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Malta is rich in history and charm.Malta is rich in history and charm.

From the atmospheric walled city of Mdina with its palazzos to wild waterparks and water sports on Blue Flag beaches, the island of Malta between Sicily and the North African coast has long flown under the radar as a family holiday destination. 

All the more reason to make sure that 2020 is the year you and your kids discover this Mediterranean gem and all that it offers. We’ve listed some of our favourite things about Malta with kids.

• It’s only 3-4 hours by plane from the UK and only an hour ahead, meaning no jet-lag.

• It has gorgeous year-round sunshine.

• It has great water sports, particularly in Qawra and Bugibba, with calm waters perfect for water-skiing and banana-boating in the sheltered bay.

• There’s a beach for everyone. Golden Bay near Mellieha has soft, dusty sand and shallow water perfect for paddling, making it ideal for a classic family day out at the beach, while Mellieha Bay also has a lovely beach.

• Kids and adults alike love the Blue Grotto on the island’s southern coast, where you can discover caverns lit by phosphorescent underwater plants.

• It has three UNESCO sites: an ancient temple, Roman ruins and a medieval city. There are also several cathedrals and other religious structures to discover and impressive Baroque buildings in Mdina and Valletta.

• Malta’s capital Valletta has fascinating remnants of architecture left over from the days of the crusaders, as well as preserved rooms from the Second World War. And don’t miss the fantastic views across to the Three Cities that surround this international port.

• There are lots of vibrant resorts to explore on foot, including Sliema, chic St Julian’s and Bugibba. All have wide promenades for enjoying the waterfront and a wonderful choice of restaurants.

• It’s lively, with villages celebrating their saint's day on weekends over the summer months – expect feasts, processions, bands and fireworks displays.

• The food, especially the fresh local seafood, is fantastic, and most of the restaurants welcome children with open arms.

• It’s inexpensive – think €1.50 for a bottle of beer and about €15pp for a three-course meal.

• There’s fabulous shopping, especially in Valletta, with its fashion boutiques and quirky craft shops. 

• You can hop over to sleepy Gozo to the north or to tiny Comino in-between, with their dramatic rocky coastlines of coves and Blue-Flagged sandy beaches. Talking the ferry to Gozo brings you into contact with some of the oldest religious structures in the world. Comino, also accessible by ferry, has natural caves to explore, the famous Blue Lagoon and plenty of scope for swimming and snorkelling.

• You could even take a day-trip to Sicily, to see Mount Etna. 

Jet2Holidays offers family holidays to Malta in a great range of family accommodation, with just £60pp deposits, 22kg luggage, free child places (subject to availability) and flights from nine UK airports. Find out more and book now.


By TakeTheFamily

Two theme parks in one - Disneyland Park with Sleeping Beauty's Castle and most of the well-known rides, and Walt Disney Studios Park with its cinema-studio ‘lots’, movie-themed shows and handful of rides – Disneyland Paris is within easy reach of both the French capital and London, the latter by direct Eurostar. It also has a range of hotels for all budgets, ranging from a fairytale palace to self-catering cabins.

Whether you’re going for the first time or thinking of making a return visit, there are plenty of reasons to book a Disney break for 2020. We’ve shared some of them.

• The Free Dining Offer

If you book a Disney hotel or the Disney Nature Resort for spring arrivals from 2 April to 2nd July 2020 by 29th December 2019, or for summer arrivals from 3 July to 1 November 2020 by 12 February 2020, all members of your party dine for free.

You’ll also save up to 20% off your room when you stay two nights or more at Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Newport Bay Club, Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch or Les Villages Nature Paris, or up to 15% when you stay two nights or more at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne or Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe.

• The Frozen Celebration

From 11 January to 3 May 2020, the wonders of Frozen 2 will be brought to life in a fabulous parade complete with a festive float and plenty of opportunities to sing and dance along. This will be in addition to Frozen: A Musical Invitation from 17 November 2019 – an interactive journey through the kingdom of Arendelle with Frozen characters at Animation Celebration in Walt Disney Studios® Park.  

• A New Hotel

Opening summer 2020 but bookable from mid-December, the four-star Disney’s Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel will resemble a modern art gallery, with more than 300 pieces of Marvel artwork by more than 50 international artists on display. It’ll also be the only Disney Hotel where you can meet Marvel Super Heroes.

