Does the arrival of autumn mean your family summer holiday feels like a dim-and-distant memory? Have you been daydreaming about your next family break? Perhaps you’re feeling creative and would like to try somewhere new in 2019?
If so, you’re in need of a little inspiration for next year’s family break! Ponder no more – here’s a guide to the best up-and-coming destinations in Europe that are perfect for families. Time to start planning your 2019 adventure…
With a flight time of just over two hours from the UK, lovely warm temperatures ranging from 22?C to 25?C degrees to enjoy in the seaside resorts from May to September and a busy ski season from December to April, there’s something for everyone in Bulgaria. Renowned for its mountain ranges and the beautiful Black Sea coast where you’ll discover a good choice of glorious beaches, our favourite pick for families is Golden Sands, a major seaside town just north of Varna. If culture is your cup of tea, Plovdiv has history, festivals and architecture to explore. Or if you are looking for the great outdoors, the family will love the protected Balkan National Park with more than 72,000 hectares to explore on foot.
If your family enjoys culture, consider a holiday to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina – there are plenty of large pedestrianised areas perfect for kids on foot and also those in a pram. While there, a visit to the Sebilj Fountain is definitely worth a go. Located in the centre of the old city, the fountain has taps with fresh drinkable water. Vrelo Bosne Park to the west of the city is ideal for a family picnic; here the kids can explore the streams, ponds and bridges and enjoy carriage rides. For older children and teenagers, the Skakavac waterfall is well worth a visit. Located a few miles from Sarajevo, the views are amazing, and the family can get right up close to this outstanding work of nature.
A 2.5-hour flight from the UK, Croatia is truly a hidden gem for family break. From ancient towns to explore through to sandy beaches to relax on, this is a country of contrasts. A must-do if you visit Croatia is to take the kids on a sailing trip on the Adriatic. Another treat is the annual children’s festival in northern Dalmatia. Every June and July, Šibenik becomes a city of children, celebrating their imagination and creativity. The kids will also love Zadar’s Sun Salutation (Monument to the Sun) and Sea Organ.
Dubrovnik is a great city to explore – the car-free Old Town is perfect for children – or opt for south Dalmatia for beaches and outdoor fun. In Istria you’ll find dinosaur parks and caves, or scale the heights with the Zagreb funicular railway, with fabulous views at the top.
If you’re looking for a perfect chilled-out family break in the sun, Kvarner has sandy beaches perfect for tots and adults alike – the best time for swimming is from late May to early October – visit this site for more information on Croatia.
Under two hours from the UK, Montpellier is perhaps one of southern France’s less-well-known resorts, located just 20 minutes from the sea by car. The kids can look out for flamingos in lagoons around Aigues-Mortes and a visit to Aquarium Mare Nostrum to see penguins, brightly coloured fish and sharks – and they’ll get the chance to stroke a ray! If fluffy animals are more of their thing, try the Zoological Park, which has more than 150 species to spot. Another bonus – it’s free.
Known as the ‘green heart of Europe’ and a two-hour flight from the UK, Slovenia borders the Adriatic Sea and offers families the perfect getaway. Offering excellent holiday villages and superb waterparks, try a visit to Portorož, a seaside resort and spa town located in south-west Slovenia. With its wooden piers, sandy beaches, casinos, and a marina, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
Pay a visit to the Magical World of Shells Museum where the kids can discover more than 4,000 specimens of unusual and rare molluscs! For relaxation, try the mild thermal springs of Lake Bled during summertime, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, visit the mountains and lakes for a spot of family fishing, hiking or even river rafting!
Wherever you choose to go on holiday in 2019, have fun planning! And if you’re looking for a great tool to take the stress out of organising your trip, give Planapple a try.