Finnish Lake District – Finland
The Finnish Lake District is the largest in Europe, with over 200,000 lakes, rivers and canals and is top of our list of family holiday destinations. Stay in a child-friendly B&B on the edge of Lake Päijänne, and get ready for watery fun of all kinds. Swimming, kayaking, fishing, or exploring the islands by boat – activities enough to fill those endless summer days.
Blåvand – Denmark
The village of Blåvand is where the Danish spend their family holidays, bravely dipping their toes in the North Sea. Accommodation is typically low-lying, clapboard summer houses tucked in amongst the distinctive sand dunes. The natural scenery will take your breath away, and if you’re lucky, you can spot a local red deer. Plus, Legoland Billund is only an hour’s drive away if you want to tire out the little ones.
The Wild Beaches of Galway – Ireland
Galway’s rugged coast is perfect for family-friendly holidays in the great outdoors. There are gorgeous beaches, sprawling countryside and the Wild Atlantic Way footpath just waiting to be explored. You could go pony trekking on the beach or surfing with all the family, or visit one of the many museums and heritage sites with activities designed to appeal to children.
Zeeland – The Netherlands
The name says it all, Sea Land. This area of headlands jutting out into the water are almost part of the sea. Family vacations in Zeeland will likely be centred around the water and all the delights therein. The Dutch have kept their favourite holiday destination a bit of a secret from the rest of Europe, which means the kilometres of beautiful beaches remain pleasantly quiet. Make sure to sample the local mussels at one of the countless seafood restaurants in one of the marina towns or villages.
Abersoch – North Wales
Abersoch is located on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, an area designated as one of outstanding beauty. It is a popular, fashionable seaside resort perfect for family trips. The child-friendly beach is buzzing with watersports, sailing and pony trekking activities, and the town hosts several cultural events throughout the year. Plus, several famous walking trails start here so you can explore the countryside on foot. Fun for all the family!
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