Summertime is just around the corner. As such, it is worth making plans for your summer break now. With coronavirus-related flight restrictions having mostly been relaxed, your choice of holiday destination is once again wide open. Let’s take a look at a handful of destinations that are sure to appeal to families.
If you would like to experience the south coast of Spain, but you would also like the culture and history of a city break, then Malaga is the obvious choice. You can find plenty of golden beaches, complete with sprawling playgrounds for the kids, and delicious street food for everyone. It is a local custom to enjoy churros and hot chocolate for breakfast, so find a vendor near to where you’re staying and try it. The city has a full international airport, so make sure that you book your airport transfers in advance.
Paris is a city that everyone needs to visit at least once in their lifetime. It is a city with something to offer to every member of the family, with its wealth of museums, parks and shopping hubs sitting alongside the obvious big-ticket attractions like Notre Dame cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. The former is still closed for repairs following the 2019 fire, but you can still enjoy its splendor from the outside.
The capital of Tuscany is probably geared more to adults than to children, since most of its riches come in the form of art, history, and cultural stuff that very young kids might not appreciate. But that does not mean that it is not a great family holiday destination. Find yourself a decent tour guide, and make sure that you find time to sample the gelato on offer. Some of the city’s ice-cream parlors offer literally hundreds of different varieties of the stuff — and so you can have great fun deciding which you prefer.
You could make a strong case that Athens is the most important city on the continent from a historical perspective. Without it, there would probably be no western civilization — and so it is probably important (not to mention fun) to show your kids around the important sites, like the Acropolis, while you are there.
Of course, walking around the city all day might be too much for small children. Fortunately, there is a street-based train service running around the major sites, which you can hop on and off as the fancy takes you. Be sure to spend some time in the National Gardens, where you will find a botanical garden and a small zoo.