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.
Ocean Elements: Beach-based activity holidays in Greece.
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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Neilson Vounaki Beachclub

Epirus
A laidback family resort perfect for active holidays with kids, including wakesurfing and other watersports.

Helona Beach Resort

Kos
Boutique-style option with access to facilities of Lakitira Beach Resort.

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.

Neilson Airone Beachclub

Italy
An active family holiday favourite in glorious setting in southern Italy, with watersports, tennis and mountain-biking.

Club Med Kamarina

Sicily
A lively all-inclusive resort including a free flying trapeze academy, a sailing school and scuba-diving tuition.

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.

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ICEHOTEL

Lapland
A unique property in the Lapland region of northern Sweden, with plenty of optional outdoor activities at hand.

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.

Neilson Portomyrina Palace Beachclub

Lemnos
An attractive Greek resort packed with activities for all the family, from sailing to mountain-biking.

Kolping Hotel Spa & Family Resort

Hungary
A spacious, car-free family resort offering self-catering and hotel accommodation near Lake Balaton, Hungary.

Village de Vacances - Les Marronniers, Domaine de Pyrène

Hautes-Pyrénées
Family holiday resort on the edge of the Pyrenees National Park; making for a great ski or sun holiday.

Club Med Cefalù

Sicily
An exclusive all-inclusive resort in the north of the island, with sports schools perfect for active families with teens.

Center Parcs De Eemhof

North Holland
A classic holiday park with lake watersports, an indoor waterpark and its own farm, well placed for day trips to Amsterdam.

Hotel Snowflake and Apartments

Lapland
A cosy family-friendly property handy for outdoor activities and Santa visits.

Single With Kids

Europe
Specialists in single- and lone-parent family holidays, including camping, activity and all-inclusive summer resorts.

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.

Center Parcs Het Heijderbos

Netherlands
A fun family holiday park in eastern Netherlands with clean and cosy self-catering accommodation and a wealth of activities for all ages.

Hotel Kalevala

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

Neilson Messini Beachclub

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

Center Parcs Huttenheugte

North Holland
Located in rural Netherlands, with so much choice of activity and things to do to keep the whole familly busy.