Much like families, family holidays also come in many different shapes and sizes. And when kids get to a certain age and begin to want to have a say in where or what they would like to do for the next family trip, then perhaps the usual few weeks in the sun won’t really appeal as much as it once did.
The Most Amazing Family Adventure Holidays In Europe
Family adventure holidays also come in contrasting levels. To one person, an adventure holiday with the kids might consist of a few strenuous activities thrown into the mix; while others might think that only a cycle tour across Europe will do. Finding the right balance between an activity holiday with relaxation has always been key for me – after all, discovering new destinations, culture and history is a family adventure in itself. Throw in budget constraints, too, can you really find a family adventure holiday that will make every family member happy? Yes, I think you can. From activity holidays in the UK and Europe, there is much fun to be had for all ages in these Amazing Family Adventure Holidays In Europe. Which one will you go for?
Explore the Swedish Wilderness
If the great outdoors is something you and your family relish then heading to the rugged beauty of Sweden should be top of your family adventure list. There is plenty for all to do including canoeing, cycling and horse-riding. Set up camp along the Klarälven River – the longest river in Sweden – and discover the wild delights of Värmland, which has a staggering 10,000 lakes spread across an epic forest landscape. If you want to get closer to the Arctic Circle, then KE Adventure organises Swedish Wilderness Family Holidays where you can learn the art of bushcraft, hang out with huskies and even stay in a nearby ice hotel.
Learn to surf in Cornwall
Cornwall is a wonderful destination at any time of the year – and perhaps one of my favourite holiday spots in the UK. Combining a relaxing spa break with a family activity holiday the Bedruthan Hotel not only is luxury family accommodation renowned for its good food and great location but also offers up surfing lessons right on Mawgan Port beach for children as young as six-years-old. Beginners are more than welcome and you can hire all the equipment, or bring your own if you’re already a surfing pro!
Take a family sailing holiday in Croatia
If, like, me you still like a little bit of luxury when you go away with the kids but also want a sense of exploration and discovery, have you ever considered a family sailing holiday? Charter your own yacht and skipper – there’s no need to learn – and away you go. Croatia is the perfect destination for a family sailing adventure as the waters around Croatia are calm and the conditions are ideal for families. Sail around the Dalmatian Islands and find picturesque bays and hidden restaurants. While the Kornati Islands is off-the-beaten-track and more isolated which will appeal to the more adventurous of families.
Go diving in Scotland
Imagine finding a wealth of history at the bottom of the sea? Orkney is one of Europe’s best shipwreck sites, and you can discover vast battleships and block ships which have been submerged for decades including seven remaining warships of the German High Seas Fleet. Of course, guided dives, are for experienced scuba divers only, but that doesn’t mean beginners can’t learn in the unique waters of Orkney – which also makes for a fantastic family holiday. Not only are there several beaches to enjoy, but farms, wildlife and beautiful landscapes. So something for everyone to enjoy.
Cycle across Europe
Kirstie and her family from The Family Adventure Project went on an epic cycle tour of Europe recently – from their home in Cumbria all the way through to Budapest and beyond. What they illustrated is that with a lot of planning it can be done. Their family adventure was awe-inspiring and you can do it, too. You can take a self-guided cycling holiday anywhere in Europe and there are many companies who can organise a family cycling trip for you. But if time is of the essence, then perhaps consider exploring the dramatic mountains of the Austrian Tyrol – where you can marvel at the gorge at Wolfsklamm and swim in the lakes of Krummsee and Reintalersee.
See the Northern Lights in Iceland
One of the most awe-inspiring experiences during our road trip across Iceland in the winter was to see the Northern Lights not once, but twice! Staying in a farmhouse in the middle of the Icelandic countryside gave us the opportunity to witness this natural phenomenon. But Iceland is a natural playground with tons of other things to do on a family adventure holiday. You can walk on glaciers, or go whale watching – or even ride on Icelandic horses. We bathed in geothermal pools, climbed to the top of epic waterfalls and even made snow angels at every opportunity. Iceland is an amazing country for family adventure holidays in Europe.
Go White Water Rafting in Italy
Head to the Alpine Alps in Northern Italy and you’ll be greeted by stunning views of Mont Blanc, as well as the snow-capped peaks the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. While in season, the area is popular with skiers and snow sports enthusiasts, but during the summer months, there is a much to see and do – with many family activities such as hiking, canoeing and kayaking in the Dora Baltea. For the older and more adventurous in the family, there is also white water rafting – and Dora Baltea has the best rapids for such white-knuckle fun, including the Saint Didier rapids which crosses a sliding dam.
Go Zipwiring in Wales
Imagine a day filled with adrenaline-fuelled fun? Zip World which has three locations in North Wales including Penrhyn Slate Quarry, located near Bethesda, is home to exhilarating family adventures including Velocity 2 – the fastest zip line in the world, and Bounce Below – a huge underground net adventure where kids as young as seven can jump and slide their way through a disused mine. Meanwhile, Snowdonia is a fantastic UK destination for a family adventure holiday – explore the immense national park with its mountains, rivers, beaches and woodland.
Take a hike in Slovenia
With adventure parks, zoos, fairytale castles and more, there is much to discover in Slovenia and its capital Ljubljana. There is even summer tobogganing at Lake Bled which is much fun for kids and adults alike. Meanwhile, there are ample routes for hiking in Slovenia which are suitable even for little legs, including the hills of the Gorenjska Region and a traditional shepherd settlement in the Velika Planina mountain pasture. Want to stay in the thick of the wilderness? Sava hotels have glass mobile homes which are set in a picturesque valley near the shores Lake Bled – where you can go swimming and hiking right on your doorstep.
Canoe along the Dordogne
We’re very excited to be heading to the South of France this summer and staying in the Dordogne region. Not only is there a lot of family-friendly activities such as beautiful castles, adventure parks and medieval villages to visit, but it’s the Dordogne river itself that provides family adventure and canoeing fun. There are routes suitable for all abilities so you can choose the perfect outing for you and your family. Canoe past medieval towns, lush countryside and chateaux, and stop for a picnic or swim. Collect your canoe, meander downstream in the safe, shallow waters and get a return shuttle back by road – it’s even suitable for young children.
Do you have any suggestions about where to go for family adventure holidays in Europe?
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