Happy toddler on a beach, wearing peach-framed sunglasses, sticking tongue out and waving arms in the air

6 of the Best Toddler-Friendly Holidays

Pockets full of shells. Ice cream dripping onto sandy toes. And a suitcase crammed with toys, sippy cups and comforting bedtime snugglies. It can only mean one thing - you’re on holiday with a toddler!

If it’s all feeling a bit of a challenge right now, don’t worry, it won’t when you’ve read our guide to the best toddler holidays Europe has to offer.

Cyprus

Young toddler, around 1 year old, smiling at the camera on a balcony with a view of the Mediterranean, beach and blue sky

An abundance of beautiful beaches, pretty fishing villages and the warmest Mediterranean sunshine have made Cyprus a year-round holiday haven for just about everyone. And yes, that includes tiny travellers! Here’s why it’s one of our favourite places for getaways with toddlers.

Toddlers will love:

Trying out the kiddy rides at Luna Park fairground, from twirly teacups to a traditional carousel.

Splashing about at Aphrodite Waterpark in Paphos, where there’s plenty for older kids too.

Learning to be a pirate on the Black Pearl cruise from Ayia Napa.

Parents and caregivers will love:

Sharing a table full of Cypriot mezze dishes with the whole family, from halloumi and houmous to barbecued chicken and luscious moussaka - wet wipes at the ready!

Wandering the cobbled streets of Limasssol’s old town (plan a rest stop for little legs at the public gardens nearby).

The harbour views from Paphos Castle, an exciting place to explore with the kids!

Where to stay… Aphrodite Hills resort in Paphos – the villa residences here are so perfect for young families you’ll wonder why you ever thought toddler holidays would be hard! You can choose a specific villa when you book with our Tots + Toddlers package so you know exactly what to expect, including a kit of handy essentials to help you and your little ones have the best time. Plus, you’ll only be a few minutes’ drive away from the nearest child-friendly beach.

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Majorca, Balearic Islands

The historic orange tram that runs between Soller and Port de Soller in Mallorca, here shown on the seafront with palm trees and a sunny blue sky with boats in the background.

Ready to pack, fly and flop asap? With short flights and only an hour’s time difference, Majorca’s a top choice for last-minute toddler holidays from April to October. And that’s not to mention the gorgeous beaches, charming Spanish towns, and family-friendly way of life!

Toddlers will love:

All the amazing beaches, such as Calvia, Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa – but there are too many to name them all here!

Riding the safari train and exploring the playgrounds at Safari Zoo in Sa Coma.

Tucking into the local almond sponge cake, ‘gato de almendras’.

Parents and caregivers will love:

Strolling around medieval Pollensa with its Roman bridge and maze of quaint streets.

Taking the Orange Express train from Palma to the idyllic port of Soller - and what toddler doesn’t like trains?

Relaxing at one of the many family-focused bars and restaurants around the island, like Sanddancers Bar in Cala Bona.

Where to stay… check into a two-bedroom suite at Sol Katmandu Park & Resort, Magaluf and you’ll be mere moments from the nearest beach on the sandy Calvia coastline. There’s bags of fun at the hotel, too – it’s linked to one of Majorca’s best waterparks, which is full of adventure for all ages. So, this is a real problem-solver if you need to keep older children entertained as well as your tiny tot or preschooler. Not only that, but you’ve got the option to go all inclusive if you want to take the pressure off meal times.

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Algarve, Portugal

Clifftop view over the yellow sands, cliffs and rock formations of Dona Ana Beach, with turquoise sea and blue sky.

Incredibly family friendly, Portugal’s Algarve region is a dream for toddler beach holidays. Long stretches of soft sand slope gradually into shallow sea, perfect for wobbly paddlers and novice castle builders. Plus there’s everything from rockpool minibeasts to wild dolphins to keep animal-mad kiddies happy.

Toddlers will love:

Playing the day away on the beach – Praia do Burgau, Dona Ana and Praia da Rocha are among the best for tiny tykes, though you can’t really go wrong in the Algarve.

Watching the animals, riding the mini train and paddling in the pool at Zoomarine park.

Flamingo spotting in Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve.

Parents and caregivers will love:

A day trip to tiny Tavira Island, home to a huge (and stunning!) Blue Flag beach, shady pine trees and a great choice of restaurants.

Tucking into fresh seafood, such as Cataplana de Marisco (shellfish stew).

Discovering the ancient town of Silves with its Moorish fortress and open-air cafes.

Where to stay… Alma Verde resort near Lagos. Just five minutes down the road from Burgau beach, it’s a winner for toddler-friendly villa holidays. Not only do you get your own pool and terrace, amazing views and an eco-friendly holiday home, but all the details for a fantastic family getaway are covered. Like 20+ essentials for your little one, the reassurance of our Tots + Toddlers safety checks, and lots of space to play. There’s even the chance for you to take a breather thanks to the on-site spa, fitness and sports facilities.

