Family holidays are opportunities for spending time together, and staying in a resort removes some of the stresses and strains, helping you achieve just that. Parents can just lie back and relax, teenagers can splash around in the pool and young children often have the option of kids club. However, you might decide you want a little more from your holiday – you want to experience some of the cultural and educational experiences that your destination has to offer. To truly get the most out of your holiday and educate as well as entertain, here are some family trips you can do whilst in Croatia, Portugal, Turkey, Tenerife and Lanzarote.
Croatia is a hugely popular tourist destination and boasts an incredible history. It is also home to beautiful nature reserves and beaches. For something that’s fun for all the family but also great for teaching the kids something new, head to Dubrovnik’s Old Town. You can walk around the streets, taking in the beautiful restorations, admiring the churches and statues and learn about the history of the city via a good guidebook. There are plenty of shops and ice cream parlours lining the streets to break up the walk.
Portugal is a great family destination, home to Parque das Nações, a district in the northeast of Lisbon, which is an ideal day out as it is home to an Oceanarium, an interactive Science Museum and cable car rides, which are a fun way to see the city.
Visiting the historic areas of Istanbul gives you an insight to both the old and the modern. It boasts stunning mosques and exquisite indoor markets such as the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, where kids will love experiencing the sights, sounds and smells. There are also several museums for families that want something more hands-on.
Tenerife is not only home to glorious beaches, it is home to some great zoos, such as Loro Park, where kids can see and learn all about the animals. Tenerife also has a fascinating history. For a great educational family trip, visit the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria in Santa Cruz to experience one of the most amazing historical and religious sites.
The Lanzarote Aquarium (Acuario de Lanzarote) in Costa Teguise is the largest aquarium in the Canary Islands. Families can learn about, and swim with sharks and even touch some of the sea life such as starfish and sea cucumbers. The aquarium also puts a great deal of emphasis on educating visitors about the environment. The aquarium has created a tank that consists of rubbish taken from the shores of Lanzarote to impress upon visitors the damage and danger that rubbish can cause, and to promote awareness of the environment. A truly exciting and educational day out for all the family!
Family holidays certainly don’t have to mean spending the days separately. There are so many activities you can do together as a family, learning and exploring new places together, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
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