Don’t get us wrong, we love a good stay-cation as much as the next Brit but – with the British Summer living up to its reputation – we’re getting cravings for a last-minute holiday. If summer drizzle has got you feeling the same way, here are our top recommendations for the best family-friendly European breaks.
The Algarve, Portugal
A popular coastal destination for all manner of travellers, the Algarve is especially good for families because of its beautiful beaches, clear seas, fun activities, and varied resorts. Whether you’re looking to stay in a family villa or on an all-inclusive hotel, the Algarve has accommodation to suit all budgets.
Room to Grow recommends: Taking a boat trip around the famous coastline where the kids will be fascinated by the intricate cave systems and hidden beaches. Lots of beaches even have sea canoes for hire so you can seek out your own private bay If you’re feeling really adventurous!
The Canary Islands, Spain
Particularly well-suited to holidays with the kids, these beautiful destinations are a great way to experience island life without having to travel too far. The resorts here are tailor-made for families too, like the Paradise Valle Taurito on Gran Canaria which boasts its very own water slides.
Room to Grow recommends: The Canary Islands are famous for their theme and water parks; you’ll find the Rancho Texas Park and Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote, the Siam water park in Tenerife, and loads more. This is one place the kids will never get bored!
From Limassol to Paphos and everything in between, Cyprus has been geared up for tourists for decades. Whether you love sunny beach days, taking off on a mountain adventure, exploring historic ruins, a raucous day at a water park, or a bit of everything, Cyprus has a great variety of things to do. Expect family-friendly resorts and restaurants, long hot days, great food, and a warm welcome.
Room to Grow recommends: For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, hire a 4×4 and take the kids to Lara Bay; August is the season for turtle hatch-lings to emerge and make their way to the sea with the help of the beach’s dedicated conservationists.
Once a luxury resorts reserved only for the rich travellers who could afford to take a seaplane, Madeira is now a beautiful family-friendly destination. The island is a little less popular than other European family break favourites so it’s great if you prefer something a little more peaceful plus there’s tons to do and see from fascinating museums to dolphin-spotting boat trips.
Room to Grow recommends: A long time ago, Madeira’s uniquely steep mountain roads gave rise to a bizarre form of transport: the famous Monte toboggans. For an exhilarating and unforgettable experience, drive or take the cable car up to the top of the mountain and whizz down to Funchal in one of these high-speed contraptions. The kids are guaranteed to love it!