• Breakfast and Lunch in the Cinderella-themed Restaurant

The fairytale-themed Auberge de Cendrillon in Disneyland® Park now gives you the chance to breakfast and lunch with Disney princesses. Dining here includeds delicious French cuisine and dessert served in a chocolate Cinderella’s slipper.

• The Extra Magic Hours

All packages booked with the Walt Disney Travel Company include Extra Magic Time, granting you an hour of fun in both Disney Parks before the official opening times. You also get complimentary shuttle buses between the Disney Parks and Disney hotels and Meet 'n' Greets with Disney characters as part of your package.

• The FASTPASS®

The Disneyland® Paris’  FASTPASS®, also part of packages booked with the Walt Disney Travel Company, lets you keep your place in the queue at some of its most popular attractions, giving you a designated time to arrive and enter each one via a special entrance. These include Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril, Hyperspace Mountain and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.

Find out more and book now.


Snow fun in Avoriaz, with Pierre & Vacances.Snow fun in Avoriaz, with Pierre & Vacances.

Unique amongst purpose-built and pedestrianised resorts where the taxis are sleighs drawn by horses! This high-altitude (1800m), ski-in ski-out plateau enjoys the best links to access the entire 650km Portes de Soleil ski area encompassing 12 different resorts in both France and Switzerland. It is perfect for families for a whole range of reasons and it’s only just over 90 minutes from Geneva:

• The beginner’s area in the protected Proclou offers nursery slopes that are totally separated from the advanced areas making this a very safe and confidence inspiring area to make those first turns.

• There are several snowparks all of which have a different focus, including Arare for experts and experienced freestylers featuring a big air bag, La Chapelle, close to the resort centre for snowboarders and skiers of all abilities, the world’s best run (as declared by CNN) Le Stash in the Linderets forest with several routes at different levels and plenty of installations to try.  Kids have their own dedicated parks too - the, Lil’stash and the Kids Parkway where even over-threes can start to throw some moves.

• The Children’s Village is central to the resort and really is ski school ‘plus’ – open all day with lunch options to all 3-to 16-year-olds  boasting a specialized team of 100 instructors and kids animators with fun indoor activities for those too young to ski all day, while snowboarding and off-piste courses are available for older more experiences kids.

• For après ski and bad weather days the Aquariaz indoor waterpark will keep the whole family happy in the big half-pipe, whirlpool bubble pools, lazy river, swimming pools, a geyser, a water tree and even an overwater climbing wall.

• Other great family activities include an Inuit Camp and Igloo Village, e-fatbiking (electric snowbiking), ice rink, the new sensas park for a new generation laser game and archery tag, trampolines and bowling.

• There is a great music scene in Avoriaz with several live events on throughout the year and the newly opened Folie Douce is fantastic for après ski fun and dancing aimed at all ages.

• There are lots of family events held throughout the season.  Father Christmas arriving on his skis to distribute presents, torchlight descents and free hot chocolate in the village to name but a few!

• Avoriaz has won several accolades over the years including ‘Best Family Resort’ in the World Snow Awards, innovation in sustainable development and Best Snowboarding resort.

See our accommodation recommendations in Avoriaz:

Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence L’ Amara

Residence Electra

Pierre & Vacances Residence Atria Crozats

Maeva Antares Residence


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Horse riding at Holiday Village Normandy Garden.Horse riding at Holiday Village Normandy Garden.

Travelling by car means taking as many holiday toys (bikes, kayaks, games etc) as you like including the family pet! Plus it gives you the freedom to enjoy all the local activities and attractions under your own steam such as a historical theme park like Puy du Fou in the Vendée, a picnic on the secluded Calanque beaches in Provence, or joining in high octane adventures at ParcAventure in Normandy.

France remains a super popular holiday destination, partly for being so easy to reach, but more importantly for the vibrant cities, glamorous seaside resorts, relaxed rural retreats, stunning vineyards and, of course, the cuisine!

