Europe is full of wondrous sights and cities to explore – consider a break from the norm and head somewhere complete different this year. Here are six of the best European destinations that the little ones will find a bundle of fun.
For a wealth of history, head to Rome. The Italian capital is full to the brim with ancient relics and magnificent architecture that is still impressive to this day, including the Colosseum, as recommended by the Secret Traveller. The jaw-dropping structure still manages to amaze thousands of tourists to this day. And that isn’t all it has to offer. Visit Vatican City, the city-state in the middle of Rome, to see St. Peter’s Square and the Basilica that stands in front of it, where to Pope address thousands of people. The food is just as glorious as the sights, too – don’t miss out on trying some of Rome’s famed carbonara.
Steer clear of the bustling beach towns and overcrowded resorts in Spain’s mainland and explore the quiet heritage of Andalucia instead. There are many towns here that offer and abundance of beautiful buildings, including the cathedral of Seville that boasts being one of the biggest in the entire world. But there’s so much to do in Andalucia that you’ll be just as awe-inspired as the little ones. As they lose themselves in the wonders of the beaches, complete with wind and kite surfers out on the water, you’ll be basking in the luscious surroundings of sand dunes and dramatic horizons.
Labelled by the Telegraph as the country’s coolest city, Zadar is a growing hotspot in Croatia perfect for a fun family getaway. Head there in the summer to find a beach town full of revellers soaking up the beating rays, with a warm and vibrant atmosphere flowing in the air.
Head further into the city, though, and you’ll be intoxicated by the hidden history beyond the shore – the Old Town, for example, showcases a Venetian influence through its architecture. And don’t miss any of the town’s eccentricities, either – the solar-powered light-up dancefloor on the beach is a particular highlight.
Your holiday will be awash with culture regardless of where you visit in Greece, and Crete is no exception. It’s a gorgeous, rocky island off the coast of the mainland, offering unparalleled opportunities to explore naturally stunning landscapes and scenery to no end.
Head to the redeveloped ancient town of Knossos for a taste of ancient civilisation that children can explore to their heart’s content. Where you’re done, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum showcases finds from Knossos that have been preserved, including the enchanting Snake Goddess.
The Algarve is a sprawling region in the very south of Portugal, but its scale beckons for a modest stint of travelling in order to see it all. For a laidback and relaxed vibe, head to the old town of Lagos, complete with cobbled streets for you all to stroll down and explore.
And when you’re wanting to get the energy flowing, Albufeira is the place to go. It’s teeming with tourists and locals alike, with incredible beaches, delectable restaurants and a lively atmosphere day and night. It’s here that you’ll also find the Zoomarine waterpark, with this YouTube video highlighting how you’re able to take a swim with dolphins.
It isn’t near the coast, but taking the kids to Brittany makes for a very different type of family holiday. It’s here in the French town that you’ll be able to witness rolling fields, luscious greenery and genuine farmhouses to stay in, making the town a very low key and quiet affair – perfect if you want a quiet getaway.
There are beaches in Brittany to unwind upon if you wish, but there’s more to be had inland. The kids will love exploring the sleepy weekend markets that offer everything from homemade cheese to clothes, and the small restaurants you’ll find as you slowly stroll through the small towns offer some of the most gorgeous dishes to be found in the whole of France.
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