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Our Favourite Family Holiday Destinations

Majorca Family Holidays

If you're after a holiday in the Balearic Islands, why not go for the biggest island of them all - Majorca! The beaches are world famous especially in resorts like Magaluf and the very family friendly Palma Nova. As well as relaxing on the fine sands or having cocktails at your all inclusive hotel's beach-side bar, you can also explore the historic city of Palma, which boasts the striking, gothic Bellver Castle a few kilometres from its centre, a wonderful Old Town and an active nightlife.

Florida Family Getaways

Florida is known as the Sunshine State, and with good reason. Located in the south-east of the USA, most of the state is a peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, so there are more beaches than you'll know what to do with. Temperatures are warm year-round, and downright sizzling in the summer months.

Family Hols on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol in Spain is one of the most popular holiday destination with us Brits, and the huge number of expats shows that many of us have decided to make it a permanent home after visiting. That means you can expect plenty of home comforts from a Full English breakfast to roast dinners and more. The Costa del Sol reaches from Gibraltar in the west to Nerja in the east, and includes popular resorts such as Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos.

Corfu Family Holidays

Corfu is the largest of the Ionian Islands which lie just off Greece. It's been a popular tourist spot for years, and this isn't set to change any time soon. This means there's plenty of choice for cheap all inclusive holidays in Corfu. It may be a party town but it also has an abundance of natural beauty. Corfu is also widely known for its delicious food, with many a taverna offering freshly made Greek cuisine. You could also visit Corfu on a Greek Isles cruise.

Tips for Family Holiday Destinations

There's no destination that isn't suitable for families. You could take the kids to Everest base camp if you really wanted. But in most cases parents are looking for a few essential requirements from their holiday:

Plenty of kid-friendly activities

Unless you want your holiday punctuated by whines of boredom, you better make sure you're heading somewhere your kids are going to enjoy as much as you will. Luckily many package holiday resorts are built to cater to guests of all ages. Playgrounds, children's pools and games rooms are all common, but check exactly what your hotel has before you book.

The next step up is kid focused entertainment - and one reason why all inclusive resorts are so popular with families is because they are more likely to have kids' clubs. As well as offering a huge range of activities, from crafts to games and sports tournaments, many kids love spending their holiday with new friends their own age, well away from their sooooo embarrassing parents.

Family focused destinations

Another option is to choose your destination because there is so much for the family to do in the vicinity. In Orlando your family could happily spend two weeks in Walt Disney World alone, but there are plenty of other distractions; Universal Studios, Seaworld, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium and the Kennedy Space Centre, to name just a few.

You don't need to go stateside for this standard of family attractions. PortAventura World theme park makes Salou in Spain a great destination for thrill-seeking families. And check out our blog of other theme park holiday ideas. Waterparks, zoos and adventure parks also make for great day trips - and there are plenty of them in the vicinity of family-friendly resorts.

Great in the school holidays

Most families choose to holiday in the long school summer holiday, which ties in with some of the best weather in Europe. Destinations across Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey are all practically guaranteed to be dry and sunny.

We've picked out some of the best destinations for school holiday times including February half term, Easter and the summer holiday. Check them out for more long-haul and short-haul family holiday ideas. And if you want to take your family away on a winter holiday over the Christmas period, we've got suggestions for that too.

Affordable family trips

One effect of families having to take holidays at the same time, is that prices do rise for school holiday periods. And not by an inconsiderable amount. Which can feel unfair for families, who are already paying a lot to take the kids away.

We do have a couple of tricks to save you money on family holidays. Going at the beginning or end of the school holidays tends to be cheaper. And try going for an odd number of days rather than the standard week - it can result in you being able to take advantage of cheaper flight prices. Also consider going for a big family holiday over the June or October half term instead. The weather across much or Europe is still good, and although prices still increase over these dates, they are rarely as much as the for the long school summer holiday.

Ultimately though the best way to make your family holiday affordable is to plan and book in advance. And to look out for great travel deals. If we spot amazing prices during school holidays you can be sure they'll make it into our Real Deals. Subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you don't miss them.

Easy to get to

When you have little ones in tow, that remote beach which is two planes, a train and a taxi ride away begins to feel a lot less appealing. Luckily there are so many European destinations within a manageable flying distance. And to really optimise the experience, go for resorts like Can Pastilla in Majorca, Amoudara in Crete or Vilamoura in the Algarve. All of which are within a half an hour of their airports.

If you're on a package holiday check if transfers are included, they'll take all the stress of getting everyone to the hotel off your hands. If they're not consider hiring a car instead. As well as giving your family freedom to explore you destination with ease, you can now transport yourself and all the family paraphernalia which you somehow need for a week away.