If you’re wondering where is best to go on holiday with toddlers Europe, we’ve got the lowdown for you. Whether you want a city break, a beach resort or a ski holiday, you can find it in Europe. Holiday with a toddler doesn’t have to be stressful, when you have a hotel with free childcare, or a family-friendly city to explore. Read on for inspiration on your next family break…
Time zone changes can make a big difference to toddlers, wreaking havoc with nap times, bedtimes and early morning wake ups – eek. So why not travel somewhere where there is no time difference to the UK? Lanzarote is a four hour flight from London (read our tips on flying with kids here, ) but once you arrive your toddler should settle into their usual routine with ease. If you’re not yet tied to school holidays, this Canary Island is a really cost effective option too, with plenty of child-friendly Lanzarote hotels for all budgets. And with year round sunshine, dramatic volcanic scenery and plentiful beaches, you can’t really go wrong.
2. Country Kids, France
A 5* family experience to rival all others, Country Kids has been stacking up awards every year since its opening in 2015. Owners Laure and Sylvain and their two young children are your hosts for the week on their beautiful country estate deep in the Languedoc countryside. A really personal experience, the small team of staff are on hand to arrange everything from wine tasting and yoga classes to children’s swimming lessons. The Crèche and Kids Clubs offer award-winning childcare, and there’s a petting farm too, which will delight your toddler. Once you arrive, absolutely everything is included, from the gourmet food and spa treatments to the fantastic childcare. So you can really relax and unwind… trust us, you won’t want to leave.
A family holiday may not be what first springs to mind when you picture this Balearic island, but Ibiza is quickly becoming a firm favourite with British parents. Firstly, the flight time is a mere 2.5 hours -definitely a plus with toddlers in tow. Secondly, the myriad of beaches are beautiful, from secret coves for rock-pooling to sandy strips for paddling. And finally, the amount of child-friendly activities and restaurants is truly impressive. There are Ibiza Beach Clubs with free childcare, kids yoga classes, waterparks, adventure parks and more. So yes, you really can enjoy that sundown cocktail whilst your toddler is kept entertained…
Italy is famously welcoming to children, and its capital is no different. So if it’s a city break you’re after, Rome is one of the best places to holiday with toddlers in Europe. Many of the iconic sights are within walking distance, and the streets are relatively flat, so it’s easy to explore with a pushchair. If you travel in the quieter low season, your little one will love dropping coins in the Trevi fountain, or wandering around the epic Colosseum, without the throngs of crowds. Lastly, the food is exceptional, and I’m yet to meet a toddler who doesn’t love pizza and gelato!
5. Europa Baby und Kinderhotel, Austria
Ski-loving parents rejoice – Austria has built a hotel entirely dedicated to babies and toddlers, just 30 minutes from the ski resorts of Innerkrems and Katschberg. Amongst the many great services, The Baby und Kinderhotel offers free childcare, spacious accommodation, fantastic play equipment and a kids ski school. Although mainly marketed as a ski hotel, it’s actually open all year round – there’s a waterslide and pool for the summer months plus lots of outdoor play areas. If you’re interested in more child friendly ski resorts in Europe, have a read of our top 5 here.
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