15 Fun-Tastic Family Holidays
Looking for the best holiday hotspots for fabulous family holidays? There’s nothing better than having fun in the sun with your loved ones, big and little, and we've rounded up the top 15 fun family holidays for 2017 that offer cracking value, great amenities, splash-tastic pools and awesome beaches. If you're not sure where to go for fun in the sun and need a little inspiration, we have the top family holiday destinations that will make the most of your budget. Plus, find out which holiday hotspot boasts no less than 25 golden beaches!
If you've got the tots in tow, we've got the top travel hacks for keeping the kids happy on family holidays.
PALMA NOVA, MAJORCA
Fun-loving Palma Nova, on the most popular Balearic Island of Majorca, offers a sweeping sandy beach, a nice amount of buzz and is superbly located for waterparks, watersports and day trips. You’ve got brilliant Blue Flag beaches here, backed by a full-of-life promenade that’s perfect for a stroll. All ages will love getting a hole in one at Golf Fantasia, or you can walk to the waterpark or Go Kart track in Magaluf with ease. Whether you fancy all inclusive hotels in Majorca or fancy a bargain last minute holiday in Majorca, this Balearic island is a surefire hit for family holidays.
We've rounded up the best family resorts in Majorca so you can make the most of your idyllic Balearic Island escape.
MASPALOMAS, GRAN CANARIA
The beating heart of Portugal’s beautiful Algarve coast, Albufeira is where all the holiday action happens. Albufeira holidays top the charts with nearby waterparks, nightlife, fun towns and great watersports. Whitewashed buildings, a magnificent horseshoe marina and 25 brilliant beaches make this resort super popular with parents and kids alike. An easy 30-minute drive from the airport, combined with a short flight of under three hours makes Portugal a hassle-free solution to family travel.
Sitting proudly on Turkey’s famous Turquoise Coast, Marmaris is great for families with kids fo all ages with a huge array of entertainment, bars, family friendly restaurants and hotels to suit every budget. From its gleaming marina to its ancient castle, there’s plenty to explore in this sundrenched Turkish delight. Don’t miss the dancing fountains on the town square or a day out at the Atlantis waterpark. If you fancy a change of scene, you can stroll along the pretty promenade all the way to Icmeler – or why not catch the ferry to Rhodes?
With some of the best winter sunshine and a dazzling array of luxe hotels including four star all inclusives with waterslides, watersports and brilliant buffets, Dubai really does have something for everyone. Tick off the world-class aquarium, swim with dolphins, hit the slopes at the indoor skiing centre (with real snow!) or simply stick to the amazing beaches and award-winning waterparks! Find cheap luxury Dubai holidays that will please adults and tiny tots alike.
Orlando has to be the big daddy of all family destinations, with the enchanting themeparks of Walt Disney World and Universal making dreams come true for little movie fans everywhere. As well as all their favourite characters and themed rides that bring the movie magic to life, Orlando holidays combine beach and themeparks. Hit the famous SeaWorld and Busch Gardens or one of the many waterparks, take a trip to the Kennedy Space Centre if you’ve got budding astronauts with you, or swim with dolphins in Discovery Cove if your a family of water babies.
What about a family vacation to a little-known Spanish gem that the Spanish want to keep all to themselves? Salou holidays offer great value for money and loads to do! Its golden beach is a major draw, plus the resort's promximity to the amazing Port Aventura complex - which includes a thriving themepark with 6 themed worlds and the Costa Caribe waterpark keeps tots smiling. The illuminated fountains are a must see before you hit the town's friendly bars and restaurants. With last-minte holidays to Spain some of the best value deals around, this corner of the costas is well worth discovering.
LOS CRISTIANOS, TENERIFE
Mellieha Bay is something of a marvel in Malta – it has a beach! Sands are incredibly rare on this peaceful island, so families will want to have buckets and spades at the ready to make the most of the golden stretch here. For a fun day out, the Popeye Village will appeal to all ages – big kids who are familiar with the pipe-smoking, spinach eating sailor man and young ones who just enjoy the colourful scenery and fun rides!
Brilliant Benidorm has been welcoming Brits for decades and offers buzzing nightlife (with plenty of family friendly spots), a busy beach and loads of fun attractions, including the Terra Mitica themepark, Terra Natura nature park and waterparks galore! What you might not be expecting though is how gleaming and clean the Blue Flag beaches are, or how spectacular the surrounding mountain scenery is. So head to the heart of the Costa Blanca and take advantage of the balmy temperatures from March to November.
If you're looking for a long haul adventure, Cancun is one of the coolest resorts on the Caribbean coast for families. Dolphin Discovery and Delphinus offer the experience of a lifetime, while day trips to the Xcaret zoo and themepark and the idyllic island of Isla Mujeres offer some adventure if you can pull yourself away from Cancun's incredible white, powder soft beach. Probably a holiday best appreciated by older children and teens, especially as it’s hot, hot, hot all year round!
Rethymnon in Crete is a pretty little resort, with a charming Venetian harbour lined with bobbing fishing boats. The hotch-potch 16th century Old Quarter also adds character, making it a perfect choice for families who aren’t keen on high rise hotels as a holiday backdrop. The sands are long and white-blonde here – a Rapunzel’s ponytail snaking along the North coast for more than 12kms! Adventurous kids will love exploring the old fortress, St Anthony Gorge and the nature park. A great choice if themeparks and aquaparks don’t appeal during your getaways to Greece.
PUERTO DEL CARMEN, LANZROTE
The vibrant and volcanic Canary Island of Lanzarote has long been the perfect destination for package holidays, with zoos and waterparks dotting its lunar landscape. Puerto del Carmen is perfect for families who love lively holidays, with three stunning sandy beaches to hop between, a long promenade, pretty old town and buzzy nightlife. The Rancho Texas animal/waterpark is a safe bet to keep the kids quiet for a day! For all inclusive and last minute holidays to Lanzarote, look no further!
SON BOU, MENORCA
Son Bou sits pretty on the sleepiest Balearic Island, Menorca, offering a stunning 2km stretch of sand backed by a lush nature reserve. There’s enough going on to tire the kids out here, including a bowling alley, watersports, the Club San Jaime water and play park, and endless opportunities for paddling and sandcastle building. Menorca isn’t a party island, so those with little ones won’t feel like they’re missing out if an early night is on the cards.
When it comes to bambinos, nowhere is more wlecoming than Italy. Italians love kids and the resorts and even cities have a full-on family friendly vibe. With the Naples Riviera offering great beaches and the cities of Venice, Rome and Florence a treasure trove of city break shopping, food and ice cream, you can enjoy so much in this beautiful country.