5 great family holidays in Europe - reviewed by mums

Spain, Sardinia, Denmark or a cruise - 5 families reveal their holiday experiences

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  • Cala di Lepre, Sardinia

    Laura, 31, and Stephen Peterson, 30, from Canterbury, stayed in the Delphina hotel near the town of Palau, with daughter Emily, 18 months.

    “The hotel is situated on a hillside around the beautiful bay of Cala di Lepre. We stayed in a bungalow-style room surrounded by bougainvillea, lavender, fruit and olive trees. It had a really relaxed atmosphere and a delicious restaurant serving Italian food.”

    Mum’s tip

    “As well as the swimming pools and the beach, we found plenty more child-friendly things to do at the resort. Emily loved exploring the children’s playground, particularly the pirate ship.”

    “A free shuttle bus runs throughout the day to the nearby town of Palau where you can shop, go to cafés or restaurants or just watch the ferries and fishing boats.”

    Essential Info

    Contact 01202 484858 or www.justsardinia.co.uk.

  • Mediterranean cruise

    Simone, 24, and Lee Pollock, 28, from Cambridge, parents to Kayllum, 16 months, went on a week-long Mediterranean cruise.

    “I wasn’t sure about taking a toddler into a confined space for a week, but the staff were fantastic. There’s a kids’ club for over-5s, and lots of activities to entertain toddlers, such as films. And the staff were happy to bring Kayllum’s night milk to our cabin and heat his food at dinner time.”

    “As an under 2, Kayllum travelled for next to nothing, but some companies offer free child places on their cruises.”

    Essential info

    The Mediterranean Discovery cruise calls at Livorno, Palma, Villefranche, Palma, Mahon, Olbia and Rome. For more information visit www.thomson.co.uk/cruise or call 0871 231 3240.

  • Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

    Christine, 34, and Mark Terry, 32, from Cork, stayed at Los Jameos Playa Hotel with daughter Sarah Faye, 18 months.

    “Perfect for a relaxing break. It’s a luxurious hotel and spa, with lovely airy rooms 
and lush grounds, located right on the beach. Guests were varied – both older couples and young families – and the facilities for children were fantastic. 

    Sarah Faye loved the heated baby pool and there’s a kid’s club, with mini-Olympic games, T-shirt painting and nature trails as well as a kids’ disco in the early evening 
for older children.”

    Holiday highlight

    “Visit the world’s smallest farm animals as well as a great sea lion show at Rancho Texas Park, a short taxi ride away.”

    “There’s a lovely pedestrianised walk that follows the coastline and it was great for getting Sarah Faye off to sleep.”

    Essential info

    Contact Prestige Holidays at www.prestigeholidays.co.uk or on 01425 480400 

  • Blåvand, Denmark

    Jane Little, 31, from Swansea, and Honor, 4, stayed in a Danish self-catering cottage.

    “Blåvand is a peaceful, Danish coastal resort popular with European families. The town has a mix of shops and restaurants set in rolling countryside and is a short walk from quiet, pristine, sandy beaches with lighthouses, sand dunes and old bunkers that have been converted into sculptures of giant horses. The nearby Viking town of Ribe is a great day trip for shopping and sightseeing, and there are golf courses and horse riding for sporty types.

    We stayed in a cosy, thatched cottage, on a private road with our own sandpit and swing so Honor could play safely outside. The indoor pool and jacuzzi are great for little ones and adults. But beware of extra costs such as electricity and bedding.”

    Holiday highlight

    “Legoland themepark and hotel are an hour’s drive from the resort. With rides suitable for all ages it’s definitely worth the trip. Our only gripe was Honor’s food, which was too salty and low on veg.” 

    “Blåvand mini-zoo has 400 animals and can occupy children for a whole day. Entry is just £3.”

    Essential info

    For more details visit http://www.novasol.co.uk/

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  • Alfaz Del Pi, Alicante, Spain

    Claire, 33, and Chris Pomfret, 38, from Manchester, and son Jamie, 12 months, hired a private villa.

    “The website we used to find the villa lets you search depending on your needs. We chose a resort between two coastal towns so there was a great choice of beaches. The local water park was great for both babies and big kids.”

    “Shopping around and booking the flights and villa separately will save you money.”

    Essential info

    For more information, visit www.holidaylettings.co.uk

Last updated on 19 August 2011