14.10.2019

Best family holiday destinations 

Travelling with your family requires more planning than travelling solo or as a couple. First of all, you can’t go anywhere. You have to take into account not only what you are interested in the most, but also what’s the best for your kids. What all the best family holiday destinations have in common? They are kid friendly, safe and have good infrastructure.

To help you with the task of planning your trip, we have created this list of some of the best places to visit with children.

Some of them are in Europe, some - Asia, if you fancy something more exotic.

Best family holiday destinations

1. Tenerife

A view of Tenerife

Tenerife is a great destination all year round, and for every type of traveller.

Thanks to its close proximity to Africa, the weather’s pleasant all year round.

Tenerife has an abundance of beautiful beaches and great things to do with a family. There are plenty of child friendly attractions. Making it one of the best family holiday destinations in Europe.

Loro Parque is a good example. In 2018 it was recognised as the best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor by winning the 'Travellers Choice' award.

One of the main reasons why so many families flock to Tenerife is: it’s close to Europe, the flights are cheap, the weather’s nice and it’s an affordable destination. Well, it’s not as cheap as Langkawi and Thailand, but considering it’s Spain and a major tourist hotspot, the prices are really good for what you get.

Reasons to visit Tenerife with kids:

  • Wide choice of apartment hotels with their own kitchenettes (you cook your own meals);
  • Beautiful beaches;
  • Some hiking options (good for older kids who love hiking);
  • Theme parks;
  • Great zoo;
  • Cheap flights;
  • Good weather;
  • Close to Europe.

2. Malta

Village in Malta

Malta is a Southern European island country consisting of 3 islands: Malta, Gozo and Camino.

This small island country can be easily explored in a few days. As the island is so small, everything is within easy reach. It’s an advantage when travelling with small children.

One of the main reasons why everyone should travel to Malta is its pleasant weather. It’s warm even in December. Go to Malta if you want to prolong the summer, or enjoy warm weather and sun while the weather is still dreary in your country in early spring.

Malta is packed with fun places to visit whatever your children’s ages, and it boasts beautiful beaches and picture-perfect villages.

Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village, is a popular attraction for families with kids. It’s a purpose-built film set village, now converted into a small attraction fun park.

As already mentioned the country consists of 3 islands, and you can take a boat from Malta (the main island) to get to other islands. Your kids might love the ride.

Reasons to visit Malta with kids:

  • Small in size, so everything is within easy reach;
  • Picturesque bays and beautiful beaches;
  • Reliable public transport system;
  • Pleasant weather almost all year round;
  • Interesting museums;
  • Fun boat trips to other Malta’s islands.

3. Cyprus

Village in Cyprus

Just like Malta, Cyprus has great beaches and beautiful towns, and a broad range of attractions for kids and adults alike.

Weather in Cyprus is pleasant even during the winter.

Your kids will enjoy the country’s waterparks and horse riding in Paphos. Paphos also has a good zoo. And the Edro III Shipwreck is an interesting sight both for kids and adults.

Reasons to visit Cyprus with kids:

  • Sunshine year-round;
  • Cheap flights from the rest of Europe;
  • Friendly locals who like children;
  • Wide choice of apartment hotels with their own kitchenettes;
  • Beautiful beaches;
  • Attractions for kids.

4. Thailand

Beach on Koh Samui, Thailand

Even though it is quite far from Europe, more and more families now chose to go on a vacation to Thailand. Even those who are travelling with toddlers and small children. Cheap flights do make the decision making easier.

Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand spans a distance of 1650 km from north to the very south, and is full of natural wonders and amazing attractions both for kids and adults.

Some of the best family friendly destinations in Thailand:

  • Ko Samui - great beaches, relaxing atmosphere.
  • Ko Phangan - relaxed atmosphere and good beaches.
  • Ao Nang (near Krabi) - island hopping, lots of good restaurants and resorts.
  • Chiang Mai - good zoo, night safari, elephant refuge and education centres, some trekking options.
  • Ko Lipe - great white sand beaches with clear blue waters, good snorkelling spots.
  • Ko Tao - beautiful beaches with clear blue waters, great snorkelling spots with lots of colourful fish.

If you are traveling to Thailand in late autumn, check when the rainy season ends. For instance, in Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Phagan the rainy season lasts until mid-December. But in Krabi, Ao Nang and Chiang Mai the rainy season runs only until November.

Reasons to visit Thailand with kids:

  • Friendly locals who love children;
  • A wide choice of food, including good western food;
  • A wide choice of tropical fruit, and it’s cheap;
  • A lot of beautiful islands and amazing beaches;
  • Inexpensive resorts and hotels;
  • The country is clean, especially if compared with other Asian nations;
  • No visa required (for majority of European nations).

5. Singapore

Gardens by the bay in Singapore

Once a state of Malaysia, this tiny nation gained independence in 1965. Even though it was fairly recently, Singapore has grown somewhat into a country of the future.

And this little futuristic country a size of a city has some great attractions that will appeal to little travellers and their parents alike.

For instance, the S'pore Discovery Centre will educate the little travellers about the history of Singapore, while the fun attractions in the FUTURE WORLD @ ArtScience will keep them occupied.

Sentosa island, a little island off the coast from Singapore City, is the place for fun and recreation. It boasts five-star resorts, beaches, amusement parks and other amazing attractions.

**Reasons to visit Singapore with kids: **

  • Plenty of interesting activities for families with kids;
  • Good zoo, night safari and bird park;
  • Amazing parks, gardens and botanical gardens;
  • Sentosa island with its beaches and theme parks;
  • Good museums;
  • Efficient, reliable and inexpensive metro;
  • Good choice of food and good restaurants;
  • Safety.

6. Langkawi, Malaysia

On a boat in Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi is an island off the northern coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

It’s known for its peaceful vibe and beautiful nature. And it’s also one of those underrated destinations that should be in your must visit list.

There are several amazing and fun things to do with kids in Langkawi:

  • Go on an island hopping tour and a mangrove tour;
  • Enjoy water activities (banana boat rides, parasailing);
  • Visit Underwater World;
  • Visit Bird Paradise;
  • Ride the Langkawi Cable Car (SkyCab) and enjoy the breathtaking views of the island;
  • Take a walk on the Sky Bridge;
  • Visit the Oriental Village;
  • Visit Art in Paradise Museum.

One of the best free things to do in Langkawi is to enjoy its beautiful mesmerising sunsets - the sun slowly dipping behind numerous little islands.

Reasons why travel to Langkawi with kids:

  • Not as many tourists as on some of the most popular islands in Thailand;
  • Friendly locals who love kids;
  • Inexpensive accommodation;
  • Inexpensive car rental;
  • No heavy traffic;
  • No parties all day long;
  • Wide range of restaurants, including western food;
  • Water sports and activities for all ages;
  • No visa required.

The best time to visit Langkawi island is between December and March.

Have a safe and fun trip!


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