Planning a family holiday well in advance gives everyone something to look forward to and can often mean bagging a better deal.
We’ve got heaps of holiday ideas, whether you’re looking for a high-octane break or something completely relaxing.
If you and your brood are bored by beach holidays, there are all kinds of activities you can get involved in, from the relatively sedate to the high-octane.
A bike and boat adventure in Croatia
Spend a week island-hopping on a motor yacht. Every day, you’ll have the choice of a cycling or hiking tour along the Dalmatian coastline, or just chilling-out on the yacht.
Water sports in Greece
If you want to keep a close eye on the budget and your family are watersport-mad, why not check out an all-inclusive break like Mark Warner’s Levante Beach Resort in Rhodes? There’s watersking, wakeboarding, windsurfing and kayaking on offer.
An activity holiday in the Ardèche
The Ardèche is a rugged, peaceful region of France with much to offer the intrepid traveller. Evasion Travel can provide pretty much any activity you can think of, from horse-riding, to canyoning to treetops ropes courses.
A change from Spain
If you fancy a change as well as a rest, and are looking for a destination that’s a little bit different this year, we’ve got a few ideas to whet your appetite.
The Black Sea coast, Bulgaria
Try the village charm and beachside convenience of Duni on the South Black Sea coast, or Golden Sands on the North Black Sea coast for water sports, sandy beaches and all-inclusive deals.
Sweden is wonderful in the summer – sparkling lakes, midnight sun, forested islands and stylish cities. Try Gotland whose beautiful sandy beaches have led some to describe it as Sweden’s ‘summer secret’.
Okay, so this one isn’t a change from Spain but it’s certainly not the ubiquitous fly and flop. The capital of Catalonia really is a must-see city and we’ve got plenty of tips to help you get the best of a visit here
Surfing somewhere different
Devon and Cornwall are probably the UK’s favoured surfspots, but Wales is generally a much cheaper destination and the Gower Peninsula is deemed one of the finest stretches of coast for great waves. Northumberland and West Sussex are well worth investigating too.
Rhossili, South Wales
In one of the most beautiful coastal areas of Wales, Rhossili Bay and nearby Llangennith beach are great for surfers of all ages and stages.
Alnmouth Beach, Northumberland
This is thought to be one of the best beaches in Northumberland and the breaking waves can be spectacular. Surf lessons are available at Northside Surf School in Druridge Bay, Warkworth (15 miles south of Alnwick)
The Witterings, West Sussex
This warm, sheltered stretch of sand is known locally as ‘God’s pocket’.
It boasts gentle surf with the best waves in autumn and winter.
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