deep into the world of dungeons and dragons. Oh, and in the summer, temperatures can reach higher than 35 degrees, meaning you’ll get a great tan too.
So, if you’re feeling a little blue, these three European holiday hot spots should give you a little inspiration about where to take the family later this year.