European Countries that Cater to Families

April 17, 2013 | Author: | Posted in Family Vacation

When Canadian families are looking to have a European vacation there are five places that are almost guaranteed to deliver on a promise of a good time. These are destinations that offer something interesting for adults and children, while providing a memorable vacation experience for the entire family.

European Countries for Family Vacation
European Countries for Family VacationNiccolò Caranti / / CC BY-NC

This is possibly the most popular place for a family vacation in all of Europe. Paris is one city many people travel from all over the world to see and experience. With Europe’s Disneyland located approximately 32 km from Paris a family vacation can’t go wrong here. France is a country filled with amazing museums and spectacular parks. There are many campgrounds in this country that provide “kids clubs: that provide animation activities that are popular with children and parents. These kids clubs also provide everything from lessons on sailing to archery and more.

The wealth of Spanish culture provides a wide range of diversity and history for a great family experience. The variety of foods offered is too many to count. Visiting any of the major cities such as Madrid or Barcelona provides many different types of family activities. The countryside has beautiful villages and stunning scenery. Parents and children will find a wide variety of festivals and local celebrations that provide a great family experience. Families who are experienced with horses or just have a desire to learn more will find the Jerez Horse Fair in Andalusia to their liking. It’s a festival that’s been taking place since the 1200s

What is there to not like about Italy? It provides the chance to experience such historically significant cities as Venice, Rome and Florence. It also has such special places to see such as Pompeii, Cinque Terra, Verona and more. Then there is the fantastic Italian food that is celebrated around the world. It has a number of famous museums that provide a variety of activities for both children and adults. Children and their parents can enjoy seeing such sites as the leaning tower of Pisa, the Gondola’s of Venice and more.

Ireland and the UK 
Many people like to visit the cities in these locations, but there are also many places in the country that are fantastic. Located in North Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire is the Cotswold Water Park. It is a nature lover’s paradise that is home to the UK’s largest lake system. Families come here to enjoy the wilderness and do bird watching. Within the cities such as Dublin and London there are a variety of family activities with historical significance. There are many tours, museums, pubs and more designed to accommodate families.

The Scandinavian countries are known for their efforts to accommodate families who visit there. Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway provide unique food and transportation systems that are some of the most efficient in the world. Families will find many parks with things such as a “Hoppepude,” which is a huge air pillow. It is possible for a family to enjoy the Legoland Amusement Park in Billund, Denmark as well as the Grona Lund Amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden. Since most Scandinavian countries have long coast lines it’s easy to find a beach that is designed to accommodate families.

Having a family trip to Europe usually won’t be cheap especially when travel with teenage kids. They are required to pay the same amount of money for airfare just like adults. For most family, plan early can get better deal on both air and hotels. However, you might take a risk of cancelling the trip when it gets close due to some unexpected circumstances. Purchasing travel cancellation insurance can protect you from taking this risk.


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