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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Active & Sport places to stay in Europe

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Club Med Kamarina

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

Center Parcs Park De Haan

Belgium
A family-friendly holiday park on the Belgian coast, with lots of activities for kids and an on-site cycle centre so all the family can explore the area on two wheels.

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.

Center Parcs Huttenheugte

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

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.

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Center Parcs De Kempervennen

Netherlands
A village in south-west Netherlands which offers an indoor ski centre, lake offering water sports, a pool where you can swim with fish and much more.

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 Messini Beachclub

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

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.

Lemnos Beach Resort

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

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.

Hotel Snowflake and Apartments

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

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.