Within Europe, you can find holidays of every variety; from relaxing beach vacations to high-energy activity breaks. Whether you prefer warm sunshine and lazy mornings, or deep snow and thrilling adventures, there is a European holiday out there for you. Take a look at this handy guide to the best family holidays in Europe and get planning for 2013 today.
One of the most alluring and vibrant cities in Europe, Monaco is a place that definitely has something for everyone. There are a number of exotic gardens to stroll through, encapsulating the beauty and colour of the country, as well as museums featuring amazing works of art and culture that are sure to suit everyone’s tastes. And if you just want to relax and chill out, there are beautiful sandy beaches to spend the day on – perfect for a family day out.
Elba Island, Italy
A wonderfully well-kept secret, Elba Island is not one of the most visited places in Italy but it is certainly worth a trip. A large part of the island is dedicated to National parks where you can explore the amazing flora and fauna that the area has to offer. With it being an island, Elba also offers great water sports activities such as water-skiing, diving and swimming. And if all that sounds like too much hard work, there are some wonderful walks available all across the island.
Blagoevgrad – Bulgaria
One of the most vibrant cities in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad is a celebration of music and art that will entice your whole family. As well as offering amazing skiing, with log cabins and breath-taking views, Blagoevgrad also has a lively and entertaining night life, featuring live music, great food and a rich culture for you to experience.
Hobbit House, Geversduin, Netherlands
If your family is a fan of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books and their recent film incarnations, then you won’t be able to pass up the chance to spend your holiday in your very own Hobbit House! Recreated just like the movies, you can stay in the charming house and experience your very own Middle-Earth adventure. The amazing scenery of Geversduin in the Netherlands only adds to the amazing atmosphere.
Hiking and arts campsite, Beiras, Portugal
Perfect for families who want to keep active on holiday, this hiking and arts campsite in Beiras, Portugal is ideal for idle hands and restless feet. There are activities for the whole family; young and old alike, and the hiking opportunities allow you to fully experience the beauty of this picturesque country first-hand.