Spending your summer break enjoying time with your family is a great way to relax. Find an activity that the whole family will enjoy and embrace the culture of your destination. Here are 6 family-friendly ideas for your 2018 summer break.


Learn About the History of Pompeii in Naples

A head at Pompeii

Pompeii proves to be a popular drawcard

Pompeii is an archaeological site located near the coast of the Bay of Naples and it was perfectly preserved after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. You can visit the preserved site to see ruins of streets and houses. You should visit the Temple of Apollo, Villa of Mysteries, and House of the Faun, Temple of Jupiter and the Amphitheatre of Pompeii to study the history of this once beautiful city. You can find out more about visiting Naples with kids here.


Take Cooking Classes in Rome

For a great family bonding experience in Italy, why not sign up to a family friendly cooking class.

Italy is known for its fine cuisine especially the pizza and you can learn how to cook this and other delicacies from the Italian region. There are different options and you can choose a professional cooking class that last for six days or take a one-day walking tour and cooking class. It is a great way to indulge in delicious food and pick up some new skills. Kids will love making the dough, using the pasta maker and being able to pick out their own toppings and try new things.


Enjoy the Water Parks in the Algarve

girl going down a water slide

Water slides are popular for both kids and adults

The Algarve region in Portugal is known for its stunning beaches, beautiful vineyards and magnificent mountains. Algarve region also has some of the best water parks in Portugal and you should visit Aqualand, one of Portugal’s biggest water park which boasts of 95 metre high rides and a surf beach area with a wave pool and river rapid runs. Be sure to visit Aqua Show which has the biggest water coaster in Europe that takes the riders in and out of the water with speeds up to 70 km per hour.


Go Cycling in France

an old bike at the store in France

Bike riding can be both exercise and relaxation

France is known for the annual Tour De France that attracts some of the best cyclists in the world to participate. But cycling in France is not limited to only athlete’s; even kids and adults can have their own cycling vacations. You should visit Mayenne and cycle along the river Mayenne where you will find flat paths with no traffic. You should also visit Burgundy and cycle through the Voie Bleue and Voie Verte cycling paths without a car in site. Be sure to plan in some time to visit the iconic Eiffel Tower.


Play Golf in Andalucía

Andalucía has over 100 courses and is Europe’s foremost golfing destination as it has guaranteed warm temperatures throughout the year. Golf courses have a stunning backdrop of mountain or sea views and provide all levels of challenges to golfers. You should visit Costa del Sol in the Málaga province which has 66 golf courses and Cádiz which has 22 courses. You can bring your own equipment or easily find great rentals at all of the courses.


Get Back to Nature in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is the perfect place for a family holiday, especially if you are an outdoorsy family. Being an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) means that it is a great place to enjoy for people of all ages. Be sure to visit the Roman Baths where you can see a bathhouse and temple that offers an audio tour designed for kids. Spend a day at Cotswold Wildlife Park that houses over 260 different species of animals that are spread over 160 acres of parkland.

The Cotswald

Plenty of open spaces for adventure at the Cotswolds


Animal lovers can also visit Birdland Park and Gardens which has an interactive discovery zone for kids and more than 500 birds. You should also visit the British Motor Museum which has vintage Jaguars, MG’s and Land Rovers on display. Be sure to stroll around the beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum and spend a day wandering the vast landscape that is filled with trees and shrubs. If the coast is more your thing there are some great camping with kids options in Dorset.

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Mark Wyld is a father, Husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support.

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Have you planned your summer break yet? We have some great ideas from history and culture to sports and cooking activities. Something to keep the whole family happy over summer.