If the summer holidays seem like a distant memory, and you need a family friendly break, then look no further!
We have searched for the best destinations for a family holiday during half term and we couldn’t wait to share them with you…
With a warm climate for a large chunk of the year, the Balearic Islands are a go-to for many different holiday goers. Family friendly hotels, plenty of swimming pools and a great range of all inclusive holiday packages make the Balearic Islands a great choice for families looking for a half-term package holiday.
Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and isn’t short of family activities. The island has 262 white sandy beaches and 60 of them have been awarded a Blue Flag. Whether you want to put your feet up and relax, or get stuck into plenty of water sports, Majorca’s beaches have so much to offer.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, Majorca has three waterparks dotted around the island – Western Water Park in Magaluf, Hidropark in Alcudia and Aqualand in El Arenal. Each park has a range of attractions for all ages and food & drink points throughout.
For families staying in and around Palma, then Palma Aquarium is a must-visit! It has the largest collection of live corals in Europe as well as plenty of daily presentations and interactive experiences for the whole family.
Menorca is one of the quieter Balearic Islands but it’s not to be mistaken for boring! There’s plenty of activities centred around the island’s natural beauty and with miles of untouched coastline to be explored, you won’t be disappointed.
Menorca’s beaches are known for their shallow, clear waters, perfect for paddling. You can relax knowing the kids will be safe, exploring and splashing around. Why not head to a beach-front shop and pick up some snorkels and goggles, and dive into the enticing waters.
The island is also home to the fantastic Lloc de Menorca Zoo. Here you can find a wide variety of animals from native breeds to exotic species. Along with the animals, families can enjoy a great picnic area, a snack bar and gift shop.
Though Ibiza is renowned for being one of the world’s best party islands, there’s plenty to keep families entertained. Ibiza’s eastern coast is best for families, with a wide range of family resorts and kid-friendly hotels.
Es Cana is the island’s ‘hippy market’ where you can find a large selection of toys and gifts for kids, as well as some handmade clothes. The Aguamar Water Park, Playa d’en Bossa, is also a hit for families with tonnes of slides to choose from.
Spain is a fantastic place for child friendly holidays, with so many facilities as part of your package including kids clubs, children’s pools and great sized family rooms.
With average daily temperatures of 21°C in October, you can still enjoy a warm Spanish holiday this half term. The most popular destinations in the country tend to be Costa Blanca and Costa Del Sol, based on the southern coast, due to their Mediterranean temperatures.
Costa Blanca has more than 200km of coastline and is where you can find the popular resorts of Benidorm and Alicante.
Benidorm is full of life, and always a great choice for tourists. It has a home away from home feel to it, with a large population of English migrants. The beaches are vast landscapes of sand and sunbeds, with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars in close proximity. Benidorm also has a large water park and zoo, Aqua Natura and Terra Natura, just outside of the city centre.
Though quieter than Benidorm, Alicante isn’t short of family fun. For the fashion-savvy members of the family, the city is a great place for shopping. There are also plenty of museums to explore for those looking to take in a bit of culture. If you want to visit fast-paced Benidorm, you can get there from as little as 6 Euros via tram.
Costa Del Sol
Malaga is a great province, with plenty to keep everyone entertained. For animal lovers, there are a number of aquariums and water parks to be enjoyed including Sea Life Benalmadena and Bioparc Fuengirola.
For culture lovers, Malaga has lots of captivating, child-friendly museums. You can find lots of classic cars at the Museo Automovilístico or enjoy fun and interactive exhibits at the Principia Centro de Ciencias.
No matter where you stay in Costa Del Sol, you’re never far from a beach. Along with plenty of space to relax, many beaches have an abundance of water sports from jet skis to banana boats.
Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote all offer exciting and fun-filled holidays. Whether you’re looking for a cheap, last minute getaway or a more luxury family break, these islands have it all.
Tenerife is filled with places to keep the whole family entertained, but one of the main attractions that can’t go unmentioned is Siam Park. The water park has so many options for everyone, whether you’re looking for an adrenaline fix or something a little slower in pace. If you’re up for a bit of exploring, Teide National Park is great fun. The landscape surrounds Mount Teide, an impressive volcano that stands at 3,718 m above sea level.
Gran Canaria is a great family destination. It has 60km of beautiful beaches to discover, but if you don’t want to stay on land for your whole holiday, there are lots of dolphin and whale watching boat trips available to book. Aqualand in Maspalomas is one of the largest waterparks in Europe and is sure to be a fantastic day. The slides are a range of heights and sizes, making the park suitable for all ages.
There are plenty of family friendly resorts in Lanzarote including Playa Blanca and Puerto Del Carmen. Many of the beaches in Lanzarote have calm waters, making them the perfect place for kids to splash around in. Lanzarote also has a whole host of resorts and hotels, all with amazing facilities on site.
Cyprus’ eastern side has a great reputation as a family holiday destination, and there’s no wonder! Everything you and your family may need is in close proximity and there’s an array of beaches to enjoy with plenty of child-friendly hotels on their doorstep.
Ayia Napa is the island’s partying hub but it also has a variety of luxury hotels with great all-day family facilities for those looking to party the night away a bit closer to home. Down the road from Ayia Napa you will find Nissi Beach, arguably one of the most picturesque beaches in Cyprus.
Protaras has earned itself the reputation of being a family friendly destination thanks to its slower pace. Despite it being a sleepier town, Protaras has a wealth of entertainment including an aquarium, water sports centres and lots of scuba diving excursions.
There are many scuba diving spots across the Larnaca region with expert guides leading you to the best places to view artifacts and marine life.