What’s the one thing better than that ‘just stepped off a plane’ feeling? Stepping off a plane with a bit of extra holiday cash in your wallet!
But if you’re travelling with the little ones finding a destination that has everything you need and doesn’t break the bank can seem near-impossible.
It can be difficult to find a holiday that pleases both the kids and the adults (and doesn’t break the bank!)
From the Algarve in Portugal to Antalya, Turkey, there are loads of great places to visit as a family
But don’t despair! From hotels with a water park on-site, to the unbeatable value of all-inclusive, there are hundreds of resorts for families on a budget.
Jet2holidays is the home of great value package holidays you can trust, and early birds can save even more by booking now for next summer. But with 60 different destinations you’d be forgiven for finding it difficult to choose, so we’ve done the hard work for you. Prepare to be inspired…
1. THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL
The beach at Armação de Pêra is one of the longest in the Algarve so there’s room for everyone to enjoy the golden sand and Atlantic waves
Home to some of Europe’s best beaches, head here for golden sand, year-round sunshine and perfectly manicured golf courses. Lying along the sparkling southern coastline of Portugal, you can explore the open waters of the Atlantic here too.
The beach at Armação de Pêra is one of the longest in the Algarve (the east end of the beach is great for families as there are no stairs and fewer people) and water babies will love the area’s water parks, including Zoomarine and Slide and Splash which offer everything from kamikaze thrill rides to toddler-friendly slides.
And with Portugal’s low cost of living, you can indulge in some delicious local food and drink without worrying about the exchange rate.
Where to stay: Clube Humbria in Olhos D’Agua ****
Clube Humbria is an all inclusive resort and has something for everyone
This all inclusive resort, with its spacious apartments, has something for everyone. A splash pool with slides and arts and crafts clubs will keep the kids busy, while mums and dads can enjoy taking it easy in the relaxing pool area. The pretty fishing village of Olhos D’Agua, with its shops and restaurants, is only a few minutes walk away, as are the golden sands of the local beach.
2. MAJORCA, BALEARIC ISLANDS
On the east coast of Majorca, Porto Cristo is a small, family friendly resort that’s all about sun, sea and sand
Majorca has long been a favourite of celebrities like Pierce Brosnan, Claudia Schiffer and Michael Douglas so why not make the Spanish island your next getaway too?
On the east coast of Majorca, Porto Cristo is a small, family friendly resort that’s all about sun, sea and sand. After a morning on the beach why not grab lunch at one of the pretty terrace restaurants and for those with a sense of adventure, a trip to the Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) is an absolute must.
For those with a thing for sea life, visit the nearby aquarium or take a glass bottomed boat cruise around the coast.
Where to stay: Mandisur Apartments, Porto Cristo ***
The Mandisur Apartments are near the family friendly resort of Porto Cristo
In a peaceful setting with a relaxing pool area, this all inclusive resort is ideal for couples and families who want to soak up some Majorcan sun. Indulge in breakfast and lunch at the Mandisur Apartments, but when it comes to dinner you’ll have access to the diverse menu and evening entertainment at the nearby four star sister hotel Insotel Cala Mandia Resort & Spa.
3. COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN
Go snorkelling or fishing at Cala Banys, a rocky little cove a short walk from Lloret’s main beach or from the Castell de Sant Joan
A brilliant combination of classic beach holiday and inspiring nature. With its mountain backdrops and hidden coves, the Costa Brava is perfect for both beach and sports lovers.
Go snorkelling or fishing at Cala Banys, a rocky little cove a short walk from Lloret’s main beach or from the Castell de Sant Joan.
You can keep the kids entertained at the incredible water park in Lloret De Mar, or why not take a boat trip to Tossa De Mar and spend time on the beautiful beaches and explore the castle for a fun-filled day out?
And all this is in easy reach of culture-packed Barcelona, so why not take a day trip to check out the cosmopolitan Catalan capital where you can immerse yourself in its stunning art and architecture?
Where to stay: Costa Encantada ****
Costa Encantada has a great pool scene to enjoy as well as a variety of board options, from self-catering to all inclusive.
A fun-filled holiday offering a wealth of activities including football, a children’s club and a cool entertainment programme to suit both adults and families. There’s also a great pool scene to enjoy as well as a variety of board options, from self-catering to all inclusive.
4. KEFALONIA, GREECE
With its rugged mountains, lush vineyards and golden beaches, Kefalonia is a picture-book island paradise
A Greek gem! With its rugged mountains, lush vineyards and golden beaches, Kefalonia is a picture-book island paradise. Lakes and caves will draw you in, with the promise of immersing yourself within the setting of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, while feta-covered foods and traditional snacks are must-eat local sources of fuel.
A sweep of soft sand, Ai Helis Beach, Svoronata, is sheltered on both sides by headlands, which makes it ideal for a spot of volleyball and family swimming. And for a day out with a difference visit the bees at Dias Beekeeping where a fun tour takes in the bees in a glass observation hive, before you step inside the apiary in a full beekeeping suit and and see open, active hives. Round off with a session to try and buy honey products.
Where to stay: Sotiris Studios ***
Soak up some sun by one of the freshwater pools at the Sotiris Studios
Sotiris Studios is a small family run complex with a range of studios and apartments to choose from, as well as a variety of board options to suit all budgets.
Take a dip in the two freshwater pools, enjoy a family table tennis tournament or stroll down to the local beach.
The peaceful village of Svoronata is only a kilometre away and there you’ll find a good selection of traditional tavernas, but if it’s nightlife you’re after then head to the town of Lassi, where you can dance and drink all night.
5. LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS
Lanzarote is home to dozens of beaches and otherworldly volcanic scenery
Lanzarote is home to dozens of beaches and otherworldly volcanic scenery, not to mention international cuisine in all of the resorts. Seafood’s the real draw, so be prepared to dine like royalty and get the kids to try something new.
There are thrills and spills aplenty at fun-filled water park Aquapark Costa Teguise with three main groups of slides which plunge into a large pool area. And if you’re keen to splash out on mementos for the family, head to the Plaza Varadero near the old harbour where every Friday a vibrant street market is held with around 100 stalls offering locally sourced fruit, vegetables and flowers, along with handmade craft items, jewellery and clothes.
Where to stay: THB Tropical Island ***
THB Tropical Island has something for everyone, ranging from a splash park for the kids to a chilled-out spa for the grown-ups, as well as a massive sixteen pools
A large complex located close to the beach and resort centre, with plenty of facilities and activities on offer, making it the perfect base for a fun-filled holiday in the sun. This hotel has something for everyone ranging from a splash park, playground and mini club for the kids, to a chilled-out spa with whirlpool and a disco bar for the grown-ups, as well as a massive sixteen pools.
Choose from self catering, bed and breakfast, half board, and all inclusive packages.
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