The most popular family holiday destination in Europe is Euro Disney, located just outside of Paris. Other popular destinations for parents with young kids include France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. However, there is so much more to see; from the rugged scenery in the West of Ireland, to Portugal’s turquoise waters to the Eastern European states such as Croatia with an abundance of islands and beaches. Austria, Germany, Portugal and Greece have loads of family friendly hotels and hotels with facilities specifically catering to parents with babies and toddlers. These hotels have child minding services and activities for little ones.
For a beach holiday Europe’s mediterranean resorts such as Majorca, Ibiza, Portugal (pictured), the Costa del Sol and the French Riviera offer some fantastic options for families with younger children.There are a lot of gites in the French countryside which also cater for parents with younger children. Many of these can be booked with stair gates, sterilisers, baby monitors and other equipment in place on your arrival. There are also loads of resorts in Europe such as Eurocamp and Falcon Holiday Resorts aimed at parents travelling with young kids. These have shaded swimming pools and child care facilities also.
The most popular cities in Europe include Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Prague and Athens. City breaks can be difficult with toddlers in particular and careful planning and research is required so that you can enjoy your trip.
Other notable attractions include Neuschwanstein Castle (pictured above), the well-known fairy-tale castle in the Bavarian Alps in Bavaria, Plitvice National Park, with beautiful turquoise-coloured lakes surrounded by a large forest complex in Croatia and the Alhambra, a moorish, architectural wonder located in Granada in Spain. Again, more planning is involved if you are taking a baby or toddler to these spots, however it is possible!