Spectacular Scenery and Solitude: Top Things to do on the Swiss-French Border

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The 573 kilometre stretch of land that makes up the French-Swiss border is not, perhaps, the best choice of destination for a family looking for theme parks, loud entertainment and beaches in bucket-loads. However, for many people, this is seen as a definite advantage! Quiet, reserved, with an overwhelming abundance of dramatic mountain scenery and [...]

Family Friendly Festivals in Europe

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Thank You For the Music: Family Friendly Festivals in Europe Rewind a couple of decades, and holidays abroad were mostly about one thing and one thing only. Hitting the beach (and most importantly, of course, a sunny beach) was the sole priority of families heading to Europe for their holidays, and a week or two [...]

Austria in the Summer

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Why Austria Should be Your Next Family Summer Break: Things to do in Austria When the Sun Shines If you’re weary of battling it out with thousands of other tourists on the jam-packed beaches of popular Mediterranean destinations, then you may well be looking to find inspiration for a slightly more alternative holiday destination. Far [...]

Theme Parks in France

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Fun Days Out With the Family: The Best Theme Parks in France France is a hugely popular choice of holiday destination for families, thanks to its extensive coastline, picturesque towns and warm, pleasant climate, particularly in the southern parts of the country. It’s equally blessed with plenty of things to see and places to visit, [...]

Paris Hidden Gems

There are so many iconic sights to see in Paris – the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame and the Sacre Coeur to name but a few – you might think you don’t have time for the “smaller” sights. But while you probably don’t want to miss out on the main attractions, it’s also well worth [...]

Rome Hidden Gems

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You can barely move around Rome without bumping into an historic building and if you’re planning a visit, you’ve probably already got a long list of “must sees” such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Alfresco Holidays has put together some suggestions for some lesser known sites both within the city of [...]

Roman Ruins in France

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Roman Revolution: The Most Remarkable Roman Ruins in France These days France is a cosmopolitan, forward-thinking country, with sleek, sophisticated cities such as Paris, Nice and Biarritz, spectacular natural scenery and some of the most family-friendly beach resorts in Europe. However, rewind the clock two thousand years and the country had a rather different story [...]

Top Activity Holidays for Families in Europe

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When it comes to providing activity and adventure, Europe makes for an excellent choice of destination. From holidays that offer the chance to learn a new skill, to breaks that allow you and the family to unleash some serious energy, the sheer variety of activity holidays ensures that you’re bound to find just the right [...]

Why You Should Visit Mont St Michel

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Few places in France can set the imagination on fire quite like Mont St Michel. Indeed, it remains one of the country’s most enduring iconic sights, succeeded only by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The lofty arches, towering spires and soaring flying buttresses, all clinging precariously to the craggy rock of the island below, make [...]

Things to Do in Paris With Kids

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Oh La La! Wonderful Things to do in Paris with the Kids Admittedly, Paris doesn’t seem initially like the most child-friendly of locations. Generally, when thinking about France’s capital, images that spring to mind tend to involve risqué can-can dancing, romantic strolls through the Montmartre and hours spent admiring the art in the Louvre. However, [...]