Family life taking its toll? Bored kids and stressed parents? Why not take advantage of the half-term break and take the whole family on a trip to remember? Whether you fancy heading off to somewhere relaxing to spend some uninterrupted time together, or to a lively family resort packed with fun activities, we’ve got something for everyone. Enjoy some much-needed sunshine at one of our favourite beach resorts, or head out for some family fun at an aquarium, zoo or adventure sports centre.
Or perhaps you want to discover a bit of culture and history on your half-term holiday? Inspire the kids by discovering a wealth of ancient culture in destinations like Turkey or Greece. From ruins and castles, to museums and galleries, it sure beats school books! And there’s lot of tasty local cuisine to tempt those taste buds along the way.
So don’t let that suitcase gather any more dust and head for the sunshine!
Canary Islands for the Kids
Located just off the coast of Africa, the beautiful Canary Islands offer year-round sunshine, stunning beaches and fun family-friendly activities for both adults and children.
Tenerife is a great destination for escaping the winter weather on your half term holiday. You’ll find some glorious stretches of sand across the island – Playa de las Americas is a favourite for many, while the volcanic sands of Puerto de la Cruz are lined with a fantastic array of beachside bars. Away from the beach, you can take the family to some great theme parks for an exciting adrenaline kick. The biggest is Siam Park, a Thai-themed park with plenty of thrilling water rides to enjoy in the sunshine, and some great themed restaurants to refuel in.
Lanzarote is another top location if you’re looking for winter sun. The island is famous for its relaxed beach lifestyle, with over 30km of gorgeous beaches to choose from. It also boasts unique volcanic landscapes, guaranteed to fascinate the kids. Costa Teguise is an ideal resort if you’re travelling with little ones, with a sheltered beach and a wealth of attractions from theme parks to aqua parks. Families with older kids will love Puerto Del Carmen, which has plenty of evening entertainment to enjoy once the sun dips below the horizon.
Beauty of the Balearics
The Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean are renowned for their sun-drenched beaches and fun-loving atmosphere.
Majorca has been a popular holiday destination with families for decades. From the beach to the bar, there’s plenty to keep you and the children amused – a welcome change from homework and the school run. From the endless entertainment of Alcudia, to the hustle and bustle of Palma Nova, or the laid-back charm of Cala D’or, you’ll discover some great places to explore during your trip. Thrill-seekers can get their adrenaline fix at Majorca’s biggest water parks, while those seeking relaxation can indulge in the luxury and comfort of the island’s top beach resorts.
Or take your family beach holidays to the more tranquil setting of Menorca during half-term. The island is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Spain. Adventure-loving families can get back to nature and explore the rolling hills, pine forests, and rocky bays, while culture vultures will love discovering the historic city of Ciutadella, with its high city walls and pretty harbour. The relaxed pace of life on this sunny island is the perfect tonic to your hectic life back home.
Embarking on a half-term holiday to Greece or Turkey gives you both the relaxation of a sunshine beach holiday and the intrigue of discovering some fascinating cultural history – the ideal balance for energetic kids eager to learn. Away from the sand, sun and sea, you can bring history to life by touring around some of Ancient Greece’s most incredible treasures, from the ruined Palace of Knossos on Crete, to the imposing acropolis of Athens. Santorini, one of the prettiest traditional Greek islands, is a lovely place to mix beach life and stunning sea views, with local culture and wandering the narrow streets lined with white-washed houses with striking blue roofs.
In Turkey, destinations along the Turkish Riviera also combine beach beauty with interesting historical sites. The Dalaman area is home to fascinating spots like the Lycian Rock Tombs and the eerie ancient ghost town of Kayakoy. Active families should head to the breath-taking Blue Lagoon at Olu Deniz for water sports, paragliding, and one of the world’s most spectacular beaches. The historic city of Bodrum combines great shops, bars and restaurants with gorgeous sea views, a scenic Old Town, and the fascinating museum of Underwater Archaeology.