Watersports at De Eemhof Center Parcs Europe; ideal for a short break.
Watersports at De Eemhof Center Parcs Europe; ideal for a short break.

Short Breaks for Families in Europe

From fun-filled campsites and holiday villages with activities galore to cosy cottages nestled deep in the countryside, Europe is a popular destination for a family short break or weekend away for many good reasons, the chief one being that it’s quick, easy and relatively inexpensive to reach.

There’s also an incredible choice of short-break destinations and accommodation in Europe, whether it be seaside hotels, working farms or glamping sites, individual gîtes or boutique cottage complexes, holiday parks, theme-park breaks or fascinating cities packed with culture to soak up.

We’ve gathered our favourite short breaks in Europe with kids. Browse our listings, or check out our regular special offers or exclusive discounts with our favourite Europe short-break specialist partners:
cottages.com: family-friendly properties in France and Italy; best discounts for our newsletter subscribers (sign up at the bottom of this page).
Pierre & Vacances: self-catering apartments.
Center Parcs Europe: popular holiday villages with lots of activities.
Canvas: long-established campsite and holiday park operator.
PGL Family Adventures: all-inclusive activity holidays, some in France.
Disneyland Paris: theme-park breaks near the French capital.


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Center Parcs Het Heijderbos

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

Adagio Aparthotel Montmartre

Located in the heart of Paris, with a small courtyard for the kids to play in, a car park if you a driving and apartments with all the basics you need for a city break.

Camping Duinrell, Wassenaar

A lively site in the Netherlands, with a superb pool complex and its own exciting themepark.

Hotel Novotel Brussels off Grand'Place

Central location in Brussels offering a quiet nights sleep, with spacious family rooms and free internet access.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo

Modern, clean and centrally located hotel in Oslo, Norway, with a rooftop pool and gym.

Stracta Hotel Hella

Modern and stylish, this family-friendly hotel in Iceland offers a comfortable place to stay, with self-catering an option, plus hot tubs in some rooms.

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Self-catering holiday home in Hordaland

A contemporary rental property for 10, surrounded by mountains and fjords and close to the sea.

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.

Adagio Aparthotel Paris Val d'Europe

Self-catering apartments a short hop from Disneyland Paris and within easy reach of the city centre too.

Camping les Etangs Fleuris, Touquin

A rural family-friendly campsite, close to Paris and Disneyland Resort Paris.

The Mark Luxury Hotel

A plush hotel in the city centre, catering especially well for families with young children.

Pentahotel Rostock

Modern, stylish hotel in the historic centre of Rostock, Northern Germany, close to shops and attractions.

PGL Domaine de Segries

Located in the Ardèche, this family activity site close to the river offers an outdoor pool and access to mountainbiking trails and the famous Ardèche descent.

Self-catering holiday home in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa

A spacious apartment on a country estate with communal gardens and outdoor pool.

Center Parcs De Kempervennen

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.

La Réserve

A child-friendly campsite handy for the Atlantic beaches.

Pierre & Vacances Residence Jardins de la Côte d'Opale

On the edge of a large woodland 2km away from the Côte d'Opale beach, this self-catering complex offers stylish apartments and handy essentials when travelling with baby.

Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat

Central Bohemia
A stunning 5-star hotel 30 minutes from Prague, ideal for little princes and princesses, with a swimming lake and a snail farm.

Aparthotel Nantes Centre

Pays de la Loire
Family-friendly apartments in the centre of Nantes, each with kitchen and communal parking facilities.

PGL Château du Tertre

Located in rural Normandy, you can take part in abseiling, bushcraft, zorbing and much more, whilst spending quality time with the family.