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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La Ferme de la Moricière

The farm and tents are set upon a hillside in Normandy, with amazing views and paths leading to the beach, where you can walk to the famous Mont St Michel in low tide.

Boscolo New York Palace

Luxury central hotel ideal for families in Budapest, with a cafe voted the 'best in the world!'

Cottages in Brittany

A huge choice of cottages with sea views, rural setting or both, in the popular family holiday destination.

The Dunloe

County Kerry
A five-star hotel with kids' clubs, free kids' activities, spacious family rooms and movie nights.

Vestri Pétursey

A simple cabin at the foot of the mountains in southern Iceland, comes complete with essentials for a self-catering holiday in a spectacular location.

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.

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Center Parcs Hochsauerland

North Rhine-Westphalia
In a mountainous area of western Germany, with skiing nearby in winter and cycle routes in the summer. Plus a fun water park for the kids.

Disney’s Sequoia Lodge®

A popular mountain-themed option beside Lake Disney, with castle views from some rooms.

Avenue Hotel

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

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

Located just a little outside of Reykjavik city centre, providing comfortable rooms from where to base your Iceland family holiday.

Cottages in Dordogne and Lot

A fabulous choice of cottages, many of them baby- and toddler-friendly, in a classic family holiday destination.

Jam Hotel

A fun, family-friendly hotel with a rooftop relaxing pool, games room and funky accommodation ideal for families of up to six.

Hotel Villa Belvedere

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

Center Parcs Hauts Bruyeres

Surrounded by the famous Loire chateaux and a vast forest is the family friendly holiday park.

Disney's Hotel Cheyenne®

Wild West themed hotel to get you into the Disney spirit; just a 20-minute walk from the main park entrance.

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.

Georg Otts Spa Hotel

Family-friendly spa hotel in western Estonia with so much on offer to keep the kids busy and Mum and Dad relaxed.

Cottages in Normandy

A wide selection of family-friendly cottages in the countryside or by the coast.

Hotel Cumulus Koskikatu

Modern hotel in the heart of the city, offering a luxury buffet breakfast for all guests and arrange bike hire to explore the city.

Duca di Castelmonte

A traditional farmhouse offering family holiday apartments and luxury canvas tents, located on a Sicilian farm where you can dine on locally produced foods and learn to cook.