Family-friendly destinations in Europe

Family-friendly destinations in Europe

Europe is a diverse and exciting continent with hundreds of places to visit. Although a lot of the appeal of Europe is based around its rich history, there are plenty of destinations where you can get your cultural fix and still keep the kids happy. We take a look at five of the best child friendly destinations in Europe.

Corfu, Greece

Corfu is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations for families – particularly with Aussies and the Brits. It is one of the safest of the Greek islands and much more family-oriented than some of the renowned ‘party’ islands such as Mykonos and Lesbos.

Corfu's beautiful coastline - don't forget your bucket and spade!
Corfu’s beautiful coastline – don’t forget your bucket and spade!

The island is renowned for its stunning unspoilt scenery and vineyards. However, you don’t have to worry about the kids getting bored in Corfu as there are calm and picturesque beaches with a wide range of activities such as snorkeling, sailing, diving and horse riding available. The most popular family beaches include: Kavos, Benitses and Gouvia. Don’t leave Corfu without taking the kids to Aqualand Water Park – a massive theme park with water slides, wave pools and more.

Costa del Sol, Spain

Spain’s Costa del Sol has everything you could possibly ask for in a family holiday- and more. While it may have elements of a cliché European holiday destination, the kids will certainly be happy.

The Costa del Sol is a long stretch of coastline on the Mediterranean coast of Spain and includes the cities of Malaga and Marbella – most international flights arrive into Malaga airport. There are dozens of theme parks and water parks across the region with Tivoli World theme park being the largest and most popular – a perfect day out for the kids.

South-West England

South-west England isn’t what most of us Aussies picture England to be like – it’s a very relaxed and beautiful part of the country and a great place for a family holiday. There are four main areas of south-west England – Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and Devon – all with their own typically English charm. Picture rolling green hills, a dramatic coastline and enchanting English stone cottages.

A very popular destination for English families, the south-west region is best visited during the summer months when the beautiful beaches are alive with tourists and locals alike. Horse-riding is also a very popular activity in the region.

Kids love the wild Dartmoor ponies
Kids love the wild Dartmoor ponies

Nice, France

Nice – on the Mediterranean southern coast of France – is one of those places you’ll want to head back to year after year. Much different to the hectic lifestyle in Paris, Nice is perfectly designed for a family holiday.

During the warm months, you’ll see dozens of kids flying kites or building sandcastles along the Promenade des Anglais. You can watch them enjoy themselves while you sip on a coffee or cold drink at one of the many cafes lining the popular beach. Another good place to take the children is the Parc des Miniatures – with hundreds of model buildings of famous local buildings.

Obergurgl, Austria

Although the majority of the European destinations we have looked at so far are best visited during the northern hemisphere summer – there are still plenty of ways to have a great family holiday during the winter months.

Europe is home to some of the world’s best ski slopes, and one of the best ski resorts for families is Obergurgl, Austria. The slopes and resorts at Obergurgl cater perfectly for young children and you’ll find dozens of ski schools for your little ones. Another bonus is that all kids under the age of 8 ski for free in Obergurgl – and there are significant reductions up until the age of 16.

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Jenny Kellett

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Jenny Kellett started TravelGoss in 2012 as a fun way of combining her passions for writing and travel. She works as a freelance journalist in Melbourne but jets off whenever her bank balance allows her to!

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