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Picture Perfect: Family Holidays with Something for Everyone

29 August 2017 No Comment

Finding a family holiday that ticks all the boxes can be tricky, can’t it? Some family members want wall to wall sunshine and a decent beach, while others want water parks or a well-stocked shopping centre. And it’s a complete mystery what our teenagers want from holiday… aside from decent WiFi, of course! So, if you’re struggling for destination ideas that suit everyone, why not consider these?

The Canary Islands

Located just off the north-west coast of Africa, The Canary Islands should be top of your shortlist. Consisting of five islands, you’re guaranteed to find a resort that suits your budget and family’s preferences perfectly. Consider the windy shores of Fuerteventura (ideal if you and the kids like windsurfing, kiteboarding or any other sporty activity) or the well-balanced offering in Gran Canaria (with Playas de Ingles for shopping, eating and drinking, alongside sand dunes and golden beaches for lazier days). There’s also Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Palma to consider too, so do a bit of research and see if the Canary Islands suit your family best.

Greece

If you’ve always dreamt of packing up your suitcase and taking your little ones to the Mediterranean, Greece is somewhere you should consider. With brilliant blue seas, a huge number of resorts and beaches to choose from, as well as quintessential white-washed cottages and a low-impact on your finances (Greece is pretty cheap to visit), your family could have a fabulous time here. Consider Crete if you’d like to introduce your kids to ancient culture, Zakynthos if you have older children who fancy a bit more independence and socialising, or Crete if you want a good all-rounder on a budget.

Portugal

If you haven’t already heard, you might be pleased to know that Portugal is one of the cheapest places to go on holiday right now. And that’s brilliant news, especially given how wonderful the destination is! The most popular area of all (and a brilliant location for families) is the Algarve, a place that’s fringed with beautiful beaches and peppered with pretty little villages. Albufeira has all the amenities a family could ever need, and if your budget can stretch to it, be sure to consider Vilamoura – it’s a little pricier but it offers some of the best restaurants, shopping and golfing in the region.

Florida

For some families, the perfect getaway is Florida. The southernmost state in the USA, Florida boasts gorgeous weather, as well as a plethora of things to see and enjoy. Sunny Isles Beach (north of Miami) is a lovely stretch of shoreline, the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral is fascinating for children and adults of all ages, and Orlando sport’s scene is excellent if you think the kids will enjoy watching a ball game. Orlando’s shopping options are pretty fantastic too, and Florida is also home to two of the most incredible theme parks in the world: Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. So, it’s well worth the long-haul flight to get there.

New York

If you like the idea of taking your family to the USA but want to experience something truly iconic, why not head to New York? New York City is typically an action-packed destination, but it’s up to you how busy you make it. For example, you could enjoy a leisurely week exploring Central Park, taking boat tours on the Hudson River or wandering round New York’s Botanical Garden. Or you could cram in as many must-see sights as possible, squeezing every drop out of a city as fabulous as this with trips to see the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Be sure to explore infamous places such as Little Italy and Coney Island, and see if you can find time to make it to Central Park Zoo.

As you can see, there are so many destinations to suit every kind of family. All that remains is to pick where you’re going to go before you pack your suitcases!

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