I’ve been in the middle of a photo project at my house, and I came across a scrapbook I made after a missions trip I took to London. Yep! Quite the missions trip, huh? I was re-living it with my hubby, who has never been out of the country, and we were chatting about where we would like to visit together. We chalked up a few things for that year when we decide to take “the big trip”, and didn’t say much more about it.
So imagine my intrigue when Joey Ferrer contacted me regarding a post on European travel destinations! So take a moment and dream with me about the perfect summer trip for YOUR family!
Europe is one of the world epicenters for culture, history and politics – it’s also filled with relaxing and scenic landscapes. Travelling to Europe with your family can be a tremendously rewarding and memorable experience. But what places offer the best opportunities to bring the whole family closer together? From the beach to the city, here are seven of Europe’s best family destinations.
London is amazing in the summer. Stroll the Thames and take in sites like Big Ben, the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the Tower of London. Then head to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens for a horseback ride and some fun for the kids in the water-feature playground. In the evening grab dinner in Soho, then stop in the West End for a critically acclaimed showing of Matilda.
With world famous stretches of beach such as Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife has sandy fun in spades, but it also has a lot more to offer. Take a break from sandcastles and frisbee to cruise alongside a school of dolphins beneath the mammoth Los Gigantes cliffs. For a family adventure, make a trip to the nearby island of Gomera, whose rural villages and waterfalls are untouched by modernity.
Barcelona offers families the unique opportunity to combine both the urban and seaside fun that a Mediterranean holiday can offer. Kids will love visiting Gaudi’s funky looking Park Guell, with its strange variety of buildings and pathways. If you’re a family of sports fans, then Barcelona also holds the unique chance to visit or catch a game at the Camp Nou, home to the famous Football Club of Barcelona.
Home to a vast variety of Greco-Roman ruins, beaches, skiing, and historic coastal cities like Palermo and Syracuse, Sicily contains just about everything Europe has to offer within its shores. Sites like Agrigento’s Valle dei Templi, and the Ancient Greek Theater of Taormina will transport you back to ancient days, while modern beach resorts have all you need to luxuriate and relax.
This romantic destination is filled with riveting historic architecture like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. But with beautiful parks and gardens like the Jardin Luxembourg and its famous carousel, and the Jardin d’Acclimatation’s pony rides and puppet shows, there is more than enough action to keep the whole family happy.
The capital of Scotland sits on the southern bank of the Firth of Forth, and its standout feature is Edinburgh Castle, a majestic stronghold that overlooks the city and is open to tourists. For an escape into nature head south to the Pentlands and trek through stunning Scottish lochs and hills.
Amsterdam is a city destination that is bound to delight. With its many canals, parks, and bike-paths there are no shortage of ways to navigate the city and explore the outdoors. It also features a world-renowned culinary scene, and museums with works of Dutch Masters, and important historic figures such as Anne Frank.
No matter where you decide to venture in Europe, if you’re alongside your family then you’re sure to have a wonderful time.
SO many good ideas here! I’m especially interested in Amsterdam, since my grandmother immigrated from The Netherlands when she was about 5 years old! How neat to visit her home country!
If you could choose any of the above cities to visit, where would you want to go, and why? I’d love to hear your travel dreams!
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