Thursday, January 26, 2017

Perfect European Seaside Holiday Destinations For Families ♥

Travel is something we've been thinking a lot about recently as a family. Jacek is longing for a break somewhere sunny and warm again, Tyler is longing for long, lazy beach days and I just want sunshine and flowers in bloom once again so that I can take some beautiful, summery pictures once more.

Our annual family holiday is something we look forward to as soon as the previous one has come to an end and it's something we save up for all year round. It's so important for Jacek and I to instill a feeling of wanderlust upon our children and to make them love exploring new places just as much as we do.

One thing we'll be changing about or holiday arrangements this year though is the type of accommodation we stay in. We're hoping to stay in a villa rather than a hotel, as Jacek and I both feel as though they're much more family friendly and after last years disastrous hotel stay, I'm definitely wanting to embrace a relaxing stay in a villa just for us. Sites such as Villa Plus offer some amazing family-friendly villas, all available in the destinations I'm speaking about below too.

There are so many stunning destinations dotted around Europe which are perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying some quality time together as a family. Today I'm sharing some of my favourite destinations, all of which Jacek and myself have holidayed at (separately and together) and which are perfect for enjoyable and relaxing family holidays.

Crete, Greece
Jacek and I went to Crete in July 2013 and we've both been longing to go back since. The island is perfect for family holidays and is just a four hour or so plane ride away from the UK and Ireland.

There are many great places to stay just a stones throw from the beach - perfect for little ones who like to play in the sand and swim in the warm waters around the island. Most places to stay are also just a short walk away from strips which offer everything you need from supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants and shops.

There is so much culture and history in Crete and lots of interesting places to visit such as Knossos - which Jacek and I visited during our stay - if you and your family like to do some sight-seeing whilst on holiday. The people in Crete are all very friendly and accommodating to those with families, making the island the perfect holiday destination for you and your family. 

The Algarve, Portugal
This is where we went on our first family holiday abroad back in 2014 and it was a fabulous destination for us.

The beaches are beautiful with their golden sands, caves and archways - perfect for little explorers and everything is close to hand with restaurants, shops, pharmacies being in close proximity to each other on the strips.

The Algarve is the perfect place to relax with your family - the weather is glorious, the family-friendly atmosphere is apparent wherever you go and the coastal views are simply stunning.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands
This is where my family and I used to holiday when I was a child and I have the fondest memories of lying on the beaches there and watching the planes fly overhead (we used to stay very close to the airport).

The beaches in Lanzarote are very family-friendly and there is so much to see and do from visiting volcanoes, bike riding along the coast, visiting the vineyards or simply lounging by the pool. Lanzarote offers a whole lot of activities no matter what your family is into.

The climate in Lanzarote is especially lovely for those travelling with babies and toddlers as the mild breezes offer some relief from the sun. 

Majorca, Balearic Islands
Majorca is a fabulous destination for families with it's laid-back beach resorts, beautiful beaches and stylish cities, this is an island which offers a whole lot of beauty for your buck.

This is an island I am yet to visit but Jacek has been and thoroughly enjoyed his holiday there and would be more than happy to return to it's gorgeous beaches one day.

Croatia is an up and coming holiday destination for families and and one which my family would love to visit for ourselves one day.

Croatia is perfect for families with it's uncrowded, beautiful beaches, historical treasures and sleepy villages, all sure to offer you and your loved ones a peaceful and relaxing holiday experience.

Have you ever been to any of my recommended European seaside destinations? Which would be your favourite out of the five to visit?


1 comment

  1. I have been to Majorca many times as a child. It is a good destination for a family in my opinion if you don't necessarily go to the main capital. It is not too far away from Ireland either.
    I have been to Greece too. An island called Rhodes. Kids would have to be a bit older though I think. The best bet would be Portugal now I think.


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