Alternative destinations for a family holiday with a difference

As our children get older and we can forget about nappies and baby wipes, the concept of travelling with children radically changes. Now it’s no longer enough asking for a room with a cot, or finding a family-sized car where you can fit all the paraphernalia you need with a baby under your arm (pushchairs, baby carriers, various toys etc.); now what you’ve got to do is dedicate yourself to the cause and find new family destinations that will keep the little family rulers happy.

It’s more complicated than travelling as a couple or with friends. Travelling as a family requires (in addition) finding destinations that can adapt to the needs of both large and small, which makes finding such exotic and family-friendly locations complicated, to say the least. It’s never a bad idea to have a pre-selection, so here are are three ideal family destinations that are sure to delight all family members.

 

IBEROSTAR Mehari Djerba

IBEROSTAR Mehari Djerba

 

Tunisia: relaxation, beach and gastronomy

Tunisia is a country located on the northern coast of the African continent. It’s easy to find flights here from all major airports. The landscape is truly beautiful and unexploited by tourist crowds. This African country is pure magic and tradition, which can be best experienced in locations such as Djerba, a place where you can find family-friendly accommodation alternatives such as hotel IBEROSTAR Mehari Djerba.

Apart from its hundreds of kilometres of blue water and beaches, Tunisia is a place where you can enjoy relaxation, tasty food and a thousand and one excursions. How about riding a camel along the beach? Without doubt, a loud yes.

Montenegro, the Queen of the Balcans

Montenegro occupies one of the top positions on the list of new destinations for families travelling with children. Considered one of the most precious treasures of the Balkans, Montenegro is one of those locations that will surprise you at every step, offering extremely beautiful landscapes.

So, what are the most-see places here, that the kids will enjoy? A visit to the island Sveti Stefan, the city of Kotor and Shkodra Lake come highly recommended. Also, when choosing a hotel for you and your children nothing could be better than opting for hotel IBEROSTAR Bellevue.

Crete and the magic of the Greek Islands

Travel experts say that few places in the world are as magical as the Greek islands. Out of them all, Crete is the most amazing and charming one: a place bathed in intense turquoise-coloured waters offering mild temperatures and a dreamlike nature. How about exploring this island with IBEROSTAR Creta Marine as your headquarters? We can guarantee that the experience will be unique for yourselves (the parents) as well as for your children.

Seville, Valencia, Bilbao: three perfect options for families

In ‘Destinations for Families’ we are very much people who see the bottle half full and that leads us to think about the destination of our next holiday. Yes, in January, the Christmas holidays have just finished and with the thermometer practically below zero throughout the country, it’s a month that is perfect for planning our next trip, either in Easter, in the May Bank holiday or even in the Summer. The reason for this is that there are more deals, there are no problems when booking our hotel and we can go with more time to research the destination thoroughly.

And speaking of destinations: are you sure that your holidays are always with the family and have you doubts about which are the family friendly destinations? At this beginning of the year we propose three: Seville, Valencia and Bilbao.

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Discover Seville with the family

With its smell of orange blossom, its moaning, its elf and its character, Seville is an ideal place for a family holiday. It’s a city with a strategic location (one hour from Cadiz, two from Cordoba and one from the beautiful beaches of Huelva) full of unique plans to do with the children.

Some examples are: strolling through the Cartuja, heading to the Isla Mágica Park to practice water sports in the Guadalquivir or enjoying a day of shopping in the Calles Sierpes and Tetuán. If you have chosen to stay in a hotel in the center of the capital like the Petit Palace Canalejas Seville you will be less than ten minutes from the most outstanding parts of the city.

Valencia, much more than just the Fallas festival

We have said it countless times and we never tire of repeating it: Valencia is much more than just paella, the Fallas festival and beautiful beaches. Although all these aspects are a reality and should not be forgotten, the capital of the Turia is a gem of a destination. And the city is full of lovely places for families (such as the Gulliver Park or the Turia Gardens) and the city of Arts and Sciences.

A city that lives from within and has perfect hotels for families like the legendary and charming Petit Palace Bristol Hotel.

Bilbao, an unknown family destination

Few cities in our country can boast of being as pretty as Bilbao (although yes, in our country we have destinations that are worthy of review). Industrial, cosmopolitan and with gourmet food that is world famous, Bilbao is a great place to spend a short family vacation.

Although a lot of people choose to stay in the city, you can give a unique touch to your trip by choosing a hotel on the beach such as in Ereaga, or Getxo? There you will find hotels for families full of services and extras like the hotel Petit Palace Tamarises.

Learn to cook, a perfect plan for a family vacation

Few things are as rewarding and endearing as enjoying a family trip. We have said it on countless occasions but it is more than true. Of course, if you choose this type of holiday you need to be aware that with regard to leisure not everything works well and you need original things to do (and especially very amusing activities) which can be the key to the success or failure of the trip itself.

