5 Great Family Holiday Ideas for February Half Term

After all the excitement of Christmas and the New Year, the arrival of Spring can seem a long way off and it can even feel like Summer’s never going to arrive. But the February half term does enables the working parents to find this and have the chance to spend some quality time with the children having fun, making memories, and escaping for a few days. The question: where to go? Do you want to hit the ski slopes or catch some winter sun in beautiful snowboarding mountain resorts? Or perhaps a UK break is best, especially if you have younger children. Well, here are five suggestions to set you thinking.

Agadir, Morocco

Agadir Sunrise by Omar Amassine, on Flickr

Agadir Sunrise” (CC BY 2.0) by Omar Amassine

The Canary Islands might be the obvious choice for some winter sun. But with a similar flight time and a more exotic location awaiting you at the end of it, why not give Morocco a try? Agadir is a Mediterranean-style resort with a wide range of hotels to suit every budget, not to mention it’s very child-friendly indeed. There’s a long sandy beach and plenty of cafes and restaurants serving both European and Moroccan food, plus there’s almost guaranteed sunshine, even at this time of year.

Benalmádena, Spain

Benalmadena by Andy_Mitchell_UK, on Flickr

Benalmadena” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Andy_Mitchell_UK

If you’d prefer to stay in mainland Europe to catch some sun, then your best bet is to head as far south as possible. The Costa del Sol could be the perfect solution, and a very reasonably priced one too. For car hire Malaga airport offers a wide range of vehicles at some very reasonable rates, especially if you book online well in advance. Then you’ll be free to explore the whole area at your leisure. And when you feel more like staying nearer to your Benalmádena base, the Sea Life Centre in Puerto Marina is not to be missed.

Ylläs, Finland

Northern Lights II by _hq_, on Flickr

Northern Lights II” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by _hq_

Skiing holidays are undeniably expensive, especially if you’re heading to France, Switzerland, or Austria at half-term. So a good alternative is Finland’s leading ski resort. You can stay in a traditional log cabin and, for those who fancy a break from the slopes, there’s plenty of alternatives including reindeer, husky rides, and snowmobile safaris to discover the area’s wildlife. If you’re really lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights during your stay.

Keswick, Lake District

Keswick by Old Rollei, on Flickr

Keswick” (CC BY 2.0) by Old Rollei

Some equally breath-taking scenery is waiting to be discovered closer to home in the Lake District. You’ll be well-served with a range of self-catering accommodation, and positively spoilt for choice when it comes to finding things to do. There’s walking, of course, as well as the famous pencil museum in Keswick. Then there’s also the Beatrix Potter trail around nearby Derwentwater to enjoy.

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris 129 by Roller Coaster Philosophy, on Flickr

Disneyland Paris 129” (CC BY 2.0) by Roller Coaster Philosophy

Last, but by no means least, who wouldn’t want to spend a half-term break in the company of Mickey, Goofy, Snow White, and friends at Disneyland Paris? The resort offers some great value all-inclusive deals at this time of year, and you’ll even get the chance to enjoy their newest attraction, the Frozen 2 Parade.

So, hopefully this has given you a few ideas for a half-term break to suit most tastes and budgets. But be sure to book as early as you can to get the very best prices.

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