We’ve looked at the best destinations for a self-catering break and we think holiday villages offer the perfect solution for those travelling with active and social kids. They all offer fantastic flexibility, space, great value for money and a provide a perfect opportunity to meet other like minded families from all other Europe, the kids' and teen clubs are very multi-cultural. The villages are easy on the eye too, designed in harmony with the local region and often surrounded by excellent golf courses. And, as an added bonus, the May half-term week doesn’t coincide with any other nations’ school holidays – making this a great value week for a getaway.

The Opal Coast in Picardy, Northern France
Just a short hop from Calais, the historic region of Picardy has long inspired nature lovers with the tranquil beaches dunes and meadows of the Bay of Somme.  Explore on foot or by bike, canoe, boat or land yacht, and  don’t forget to look out for the  seal colonies and several rare species of bird in the Marquenterre nature reserve.

Stay: Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Belle Dune. This is an eco-village with an indoor and outdoor water park and a range of great sporting options including tennis and horse-riding. Fort-Mahon and Quend beaches are nearby. Golfers will enjoy the links inspired 18-hole course that surrounds the village. The houses and apartments reflect a modern take on the Gothic architecture of the region.

Ardèche, Rhone Alpes, South of France
The stunning Gorges d’Ardeche is one of the largest natural canyons in Europe and is the perfect base for an active family who will enjoy the challenge of kayaking down this famous descent enjoying some truly dramatic scenery. The region also offers some great hiking and cycling and delightful villages to explore such as Vallon close the much photographed Pont d’Arc.

Stay: Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Le Rouret. This is a perfect base for adrenaline-seeking families, the nearby adventure parc includes climbing, abseiling, zipwires, a monkey bridge and rope-bridge, plus motor sports including buggy-driving, quad-biking, go-karting, motorbikes and more.  The village itself boasts a fun water park and the traditional village architecture is very pleasing on the eye.

Vendée, Pays de la Loire, Atlantic Coast
There is over 160km of safe and sandy beaches on this coast and the islands to explore with only 20% granted development permission, this coupled with the mild climate has long made it a firm favourite with British visitors. Exploring the countryside by bike is a must with the largest cycling path network in France beautifully intertwined with canals. Culture lovers are in for treat from prehistoric times through the middle ages to Renaissance times with parcs, chateaux, gardens and historical monuments galore.

Stay: Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Port Bourgenay. Perfect for the nautically-inclined, the village is set around a lake next to a marina and 1.5km from a fabulous beach for water sports including kayaking and surfing. On site, as well as a fabulous water park, sports include tennis, golf, football, volleyball and quadbiking. Make sure you try the local seafood specialities in the unusual Le Green restaurant in the Golf Course clubhouse.

Calvados, Normandy, Northern France
In easy reach of the Western Channel ports there are endless places to see in Normandy, including homes of the impressionists, infamous D-Day landing beaches, UNESCO sights such as Mont St Michel, the picturesque coastal resorts of Deauville and Honfleur as well as endless museums, art galleries and exhibitions reflecting the heritage of the area. Covering farm history, calvados, fossils, pre-historic Neanderthals, mining, fish, watches, ceramics to name a few and, of course the home of the Bayeaux Tapestry. Active families are spoilt for choice with cycling, hiking, golf, fishing, kayaking, sand yachting and horse riding being high on the agenda. After using all this adrenaline up, stock up on the local specialities incorporating a lot of cheese, milk, butter and, of course apples and cider!

Stay: Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Normandy Garden. Set in 12 hectares of rolling rural landscapes this is the perfect base for a Normandy adventure, just 15km from Deauville. Designed around a traditional Norman village, kids will love the heated indoor and outdoor pools and water park whilst sports lovers can practice their tennis on the indoor court or join the basketball and football challenges. There is also an equestrian centre next door for horse riding enthusiasts.

Var Agay-Esterel, Provence, South of France
This national park is situated between Cannes and St Tropez and is just the perfect location to explore all the coastal delights of Mediterranean and the stunning scenery of the Esterel National Park which can be discovered on foot, bike or horseback. Take some time out to chill in of the glamorous nearby resorts of the Riviera including St Raphael and Port Grimaud. The coast offers endless water sports opportunities and a wide selection of beaches, but exploring inland is a delight too including the perched medieval villages Gassin, with its endless vineyard to choose the perfect rosé to accompany your Provencal gastronomic experience.

