Top Activity Holidays for Families in Europe - Al Fresco Holidays

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 trip for you.

Stuck for ideas? Here are just a few of our favourite European activity holiday breaks.

Activity Holidays in Europe:

Sail in Croatia


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Few countries can boast such a sublime coastline as Croatia. The beautiful Dalmatian coast has sparkling seas, white sanded beaches and numerous picturesque Croatian towns lining the shores, including of course, the striking walled city of Dubrovnik. Charter a local boat and take to the seas with the family, exploring the country from a unique viewpoint aboard a boat, and while away the hours diving into the clear waters and indulging in a spot of fishing.

Learn to cook in Paris

Not only is Paris a city overflowing with art, culture and historical buildings, its also home to some of the finest cuisine in the continent. If you’ve always yearned to learn to cook like an haute cuisine chef, but worried that it wouldn’t fit in with the children, then now is the time to review that opinion. Paris boasts a number of excellent cookery schools, many of them with a strong focus on providing interactive, fun lessons for kids, as well as adults. If you’re worried about the cost of a stay in the city, then you’ll be pleased to know that Camping Paris Est is close to all the action of Paris, and offers reasonably priced accommodation for all the family.

Cycle with the family in Holland

The mild, woodland covered terrain of Holland provides the perfect location for a cycling break. Thanks to its flat landscape, even younger riders can enjoy whizzing along the roads on their bicycles without enduring the hard work of riding up and down endless hills. There are many bicycle rental companies operating in the country, and an excellent spot to stay is at the Duinrell Campsite at Wassenar, with its nearby beaches and forest backdrop.

Horse riding in the Costa Brava

If you want a taste of the real Costa Brava, far from the lively beaches and bustling coastal resorts, then a horse riding adventure break makes a great family activity. Away from the sandy shores, there lies a different side to northern Spain; windswept, rugged and romantic. Children will love the excitement of being on their own pony as they trot along the routes that lead through gorgeous natural scenery and past quaint fishing villages. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the region then Camping Internacional de Calonge provides a welcome swimming pool for the whole family to refresh themselves after a long day in the saddle!

Ride the waves in Biarritz

Biarritz has long since established itself as the surfing mecca of Europe. The long, expansive beach, rolling waves and laid-back, trendy vibe of the town itself, make it a firm favourite with the surfing crowd. If you and the family have always longed to learn how to master the board and take to the waves, then Biarritz is the perfect location. There are many surf schools in the region, with some catering specifically for younger children, ensuring that all the family has a chance to get to grips with the surfboard. Yelloh! Village Ilbarritz provides a great, child-friendly place to stay whilst on your holidays.

Learn to be a gladiator in Rome

Rome Colosseum

Whilst not strictly for the adults, there’s no doubt that Gladiator School, based in Rome, provides serious fun for the children. Combine their interactive, hands-on gladiator training with a visit to the Colosseum, to give the whole family some insight into the realities of life as a gladiator, battling in the arena, in front of a crowd of thousands. Stay at nearby Family Park I Pini and enjoy close proximity to the historic city, whilst also enjoying a range of facilities and a lagoon style pool, worthy of a Roman emperor!

Hike in Austria

If you and the family love nothing more than enjoying fresh air and spectacular scenery in the Great Outdoors, then Austria is definitely the country for you. Lush woodland and snow-capped mountains make up much of the landscape, making it the ideal spot to enjoy a hiking holiday. Enjoy gentle trails through flower filled meadows and picnics beside sparkling lakes in this scenic land. Camping Bella Austria, in the heart of spectacular Alpine pastures, makes a perfect base from which to enjoy the natural surroundings.

If you’re looking for more ideas on where to enjoy your next big family adventure, visit Al Fresco Holidays.

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