Most of us love getting away from the daily routine by taking a holiday, and summer is the perfect time to do so. For some, the destination isn’t too important; they simply want somewhere they can relax and do something a little different. For others, however, we’re overwhelmed with the number of beautiful places in the world, And we want to share all of them with our children. Especially if you have young children, travelling long-haul can be quite a feat, so in this post I’m looking at some of the most popular destinations for family holidays right here in Europe.
You might be surprised that Germany is on this list at all, but there’s more to this wonderful country than good beer and sausages (though there are indeed both of those things in abundance). For those keen to teach your children about history, Germany is a great place to head to visit their holocaust memorial and the remnants of the Berlin Wall. Alternatively, you can head to the Black Forest for a peaceful atmosphere amongst Germany’s natural beauty.
Staying in the UK is an obvious choice for some and a complete no-no for others. We understand if you’d rather get away, but hear us out; the UK is beautiful too! Aside from the stunning architecture, amazing events and rich history to be discovered in London. Areas such as Cornwall have beautiful beaches, and with the weather we’ve been experiencing recently, these can even rival the Caribbean! For outdoorsy types, the Scottish Highlands are truly breath-taking and offer a fantastic backdrop for walking or hiking as you unwind.
As well as the unrivalled culinary delights, Italy has plenty to offer for a summer family holiday in Europe. From the famous landmarks of Rome to the rolling hills of Tuscany, the gorgeous towns along the Amalfi coast and the splendour of the Italian lakes, there are so many destinations to enjoy in this beautiful country. One trip simply isn’t enough; you’ll have to return repeatedly until you’ve experienced it all.
Perhaps the most obvious choice for a European summer holiday so far, Spain is a popular choice amongst Brits. As well as the tourist hotspots along the Costa del Sol, city breaks in Barcelona and Madrid offer marvellous architecture, rich cultural history and ‘foodie’ heaven. The region of Andalucía is home to Seville, Córdoba and Granada, which are all fantastic cities offering different atmospheres and plenty to do. Of course, there are also tonnes of fabulous beaches and near – guaranteed great weather.
Admittedly not the biggest competition they’ve won this year, but France should still be proud to have made it to our number one European holiday destination. Wandering through Paris is like living in a real-life film set, and there’s plenty to do even with little ones in tow. Similarly, the celebrity hotspot of the Côte d’Azur is by no means a no-go for families, and to keep it more budget friendly check out holiday campsites in France which offer all the benefits of staying on an activities-packed resort, whilst also being just a stone’s throw from glittering towns such as Cannes, Nice and St Tropez. Lesser known areas of France are also seriously underrated, so wherever you decide to go in France, we’re convinced you’ll find heaps to do and see.
Although social media threads encourage us to travel further and further from home, this list is proof that some destinations are popular for a reason, and are worth visiting time and time again. So save yourself the hassle of the long haul and enjoy all that Europe has to offer for your family holiday this summer.
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