Family Holidays to Pembrokeshire are all about living life to the fullest and enjoying things outside… Ranging from glorious coastal paths, beaches, breathtaking scenery and some of the world's best seashore based outdoor activities. From Victorian seaside towns like Tenby to historic Pembroke, to the breathtaking Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and beyond, there is so much for families to explore in this proud and diverse region of Wales.
As we were helping to write an article for the 'Wales Online' newspaper about 'RoadSchooling our Children across Europe'....(see here) it dawned on us that Wales is famous for many things... From Male Voice Choirs to Coal/mining, Leeks, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Daffodils, Welsh Cakes, The Eisteddford, Richard Burton and Dylan Thomas.... but did you also know that the rapidly growing sport/hobby/pastime of Coasteering also originates from these Welsh shores?
It's hard to narrow down our top five or even ten favourite watersports adventures on our European Roadtrip, but an opportunity to head out kayaking always seems to send everyone in the van into a frenzy of excitement. And as we've been fortunate to experience sea kayaking in Dubrovnik, fjord kayaking in Norway or river rafting/kayaking in Croatia.... just how would the Ardéche fare against such amazing opportunities?
If you've got an adventurous family and are visiting France, then don't miss one of the South of France's most exciting treetop adventure, ropes and zipwire courses at 'Le Roc de Massereau' in the Languedoc Roussillon. The ultimate place for all ages to flex their adventurous spirit and test themselves mentally and physically with over 200 elevated platforms connecting over 50 zip wires to a huge variety of rope ladders, wobbly bridges, tunnels and cargo-nets.
Seemingly scattered among the waves by the gods themselves, the Croatian Islands surrounding Zadar were made to be seen by boat. You’ve probably seen their quaint villages and azure waters a zillion times on postcards and travel brochures, but even the greatest images are no match for the real thing. Think Kornuti Islands Archipelago or beach paradises like Dugi Otok.
So a chance to explore Zadar's islands with skipper Milan & his authentic 1932 'ZvizdaMora' boat gave us sight of a side of Croatia you’d otherwise miss. An opportunity to see where history (and myth) happened, meet the present-day inhabitants, and, of course, soak up as much sun as we could get. (just check out his Trip Advisor reviews and you'll know why we chose his boat tour! - click here).
They say you should visit Croatia in late spring or the end of summer to explore the inland National Park of Krka or the Velebit mountain range. Considered a great hiking country you'll find plenty of opportunities in Croatia on the islands such as Korčula, whilst others might prefer to sail the archipelago of the Kornati islands National Park.
But have you ever considered a Buggy Safari? No? Well, nor had we until we until we chanced upon Buggy Croatia's fantastic 'adventure tour' at Vransko Jezero, Biograd. So if you fancy a day filled with views of emerald lakes, azure blue seas, islands galore and a little adrenalin filled fun... then read on!
Apparently the new buzzword is ‘3G’, with three generations of a family holidaying together – grandparents, parents and kids. But could 'Camping Šimuni' offer enough activities to suit everyone’s holiday needs alongside a chance to relax together as a family? It certainly impressed us on our first visit in April but what would it be like with more people to please (see our first blog post on Camping Šimuni here)
For those that have never explored the amazingly varied Dalmatian Coastline in Croatia... You'll never forget that moment that you crest the hills that line the Adriatic near Rijeka... to be met with that dazzlingly alluring blue of the Adriatic Sea.... Even after seeing it numerous times during the course of our two year European Roadtrip, we're still in awe of that first glimpse of the crystal clear waters of the island of Krk! So where better to stay than at Camping Resort Krk.
It's been an eye opening view into another side of European culture for our girls. Full of new adventures with plenty of new friends met along the way. It's been full of 'wide eyed' stares at the poverty witnessed in Poland or Hungary, yet these are often the places with the warmest of local people... We've seen the impressive canals of Venice, climbed the steep cliffs of Split and been staggered by the beauty in Budapest, Vienna or Prague.
Having already visited in February (read our full article here)... we couldn't wait to return with the wider family on a '3 Generation' (3G) Holiday. As we mentioned on our last visit to the national park resort of Bluestone Wales... if you love 'Free Range Fun' then you'll find everything you need in the well designed resort set in over 500 acres of Pembrokeshire's finest countryside. But once you've exhausted the array of opportunities within the resort, don't forget that it also lies within easy reach of the amazing beaches of Barafundle Bay, Broadhaven South or Freshwater West! Before returning back to one of its 350 individual timber clad lodges that offer plenty of space to relax and enjoy family fun...
Our girls have tried indoor climbing and even motorised climbing walls... plus a fair few 'adventure climbing walls' in Exeter and Birmingham or 'real climbs' in Norway & Croatia... but today was a real challenge with no brightly coloured hand/feet holds... just solid unrelenting Pembrokeshire stone to find some purchase!!! Thankfully, we had a brilliant instructor in Henry (from Climb Pembroke) who not only helped offer a series of technical challenges but also made us feel utterly safe throughout...
Having experienced some fantastic sights on our European Roadtrip for over 500+ days now, we've also enjoyed celebrating festivals and special days in other countries. Loving the opportunity to see how different cultures/countries celebrate these days (i.e Hallowen in Spain or Bastille Day in France). So having seen how the Italians celebrated Easter last year in Catania, Sicily... we couldn't wait to see what Croatia would have in store for us this year....