Stay: Pierre & Vacances Cap Esterel Holiday Village. This Provencal-style village is surrounded by a golf course, and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, with endless sports and activities on site. The inland lake is home to the adventure parc with zipwire and rock climbing amongst the thrills on offer.  Younger kids and teenagers will love the 3 swimming pools and the water park with wave pool and slide, as well as their own zone to hang out in. The village centre has a large selection of bars, restaurants and shops and hosts entertainment every night.

Moliets, Gascony Aquitaine, Atlantic Coast South West France
Renowned for fragrant pine forests and kilometres of long sandy beaches this is deep in surfing country and learning to surf is a holiday ritual in this area. There is also so much more to explore too; there are few hills so cycling along the tree-lined paths is a treat, or meandering along the waterways and fishing for perch and carp. For some beach inspired retail therapy head along to Biarritz or St Jean de Luz. The cuisine of Aquitaine is legendary in France, being surrounded with the vineyards of Bordeaux, Atlantic seafood, the cheese from the Pyrenees, and duck and mushrooms contribute to many of the specialities here, not to mention the ham and chocolate from Bayonne.

Stay: Pierre & Vacances Moliets Holiday Village. Set in one of Europe's most beautiful golf courses this timber-framed Landes-themed holiday village offers tennis, 4 swimming and paddling pools, a surf school and plenty of sports including volleyball and football. There is a wide selection of spacious apartments, houses and villas to choose from.

Find out more about Pierre & Vacances self-catering holiday villages


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Fun in the waterpark at Leonardo Laura Beach & Splash Resort, Cyprus.Fun in the waterpark at Leonardo Laura Beach & Splash Resort, Cyprus.

Hotels and resorts with their very own water park or free access to one right nearby are hugely popular. They’re perfect for having fun together as a family or as places where older kids can go off and do their own thing without straying too far. And they’re also great for cooling down when the mercury rises.

We’ve brought you our hand-picked recommendations for family destinations with water parks or water-park access all over the world.

Mainland Spain
This is one of the warmest places in Europe, and offers family fun in abundance in the form of everything from sandy beaches, hidden coves, lively seaside resorts and cities and villages rich in culture and traditions to water parks, museums and nature reserves.
Stay: Aquasplash Estival Resort, Costa Dorada with unlimited access to the Aquopolis waterpark 10 minutes’ walk away between mid-May and October. At the hotel itself there are three pools and a spa with 50 water features.

Canaries
Quick and easy to reach and blessed with a lovely year-round climate that makes them perfect for half-term holidays, the main Canary Islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are brilliant for families, with child-friendly beaches and facilities galore as well as fascinating volcanic landscapes to explore.
Stay: Compostela Beach Golf Apartments, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife where all-inclusive packages include days out at Siam Park, deemed one of the world’s best water parks.

Greece
With warm weather, inviting seas and hospitable people, as well as mountains, olive groves, tavernas and boats, Greece is a justifiably popular family holiday destination, whether you stick to the mainland or explore one or more of its delightful islands.
Stay: Atlantica Porto Bello Beach, Helona Beach, Kos with its own water park as well as a massive salt-water pool and a location right beside a sandy beach complete with pedalos and a playground.

Turkey
Linking Europe with Asia, Turkey is utterly compelling, including along its Mediterranean coast with its azure waters and classical ruins. The latter is a a great-value family holiday destination, with child-friendly beaches, wonderful sailing and quaint inland villages to discover.
Stay: Ali Bey Club, Manavgat, Antalya Area where everything’s super-sized, from the 25,000-square-metre waterpark to the 62 tennis courts.

Cyprus
This is an island of myths and legends, but its many superb artefacts and ruins rub shoulders with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Med and other stunning scenery, and the food is just gorgeous.
Stay: Leonardo Laura Beach & Splash Resort, Paphos which cherry-picked some hair-raising slides for its water park, including the white-knuckle Boomerango and a huge Super Bowl, all within arm’s reach of a sand-and-shingle bay.