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Turkey

Aerial view of Cleopatra Beach in Turkey, taken from inside a cable car. Konakli town, the Mediterranean Sea and hills can also be seen.

Kids are made so welcome in Turkey (aka Turkiye) you’re going to feel the hugest sense of relief! From the locals’ big warm smiles to family-friendly dining and exciting attractions like mysterious caves, awesome waterparks, and chilled-out boat trips, you’ll have a blast.

Toddlers will love:

Helping themselves at one of Turkey’s impressive all inclusive hotel buffets – you might be surprised what they end up eating!

Toddling around Antalya’s SandLand, the home of extreme sandcastle building with gigantic sculptures galore.

Spotting turtles on the river bank by Manavgat Waterfall before a dino adventure at Thematic Park.

Parents and caregivers will love:

The fantastic list of gorgeous beaches where relaxing comes easy - top choices include the 8km Lara, heavenly Cleopatra and snorkelling paradise Camel.

Indulging in rich Turkish coffee, sticky baklava and filled savoury pancakes (gozleme).

Stepping through the centuries at the Greek amphitheatre in Side, or even further back to the Stone Age at Beldibi Cave.

Where to stay… Aska Lara Resort & Spa. With its own private beach, this stunning family hotel is a dream come true for all inclusive toddler holidays. Choose a family room and you’ll get two bedrooms, so you can watch a film and raid the minibar while the kiddoes sleep soundly. Plus there’s a kids’ club for ages 4 up, babysitting, waterslides (yep, some for adults too!), a toddler-safe water playground, a luxury spa and a mouthwatering choice of food.

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Lanzarote, Canary Islands

View across a bay to one of the sandy beaches in Cosa Teguise, Lanzarote. There are pink flowers and the blue sea in the foreground and mountains in the background.

Looking to grab some winter warmth? The Canaries are perfect! Head to Lanzarote where the sun shines 300 days a year, so you can make the most of those gorgeous sandy beaches and toddler-friendly holiday attractions – from the Pirate Museum in Teguise to submarine trips.

Toddlers will love:

Panning for gold at Rancho Texas. It’s the ultimate toddler day out in Lanzarote, with a Wild West waterpark to play in and lots of animals to see.

Looking out for fishies in the shallow waters of El Jablillo beach.

– Watching the yachts bobbing on the water at Puerto Calero Marina, where you can also hop on a glass-bottomed boat for a seafaring adventure!

Parents and caregivers will love:

The buzz of Puerto del Carmen with its three beaches and plenty of dining options for fussy tots.

Catching the ferry from Playa Blanca to Fuerteventura – you’ll dock in the bustling seaside town of Corralejo, so take your buckets and spades!

Nature walks on the unspoilt Papagayo peninsula, much loved by alfresco families.

Where to stay… a private villa at Hyde Park Lane resort, Puerto del Carmen. This top-notch home-from-home is in one of the quietest areas of Lanzarote’s holiday hotspot, so it’s ideal for young families. An easy buggy-push from the nearest toddler-ready beach, your two-bedroom villa’s got everything you need for a worry-free break, including our Tots + Toddlers perks. And if chilling in your own hot tub sounds like your kind of treat, check out the deluxe option!

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Disneyland Paris

Smiling young child sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower, wearing a sun hat and a yellow rucksack.

This has to be one of the most exciting toddler-friendly holidays France could possibly give us! With rides and attractions for all ages (baby, toddler, preschooler, schoolkid, teen, the lot!) it’s the ultimate in family destinations and it’s right on our doorstep.

Toddlers will love:

Firing space cannons on the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast attraction or soaring on a magic carpet, just like Aladdin and Princess Jasmine.

Disney’s Philharmagic, an enchanting 4D animated show – and you’ll be blown away too!

Stepping through the White Rabbit’s Hole for a wander through Alice’s Curious Labyrinth all the way to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Parents and caregivers will love:

Disney’s fab queue-jumping, Rider Switch and pushchair rental services – they make visiting with a toddler so much easier.

Getting caught up in the dazzling parades and feeling like a kid again.

Hitching a lift on the old cars of Main Street USA or riding in a horse-drawn tram. It’s enough to put a huge smile on anyone’s face!

Where to stay… the supremely child-orientated Magic Circus Paris hotel in Marne la Vallee Chessy. You can hop on the free shuttle bus straight to Disneyland Paris from here, then catch up on your zzz’s in connecting themed rooms. You’ll have bunkbeds for the kids, children’s TV channels and use of the hotel’s indoor pool. Fancy a day trip into Paris itself? Easypeasy! It’s just an hour by train from the local station.

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Lucy Roberts

About the author

Lucy blogs about all things holiday, with tons of Thomas Cook knowledge. And as a mum of two, she's always looking for ways to help you have family getaways that are memorable for all the right reasons!