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.
Club La Santa in Lanzarote: A well-known name in the sports world, Club La Santa is a top location for active family holidays, with fantastic sports facilities, sports coaching and fun activities too.
Neilson: Another well-known name among Brits for its Mediterranean beach clubs, as well as its child-friendly ski holidays.
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 & Sport places to stay in Europe

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Club Med Opio en Provence

Alpes Maritimes
An all-inclusive family resort amidst olive groves and pine forests, with heaps of activities and a spa including teen treats.

Messini Beachclub

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

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.

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.

Club Med Gregolimano

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

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.

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Château de la Baudonnière Family Adventure

Normandy
Experience-seekers required for a family adventure in Normandy with Family Adventure Holidays - multi-activity holidays for families of all ages.

Aeolian Village Beach Resort

Greece
A friendly resort with a village atmosphere, active kids' clubs, cycling, tennis and watersports in a wide bay with a lovely sandy beach.

Hillside Beach Club

Fethiye
Hillside Beach Club in Turkey has so much to offer, including a sailing school and a watersports centre with motorised and non-motorised watersports.

Kamari Beach Resort

Rhodes
Set by a Blue Flag beach, this modern beach resort offers a host of watersports and activities as well as space to relax and unwind.

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.

Club La Santa

Lanzarote
With more than 80 sports and activities for all levels, Club La Santa in Lanzarote is a fantastic base for sports training and sporty, active family holidays.

Lemnos Beach Resort

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

Hotel Kalevala

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

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.

Aphrodite Hills Holiday Rentals

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

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.

Vounaki Beachclub

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

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.