Getting from A to B can be a hassle the best of times, but trying to get there with kids in tow can be, well, nothing short of an experience! With summer just around the corner, we’ve chosen our top holiday destinations that promise adventures, exploration of new cultures, relaxation and sun and fun for the whole family. And with travel times less than 5 hours in duration, you can save time, money and most importantly hassle jetting off to these Top 7 budget family-friendly holiday locations.
Stunning, sweeping deserts, rugged coastlines and winding labyrinthine streets, Morocco is one of the most diverse places in Africa. Whether you’re hiking across the Atlas Mountains; exploring the caves and waterfalls; shopping in the richly coloured souqs; enjoying sweet teas and spice-infused tajines or simply admiring the panoramic views and star-blanketed skies, holidaying in Morocco with its 300 days of sunshine, promises simple, unexpected pleasures for the whole family.
Travel Tip: Take the time to visit Essaouira: dubbed the ‘Windy City of Africa’, holiday accommodation in the port offers a rich cultural mix of everything found in the main city of Marrakech but with fewer tourists, and a vast beach.
Whether booking holiday accommodation in the old-age city of Porto, the Mediterranean climate of Lisbon with its mix of traditional and contemporary culture or a holiday letting near the rich and beautiful coastal, sandy coves of Lagos, Portugal is a holiday spot just waiting for exploration. For activities the whole fammily can enjoy, kayak the warm, turquoise seas; hike through the historic villages or simply catch some rays on the fantastic, sandy beaches.
Rich, cultural history? Check. Mediterranean weather? Check. Adventure through both land and food. Check, and check again! A favourite for regular travellers, holiday lettings fit seamlessly against the backdrop of Croatia’s beauty: stretching from its island-speckled coastline to dramatic waterfalls and continuing past snap-worthy lakes.
Good times and fabulousness are bountiful in the energetic bohemian city you had no idea you needed to visit – that is, until now! Head off from your San Francisco holiday apartment and jump onto the iconic cable cars where places like the Mission District – with its melting pot of Latina culture, street food and cool kids ooze from every corner – and Dogpatch – the artsy, gastronomical neighborhood with waterfront views – await you. With more organic farmer markets and restaurants per capita in the whole of North America, cuisine to feed both the mind and soul will be easy to come by.
With captivating cities like Rome, Florence and Venice, Italy boasts gems to suit every traveller – even the pickiest in the family! With each city embodying its very own personality, charm and distinctive cultural catalogue, Italy is the holiday destination where art, life and food intermingle to the highest degrees of effortless satisfaction.
Housed within one of the most passionate counties in Europe, Barcelona is the quirky capital where anything can happen, and that you’ll want to! With a personality embodied within the fantastical architecture; bustling culinary scene of both sophisticated and simple dishes and anchoring of the golden, sandy beaches, holidaying in Barcelona will offer adventures and memories more diverse than you could ever imagine.
Star of the Mediterranean, Mallorca’s (Majorca) rise to one of the most loved Balearic islands can be summed up in one factor: its beautiful coast. With more than 200 beaches speckled along a 420-mile coastline, book a holiday letting to the north where golden sands and warm, shallow waters, like the laid back Playa de Muro, await. Perfect for families, tranquil holiday accommodations in the area are situated in between cozy bars and restaurants plating spectacular hearty-dishes like suckling pig, all whilst offering views back onto the sea. Beaches in the south are just as captivating, including Cala Llombard and Es Trenc. Insulated with a wild and natural feel, Es Trenc is home to crystal-clear waters whilst Cala Llombard offers just as much seclusion, albeit framed by boathouses nodding away on the turquoise sea from days gone past.
So concludes – for now - our top 7 destinations to jet off to for summer-madness with the whole family. The little ones will be so excited, they’ll want to save their energy the ony way they know how!