When it comes to choosing where to jet off to on a family holiday, the options can seem overwhelming. Often opting for well-known destinations such as mainland Spain, many families are missing out on some truly fantastic locations that offer just as much – if not more – than the traditional European destination. So if you’re looking for some inspiration for a getaway this summer, take a look at six of the most child-friendly destinations you may never have thought of.
Families looking for a bit of R&R could do no better than the glorious island of Fiji. Floating in the South Pacific, unrivalled resorts are on hand to cater for the whole family. One of the most child-friendly places in the world, you can be sure that your children will be safe and secure exploring the area while you are left free to recharge your batteries on the magnificent beaches or with one of the many spa treatments offered by the hotel resorts.
Thanks to party capitals like Malia and Zante, Greek islands are often rebuffed by families in favour of ‘safer’ choices. But with its dazzling array of beaches, crystal clear seas and unrivalled weather, families are looking to the Greek islands to offer something different. Rethymnon on Crete offers a real fun family break for kids young and old, and the islands of Corfu, Rhodes and Kos are awash with safe, family friendly resorts, while offering plenty to occupy young minds. For those looking for an altogether quieter escape, the island of Kefalonia provides a beautiful backdrop for more relaxing getaways.
Once a hidden gem, Croatia is gaining a cult following for being one of the most stunning and unspoilt places in the world. The car-free island of Lopud has become a firm favourite with families thanks to its incredible beaches – such as Sunj bay – which comes complete with shallow water ideal for small children.
Once not considered a viable option for families due to non-direct flights, Mexico is now reaping the benefits of direct flights from the UK. Becoming increasingly popular with British families over the last couple years, the American influence in the popular resort of Cancun means that it now offers the fabulous service associated with its northern sister, together with child-friendly resorts, waterparks and tours of its heritage. Put that together with the stunning beaches and unique Caribbean climate, Mexico really is one of the finest destinations for families small and large.
Morocco is one of the most exciting places in the world. Lively markets make for an interesting visit as tourists soak up the cultures of the unique country. Those looking for a bit of adventure should pay a visit to the Atlas Mountains in the village of Imlil; great for hiking, it’s around an hour and a quarter away from popular resort Marrakech. And if all that is not enough, there’s always camel rides galore to keep kids occupied.
The exotic country of Sri Lanka is the ideal choice for families looking for something that little bit different. Famous for its palm-lined beaches and picturesque views, it also offers great value for money. Food and drinks are incredibly cheap, giving the whole family the opportunity to taste some of the unique flavours that have put Sri Lankan cooking up there with the very best. Packed to the rafters with mystical temples and tea plantations, kids will love visiting and learning all about the culture, while the abundance of national parks will keep them entertained as they stare in awe at elephants and endangered species.