Top 20 household summer time holidays in Europe | Travel

Want sea, sandcastles, journey, a metropolis break, tenting, only a pool? We choose holidays throughout Europe to maintain everybody, from tiny tots to sulky teenagers, in a sunny temper

Beach hopping … campervanning down the coast of Portugal.

Campervanning, Portugal
Van rent €1,302
Best for ages 10+
Type of journey Adventure
Road journeys at all times make nice adventures, particularly with the novelty of sleeping in a campervan and the thrill of plotting a route on the map. The coast of Portugal, from Porto all the way down to Lisbon, makes a super route, filled with seashores, surf breaks, tradition, scrumptious low cost meals and alternatives for spontaneity. The Caravan and Motorhome Club’s guidebook, Touring Spain and Portugal, is useful for campsites, but it surely’s price grabbing the possibility to wild camp: simply swing in the direction of the ocean at any time when a turn-off appears to be like promising.
• Price is for every week’s rent of a Fiat motorhome with two double beds, selecting up Porto and dropping off Lisbon, in summer time

Artist’s abodes, Lanzarote

Jameos del Agua, designed by the local artist Cesar Manrique on Lanzarote.

Jameos del Agua, designed by the native artist Cesar Manrique on Lanzarote. Photograph: Getty Images

Villa for Four £1,005
Best for ages 2-6
Type of journey Culture
Haria is a fascinating village of palm bushes and vibrant pale facades, so it’s no surprise Lanzarote’s most well-known artist, César Manrique, lived out his days right here in a home and studio, now open to the general public. Snooping via his 1960s furnishings, tropical crops and artworks is enjoyable even for tots, as are his different properties-turned-museums – the Volcano House, with underground rooms inside a lava subject, the Cactus Garden, and the Jameos del Agua – huge caves containing a bar, swimming pools, nightclub, concert corridor and cafe.
• Price is for every week on the finish of July in a two-bedroom bungalow at Villas Finca la Crucite, which share a pool, in Haria

Casa rural, Spain


House for Four €1,050
Best for ages Zero-7
Type of journey Village life
The seashores and coast of Andalucía are 50 minutes’ drive away, limitless mountain trails lie on the doorstep, Málaga’s galleries and eating places are inside straightforward attain for a day journey, and the native village has fabulous markets and an olive oil co-operative. But should you can drag the youngsters away from the swimming pools, mini golf, playground, trampoline, enjoying subject, pizza cafe and trikes at Baby Friendly Boltholes’ cluster of 12 casas rurales in Cantueso, we’ll be impressed.
• Price is for every week for 4 in August in a easy two-bedroom home

Coastal cabin, Denmark

Hvide Sande, Denmark

Hvide Sande, Denmark Photograph: Alamy

House for 10 €1,229
Best for ages All
Type of journey Beach
We’re used to imitating the Danes’ type and delicacies now, so possibly it’s time to holiday like them, too. The West Jutland coast is awash with metropolis people’ fashionable summerhouses: low-lying, clapboard-clad and tucked between sand dunes. The village of Blåvand, on a white sand spit close to Esbjerg, home to pink deer and plenty of artists, is an efficient base for exploring the coast, Skjern Edge river delta and Ringkobing Fjord, and (for these courageous sufficient) dips within the North Sea. Houses right here begin at underneath €600 for every week in August, however home ID 30589683, which sleeps 10, has a whirlpool and sauna and is 50 metres from the seaside. Legoland is an hour away, Esbjerg 30minutes.
• Price is for every week in August in home ID 30589683. Ryanair flights to Billund from Stansted value round £100 return on August weekends

Thrills and spills, French Pyrenees

Riding trottinette off-road scooters at Adventure Creators’ base near Bagnères de Luchon

trottinette off-road scooters at Adventure Creators’ base close to Bagnères-de-Luchon

Self-catering From €395pp
Best for ages eight+
Type of journey Activity
River rafting, river boarding, river strolling, kayaking, canyoning and waterfall-rappelling present the kicks on a summer time multi-activity bundle close to Bagnères-de-Luchon with Adventure Creators, based mostly within the Ariège area. Non-riverine motion can embody through ferrata, caving, horse driving, trottinette – a cross between mountain biking and downhill scootering – and monitoring wild brown bears. Hosts, together with founder Penny, have glorious information of native wildlife, walks and issues to do when not amping up the adrenalin.
• Price is beginning fee for every week in August, together with six actions. Trips run June-October. Fly to Toulouse with Ryanair, easyJet, Flybe or Jet2

Myths and magic, Greece

Coffee shop at Milopotamos beach on the Pelion.

