Do you want a little getaway but fear travelling with kids, especially on long flights? Flying with kids can surely be stressful, but you don’t need to give up the idea of travelling with the little ones completely, as fortunately, the UK is just a few short hours away from plenty of fantastic family destinations waiting to be discovered. Additionally, you will see that with a little bit of planning, patience and some travel toys, a short flight with kids can be a pleasurable experience.
To help you find the next trip from where to escape the UK, we have picked some locations that are just 3 hours flight away or even less. All these places have a specific charm, but they all offer plenty of entertainment activities for the whole family.
Here are some of the best holiday destinations that will offer unforgettable memories without going through the stress of a long flight.
The colourful and delightful Copenhagen has over 125 public playgrounds and plenty of family-friendly attractions, adventures and museums. Kids will surely appreciate Copenhagen Zoo, home to more than 4,000 animal species and one of the most visited attractions in Denmark. If you also want to add educational fun to your trip, you must visit the Children’s Museum, as it is packed with plenty of interactive exhibitions that bring history to life.
Your trip should continue in the Tivoli Gardens, a central theme park with nostalgic rides and green gardens. The thrillseekers will have the best experience here, as they can go on the Vertigo ride, which goes upside down at 100 km per hour. Don’t forget to prepare a picnic to stay in the company of your family while admiring the surroundings. You might also spot the peacocks walking around the place if lucky enough. To ensure your car is safe in London, you can leave it at the parking Stansted while you explore Copenhagen. This way, when you return to London, you can just go to your car and drive back home, which is the best alternative when travelling with kids.
Although Ibiza is known worldwide for its nightclubs, the location is also an excellent destination for families. In Ibiza, some resorts are renowned for their relaxed and serene atmosphere, offering access to sparkling blue sea and white sandy beaches. With a wide choice of all-inclusive resorts and family-friendly hotels, Ibiza will offer an unforgettable experience, especially if you visit it from May to October. Here, thanks to the shallow, warm waters, kids can swim and take boat trips or try water sports.
Full of tranquillity and charm, Ibiza is a place that offers jeep safari expeditions, huge outdoor water parks and beautiful coastal hiking trails, which will provide the best family holiday.
Corfu is a great destination to try, so pack your luggage and the necessary items for your kids, leave your car at the Heathrow parking, and be prepared for a unique experience. You will see why Corfu is an excellent destination from the moment you land at the airport, as the Corfu International Airport offers a spectacular landing and take-off adventure with breathtaking views across the Ionian Sea.
Greece is known for its charming towns, picturesque views, gorgeous beaches and warm weather, which kids will surely enjoy. Here, you can opt for many family-friendly and all-inclusive hotels that will make your stay feel like a dream. Corfu has plenty of history and culture, including fortresses, castles and palaces that the kids will love exploring. Also, you can wander around the narrow cobbled streets and pick gifts and souvenirs from the shops in Corfu Old Town.
For a little bit of excitement, you can also visit Aqualand, a huge park with slides, pools and water games that all the family will enjoy.
Algarve is a truly beautiful place in Portugal and a location that is perfect for a family holiday, as it blends the ideal combination of relaxation and adventure. The area has a stunning picturesque coastline, which measures more than 125 miles, and you can stay at one of the many resorts of the region in towns like Praia da Rocha, Albufeira or Vilamoura.
Your kids will surely not get bored in Algarve, even for a moment. From the jeep tours and theme parks to the high-energy water parks like Aqualand and Zoomarine, children can go surfing, parasailing or paddleboarding or try boat tours to spot dolphins.
Sardinia is an amazing destination with great activities and attractions, including the Aquarium at Cala Gonone and Su Nuraxi di Barumini, perfect for family exploration. The beaches of Orosei and Villasimius are great for relaxing and playing, as they have stunning clear waters that are also ideal for snorkelling. Here, you have a lot of possibilities, as you can explore the Sardinian caves or sailboat into the open waters to look for dolphins, which usually appear in this area.
Additionally, if you want to offer your kid an unforgettable experience, you can head to the Parco della Giara to have the possibility to spot wild horses in their natural environment.
Paris is not only a destination for honeymoons but also a great location for families. In addition to the most popular tourist attractions like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc the Triomphe, Paris also has plenty of open spaces and parks for kids to explore, including the stunning Jardin de Luxembourg, known for its puppet theatres, pony rides and adventure playgrounds.
Also, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is something you must not miss. You will witness an oasis of beauty in a busy city with a stunning waterfall, an over-the-water suspension, an enchanting 25 acres of gorgeous green foliage, and hiking hills.
Of course, your adventure in Paris will only be completed with a trip to Disneyland Paris, where the kids can have a truly magical experience.
Which of these destinations do you want to visit next?