International Day of Families is celebrated every year on May 15. Established by the UN General Assembly in 1993, the International Day of Families is the perfect opportunity to show your loved ones exactly what they mean to you. Here are the top 5 family-friendly destinations for a holiday you’ll all remember forever:
The Balearic Islands are home to more than just party-loving Ibiza. Instead take the family on holidays to Majorca or Menorca, two islands which cater to family fun. Many hotels have on-site waterparks so the kids can play until their hearts’ content, while you get some much-needed R&R on the nearby pool loungers. Club Mac Resort and the Marinda Garden Club (pictured below) are both Aqualandia Hotels, and the Iberostar Vell Mari boasts a playground, mini-disco and baby-friendly facilities.
Cyprus holidays guarantee a laid-back combination of history, sun and culture. This Mediterranean paradise has many ancient archaeological sites scattered over the island that make for an educational day trip discovering the ruins, from the Stone Age to the Roman Empire. The traditional villages high in the Troodos Mountains are great to walk around, while the beachside resorts are the perfect place to rest after a day’s sightseeing. Tsokkos Gardens Complex is a special Kids’ Club resort with adults-only saunas and video games for children.
For a family foodie holiday, consider a holiday to Portugal. You’ll get a taste of the very best Portuguese cuisine down south in the Algarve, as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Europe. The water is calm and shallow – perfect even for toddlers learning to swim. For older kids, there are plenty of watersports to try, including kite-surfing, jetskiing and diving.
Greek holidays are full of activities everyone will love. With year-round warm weather, a rich history and magnificent beaches, there’s never a dull moment in the Greek Islands. The popular island of Rhodes offers an unbeatable combination of medieval castles and wide sandy beaches while stunning Zante is famous for Navagio Beach with its imposing shipwreck washed up on shore. Nearby Kos is the home to the legendary Greek physician Hippocrates – kids will definitely get a kick out of visiting the ancient Plane Tree.
Holidays to Turkey have really grown in popularity during the last few years, and it’s pretty easy to see why. The aptly-named Turquoise Coast offers breath-taking scenery across Antalya and Mugla, while the Dalaman coast is known for its huge Atlantis Waterpark that’s full of slides, wave pools, mini-golf courses, bowling, restaurants and bars – for Mum and Dad of course!