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:
• 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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Hôtel l’Elysée Val d’Europe

A modern and charming hotel with indoor children's entertainment just minutes from the Disney Parks on a free shuttle bus.

Radisson Blu Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Set on a golf course with many leisure facilities + free shuttle to Disney.

Vienna International Dream Castle Hotel

Hotel set in beautiful green surroundings just a short drive from Disneyland Paris.

Adagio Aparthotel Annecy Centre

Haute Savoie
Comfortable holiday apartments in historic Annecy, with slopes close by.

Avenue Hotel

A little out of the main centre of Copenhagen but still within walking distance is the family-friendly but sophisticated Avenue Hotel.

Kyriad Hotel near Disneyland Paris

A highly affordable family-friendly accommodation alternative to other hotel options near Disneyland Paris.

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Hilton Gdansk

In the centre of Gdansk, with stunning views, an indoor pool and spacious family rooms.

Rome Cavalieri

A luxurious 5-star family-friendly hotel in Italy's capital city with spa for parents and pizza making and gladiator lessons for kids.

The Merrion Hotel

A family-friendly five-star hotel in the city centre, with an indoor pool, a spa and a garden.

Hotel Villa Belvedere

Full of classic charm and character to help you unwind and relax on your family holiday in Sicily.

Hotel Soleil Levant

Basic but comfortable hotel in Hautes-Pyrénées, ideal as a ski base or for exploring the Pyrénées.

Clonakilty Park Hotel

A good-value option with excellent children’s facilities within easy reach of Cork and its airport.

Hôtel Beaudon

In a prime position with views of Merlin's castle, this family-friendly hotel in Picardy serves up hearty meals, has comfy rooms and stunning views.

Disney's Newport Bay Club®

The in-room TVs at Disney's Newport Bay Club® play non-stop Disneyland films and programmes - we are pretty sure the kids will think this is the best!

Liss Ard Estate Hotel

A family-friendly, dog-friendly country house hotel in woodlands with a lake.

Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains

A stunning castle-like 5-star hotel in St Moritz in the Swiss Alps, perfectly located for all levels of ski runs.

Martinhal Chiado

A luxurious aparthotel in the centre of Lisbon, with family apartments and suites with kitchens, a kids' club and evening childcare.

Disneyland® Hotel

Hotel 3 minutes’ walk from Disneyland Paris, offering FASTPASS® tickets.

The Europe Hotel & Resort

County Kerry
A stylish five-star property on the west coast of Ireland, with a spa, an indoor pool and a warm welcome for families.

Disney's Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel®

A 10-minute walk from Disneyland Paris' entrance, this Marvel-inspired 4-star has lots of activities indoor and out for all the family - and it is the only hotel where you can meet Marvel superheroes!