Knowing that this is so and wanting to offer the customer something different, our hotels in this area have been able to masterfully adapt in order to corner the market in traveling families yet offer something more. They have taken family oriented holidays a step further by creating leisure facilities for children, courses designed for children, mini parks and even cooking courses.

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If you have read a lot you will know that there are hotels that offer cooking courses to their clients and following in the footsteps of the ever increasing cooking fever which has arisen from television programs like Master Chef or Master Chef Junior, we’ve discovered that cooking is fun, not only fun but highly educational. So this is a great idea for families and you can find it in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, specifically in the heart of the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey.

Beyond its privileged location, which can be seen from the images in its brochures, the gourmet quality of its restaurants (such as the Papa Negra restaurant) and its many services, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey offers the cookery courses of La Cocina del Mencey, a place to learn unique recipes and advanced cooking techniques from the hand of true chefs.

The concept created by the Tenerife Hotel is not only to offer practical cooking courses (for adults and children) but to be committed to using local products and everyday cuisine, which is prepared with care, without hurry and slowly cooked. A unique cuisine that can be enjoyed to the full in its different restaurants (such as Papa Negra or Casa del Duque Lounge & Bar)

A plus to keep in mind for future occasions is the possibility of being able to rent the room so you can hold business meetings. Wouldn’t that be a great idea?

Mallorca and its “must sees” for adventurous families

Although we are well into this routine of “snuggling under the covers”, at least we know that the summer will return eventually and with it our longed for vacation. Experts say that there is nothing better than taking advantage of these cold months to fix on the destination, the hotel deal and work out our leisure plans. We know there are hundreds of destinations in our country but are they all suitable for those who want to travel as a family? No, certainly not.

Since we are aware that in summer we are all looking for the balance between fun and relaxation, this month in Family Holidays Destinations we focus on Mallorca. Is there anything better than thinking about a family holiday with the Mediterranean as a backdrop?

Mallorca, with its many pros and its few cons, is an ideal island to spend a family holiday. A leading destination for national tourism and extremely well known internationally (especially by the British and German travelers), the largest of the Balearic Islands hides a thousand and one treasures that are perfect for those family excursions that we love.

If you have you thought about this destination for your 2017 Summer holiday you’ll want to know what the ‘must sees’ are that you can’t ignore once you are on the island? Take note because they are not all in the usual travel guides.

The Caves of the Drach

The Caves of the Drach

The Caves of the Drach

One of Mallorca’s main attractions is located in Porto Cristo (in the municipality of Manacor, home of tennis player Rafa Nadal). With its mysterious nooks giving them  a magic difficult to describe, the visit to the legendary Caves of the Drach is one of the things that can’t be missed on any family trip. You can avoid the crush of the Summer crowds by visiting them during the week and first thing in the morning.

The Costitx Observatory

Although not all travel guides talk about it as they should, don’t miss a visit to the Costitx Observatory. In addition to being a spectacular and really beautiful planetarium, this observatory in Mallorca is fundamental in international missions and of great importance in discoveries thanks to its more than twenty localized extragalactic supernovae.

The route of the marshes

Although coming to Mallorca in Summer and not going to the beach is like going to Paris and not going up to the Eiffel Tower, the truth is that the island’s mountains are ideal for a good morning excursion with the family. You could choose to do a tour of Cover the marshes and get to know the beauty of Gorg Blau. We can assure you that the experience is well worth it.

Leader of the Family Friendly label

One of the advantages of Majorca is that you don’t have to invest too much time in locating a hotel that shows the Family Friendly sign since in the island lots of establishments are designed for those who travel with their family. Hotels like Sol House or Sol Beach House (located in the municipality of Calvià and endorsed by the brand Sol Hotels) is full of extras for both big and small and it also has ideal prices.

What are the best museums for children in Madrid?

To speak of Madrid is to speak of our country’s most cultural with regard to museums. With buildings of different shapes and sizes which enable us to know how life was many centuries ago and bring history to life, Madrid is the bane of those who wish to get lost in the corridors of a museum savoring every painting, sculpture or photograph.

For all this, and much more, you can’t think of a trip to the capital without organizing at least a couple of visits to museums like the Reina Sofia or El Prado. Now, what do we do when we travel to the capital as a family? How do we get our children to enjoy museums?

Madrid is a capital city from beginning to end and that means there will be museums for adults and lots of others for children to enjoy like interactive and fun  museums. Which are the most outstanding?

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The Museo del Ratoncito Pérez

Of the many characters that accompany us throughout our childhood, the Ratóncito Pérez is one of the most intriguing. A little mouse that leaves us money, sweets and gifts every time we lose a tooth and that lives in Madrid, in the Museo del Ratoncito Pérez; a charming museum full of details that will delight your children.

The Fire Museum

With its firefighter suits from centuries ago and its vintage trucks it is sure that the Madrid Museum of the Firemen is another one of those places that makes a good visit with the family. And in addition to its exhibitions and its impressive collection of vehicles from another era, the museum has an education area in which they teach free workshops for the little ones.

