The biggest stumbling block with any family holiday is choosing a destination that everybody will enjoy, but there are plenty of options that have so much to see and do that even the fussiest children will have to admit they’ve had a great time.
Take a look at our top five recommendations for family holiday hotspots and think about the one that best suits your household.
Whether you choose to go island-hopping or visit the mainland, Greece is a family holiday treasure that brings together a little of everything you want in a break. Beautiful weather, safe beaches and amazing food are just the tip of the iceberg here, with plenty of water sports to try, ancient sites to visit and traditional markets to snag a bargain.
If you’re an active family, there are plenty of hiking opportunities, through canyons and forests, but trying special local food and drinks is how you’ll make lasting memories in Greece. For the adults, there are some unique liqueurs and coffees, while the kids will love experimenting with mezze plates.
There is plenty more information on holidays in Greece so be sure to look at which islands and resorts are best suited to your needs.
If you haven’t considered Croatia for a family holiday before, now’s the time to take a closer look at this idyllic destination.Playing host to a handful of Unesco World Heritage Sites, alongside some of the most ‘shareable’ beaches in the world, you can get the best of every holiday style in one place. Cosmopolitan Dubrovnik combines a picturesque Old Town with the modern quarter, creating a hybrid city that caters to all tastes and has become known for being a Game of Thrones location, too. For something more secluded and chilled, head to one of the surrounding islands or spend days in the national parks.
It might sound like an unusual choice for a family holiday, and in some respects it is, but Iceland is an exciting country filled with traditions to learn about, natural wonders and some really unexpected foods to try.
Known as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland is made up of extremes, from volcanoes and hot bubbling geysers through to glaciers, ice hotels and the Northern Lights. Head to the capital city of Reykjavik and you can enjoy a thriving and upmarket destination that is packed with art galleries, restaurants and live music venues. Adventurous kids will enjoy the chance to try some unusual dishes, such as skyr, a yoghurt/cheese hybrid, but don’t worry, as incredible hot dogs are also on the menu, as well as a number of deep-fried sweet doughy treats.
Nobody forgets a trip to Vietnam, with its combination of luxurious beaches, floating markets, breathtaking scenery and hidden ancient temples. It’s not just the pristine stretches of sand that will tempt you and your family though, nor the vivid blue waters, but the contrasts of peaceful seclusion and bustling cities that make for sensory overload.
There’s a lot of history to discover in Vietnam, from city architecture to temples visible across rice fields, and when it comes to food, the street scene is incredible. Kids will love trying different dishes in Hanoi and sampling treats at local markets, before strapping on some comfortable shoes and going on a trek. That’s how vibrant and diverse this country is – no two experiences have to be particularly linked!
A unique combination of historical sites, upmarket shopping and amazing casual dining, Rome is perfect for families that don’t want to be cooped up in a hotel or laying on a beach for their entire break.
With more sightseeing opportunities than you’ll be able to visit in one break, from the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum and Vatican City, every day will provide exploration and fun, with some of the best pizza and pasta dishes in the whole world thrown in for good measure. Best of all is that the huge number of restaurants cater to all budgets, so you can get a taste of the real Rome, without having to worry about the purse strings.
From cultural city breaks to long-haul explorations, family holidays are veering away from the tried-and-tested European beach holiday model, though there will always be a place for a sandy retreat with excellent weather.