Finding the perfect holiday destination for teenagers can be tricky, but we’ve come up with some great ideas for keeping even the moodiest teens happy when travelling with the family. City breaks are a great way to travel with teenagers, with plenty of choice to cater to all interests. If your teens want to relax on the beach, and perhaps enjoy a bit of shopping and nightlife, we suggest some top beach spots that will suit the whole family. If they’re after some action and adventure, we’ve got some great ideas to keep them happily occupied.
City breaks with teenagers
A city break with teenagers makes perfect sense: street life, contemporary art museums and galleries, shopping, dining, and nightlife will tick all the boxes for most teenagers. New York is the possibly the coolest city on earth, with world-class museums (teenage favourites include MOMA and the Guggenheim), along with classic sights like Central Park and the Empire State Building. Another top choice for teens is Barcelona, which mixes cultural attractions like Gaudí’s astonishing architecture with 5 kilometres of beaches. Lisbon is a hipster favourite, oozing offbeat charm, and full of wonderful shops and cafés. And Marrakech will dazzle thanks to its colourful street life and souks, and you can take trips to the desert or the Atlas Mountains to see another side of Moroccan life.
Beach holidays with teenagers
Beach holidays usually hit the spot for teenagers, particularly if they’ve just finished exams. Most beach resorts offer an appealing combination of relaxation (sunbathing on the beach) with more active pursuits (such as watersports), as well as markets and cafés that they can explore on their own. Depending on the age of your teenagers, you might want to avoid some of the bigger, party-oriented resorts. Good options on the Costa Blanca include Denia, Moraira and Javea, all of which have great beaches, plenty of activities and watersports, and enough nightlife to keep older kids happy. On Majorca, S’Arenal mixes gorgeous, palm-fringed beaches with proximity with the enticing island capital of Palma, while C’an Picafort on the north of the island is a more low-key option. The Algarve in Portugal is another ideal beach destination for families with teenagers, particularly the less frenetic resort towns like Lagos.
Activity holidays with teenagers
Some teenagers have energy to burn, and are never happier then when trekking, rafting, or windsurfing. Check out hotels that have tennis courts and watersports facilities (some can arrange lessons in English) at popular beach destinations in the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, which are very well geared towards teenage visitors. Tenerife combines stunning landscapes with magnificent beaches, so you can combine traditional fun in the sun activities with an escape to the stunning Teide volcano, the focus of a vast National Park. Corfu and Crete are also top destinations for outdoor activities, with sailing, windsurfing and other watersports along the coast, plus a wealth of hiking and mountain-biking trails to explore in the inland regions.
Self-catering and villa holidays with teenagers
Choosing a self-catering holiday in an apartment or villa can be a good idea, because it may mean that the teenagers have a little more space and privacy. If you pick somewhere within safe walking distance of a small town or village, they can also head off to do a bit of shopping on their own. If you choose an apartment complex, they may also meet friends their own age.