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One thing that many people comment on is Caspian’s curiosity. Even if it didn’t serve the cat well I firmly believe it’s a healthy thing to have as a human being. Whether we are simply at the supermarket or travelling somewhere more exotic, he’s always taking everything in and itching to explore his surroundings. As I was fortunate that my parents took me and my siblings on holiday from an early age it’s something I want Caspian to experience, too. We’ve naturally been to Denmark many times but have also holidayed in the UK and last year we visited Gibraltar.
There are still places within Europe that I’d like to see but there are also places that I’ve been and know make great destinations, especially for families. So here are some of my personal suggestions for family holiday destinations in Europe for 2017.
WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN
I’m probably being a little biased here, but Copenhagen really is a wonderful place to explore, especially with little ones. From Tivoli Gardens, the oldest amusement park in the world, to The Blue Planet, the newly opened aquarium situated close to the airport. A visit to see the statue of The Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale or meeting the animals at Copenhagen Zoo. Or even a boat trip around the canals of Copenhagen to get a full history lesson of all the monuments of the capital, this place has something for everyone.
The city is renowed for its many restaurants and the street food at Papir Øen is outstanding showcasing food from around the world.
You have a choice of excellent hotels, hostels and many Danes offer up their private homes through Air BnB, if you are curious to experience how the locals live.
THE BEAUTIFUL CANARY ISLANDS
Having been fortunate enough to visit many of the Canary Islands over the years, I know first hand that these are a treat all year round. Only a short flight from the UK and you can feel the sun on your face, even in winter. The mild climate is perfect for toddlers and babies.
There’s so much to do on these islands. From marine parks and zoos, nature reserves, theme parks, museums, watersports, cycling, golf, archaeological sites, hiking, botanic gardens and whale watching – your family will leave invigorated and with many great memories.
Having stayed in resorts previously these are geared to cater to your every need as a young family. Though if you are looking for a more private option you might want to explore a villa instead. For more information check out Tots to Travel.
Greece is one of my favourite places in the world. I love the relaxed nature of its people, the beautiful scenery and the delicious food. The light in Greece is something else and I love how the blue and white buildings reflect the sunshine.
The islands of Greece all offer something unique, so it’s worth researching before booking. I remember staying in smaller hotels as a child though I definitely think the bigger resorts with kiddy clubs and childcare will lead to a more stress-free holiday experience all round.
What would be your top recommendation for best family holiday destinations in Europe?