Caribbean
More than 7,000 islands dot the area from the east coast of Florida to the northern tip of South America, with the various groups of them each offering something different for families, from piratical history to diving and snorkelling at some of the world’s best sites. 
Stay: Grand Memories Splash Punta Cana, Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with its water park. It also packs in pools, restaurants and plenty of sports and activities, and sits close to a sandy beach that hosts everything from volleyball to snorkelling.  

Find out more about current special offers on all-inclusive family holidays with First Choice.

Flash Sale: Book online and use discount code SUMMER100 to get £100 off an all-inclusive First Choice holiday, to be taken between 1 May and 31 Oct 2019. Book by midnight 1 April 2019. Terms apply.


The super-stylish TUI SENSATORI Resort Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.The super-stylish TUI SENSATORI Resort Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Easter is a great time of year for a family holiday – long enough for a proper getaway and long-haul travel, but with warm enough temperatures in parts of the Med for a European beach break too. We’ve shared our top overseas family holiday destinations for Easter.

Marrakech, Morocco   
This old walled city is the perfect destination for a long weekend and warm city break, with magical bazaars and winding alleys to get lost in and snake-charmers, storytellers and acrobats to wonder at in the medina’s main square.
Stay: Riu Tikida Palmeraie

Algarve, Portugal
This most family-friendly of coastlines is sunny and pleasantly warm at this time of year yet less than three hours’ flight time from London. Incredible beaches and excellent purpose-built resorts make it especially good for those travelling with small children, but a huge choice of sporting options make it perfect for teens too. 
Stay: Riu Guarana, Olhos D'Agua

Cape Verde 
Easter is warm and dry in this fabulous destination for families who like to combine activities, adventure and discovery with a laid-back beach holiday, situated off the north-west coast of Africa within a six-hour flight of the UK. There is also an ever-increasing number of family resorts with facilities such as kids’ clubs. 
Stay: Hotel Riu Touareg, Boa Vista

Cyprus 
It’s warm enough to swim in the sea at Easter on this island of myths and legends, where ancient ruins rub shoulders with some of the loveliest beaches in the Mediterranean. Other aquatic fun includes snorkelling, diving, paddling, paragliding, whizzing around in a banana boat and boat-trips.
Stay: Hotel Louis Phaethon Beach Club, Paphos

Dominican Republic 
Ideal for those who want to make the most of the two-week Easter holiday, this gorgeous Caribbean island counts palm-fringed white beaches, tropical rainforest and mangrove swamps among its varied landscapes. The south-east has the best beaches and tourist facilities, making it the family-holiday hotspot.
Stay: TUI SENSATORI Resort Punta Cana

Goa, India
Easter is the summer season here, so it’s hot, but there are fewer visitors because it’s not peak season. Goa is best known for its 130km string of palm-fringed beaches including Morjim, a turtle nesting site, Colva and Calangute, although inland there are wildlife sanctuaries and temples to discover.  
Stay: Heritage Village Club, Arossim Beach

Costa del Sol, Spain
One of the Europe’s best-known holiday hotspots, the 160km ‘Coast of the Sun’ – part of the Andalucia region – is just a short flight away and has lots of great-value accommodation in addition to a whopping 325 days of sunshine a year and lots of Blue Flag beaches.
Stay: Hotel Pez Espada, Torremolinos

Book your Easter family holiday with TUI now.


Family time at Les Villages Nature® Paris.Family time at Les Villages Nature® Paris.

Holidays that offer the ‘best of both worlds’ or ‘something for everyone’ – such as a combined seaside and city break, a camping holiday followed by a night or two’s splurge in a luxury resort, or a theme-park and countryside break – can be ideal for those travelling with children of all ages, ensuring variety and a welcome change of pace during the course of your getaway.

