Posted on April 06 2017
If your family is full of adrenaline junkies who love getting in touch with nature, you’re not going to be happy laying on a beach for a fortnight. You’ll be looking for a holiday that plays to your interests. However when you’ve got a family with varying ages, it can be difficult to find a getaway that will suit all of you.
Luckily for you however there are some amazing companies out there designed to take the stress away for you.
Explore is an incredible holiday company. Starting out in 1981, they organise small group adventure holidays for people of all ages. However they specialise in finding fun-filled getaways for families. You can split your search criteria into region, activity type and age range to really drill down and find the right adventure for you and your family.
Family Adventure Company is another great company for helping you organise your annual family escape. Just like Explore, you can find the perfect trip for you by browsing destinations and selecting the holiday type. Subjects include active, cultural and wildlife so you can search by your interests.
So what are the best destinations and activities in Europe for families?
Dalguise, Scotland - Ideal for children of all ages
Perfect for families not wanting to venture abroad, Scotland really does have it all when it comes to adventure. And Dalguise really backs this theory up. The 18th century mansion is home a number of thrilling activities that will keep the blood pumping around the body from dusk ‘til dawn. Set in Scotland’s Big Tree Country you’ll find zip wiring, tree climbing, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, and canoeing, which are ideal for long summer days, while the indoor sports dome is perfect for the more rainy days that Scotland is known for.
Pyrenees, Spain and France – Perfect for children aged six and up
Sitting on the France-Spain border, the Pyrenees offer a tremendous action-packed holiday for the whole family. You can choose to walk or cycle the mountains, with rafting also an option if you cross the border into Spain. The peninsula itself offers a bit of every climate; snow-capped in the north and middle, lush and green in the west and dry and warm in the east. Therefore heading off on an adventure around the mountain range will be as educational as it is fun.
Safaris in Norway – For children aged three and up
According to Lonely Planet, Norway is the last refuge for some of Europe’s most intriguing wildlife, so there really is no better place for your animal-loving family to adventure to. Organised safari trips are often the best idea for families as they take the stresses away from what can be a busy getaway. If your family loves everything related to the sea, you can choose to venture out for a whale safari where you’ll be treated to displays by sperm, pilot, minke, humpback, and killer whales, as well as dolphins and king crabs. If you like to keep your feet firmly on solid ground, Dovrefjell National Park is a must-visit for animal lovers. One of the few places on earth where you can see the mighty musk oxen, you’ll be treated to a true spectacle of nature by these furry beasts. As well as musk oxen you’ll also find reindeer, wolverines and golden eagles.