Top 10 Family Holiday Destinations

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Published: 17th June 2015
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Inspiration on where to travel to with your family this coming year
The fast pace of modern life can make it hard to find the time to really be grateful for your loved ones. That's why it is so important to get your family holiday exact. But where in the world will you and your family spend valuable moments that you will all relish for years to come? Whether you want crystal clear waters and beautiful sandy beaches, cultural tours or thrilling theme parks, at least one of our top ten choices for 2013 family vacations is certain to get you thinking along the right lines.
1. Spanish mainland
Spanish coastal resorts such as Benidorm on the Costa Blanca and Marbella on the Costa del Sol are incredibly popular due to their beautiful beaches and assets of family-focused entertainment choices. The secrets to their accomplishments include a flight time of just two to three hours from the UK and the delicious and inexpensive food and drink available in restaurants, supermarkets and bars. However, Spanish cities such as Barcelona and Madrid also offer fantastic value for money and possess attractions ranging from art galleries to exhilarating rides.
2. Balearic Islands
The Spanish islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza have a richly deserved reputation for uncomplicated family holidays. Hundreds of direct flights take off from UK airports every week, with many families enticed back year after year by the sunny climate, spectacular scenery and gorgeous local cuisine. Majorca's star attractions include the chic capital city Palma and serene beaches of Alcudia, while Cala'n Bosch in Menorca is the wonderful alternative for a peaceful beach getaway. And Ibiza offers a blend of beaches, fun and water sports.
3. Algarve
Immense beaches, family-friendly resorts and consistent summer sun have all assisted to make Portugal's Algarve region a smash with British families. Sporty types will love the extensive range of activities - horse riding, golf and water sports - on offer, while traumatised mums can indulge themselves in luxury spas. What's more, there is a vast selection of accommodation catering for all budgets. With its many beaches, restaurants and theme parks, the resort of Albufeira is fantastic for scores of families.
4. Greek islands
Gorgeous beaches and clear blue seas attract thousands of British families to the Greek islands every year. There is also something for everyone, with Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Kos offering abundance of things to see and do and calmer islands such as Zante and Kefalonia providing a beautiful backdrop for more chilling out escapes. With the Greek economy undergoing hardship, families on a budget should be capable of taking advantage of some great price cuts and special offers. Try Rethymnon on Crete for an entertaining family break.
5. Canary Islands
Families have been congregating to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to soak up the glorious year-round sun for years. The islands are absolutely geared up for families, with restaurants and cafes graciously welcoming patrons of all ages. Each of the islands has its own unique character, with Fuerteventura appealing to families looking for a relaxing trip. Los Cristianos in Tenerife and Playa Blanca in Lanzarote are among the most popular resorts for those with little ones.
6. Florida
Disney's Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios and SeaWorld make Orlando the first stop for loads of families heading to Florida. However there is so much more to the Sunshine State than just theme parks, though. Once the kids have chased, laughed and shrieked their way around the main attractions, there are sparkling, sandy beaches, and buzzing cities such as Miami. In addition, the wildlife parks are there to explore as well. Getting around is easy in a hired car, and a multi-base trip is a great way to see a great deal in a short time.
7. Mexico
Direct charter flights that make short work of the long-haul trip have made Mexico ever more popular with British families over the last few years. The American influence in the resort of Cancun means grand service and plenty of child-friendly food selections, while the Caribbean location provides picturesque beaches and lusciously warm water. There is also no shortage of activities, with historic Aztec sites such as Chichen Itza nearby and a Wet 'n Wild park in Cancun itself.
8. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is the perfect choice for families seeking an experience of the exotic. The stunning island, famous for its palm-lined beaches, also offers great value for money. Cheap and delicious food is readily available, kids will love visits to tea plantations and mystical temples, and souvenirs such as textiles and hand carvings are excellent value.
For an incredible family holiday, why not split your time between Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean atolls of the Maldives?
9. France
Whether your family loves city tours, the great outdoors or Mickey Mouse, France has it all. You can wonder at the yachts in St Tropez and Nice, ride the waves in Biarritz, stuff yourself yourselves on seafood in Brittany or combine high culture with Disney fun in Paris - the option is yours. Alternatively, you can pack the car with everything you could possibly want and take it all with you on the ferry. An Alpine resort such as Chamonix, with its climbing, hiking and mountain biking, could prove an invigorating change.
10. UK
You don't have to go far to enjoy quality time with your relatives this year. Attractions such as the London Dungeons and Edinburgh Castle can make UK city breaks just as much fun for children as adults. For a more relaxing time, head to St Ives in Cornwall for nice beaches and charming cottages. Or, go to the Lake District for family walks and fun attractions. Furthermore you and the family could head to one of the UK's many holiday parks that offer activities for everybody.

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