Coffee store at Milopotamos seaside on the Pelion. Photograph: Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty Images

Suite for Three from £1,000
Best for ages Zero-Three
Type of journey Culture
The 60-mile Pelion peninsula, north of Athens, drips with mythology, historical past and attraction, and is dotted with whitewashed villages with leafy squares by which to munch walnut cake and purchase crafts. There are additionally Byzantine church buildings, museums in provincial capital Volos and the standard hill village of Milies, and well-preserved mansions. This is Greece at its greatest, with glorious seashores besides. At the Esperos Suites, in Lafkos, 9 self-catering villas round an infinity pool sleep three – nice for with a child or toddler.
• Price is for every week in July/August, together with automotive rent. From Thessaloniki airport, it’s a 3¾-hour drive; it’s additionally doable to fly to Skiathos, 2 hours away by boat and taxi

Mountain biking, Romania

mother and daughter  mountain biking near Belis Fantanele Lake, Transylvania

Photograph: Stefan Cristian Cioata/Getty Images

Self-guided €370pp
Best for ages 14+
Type of journey Adventure
On a self-guided mountain-biking tour of the Carpathians, distant villages present pleasant lodging after days driving trails and single-lane tracks between three massifs. Beginning and ending in Bucharest, the journey takes in hills and woodland, pastures and gorges, and Dracula’s Castle in Bran. The stage of issue is medium, with a most of 37km biking and 750 metres of ascent every day.
• Price contains baggage transfers, all meals and 5 nights in village guesthouses; bike rental is €60 for six days

Style and salt water, Menorca

Biniatram Agroturisme, Menorca.

Flat for Four €1,225
Best for ages All
Type of journey Beach
“More bird song than Pete Tong” is how Lonely Planet describes Menorca, the wilder Balearic isle. It nonetheless shares the boho genes of the opposite islands, within the beguiling cities of Maó and Ciutadella, and on the smattering of beautiful hoteles rurales – reinventions of hamlets as fashionable agrotourisms. Menorca’s seashores are spectacular: Cala d’Algaiarens within the north has a number of the greatest, and emptiest, stretches of sand round. Biniatram agrotourism, an previous farmhouse deep within the countryside, has seven flats and eight visitor rooms, a swimming pool and a sports activities subject. It additionally has its personal “private trail”, on which visitors can stroll to the seaside in 25 minutes.
• The value is for every week in an condo for 4 on the finish of July. An elective every day maid service and breakfast (€eight adults, €Four little one) is obtainable

Climbing camp, Provence


Photograph: Alamy

Pitch from €350
Best for ages 5+
Type of journey Activity
The medieval village of Orpierre, within the Hautes-Alpes départment of Provence, is surrounded by the type of cliffs that make rock climbers drool, then sweat. While consultants tackle the challenges of the Quiquillon, Belleric and Adrech faces, freshmen can deal with the Quatre Heures cliff or, on the very least, the inflatable climbing tower and climbing partitions at Camping des Princes d’Orange. The massive campsite, with 124 shady pitches on wood decks, plus cell houses and posh tents, has all of the amenities children go loopy for – swimming pool with slides, mini golf, movie room and bike rent.
• Price is for a pitch for 3 for every week in late July. Bungalows from €756. Take the Eurostar to Avignon or fly to Grenoble with Jet2 from Stansted, or easyJet from Birmingham

Farm keep, Austria

Bauernhof Zieplhof, Austria.

