Active family holidays with Mark Warner.
Active family holidays with Mark Warner.

Active Family Holidays in Europe

Proof you don’t have to travel far to have the adventure of a lifetime, Europe offers an extraordinary choice of family activity holidays. Winter brings the delights of the mountains and more northerly climes – think skiing and snowboarding in the French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps and elsewhere, and fabulous snow adventures in Lapland and other parts of Scandinavia, including husky-driving, reindeer safaris and snowmobiling.

Summer transforms the Alps into a family playground of an altogether different kind, with mountain-biking, paragliding and lake-swimming just a few of the activities you and the kids might like to sample. There’s also plenty of scope for canoeing, whitewater rafting and other river-based adventures in the Ardèche region of France, Croatia and other destinations, and for sailing and other watersports in the sparkling Mediterranean. 

Holiday parks and resorts with their own sports clubs/activities can good choices for active family holidays for those who want to try lots of new things or combine them with more relaxing pursuits.

Find inspiration in our features on active family holidays around Europe, and take a look at our latest deals on Europe family activity holidays with our partners:
Activities Abroad: Fantastic family adventures from Finland to Portugal.
Club Med: French-run all-inclusive summer and ski holidays with lots of activities on site.
Mark Warner: Mediterranean beach holidays and family ski holidays, well known for their quality childcare.
Inghams: Family-friendly ski and summer activity holidays throughout Europe.

See also our hand-picked family adventure holidays in Europe.

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Tignes Activity Holidays

Tignes
Enjoy a fun-filled family activity holiday in Tignes with a selection of watersports and land-based sports and free childcare.

Neilson Retreat Beachclub

Epirus
A resort tailor-made for active families with older children, with watersports, tennis and wonderful cycling terrain.

Val d’Isere Activity Holidays

Val d'Isère
Try your hand at a host of activities in the Alps during the summer for a fun-filled family holiday in Val d'Isere.

Hotel Kalevala

Finland
Go bear watching, ice fishing and rapid swimming at this lake-side family-friendly hotel in eastern Finland.

Club Med Gregolimano

Euboea
An all-inclusive resort on a white-sand beach, with free activities ranging from waterskiing to flying trapeze.

Martinhal Cascais

Lisbon
A chic modern family resort close to the Portuguese capital, with childcare from 6 months to 17 years and lots of organised excursions.

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Club Med Sant'Ambroggio

Corsica
An all-inclusive resort in a great spot for hiking and diving, with complimentary kids' clubs for ages 4–17 years.

Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences

Cyprus
A luxury self-catering resort with fantastic sports facilities including tennis, football, golf, horse riding and cycling.

Neilson Aeolian Village Beachclub

Greece
A fairly intimate family resort perfect for active holidays with kids, with watersports in a wide-open bay the main focus.

Phokaia Beach Resort

Aegean Region
A Mark Warner resort on Turkey's west coast, with water sports, top-notch childcare and exclusive discounts for our readers.

Neilson Baia dei Mori Beachclub

Sardinia
A fabulous property in an unspoilt region of Sardinia, well suited to active family holidays with all ages; cycling and watersports are included.

Perdepera Beach Resort

Sardinia
Ideal option for active family holidays, with watersports, tennis and mountain-biking; exclusive discount available.

Neilson Alana Beachclub

Croatia
A great location on Croatia's Adriatic coast, adjacent to a National Park. All the usual Neilson activities and childcare included, perfect for families.

Levante Beach Resort

Rhodes
Head to Rhodes for an activity-filled holiday at Levante Beach Beachclub with Neilson. Watersports, cycling, kids' clubs - all the fun you would expect from Neilson Active Holidays.

Neilson Messini Beachclub

Peloponnese
The Messini Beachclub offers all the usual Neilson activities in a lovely rural location on the Peloponnese coast

PGL Château de Grande Romaine

Paris
Close to Paris, this family activity holiday camp offers abseiling, archery and the zip-wire, but with the comfort of modern accommodation.

Neilson Cosmos Beachclub

Lefkas
An intimate Neilson beachclub, best known for its windsurfing, sailing, biking and close proximity to Vassiliki on the Greek island of Lefkas.

Lemnos Beach Resort

Lemnos
Classic Mark Warner property popular for its childcare and watersports.

Paleros Beach Resort

Greece
On mainland Greece, this baby- through to teen-friendly resort offers activities, water sports and childcare within a 5-star complex.

Nautica Bay Beach Club Porto Heli

Greece
A stunning bay location in Greece, with gentle waters for paddling and ideal conditions for sailing - perfect for relaxing and active family holidays.