Theme-park holidays can be particularly full-on, and with all that fun and adrenaline it’s great to have somewhere peaceful to retire to and some quieter activities, such as those offered by Les Villages Nature® Paris, which is just an eight-minute drive from Disneyland Paris but offers all of the following:
• Bee-keeping sessions
• Ranger-led woodland-den building
• Creative nature classes
• Nature activities including trails and geo-cacheing
• Learning to be a farmer
• A children’s farm
• Animal care (caring for and feeding pets)
• Horse-riding
• Cycling
• Segway
• Mini-golf
• A lake beach with games and activities
• A watersports centre
• A multi-sports court
• Bowling
• Academies with themed cookery classes and mill tours/bread-baking
• A swimming-pool complex including a splash playground, swimming classes and baby swim sessions, plus outdoor pools with lovely views
• An aerial ropes course for young children
• Indoor play areas
• Baby-massage sessions

There’s also a spa, fitness classes, a crèche and kids’ club with options for ages four months to 12 years, bedtime story sessions, kids’ discos, live music on summer evenings and wine-tastings. All of which combined mean you can get back to nature, enjoy lots of quality family time in the great outdoors and even return home with a new skill or two under your belts.

Les Villages Nature® Paris is a new-generation self-catering holiday village with a focus on the environment, nature and sustainability in its five ‘worlds’. Accommodation is in 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with balconies, giving you both indoor and outdoor space.

Book by 24th April 2019, to save up to 35% off your Les Villages Nature® Paris stay. Valid for arrivals between 2nd April and 6th November 2019, with prices starting from £249 per person, your package will include a two-day ticket to both Disney parks, along with FASTPASS so you can bypass the queues, Extra Magic Time and Free parking. 

Find out more about Les Villages Nature® Paris.


Dog-friendly holiday parcs with Eurocamp.Dog-friendly holiday parcs with Eurocamp.

Dogs are part of the family and deserve to come on holiday with you whenever that’s feasible. And that’s certainly true of mainland Europe, and especially of holiday parcs, where you get space, freedom and the chance to take your four-legged friend on amazing beach or countryside walks during your break. Many holiday parcs have dog-friendly accommodation options. We’ve shared what you need to think about when booking a holiday with your dog in tow – and shared our favourite holiday parcs with dogs.

• Talk to your vet about your travel plans: where you’re going, how you’re travelling and what you plan to do there. He or she will give you all the information you need, including applying for your PETS passport.

• Give your family the exact details of your dog so that your holiday is correctly booked in line with the PETS requirements.

• Swot up on campsite etiquette. Though dog-friendly, they have specific rules about dogs, including the need to keep them on a lead, keep any noise to a minimum, and clean up after them.

• Be smart when travelling in hot weather. Never leave an animal in a vehicle in direct strong sunshine and/or high temperatures.

•. In terms of coming home, your dog can only enter the UK with an approved transport company on an authorised route, or he or she will have to be quarantined. Eurocamp holiday packages use only approved travel operators, but if you book your own travel element you need to check all details with your chosen transport company.

• Check the microchip is correctly recorded on all required documents. And prior to travelling, make sure to always update the microchip registration database, where your dog's microchip number is recorded, with your holiday details so that he or she can be re-united with you as quickly as possible in the unlikely event that you get separated while you are away.

• Ensure you get any booster vaccinations on time by checking the 'valid until' date on your PETS documentation. Your dog has to be re-vaccinated against rabies by this date.

• Contact an overseas vet overseas in plenty of time before you plan to return or come to the UK to arrange for your dog to get tapeworm treatment (they must be treated not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours or 1–5 days before being checked-in with an approved transport company for the journey into the UK). If you require assistance calling and booking an appointment, Eurocamp has on-site couriers who are glad to help. Before you leave the surgery, check that the documentation has been completed (especially that the date and time of treatment, using the 24-hour clock, have been filled in, and that the products used to treat your dog have been noted).

Take a look at Eurocamp's top 10 dog-friendly parcs for the best holidays with dogs, where your dog can join you from as little as £3 per night (a lot less money and a lot more fun than a kennel!). 


Family on the slopes in Andorra.Family on the slopes in Andorra.

Those who’ve already skied or boarded in Andorra know that for a small country, it packs a big punch and is an ideal place to take to the slopes. Above all, this is a fantastic destination for family ski holidays, with masses of gentle green and blue runs to help build little ones’ confidence, some of the best English-speaking ski schools in Europe, and some hotels offering free kids’ clubs for ages 3–11 years. We’ve looked at what makes Andorra so special.

• Huge Investment in Ski Resorts
Andorra has invested 10s of millions of Euros in infrastructure over the last 5-10 years, meaning its resorts of Arinsal, El Tarter, Pas de la Casa and Soldeu have an almost purpose-built feel. Arinsal is great for families and beginners, with quieter, gentle slopes, excellent après activities and great-value family accommodation.