Double €532 B&B
Best for ages 2-10
Type of journey Mountains
Austria is an untapped useful resource in relation to healthful household holidays, particularly these with scope for lamb-petting and chicken-chasing. Lovely wood chalets and family-friendly farms are handily listed on the Tyrol tourism web site, with scents of contemporary cow dung and drying hay to tempt urbanites. Bauernhof Zieplhof has great views over what are in winter ski slopes, plus a big playground, pets and pony driving (free for visitors).
• Price is for a household and two young children sharing an en suite room

City break, Leipzig

Sidewalk cafe in the Naschmarkt behind the Altes Rathaus, Leipzig

Cafe within the Naschmarkt behind the Altes Rathaus, Leipzig Photograph: Alamy

Flat for Four €125 an evening
Best for ages 10+
Type of journey Culture
Leipzig, in japanese Germany, was famously the home of Mendelssohn, Wagner and Bach, so kids studying classical music may take pleasure in recitals in St Thomas church and visiting the Bach museum. There’s additionally the Panometer, a 360-degree cinematic panorama inside an previous fuel works (at the moment exhibiting a movie concerning the Titanic), and canoe journeys alongside the town’s waterways to newly created lakes exterior. Day journey choices embody Dresden, half-timbered Erfurt and the Elbe sandstone mountains, used as a location for the Chronicles of Narnia, Cloud Atlas and Grand Budapest Hotel, and home to the gorgeous Painter’s Way.
• Price is for August on the Arcona Living Bach, which has brightly colored rooms with enlarged music scores on the partitions

Island escape, Croatia

Fisherman’s House, Sveti Klement, Croatia

Price for Four £263 half-board
Best for ages 13+
Type of journey Beach
While all of the 20-year-olds hit the bars of Hvar Town, your brood can zip away from the jetty in an inflatable speedboat, as visitors of The Fisherman’s House on Sveti Klement, a Maldivian atoll lookalike west of Hvar. The Matejevic household, with their canines, cats and youngsters, run a easy six-room pension by the turquoise water of Vlaka Bay, which is right for swimming from the pebble seaside, hammock swinging, and working wild. Older teenagers can stroll across the island, stopping at seashores alongside the way in which – or petition to be allowed a water-taxi over to Hvar to occasion.
• Price is per night time for 2 interconnecting rooms in July or August

Mountain hut, Switzerland

Hiking at the Engstligen falls in Adelboden, Switzerland

Hiking on the Engstligen falls in Adelboden. Photograph: Getty Images

Hut for 9 €620
Best for ages 6+
Type of journey Adventure
Climbing up and up a mountain to a distant spot to the place you’re going to spend every week might be unbelievably thrilling for kids, particularly these who have learn Heidi and might be aware of the bleat of goats, little wood cabins and views of the mountains “on fire” at sundown. The Swiss vacationer board has created an Airbnb of mountain huts with its new devoted web site, One cute choice is the Wegscheide Weidhutte on a hillside in Achsten, close to Adelboden, sleeping 9 in three easy bedrooms.
• Price is for every week in August

Camping enjoyable, Corsica

Tent, hammock and toys, Camping Le Campoloro

Pitch from €49
Best for ages Four-17
Type of journey Beach
Imagine a laid-back, French model of a US summer time camp and also you’re near what Camping Le Campoloro, a big fun-filled campsite in Corsica, is about. There are video games, crafts and exhibits within the children’ and juniors’ golf equipment, whereas for youngsters there are desk tennis tournaments and DJs till midnight. Oaks shade a lot of the positioning, on the island’s east coast, and there are three swimming pools, plus a seaside a brief stroll away. Well-spaced pitches are a beneficiant 100 sq. metres, and there are additionally cottages and wood chalets.
• Price is per night time for 2, further folks €6-€eight per night time, under-3s free

Lakeside tenting, Switzerland

Camping Manor Farm, Switzerland

Pitch from €290
Best for ages 2+
Type of journey Activity
With 4 pretty lake seashores inside quick access, nobody will complain they’d relatively be beside the seaside on a holiday to Interlaken, within the Jungfrau area. Manor Farm campsite, with pedalos and dinghy crusing, is the one one straight on Lake Thun, and is surrounded by the fantastic Bernese Oberland mountains. It’s open all yr and moreover pitches for tents and plots for campervans there are chalets and cell houses to hire, plus two family-friendly eating places to select from. There are pretty walks available across the lake and alongside rivers, and for a break from the good outdoor it’s not far to the city centre with its fairly previous timber-frame homes and cafe-filled streets.
• The value is for a pitch and 4 folks for every week. There are additionally absolutely geared up bungalow tents sleeping six for €770 every week

