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10 Family-Friendly European Holidays


As the summer season approaches, families all over the UK will be planning their getaways. Europe, with its rich history, lush beaches and shorter flight times offers great options for family-friendly getaways.

If you need to relax, have an adventure, or learn about history, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a list of the top 10 family-friendly European holidays to inspire your next booking. And don’t forget the importance of travel insurance! Then you can have fun and know your family is protected.

1. Paris, France

A mum and dad holding their young daughter stood next to the Eiffel Tower

Paris has a diverse culture, cuisine that caters to all tastes, and efficient public transport – making navigating with children a lot easier. With plenty of accommodation options and a reputation for safety, Paris can offer families a blend of culture, entertainment, and educational experiences suitable for all ages.

And let’s not forget the jewel in Paris’s crown for kids – Disneyland! You can take the little ones on a magical journey to Disneyland Paris, where children’s dreams come true. It’s Europe’s only Disney Park with thrilling rides and enchanting parades. Also – if the idea of little ones on a plane is too much, you can also hop on the Eurostar from London Kings Cross St Pancras.

2. Costa del Sol, Spain

A coved beach surrounded by rocks with white buildings in the background.

Bask in the sunshine along the picturesque coast of Costa del Sol. With its golden beaches, sparkling Mediterranean waters, and family-friendly resorts, this destination is perfect for a relaxing beach holiday. You can also partake in activities like snorkelling, water sports, and exploring charming coastal towns. If you need a fun day out, head to the Biopark Zoo in Fuengirola. You’ll see tigers, gorillas, snakes, and lots more!

3. Lake Garda, Italy

Mother and daughter admire the scenery of the Alps and Lake Garda in Italy stood in front o a wooden fence

Discover the beauty of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, nestled amidst the majestic Alps. Families can enjoy boat trips, lakeside picnics, and visits to charming villages like Sirmione and Malcesine, where medieval castles and gelato shops await. Treat yourself to a limoncello and the kids to a delicious Italian ice cream. There are plenty of attractions in the area for kids like playgrounds, mountain cable cars and even a famous theme park – Gardaland!

4. Algarve, Portugal

A sandy beach  with sunbeds and a couple of boats. Greeney blue sea and white buildings in the background on the hill side

Escape to the sunny Algarve region, known for its stunning cliffs, sandy beaches, and welcoming atmosphere. Families can explore hidden coves, try water sports like surfing and kayaking, or simply relax by the sea while enjoying fresh seafood and local delicacies. Also pay a visit to the largest water park in the region – Slide and Splash Lagoa. They also do bird shows several times a day. Shows with birds and animals are also offered several times a day. Parents can relax in sun loungers on grassy areas and get a massage too.

5. Copenhagen, Denmark

A row of colourful buildings alongside a  river with white sailing boats

Immerse yourself in the fairytale charm of Copenhagen, Denmark’s vibrant capital. Take the whole family to Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park, explore the colourful Nyhavn waterfront, and marvel at the iconic Little Mermaid statue.

Don’t forget to indulge in all the delicious Danish pastries either! Flights from the UK average at around 1 hour 45 minutes, so you wont spend too much time trapped on a plane.

6. Black Forest, Germany

A male cyclist wearing a florescent orange top and a helmet. He is sat on his bike leaning up against a small wooden fence surrounded by green trees and a lake behind the fence.

Looking for something out of the normal beach holiday? Embark on an outdoor adventure in the enchanting Black Forest region of Germany. Families can hike through lush forests, cycle along scenic trails, and visit charming towns like Freiburg and Triberg.

Don’t miss the chance to taste an authentic Black Forest cake then ride a Rodelbahn down the side of a mountain in Gutach. A Rodelbahn is like a toboggan you sit in and roller coaster down a metal track down the hill. Kids from 3 years and up can ride with an adult. Also, if you don’t fancy flying, you could start your journey on the Eurostar.

7. Crete, Greece

Sandy Varkotopos beach in sea bay of resort village Bali. Views of shore, washed by waves with sun loungers and parasols where sunbathing tourists. Greek houses stand on the rocky shore. Crete, Greece

Experience the beauty of Crete, Greece’s largest island, where ancient history meets stunning natural landscapes. Families can explore archaeological sites like Knossos Palace, relax on pristine beaches, and indulge in delicious and kid friendly Greek cuisine. There’s also a few waterparks, like Water City where you can spend the entire day. Crete has 2 international airports with regular flights to and from the UK throughout the season.

8. Tenerife, Canary Islands

El Duque Beach aerial view in Tenerife, Spain. Crystal blue water and a sandy beach beach with a rocky mountain in the background

Explore the vibrant island of Tenerife, where sun-drenched beaches and thrilling attractions await. Families can visit Siam Park, one of the world’s best water parks, featuring exhilarating slides, lazy rivers, and a wave pool. With its year-round sunshine and diverse landscapes, Tenerife offers endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation.

9. Swiss Alps, Switzerland

3 people including a child sat on their bikes with their arms in the air. on a cycle path surrounded by grass and the alps in the background

Escape to the breathtaking Swiss Alps for a family adventure with snow-capped peaks and lush meadows. Families can enjoy hiking, biking, and scenic train rides, or try skiing and snowboarding in winter. Explore charming alpine villages like Zermatt and Grindelwald for an authentic Swiss experience, including swimming and paddling in the stunning lakes. The best time to visit with kids is from June to August. The weather is warmer and this means you can have the best time outside – for free!

10. Dubrovnik, Croatia

mother and son looking at Dubrovnik, Croatia, Europe. Looking over a walk at the boats in the harbour

Step into the medieval charm of Dubrovnik, Croatia’s stunning coastal gem. Families can walk along the iconic city walls, swim in crystal-clear waters. Just a short 15 min boat ride away from the Old Town is the natural paradise island of Lokrum, a great day trip destination for families. It’s an easy escape from the city heat and crowds since it’s filled with trees and shady pathways, with plenty of room to move around. Don’t miss the chance to sample fresh seafood and homemade gelato ice cream in the charming Old Town.

From enchanting theme parks to stunning coastal getaways and historic cities, Europe offers endless possibilities for unforgettable family summer holidays. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, these top 10 destinations are sure to create cherished memories for the whole family. So pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and embark on an unforgettable European adventure this summer!

Don’t overlook the importance of including Travel Insurance in your vacation preparations!

Kids are prone to accidents, even during sunny getaways. With Travel Insurance from GoSkippy, you’ll enjoy:

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  • Trip Cancellation: Life can throw unexpected curveballs, leading to changes in plans. Safeguard your investment with coverage for trip cancellations, providing up to £12,500 per person.
  • Lost or Delayed Baggage: Don’t let a misplaced suitcase ruin your trip. Travel Insurance offers baggage coverage of up to £3000.
  • Personal Liability: Enjoy peace of mind with coverage of up to £2 million per person in case you’re held responsible for accidental bodily injury to someone or for the loss or damage to someone’s property.

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