Soldeu and El Tarter are livelier in terms of nightlife, although El Tarter is quieter than its neighbour. It offers great access to the slopes and a very family-friendly hotel in the form of Neilson’s Hôtel del Clos. Soldeu is the best all-rounder, with mainly four-star hotels at three-star prices, easy piste access and a great array of bars, restaurants and shops.

• Quieter Slopes
As Andorra isn’t as well known as the big-named resorts, its slopes are naturally a bit quieter, especially at peak times such as Christmas, New Year and February half term. In low season, meanwhile, you’ll sometimes feel as if you have the runs to yourself. Andorra’s two ski areas, the 63km Vallnord (Arinsal and Pal) and the huge 210km Grandvalira (El Tarter, Pas de la Casa and Soldeu) have such good lift systems that you’ll never wait as long as would elsewhere, even at busy periods.

• The English-speaking Ski Instructors
Andorra has an unusually high ratio of native English speakers teaching skiing and boarding  – possibly due to the fact that this is such a lovely place to be. While just about all ski and board instructors speak excellent English, having a native speaker does make things that bit easier at times.

• The Value for Money
With the lowest VAT tax rates in Europe (4.5%, against the UK’s 20%), lift-passes passes, equipment hire and tuition along with food and drink are all great value in Andorra compared with other countries. 

• The Human Scale
Andorra is so tiny (it could fit into the Yorkshire Dales nearly three times!) that the capital, Andorra la Vella, is only about half an hour’s bus-ride from the ski resorts. Buses run regularly and it’s worth the trip for Andorra la Vella’s 2000+ shops and restaurants, as well as Caldea, Europe’s largest thermal spa, with 6000m2 of indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, hot tubs, bubble beds and much more.

Find out more about Neilson ski holidays in Andorra.


View over Eurocamp's Les Sablons holiday parc.View over Eurocamp's Les Sablons holiday parc.

If you don’t want to, or can’t, travel to the Continent by car or use a hire car when you get to your destination, take a look at our favourite Eurocamp holiday parcs that make it easy to avoid driving abroad. All are within easy reach of airports with low-cost flights and have superb local transport links, meaning you and your family can get around and explore the local area as part of your car-free holiday.

FRANCE

Les Sablons, Languedoc (as pictured above)
A mere 10 minutes from Béziers Airport and a short walk from a splendid beach as well as an upmarket resort with restaurants, bars and markets, this excellent parc includes a pool complex with no less than five swimming pools – one specially for kids and one just for adults with a water massage bed and Jacuzzis.

La Chapelle, Roussillon
Just 37km from Perpignan Airport in the foothills of the Pyrénées, with stunning vineyard and mountain views, this parc is just 200 metres’ stroll from a long sandy beach and close to the delightful town of Collioure. Facilities include another brilliant pool complex.

Le Ruisseau, Gascony
Only 7km from Biarritz Airport and close to Biarritz Beach, this Atlantic Coast parc is especially great for budding surfers. On-site you’ll find an outdoor pool with waterslides and a children’s play area, while directly opposite lies an indoor pool with a spa and thalassotherapy facilities.

SPAIN

Cambrils Park, Costa Dorada
Thirteen kilometres from Reus airport, this premium parc is brilliant for water-loving families, with five superb pool complexes, one with elephants and dragons to the delight of younger kids. There’s also crazy golf, tennis, football and trampolining on the agenda, a great beach with watersports less than 1km away and the world-class PortAventura theme-park 8km away. 

ITALY

Marina di Venezia, Adriatic
Near Punta Sabbioni ferry port and a short ride from Venice, this parc includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a large kids’ pool and waterslides, and even its own diving school operating from the wonderful, white-sandy beach next to the parc.

Bella Italia, Lake Garda
Just over 20km from Verona Airport, this gorgeously located parc has direct access to the lakeside as well as its own fabulous pool complex with four pools (among them a children's pool, lagoon pools and waterslides). For those who love exploring on two wheels, the cycling path between Mantova and Peschiera (also within walking distance) runs past the entrance.  


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