Holidays bring families closer together. Whether it’s a ski holiday in The Alps, a beach holiday in The Algarve or a city break, we love to jet off to Europe for a week or two. It’s important not to limit yourself to the same old family destinations, even if you have young children. Take a short break to one of the following places and you will find a huge list of things to keep your family entertained.

Lisbon, Portugal

This colourful coastal capital has bucket loads of charm, a warm climate and a family-friendly atmosphere. Learning the history of the city on a guided tram tour will be engaging for adults and a fun adventure for kids. Top sights include the 15th century Mosterio dos Jerónimos and the ancient Moorish castle of São Jorge. Hungry? The whole family will enjoy the city’s signature dish: pastéis de nata. These custard cakes are going to win over anybody with a sweet tooth. Lisbon is probably best avoided in high summer when is hot, humid and crowded – travel in spring or autumn for milder temperatures and shorter queues.

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Family holidays don’t always have to be beach holidays. Mix it up with a trip to Iceland this year, where rugged scenery and geothermal wonders will get the whole gang excited. Reykjavik is the perfect base from which to explore Iceland’s attractions – its family-friendly atmosphere is epitomised by welcoming pubs playing live music.  Everybody will enjoy thermal spas like the famous Blue Lagoon and Laugardalur Park. If the climate is right when you visit you will be able to see the beautiful Northern Lights, dancing in the sky above this brilliant city.

Barcelona, Spain

For a holiday that combines the best parts of a city break with the best parts of a beach holiday, Barcelona is hard to beat. Nestled on the western shores of the Mediterranean, this vibrant city is full of stylish architecture, cultural attractions and yummy places to eat. Make sure to visit a building designed by Gaudi, the city’s main shopping street La Rambla, and Barceloneta beach. If your kids love drawing and painting, take them to visit the Museo Picasso, where they can learn from the master.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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It might not be the first place you think of when you’re planning a family holiday, but Dubrovnik has a lot going for it. Jutting out into the turquoise Adriatic Sea, this historic city sparkles in the summer months. The pedestrianised old town is a great place for families to walk around and explore, where charming Baroque churches huddle up around stylish sunlit squares. There is lots of fun to be had on the waterfront too, where activities such as kayaking and sailing are popular.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

The largest of the Canary Islands, this sun-soaked destination is perfect for families looking for a beach holiday in the off-season. While the south of the island is famous for attracting ‘Brit-abroad’ types, elsewhere on the island there are quiet breaks to be had. The small resort of Las Galletas, for example, is perfect for families looking to chill out without the crowds of noisy neighbours. Unmissable attractions on the island include the stunning Teide National Park, and water sports along the island’s coastline.

Where will you travel with your family this year? Do any of these destinations appeal to you? Please comment below!