An all-inclusive family holiday can be the ideal way to keep everyone happy. Plus, it can assist with budget management. With your flights, accommodation, meals, drinks, and on site activities included, there’s not so much worrying about how much spending money you need.
Most all-inclusive resorts offer a variety of onsite amenities and activities to appeal to kids and adults alike. Facilities often include swimming pools, shops, bars and trip-booking services, and some establishments may have spas and discos or nightclubs. Activities may include dedicated kids’ clubs, dancing, karaoke, archery, volleyball, football and water sports.
Europe offers a wealth of great destinations for a fun all-inclusive family vacation, typically letting you combine the sun, beaches, culture and relaxation.
1. Menorca, Spain
One of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Menorca offers a more peaceful vibe than its larger brother of Mallorca. Its pristine beauty makes it a great choice for adventurous families, and its stunning beaches make it popular with sun lovers. Even at the height of summer, it is possible to find stretches of almost deserted sands. Some of Menorca’s best beaches include La Vall, Son Bou, Cavalleria, Calla Galdarna and Punta Prima.
The island’s south coast attracts the most tourists, though there are many places of interest all across the island. Visit the seven lighthouses perched along the coasts. Discover ancient sites like Torre d’en Galmes and Naveta d’es Tudons. Stroll around the large Harbour of Mao and admire La Mola Fortress. Other historic spots include Fort Marlborough and St. Philip’s Castle. The island has several interesting museums. Visit the northern fishing village of Fornells.
Popular activities for holidaymakers to Menorca include swimming and sunbathing, walking and sightseeing, horse riding, boating, cycling and kayaking.
2. Kos, Greece
Part of Greece’s Dodecanese groups of islands, Kos is located in the Aegean Sea. The long sandy beaches make it an ideal choice for families who want plenty of fun in the sun. Popular beaches include Lambi, Kafalos, Tigaki, Mastihari, Kamari and Agios Fokas.
Kos offers a blend of activities to suit varied interests, including snorkelling, boating, swimming and sightseeing. The hot springs are a great place for parents to relax and kids to splash around.
Curious kids may enjoy visiting the island’s historic sites. These include Asklepieion, Casa Romana and Nerantzia Castle. Eleftherias Square is a perfect place to enjoy a traditional Greek ambience. The Lido Water Park in Mastihari is often a huge hit with youngsters, with a selection of exciting slides and chutes, pools and other watery fun.
3. Bodrum, Turkey
Located in the European part of Turkey, lively Bodrum is a favourite choice for families looking for a range of activities, sunny beach days and a taste of a different culture. The local pebble beach is great for swimming and the nearby beaches of Gumbet and Bitez boast golden sands.
Boat trips, snorkelling and windsurfing provide diverse water-based adventures. Adults and older kids can spend time discovering the delights of the underwater world on a diving excursion.
Sightseeing highlights include Bodrum Castle, the windmills, Myndos Gate and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Step back in time in the historic village of Karakaya. Take a trip to the nearby mud baths and relax in the local hammam.
4. Dobra Voda, Montenegro
Montenegro’s Dobra Voda is coming into its own when it comes to all-inclusive family holidays. If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to the masses for an all-inclusive family holiday in Europe, Dobra Voda might come out on top.
The seaside village is close enough to a range of attractions and activities, yet far away enough to still feel peaceful and unspoilt. Veliki Pijesak Beach is a top place for families to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.
Visit Skadar Lake to enjoy nature; many kids are captivated by the pelicans. Several islands stud the lake’s water, some with old religious sites. Moracnik Island has an old monastery that dates back to the 1400s. Starcevo Monastery, on Starcevo Island, is even older; it can trace its heritage back to the 1370s.
Take a trip to nearby Bar for a day of history and culture. Highlights include King Nikola’s Palace, now home to a museum, Bar Aqueduct and the fortresses of Nahaj and Mount Rumija. You can also see what is thought to be one of the oldest olive trees in the world: the Old Olive of Mirovica.
There are many terrific places for a European all-inclusive family holiday. Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach, Greek Islands, such as Rhodes, Crete and Corfu, the Spanish coast and islands, Croatia’s Dubrovnik and Split and the Algarve in Portugal are a few more examples to consider. Book your family vacation and start looking forward to your summer getaway.