Mainland Europe is the perfect place to get away for a family break this Easter – far enough to feel like a real holiday, but close enough to make travelling for a short break practical.
When you’re choosing where to go, it’s probably easy to pick the places you’d like to see, but finding somewhere that’s suitable for the kids as well is a bit more tricky. Fear not, we’ve highlighted some of the best destinations in Europe that offer plenty for adults and children alike.
Paris is an almost perfect option for families. Flights to Paris are quick and affordable and whilst mum and dad will enjoy soaking up the art, culture, food and wine, a day trip to Disneyland will turn a short break into a dream holiday for youngsters.
Andalucia is another popular holiday destination, especially for short Easter breaks. It’s the ideal place for rest, relaxation and soaking up the sun. However, as we all know, kids usually need a little bit more entertainment and luckily Andalucia has plenty to offer. A good compromise for parents and their little ones is all the great beaches which Andalucia has to offer. There’s usually plenty to do such as paddle boats and banana boats and in the Tarifa area, surfing and other watersports are available too.
The Andalucia region is also home to Tivoli World, the largest amusement park along the coast, which has rides, shows and restaurants. There’s also the Mijas Aqua Park which kids (and plenty of adults!) can’t get enough of. There are slides, including the thrilling Kamikaze, a wave pool and even mini golf and rock climbing. Families can’t fail to have fun here.
Spain’s capital Madrid is a big draw for holidaymakers, and it’s easy to see why with convenient flights on offer and a city of bustling culture waiting for you on arrival. Kids will love activities such as Madrid’s amazing zoo and aquarium, as well as the intriguing Faunia. Faunia will fascinate young and old alike with its recreation miniature biodiverse climates. There’s everything from underground colonies to polar ice caps. Sure to be unlike any day trip your family’s had before.
Another option is the Dordogne region, which attracts families who want to explore its towns and villages, as well as the unspoilt landscape and magical caves. Get kids enthused about natural history by taking them to see the fascinating Lascoux cave paintings. Active youngsters will also love the L’appel de la Foret, Dordogne’s largest adventure park. The different courses of varying difficulty levels with tarzan swings, zip slides and more will keep the whole family on their toes.
Berlin is another great option for a family Easter break. The city has so much for children to enjoy, including parks, a zoo, Legoland and boat trips. Why not take them to the German Museum for Technology? They’re sure to be enthralled by the 14 exhibition departments covering how everything from trains to ships works. Most of the exhibitions have family-friendly activities on offer too, such as an opportunity for children to print their own newspaper.