This is prime family holiday territory. France is the perennial favourite, especially among parents with younger children, for whom its many self-catering gites, holiday parks and campsites are perfect. Despite rising costs after Brexit, the short travelling time and the possibility of paying certain accommodation providers in sterling means it remains an affordable favourite. Also popular for family holidays are lovely, leisurely Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Andorra.
If it’s beaches you’re after, western and southern France have them in spades, but classic child-friendly destinations offering Mediterranean fun and lots more besides also include Greece, Cyprus, North Cyprus, Turkey (still outside the Eurozone), Italy, Malta, Spain including the Canaries, and Portugal.
There are some great beaches in Scandinavia, too, as well as a whole range of exciting activities for lovers of the great outdoors. However, you’re more likely to head to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Lapland and Iceland in the winter months, for skiing and other frosty frolics, from husky sledding to meeting Santa and his elves.
Much of Eastern Europe remains outside the Eurozone and so remains great value, whether you opt for a family holiday on the beaches of Lake Balaton in Hungary, a city break in Czech Republic's capital Prague, or budget-conscious skiing in Bulgaria. Other destinations worth considering are Croatia and Romania with their good-value beach resorts, outdoorsy Slovenia, Poland and Estonia.