Whenever you travel, you don’t always have to go where everyone knows your name, but you do want to go somewhere that you’ll feel welcome. Luckily, for families who travel in Europe, there are several friendly countries that make up the continent. Here are four family friendly islands where you’ll be received with open arms!
A manageable four-hour flight from the UK and no time difference to contend with, Lanzarote is worth considering when you have smaller ones in tow and want to get away from it all. This island in the Canaries has an overwhelming choice of family friendly hotels, replete with fantastically appropriate swimming pools and kids’ clubs to keep every utterance of “I’m bored” firmly under wraps.
Such is the scale of some of the family hotels, there’s a broad range of dining options, so even the fussiest little eaters’ appetites can be satisfied. Outside the gates of these sprawling hotel resorts, there are plenty of day trips to get out and appreciate this island properly, from glass-bottom boat trips to national parks. There are even camel rides on offer for the more adventurous little nomads!
The Canarian island of Tenerife has always been a firm family holiday favourite, thanks to its brilliant beaches and a wide range of family-friendly activities. There’s also that superb sunshine, of course.
Consider travelling to the resort of Costa Adeje, as you’ll be close to the mega-resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas as well and can take advantage of their facilities. Take the kids whale and dolphin watching for an exciting afternoon spotting these amazing sea creatures, or head inland and visit Parque Nacional del Teide. It’s a 40-minute journey from Costa Adeje and home to El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. The dramatic vistas from El Teide will have everyone oohing and aahing as you make the leisurely journey to the summit by cable car.
The wonderful Balearic island of Majorca is fantastically easy to get to. In fact, it’s only just over a two-hour flight from London, which makes it an especially good option for fidgety little ones.
Try C’an Picafort on the Bay of Alcudia on the north of the island. It’s a lesser-known area but boasts a fantastic beach that has gentle waters for paddling tots and sand that is brilliant for a day building sandcastle metropolis’. For teens looking for adventure, there’s plenty of watersport too, and the Hidropark is only a 20-minute drive away when you’re ready to escape the beach and spend the day trying out the flumes and wave machines at this fun-filled waterpark.
The Greek island of Corfu, west of the mainland, is known as the Emerald Isle thanks to the olive trees that thrive on the hills in the wonderful Mediterranean climate. It’s a hot-spot for families and if you stay around the historic Corfu Town, kids can enjoy the numerous ice-cream parlours while mum and dad marvel at the architecture and appreciate the heritage this town has to offer. When window shopping is exhausted and dining on fresh Greek cuisine for lunch is over, take a boat from Corfu Town to the tiny island of Vido for an afternoon on a secluded beach.
Take a trip to any of these islands and you and your family will be enjoying total holiday bliss.