The Museum of Natural Sciences

The National Museum of Natural Sciences is a jewel… nothing more. A place in which to find the answers to many of those questions that our children ask us and that they will not want to leave for hours. Beyond its exhibitions and its workshops, the museum is ideal for our children to learn basic questions about our environment always in a fun way.

The best way to spend a few days of sightseeing and … rest!

Let’s face it: family travel is lovely, but with time if we don’t consider the hotels in Madrid that lend themselves to family tourism, then the experience can become a real nightmare.

So, in order to ensure that family vacations are what we all want,(perfect, beautiful and precious), we recommend that you do not miss all the offers from the Petit Palace Hotels Family Experience.

What are the best family trips in Fuerteventura?

Fuerteventura is one of the most recommended national destinations for those traveling families who like pack their rucksack, put on their boots and dedicate themselves to enjoying long nature walks. That there are perfect hiking routes even for the little ones, is the main claim for those who fancy doing these family trips in the Autumn months.

A few days before the Winter makes an appearance, there is nothing better than discovering what is good and great about the Atlantic island, covering – with the family – some of the most beautiful, unspoilt and recommended itineraries. At  ‘Family Destinations’ we have compiled some of the most interesting routes for safe hiking.

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A morning between dunes and camels

The relative proximity of the Canary Islands to the African continent and its similar climate make islands like Fuerteventura have places full of dunes and camels. Getting lost in the mountains of sand, playing sledging, surfing the waves of dunes in a 4×4 or enjoying a trip on a camel for several hours, are among the place’s most requested excursions. The routes we recommend most are those that go from Costa Calma to Sotavento, La Lajita or Ajuy.

About the Oasis Park

That children are not made for the long walks is certainly true so there is nothing better than compensating them for those hours on excursions than with a visit to Oasis Park, a center with more than three thousand animals of more than two hundred species, in which you can spend a fun and unique day and that is suitable for children from the age of two. The best thing is that if your child is already 8 years old you can enjoy a swim with sea lions.

How about a boat trip?

Enjoying a boat trip is something that no-one need miss on a trip to Fuerteventura. Whether on your own (with a charter sailboat), catamaran or tourist boat, the fact is that children will enjoy more than ever the sightseeing and the surprises that these excursions hide. The best thing is seeing the dolphins next to the boat.

Family hotels in Fuerteventura

Like a tourist by nature but aware of the different ways of traveling, Fuerteventura is one of those destinations where families feel comfortable. This is because it offers a lot of services, amenities and a wide selection of hotels designed for those who travel with their little terrors.

Although there are several chains to choose from, this month we have selected three flagships of the IBEROSTAR chain, famous for their quality / price and their many services for adults and children, these are: IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace, IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park in Playa Jandía and the IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas.

Begin to shape your next family vacation 2017

Although it is normal when confronted with headlines like ours to think that we are not very aware of how little time has passed since the end of Summer, but the truth is that few statements are as true as that there is nothing better than the winter months to prepare for your Summer holiday. With fewer hours of sunlight and temperatures that make us spend more time at home, these months are ideal for choosing your destination, comparing prices and finding out about all the things we want to enjoy on our Summer holidays.

It is a fact that sun and beach destinations are the leaders when choosing a location but … that is not necessarily so. Although our country has plenty of coastal destinations, the fact is that only a few are ideal for those traveling in the family and with our children.

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Lanzarote, between islands and volcanoes

Cover the path that leads to La Graciosa, visit the original House Museum of César Manrique or take the route of the volcanoes. These are some of the ideas offered by the destination Lanzarote. It is fascinating for parentss and impressive in the eyes of young travelers, the Canary Islands is a real treat.

Why should you choose Lanzarote as a destination for your next holiday? Because the climate is always mild (without those pesky spikes summer that beset us much), because the food is simply delicious, because you can find perfect family hotels such as the IBEROSTAR La Bocayna Village, located in Yaiza.

Tenerife, the Magic of Mount Teide

Although many parents will choose the island of Tenerife for its impressive Teide (which can be reached by guided tour), the Canary Island is much more than our country’s main volcano. Tenerife is a joy for the little ones and who does not know impressive parks like Loro Parque?

Of all the different family hotels situated in the Canary Islands, the IBEROSTAR Las Dalias is one of the most complete. Along with its exceptional location (within one minute from the popular Bobo beach) this hotel is designed to make the little ones stay a really unforgettable experience.

Playa de Muro, far more than blue waters

That Mallorca is lovely from north to south is certainly true, although the beach is the main attraction, it would be unfair to limit the island just to its coast. Although from its name it may seem that Playa de Muro only offers “sun and beach”, but the fact is that this area of Mallorca is within walking distance of the Parc de S’Albufera, the main wetland of the island, a place to see countless native species and an area that is next to the family hotel IBEROSTAR Albufera Playa.