Wild seashores, Galway, Ireland

Riding at Rusheen Bay, Galway

Riding at Rusheen Bay, Galway Photograph: Alamy

House for 7 €1,058
Best for ages 2-12
Type of journey Activity
Plentiful kid-friendly adventures await on Galway’s rugged coast, beautiful seashores and the Wild Atlantic Way footpath. These embody Burren Nature Sanctuary, with its goats and fairy trails; watersports on enclosed Rusheen Bay; Rinville forest park and chateau; Slieve Aughty driving centre; Jump Lanes indoor trampolining; and Leisureland with its indoor swimming pools and slides. Renting a home with Kid and Coe means vibrant, gentle interiors and family-friendliness are assured. The Oran Close Residence, 10 minutes’ drive from Galway metropolis, is filled with toys and books, the kitchen has an enormous blackboard, and the youngsters’ room has bunks, a spare trolley mattress and en suite bathe room. There are two different double bedrooms.
• Price is for every week in August

Hello Romeo, Verona

Restaurants in and the Roman Arena, Piazza Bra, Verona

Restaurants in and the Roman Arena, Piazza Bra, Verona Photograph: Alamy

Flat for Four £660
Best for ages eight+
Type of journey Culture
Showing teenagers Juliet’s “actual” balcony is bound to assist encourage them in relation to finding out Shakespeare, and oldsters received’t have to fret about fussy younger eaters within the land of pizza and pasta. Verona’s splendour extends to the Roman amphitheatre, church buildings and charming piazzas, and its proximity to Lake Garda, Padua and Venice is a bonus for an extended keep. Staying simply exterior the town retains prices down: Le Coste Historical Apartments, a pink interval constructing with pool, is a 15-minute drive from city, inside attain of wineries and the Roman baths of Caldiero.
• Price is for every week in August

Feasts and enjoyable, Umbria

children playing at Villa Pia, Umbria, Tuscany

Adult/little one £905/£470pp
Best for ages Zero-10
Type of journey Activity/stress-free
Among olive groves and vineyards near the Tuscan border, the idyllic 15th-century Villa Pia’s two swimming swimming pools, sand pit, trampoline and indoor delicate play, plus children’ cookery and artwork lessons, imply the nippers will barely discover you’re MIA, snoozing on the terrace with an Aperol spritz. Meals (all included) are epic feasts of pasta and Tuscan fare, and there’s all the pieces mother and father want, from purees on faucet to babysitters.
• Price is for every week in class summer time holidays in a household room together with most meals; under-twos go free

Surfing and crusing, Aquitaine, France

Biscarosse Plage

Photograph: Alamy

Cabin for Four £1,092
Best for ages 2 and up
Type of journey Lake/exercise
Popular with Dutch, German and Belgian households however but to be a magnet for many Brits, Biscarosse, in France’s Aquitaine area, is a pure playground of surf seashores, pine forests and peaceable lakes for swimming in. Cottages du Lac, a lakeside assortment of wood chalets and flats, has three swimming pools, scorching tub, boules, desk tennis, and sports activities pitches. Its lake crusing faculty rents dinghies and canoes, and bikes could be employed for the croissant run to Parentis village.
• Price is for every week in a two-bedroom cabin in July/early Aug

Pristine seas, Sicily

Villaggio l’Oasi, Favignana, Sicily

Room for Four €189 B&B
Best for ages 6+
Type Beach
Favignana, one of many stunning Egadi islands off north-west Sicily, is the place in-the-know Sicilians escape to for lazy days of swimming in crystalline water, sunbathing on (and leaping from) the rocks that encompass most coves, and to feasting on native tuna, and pasta with tomato and almonds. Village Oasi Favignana, inside an previous limestone quarry, has a lodge and 4 flats round a Jacuzzi, solar terrace and backyard, and arranges boat journeys to the opposite Egadi islands. Ferries run to the island from Marsala and Trapani, linked by bus to Palermo airport.
• Price is for an evening in a household room in late July-early August. Apartments from €1,200 every week for 4 in July or August

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