If you’re searching for a destination for your next family adventure, the islands of Europe are the perfect choice.
I am a big fan of exploring the world together with the little ones. Taking children traveling is a wonderful way to enjoy quality family time together, plus it’s extremely beneficial to their physical, emotional, and social development. But it can also be stressful, especially if you travel with two or more kids. Luckily, the islands of Europe make going away as a family easy, as there are hundreds of popular resorts that offer everything you need. From sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches to the more temperate countryside of Ireland, where you can pop up a tent and sleep under the stars, there’s something for everyone in Europe.
Let’s take a deeper look at three of the most exciting islands in Europe to explore with your children.
Ireland is a beautiful country, full of whimsical countryside and ancient folklore featuring fairies, sea monsters and leprechauns. The people here are friendly and love to welcome visitors, especially children. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing day rock pooling on the shore or wandering the rugged cliffs and rolling hills, there’s plenty of unspoiled scenery to immerse yourselves in. The capital Dublin is also a fine choice if you enjoy city tours or your kids are already above 10 and understand history or literature.
As one of the more mild European islands, Ireland is a great place to go camping as a family. There are many benefits to exploring nature in this way for children, such as teaching them to problem solve and appreciate the simpler side of life. As a place with mild-tempered wildlife and a sparse population, Ireland is a laid-back, safe and refreshing place to enjoy camping either in a designated campsite or in the wild. I can’t wait to go back and camping with my girls there!
Very different from the first island on the list, this popular holiday destination is purpose built for making lifelong family memories. With a generous 25 Blue Flag beaches complete with warm, shallow waters, children can spend hours safely splashing in the waves and playing in the sand.
Mallorca, aka Majorca, has a large amount of amenities, with cafes, restaurants and shops in abundance. It’s also a safe and welcoming place for families, though it can get busy in peak season. As the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Majorca boasts multiple waterparks, aquariums, wildlife gardens and playgrounds, not to mention hiking and cycling trails that lead you through ruins of ancient fortresses and mediaeval castles.
When we talk Europe it is difficult to ignore Greece and its beautiful sunny islands, right? What kid (and what parent) does not want to explore the island gems of Greece! We, Bulgarians, are famous for spending at least one vacation per year in Greece – summer holiday, a long weekend in spring or autumn – we are there enjoying the beaches and the cuisine. One of the islands that offers a lot to explore in both terms of beautiful beaches and history is Corfu.
Corfu has enough beaches for a family to explore for a whole summer. Furthermore, the capital city, also named Corfu, has plenty of historic sites, fortresses, and fun. Take a look at my detailed story on visiting Corfu with children.
This iconic Canary Island draws thousands of holidaymakers each year, many of which are families with children of all ages. As a result, there are numerous attractions and activities on the island, including zoos, waterparks, hiking trails, and even cable car rides that give you a bird’s eye view of its undulating landscape.
It’s impossible to resist the lure of Tenerife’s 50+ beaches, so be sure to spend a few days enjoying them too. The golden sands of Playa de Las Teresitas are protected by a wave-breaking barrier of large rocks, making the beach very child-friendly, with calm waters that won’t knock the little ones off their feet.
Where will you go?
With such an abundance of beautiful places to explore with your children in Europe, you really needn’t go any farther for your next family holiday. Whether you choose to stay in a more rural area with a tent in tow, or want to be pampered at a beach-side resort, there are plenty of options in Europe. Need more traveling with kids inspiration? – check out my entire section dedicated to trips with children.