With two years of non-stop travelling under our belts there's been time to discuss our adventures so far.... with over 35 European Countries now visited.... we're starting to get a feel for which countries really welcome family travel and perhaps those that are seeking other audiences.... With winter fast approaching, we hope this might appeal to families considering last minutes dashes for some winter sun and family fun!
Beaches that vary across the island allowing you to pick your perfect combination of sand or shingle, sand dunes or activity centres that allow basic sailing lessons to be taken… Superb places to camp or hotels that allow family sized ‘mezzanine’ accommodation to house a larger family…
Worth a full day alone, there are self guided tours to nearby islands by boat or kayak, mini submarines to check out whats is under the water…. the full Game of Thrones experience and great new ventures like the Dubrovnik Escape Room…Although the old city may be more expensive, visitors from the UK will notice their money goes a whole lot further here… so you ought to be able to see just about everything on offer for the price of a bog standard French Riviera holiday…Dubrovnik, Dalmatian Coastline, Croatia
LifeinourVan Tip - Opt for accommodation outside the walls of the old city, beside the harbour... its cheaper and the local transport system is fantastic... try to see the city from as many angles as possible (above, on the water, on the walls and from inside...) It is simply stunning from every angle you choose!
Perfect for a family wanting to enjoy quiet beaches, crystal clear water for snorkelling and the occasional place to visit (such as Nerja caves)… it really is the perfect ‘off the beaten track’ location… Our girls are already asking when we can return as they loved Andalucia and its hustle and bustle….but we love it most of all because the Spanish really do love families!!! and we felt so welcomed almost everywhere we went here… a special place!
LifeinourVan Tip - You'll never want to leave this coastline's wonderful beaches! But if you do, consider visiting Cordoba (2hrs away), you'll love it! or even Gibraltar! (click for more)
A true paradise for beachlovers who love to find their own spot way from the crowds (it's even a royal favourite too)… plus there's always a cream tea to be found nearby. Alongside plenty of opportunities for sand dune jumping, dog walking and body boarding … but it's equally worth taking the time to walk the coastline path through it’s wonderful nature reserves… It really has matched anything across Europe and is easily accessed for those staying in the UK for a 'staycation'. It really does appear that the sun always shines in North Norfolk.
But such is the countries size, that within 90mins after leaving the capital, you could be experiencing the wonderfully Slovenian Coastal Riviera at Piran.. Italian in it’s architecture, but Slovenian in attitude… this place bustles with people being active! So if you want action and outdoor adventures mixed with a little style and culture… then Slovenia is well worth a look!
If you've enjoyed these coastal options across Europe, why not try looking at one of our country guides below... just three of the 35 countries we've been lucky enough to explore across Europe.
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