Family holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy some much deserved rest. Whether you’re planning a far off adventure or a European beach break, it’s a perfect time to create lasting memories. We’ve put together a guide on three of the best family-friendly destinations for some Winter sun.
Sharm El Sheikh
Egypt’s most popular holiday resort welcomes millions of visitors to its golden shores every year. It remains an affordable destination that offers endless days of sunshine long into the winter months. You’ll also find a great selection of family hotels with many including a kid’s club to keep younger children entertained with fun and games throughout the day.
Boasting 60 km of pristine coastline, there’s plenty of secluded spots to build sand castles and soak up the sun. Older children can enjoy a scuba diving excursion to some of the nearby reefs which are home to some of the most colorful and diverse marine life in the world. This beach destination doesn’t sacrifice on cultural experiences either. Many tour operators provide day trips to Cairo, where visitors can explore the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza and many other archaeological wonders.
The largest of the Canary Islands has long been a family favorite with no shortage of activities to keep everyone happy. Travel to the child-friendly resort of Playa de las Americas and you’ll find a great choice of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Aside from thrilling watersports, the area is famed for its restaurants and shopping. Adults can even enjoy some lively night life with relaxed beach bars alongside sprawling clubs.
For those seeking an adventurous day out, head to the Teide National Park which is home to the dazzling snowcapped volcano, Mount Teide. Different hiking trails to the summit offers something for all abilities. Alternatively, rent a mountain bike and explore the lunar-like terrain on two wheels.
Renowned for its jaw-dropping stretch of coast, Gran Canaria is famous for sun, sand and relaxation. It’s the perfect holiday destination for those on budget, with many low cost or free excursions to be explored. Start by sampling some of the world-class beaches such as Playa de Peurto Rico – said to be the sunniest spot on the island. With a gently sloping shoreline it’s a safe option for families with young kids
Once you’ve dragged yourself away from the beach, why not visit one of the island’s many natural attractions? A hike through the stunning Tamadaba National Park is a great opportunity to marvel at the island’s colorful menagerie of protected bird species. Gran Canaria is also home to many historical sights. The old district of Vegueta in Las Palmas has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through the winding streets and stop to marvel at the first recorded church in the Canaries, Catedral de Santa Ana.
Consider one of these sun-kissed destinations and you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to pack plenty of sun cream and you can look forward to an unforgettable family holiday. There are so many fantastic online deals these days that getting yourself sorted with an excellent break should take no time at all.
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Sally Dreyfuss is a family holiday expert from North Carolina, she loves finding the best winter sun opportunities for families.