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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Active places to stay in Europe

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Kolping Hotel Spa & Family Resort

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

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.

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.

Center Parcs Het Meerdal

Netherlands
Fully-equipped self-catering cottages, on-site restaurants and shops, swimming pool, playgrounds and much more for an active family holiday in The Netherlands.

Hotel Snowflake and Apartments

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

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Lapland
Unique and quirky resort, 250km north of the Arctic Circle , where you can meet Santa, stay in an igloo and see the Northern Lights.

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Center Parcs Le Bois aux Daims

Loire Valley
Spralling holiday park in the Loire where you can zip through the water rapids, horse ride, climb through the trees, and even sleep in one!

Center Parcs De Vossemeren Flanders

Belgium
A spacious wooded self-catering resort in northern Belgium, perfect for sports enthusiasts and ideal to try new indoor and outdoor experiences.

Self-catering holiday home, Alpbach

Tirol
Experience the Austrian Alps in summer or winter from this traditional wooden chalet with Alpine views.

Center Parcs Europe Bostalsee Saarland

Germany
Self-catering cottages set around a lake in western Germany with water sports, child-friendly activities and fun for all the family.

Center Parcs Erperheide

Limburg
A small kid-friendly Belgian holiday park with great pool complex and activities, and where you can get to look after your own pony during your stay.

Mediterranean Disney Cruise

Europe
A Disney Mediterranean cruise ideal for a short break or longer; perfect for families of all ages.

Clos des Coustoulins

Languedoc-Roussillon
A luxurious French property with accommodation, food, childcare and activities included, plus a treehouse where you can sleep under the stars (if you wish!)

Center Parcs Park Allgäu

Germany
Self-catering holiday park in southern Germany with activities for young children through to adults plus luxury choice of accommodation according to budget.

Center Parcs Bispinger Heide

Niedersachsen
Stay in a boat- or tree-house at this self-catering family holiday resort in Germany with sub-tropical pool and activities for kids and adults.

Surf Hotel Beach Club Vassiliki

Greece
Relaxing beach break or active holiday at this resort on Lefkada in Greece; free watersports and land-based activities, free tuition and free kids club.

Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences

Cyprus
Luxury apartments and villas sleeping up to 10, on a huge complex with childcare, sporting academies, spa and golf course.

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.

Center Parcs Hochsauerland

North Rhine-Westphalia
In a mountainous area of western Germany, with skiing nearby in winter and cycle routes in the summer. Plus a fun water park for the kids.

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.