"Life's a challenge... you face it front on and accept the bumps/bruises or you just let it wash over you and watch from the sidelines"
Great advice we once got from a special friend, and it means we vowed to take every possible challenge as long as we feel it will benefit us (as a family) or help challenge the girls. So what better way to prove this than with another climbing adventure, this time with 'Red Adventures' in the Croatian city of Split
Looking for a family adventure this summer with your kids? Something for everyone to enjoy? Yet is safe but offers a little challenge too? So why not see what Split in Croatia has to offer on their combined Sea Kayaking & Cliff Jumping Adventure with Red Adventures....
Ever considered Sea Kayaking? If you're exploring Dubrovnik with a Family soon, maybe it's time to give Sea Kayaking a go? We're hoping we can reassure you that it's suitable for those with and without previous sea kayaking experience. So imagine seeing Dubrovnik's Walls on those crystal clear waters or visiting those secret places only accessible by sea kayak.... a real family adventure! And if all that doesn't convince you, then why not check out our short video below (in partnership with drone videographers 'Aussies on Tour')
Sitting in our motorhome enjoying a quick Sunday family breakfast before we head to Cologne to meet new friends & complete the next part of our '48hrs in Europe's Cities'.
Libby asked this question:- "So which country are we sleeping in tonight, Mummy?"
Following a fantastic Saturday in Birmingham , where we discovered the climbing experience at 'Rock Up Birmingham' & 'Cadbury's World'.... We've decided to try and discover what's available for kids in the centre of Birmingham or on the outskirts of Birmingham. With two active, adventurous girls desperate for more adventures to add to those we've found on our UK Cities tour (especially in Lincoln & Exeter).... what else would Birmingham have to offer on a wintry, snowy Sunday in February?
Leaving the natural outdoor playground that is Pembrokeshire & Bluestone Wales, we've headed inland and back into England to see just what Birmingham has to offer our intrepid family adventurers. So where better to start in this city that's famous for it's chocolate heritage than at Cadburys World... But first we needed to burn off some of those eventual choices, so we headed for the brilliant climbing centre at Rock Up Birmingham.
Does Your Family Love Getting Active too? So have you seen what Pembrokeshire's Bluestone Wales has to offer for those who love getting outdoors!! Family Friendly Fun for all ages! Climbing, Zip Wires, Adventure Centre, swimming in the Blue Lagoon.... With our motorhome getting a well earned rest from our European RoadSchooling Adventure, we've headed for Bluestone's Timber Lodges for a 4 day stay next to the stunning Pembrokeshire Coastline. The perfect place for a short break to allow the girls to get active in the great Welsh outdoors!!
In a year when we've hiked into volcanoes, cruised Norway's fjords, searched for the Loch Ness Monster & even found time to experience the thrill of a bobsleigh at Lillehammer... we're always keen to see if we can add new experiences for our adventurous young daughters.... So where better to try and find some than during our visit to Exeter!!
Looking back over an amazing family experience across 2016... but what comes out on top? (Part 1 of 2)
With the clinking of glasses ringing in our ears, we sat down as a family at precisely 12.01am to discuss the year past.... What would prove to be the biggest learning experience? Which place gave us the most fun as a family....? Which adventure did the girls love the most!!!
So here it is, the youngsters have wrestled control of the keyboard for today's blog, and they've decided to create a New Year special.....
What a truly remarkable and unforgettable experience at Rio Safari in Elche where we had the amazing opportunity to enjoy 'Swimming with Sea Lions'. This opportunity exists due to the hard work of the 'Rio Safari Foundation' which helps provide animal assisted therapy to a variety of people as part of a series of therapeutic sessions each year... For those visiting the Zoo at Rio Safari there is a daily opportunity to see these special animals at first hand..... Thankfully we managed to secure a 30 mins visit and it will certainly go down as it's one of our highlights across the entire year across Europe.
Valencia offers an amazing mixture of fun packed opportunities for 'family travellers'! Including chances to see the city for free (like our bike ride around the active, outdoor centre in the Garden of Turia) to the paid attractions like the Bio Parc...
All easily accessed either by bike, on foot or by using the Valencia Card (well worth the money as it covers not just public transport costs but also offer multiple discounts to museums across the city). Regular readers of our articles, will know just how much we rate these family travel cards as they take all the pressure out of the day and offer us a chance to see things we may not normally have opted for... just like our recent trip to Norway's capital Oslo in June.
Nestled snugly into the mountainous backdrop of the Sierra de Albarracín Comarca.. the fortified town Albarracín sits astride massive rocky outcrops that dominate the area... much like the types of rock you see at the Gorge du Verdon in France. It's small with only 1075 inhabitants but the truly stunning vistas are obviously enjoyed by plenty of tourists each year..
Arriving early in the morning following a trip from the serenity of a lakeside overnight at Aix les Bains, we took the utterly compelling 'Route Blanc' over towering aqueducts and mountain hugging roads, we dropped into Chamonix... home of the impressively snow capped peak of Mont Blanc.. and a chance to compare this experience with one of our family favourites when we took a cable car onto the top of the Pyrenees at Pic du Midi
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