Are you planning a family holiday at the moment? After the pandemic disruption, demand for trips abroad is most definitely on the increase, with many families keen to make up for missed holidays over the last couple of years.
The easing of travel restrictions opens up a wide range of fantastic family holiday destinations around the world. Whether you’re looking for sun, beach, adventure, cities or sightseeing, there are resorts to suit all ages and interests.
If you’d like some inspiration before you book a trip, take a look at these great family holiday destinations for 2022 and 2023. You can also check out Sunmaster family holidays for more ideas, and these tips on flying with a toddler might come in handy too.
If you like the idea of combining a beach holiday with some cultural exploration, Majorca is ideal.
The largest of the Balearic islands, Majorca has beautiful beaches, lovely old towns and fishing villages, and plenty of bars and restaurants. You’ll also find resorts with lots of fun activities, including water parks, go-karting, boat trips and theme parks. Alcudia, Palma Nova and Santa Ponsa are all great resorts for families.
Flights from the UK to Majorca are short, so it’s a good option for families with young children. And temperatures in winter are usually a minimum of 15 degrees, making Majorca a perfect out-of-season family holiday destination too.
The Canary Islands are another great choice if you’re looking to holiday out of season. With year-round sun and mild winters, you can visit at any time of the year and still be able to enjoy a sunshine holiday.
Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura are all suitable for families, with lots of hotels, self catering and all inclusive resorts to choose from. Tenerife is the largest island, and a good choice if you want to incorporate some sightseeing; it has the stunning Mount Teide volcano and national park. Lanzarote is lively too, while Fuerteventura is well-suited to families looking for a quieter break.
If you don’t mind a long-haul flight, Mexico has a lot going for it when it comes to family holiday destinations. The tropical climate and wonderful beaches are accompanied by a wide range of all-inclusive resorts, most of which offer kids clubs and lots of on-site activities such as water sports, splash parks and organised games.
Mexico also has a wealth of sights to explore. Mayan ruins, traditional towns and villages, natural limestone wells (cenotes), eco parks and whale watching are all on offer.
For a beach holiday with added interest, take a look at Cyprus. The island has a long history steeped in Greek mythology, and a landscape that offers lots of potential for adventure. The Rock of Aphrodite, World Heritage Site Paphos, and the ancient city of Kourion are all worth a visit.
In addition to the rich culture, Cyprus also has all the usual attractions you’d expect from a family holiday. There are stunning beaches, water parks, theme parks, waterfalls, castles, water sports and a zoo to keep you busy. Flights from the UK take around five hours.
France is a good destination for families with very young children, or if you’d prefer not to fly. It offers a really wide range of options for family fun.
Brittany in the northwest is easily reached by ferry and is famed for its rugged coastline and beautiful towns and villages. There are also zoos, aquariums and castles to enjoy. Disneyland Paris is an obvious choice for families, and you can combine a visit with a couple of days exploring all that Paris has to offer.
The Dordogne in central France is a less well-known family holiday destination, with adventure parks, castles, kayaking and water parks to explore. Or you could head to the south of the country for a beach holiday on the Côte d’Azur.
Walt Disney World Resort Orlando
You can’t really have a list of great family holiday destinations without Walt Disney World!
A magical experience for kids and adults alike, this huge resort ticks all the boxes. Take your pick from theme parks, water parks, safari parks, aquariums, parades, gardens, firework displays, markets, shopping, and a wide range of food and drink.
Walt Disney World is an all-year round family holiday option. January, February and September tend to be the quietest time to visit, while spring offers the best weather. Whenever you decide to go, it’s well worth doing your research and planning your itinerary in advance – there’s so much to see and do it’s easy to get distracted!
Are any of these family holiday destinations on your shortlist for 2022 and 2023?
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