Best holidays for families with younger children
Although the current economic situation means that most people have had to cut back on spending, holidays abroad remain as popular as ever with British families. According to government statistics, for the first time since 2006 there was an increase in the number of people going abroad in 2011 with a total of 55.5 million visits.
It isn’t difficult to see why. As the past few summers in the UK were largely cold and wet, families long to get away to warmer climates to make the most of their summer holiday. The choice of destination will depend on many factors but for parents with young children, good sandy beaches, reasonable cost and short flights are a priority.
Benidorm has been attracting large numbers of UK holidaymakers for over 30 years. Combining a convenient short flight with an enviable sunshine record, holidays to Benidorm are top of the list for anyone seeking a good value beach holiday.
As one of the most popular holiday destinations for UK families, Benidorm caters specifically for British tourists with a wide choice of accommodation from apartments to four-star hotels. Many restaurants, shops and bars are run by British ex-pats and English is widely spoken throughout the resort.
Toddlers can be fussy eaters, but parents with young children need have no fears in Benidorm. It’s reassuring to know that many familiar British foods including fish and chips appear on the menus of most hotels and restaurants that cater for UK families. However, more discerning adults will also have the opportunity to enjoy traditional Spanish dishes made with seasonal produce.
Year round sunshine
Gran Canaria‘s warm climate and sandy beaches are its greatest attraction, making it a year round destination for British holidaymakers. Holidays to Gran Canaria are perfect for families in search of winter sun during the autumn half term break or Christmas holidays.
For beach lovers of all ages, Gran Canarias’s miles of sands with a background of spectacular sand dunes offer all the ingredients for a great family holiday – swimming, sunbathing, water sports and sandcastles.
However, there is more to Gran Canaria than sun and beaches. Visitors who venture further inland are amazed by the mountainous central regions formed by ancient volcanic activity. Opportunities for duty-free shopping are no doubt another major attraction for British families, combining the joy of retail therapy with the satisfaction of know that you are actually saving money as well.
Beaches and history
For families with slightly older children who want to do more on their annual holiday than sunbathe on the beach all day, holidays to Turkey could be the answer. Many ancient historic sites can be reached on a daytrip from popular resorts.
Turkey’s coastal resorts are an excellent choice for parents with toddlers in search of a traditional sun and sea holiday. Long stretches of sandy beaches, crystal clear water and boat trips to offshore islands are an unbeatable combination.
Those who make the effort to travel further inland from the main beaches will have the opportunity to explore some wonderful natural sites such as Pammukale, visit historic Istanbul or marvel at the ancient city of Ephesus.