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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Adagio Aparthotel Paris Val d'Europe

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

Adagio Aparthotel Annecy Centre

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

Auberge Du Pere Bise

Luxury hotel in Talloires on Lake Annecy, oozing french charm and high standards of service and comfort.

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.

Self-catering holiday home in Hordaland

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

Kyriad Hotel near Disneyland Paris

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

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Cottages in Ireland

Child-friendly properties in towns and villages, by the sea and in the countryside, to suit all tastes.

Center Parcs Park De Haan

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.

Abba Xalet Suites Hotel

Comfortable and spacious hotel for families near the Andorran capital, ideal for summer and winter holidays and breaks.

Le Domaine du Val

Surrounded by rolling Picardy countryside, this intimate family resort of wooden cabins has an indoor pool, beehives and a vegetable garden.

Self-catering holiday home in Liege Province

An historic apartment building with modern facilities, kids' play areas and stunning rural views.

9Hotel Cesari

A small, friendly, boutique hotel close the main sites in Rome, with a rooftop breakfast area from where you enjoy the views whilst indulging in a traditional Italian breakfast.

Cottages in France

A choice of more than 3,000 family holiday cottages around the country, to include something for all families.

Avenue Hotel

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

Citadines Apart'hotel Lyon Presqu'ile

Spacious self-catering apartments in the centre of Lyon, with optional breakfast.

Hotel des Trois Hiboux

The Parc Astérix themepark hotel, with family rooms, a buffet restaurant and the chance to meet Astérix and Obelix.

Les Villages Nature® Paris

Self-catering holiday park close to Disneyland Paris, with the environment and sustainability high on the agenda, as well as a whole host of fun family activities.

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.

Cottages and Villas

Explore Italy and all it has to offer, staying at one of more than 600 self-catering cottages and villas located in rural, coastal and city destinations.

Hotel de Russie

The hotel is modern and stylish, the staff are friendly and attentive, and above all the location is spot on, in the heart of Rome.