With Brexit having been postponed for the foreseeable future, many British families are taking the opportunity to bag a holiday abroad without breaking the bank. When looking around for places to take the little ones before the deadline to leave the EU finally arrives, I stumbled upon some incredibly low-priced holidays in family-friendly destinations.
Travelling with a five-year-old, Mark and I prefer all-inclusive resorts over anything else, as they give us both a break from the daily chores of cooking, cleaning and entertaining Jamie. And as it turns out, you can have a week-long all-inclusive stay with the family for under £170 per person.
Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
With all-inclusive prices starting from £168 per person per week, Majorca is one of the cheapest holiday destinations available for this spring and summer. The affordable accommodation includes holiday resorts with slides and swimming pools where the kids can splash around, but if you’d like to venture outside of your resort, you can try:
- The child-friendly beaches: Playa de Muro, Port de Pollensa and Port de Soller all have plenty of changing rooms, showers, toilets and lifeguards as well as restaurants, beach bars and play areas nearby.
- The waterparks: Western Water Park, Hidropark and Aqualand are known for their waterslides, splash pools and lazy rivers.
- A boat trip: it’s all about water in Majorca! Visit the caves, the island of Cabrera or the dragon-shaped island of Dragonera.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
Another long-haul destination that’s ridiculously cheap, Fuerteventura is great with teens and toddlers alike. Book into a bungalow complex or aparthotel to get the all-inclusive treatment (prices starting from £167 per person), or head out to see:
- The seals on Los Lobos: a boat-trip from Corralejo can take you to Los Lobos island, where hundreds of happy and inquisitive seals can be found lazing around in the sun.
- The camels: you can even take the kids for a ride into the sand dunes on Fuerteventura’s oldest mode of transport – the camel!
- Oasis Park: the only animal park on the island.
Turkey remains a dream destination for families on a budget. Regions such as Antalya, Dalaman and the Bodrum Peninsula offer all-inclusive stays from £157 per person. On top of that, you can explore:
- The theme parks: explore Vialand, Jurassic Land, Space Camp Turkey or our favourite: Miniaturk, the world’s largest miniature park where you can find all of Turkey’s landmarks and miniature versions of famous monuments.
- The turtle sanctuary at Iztuzu Beach: with Iztuzu Beach being a breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead turtle, the sanctuary has rescued countless turtles who were injured by boats and fishing hooks.
- The sand-sculptures of Sandland, Antalya: an open-air museum featuring spectacular scale-models of pyramids, sphinxes and even the Colosseum.
Costa Brava, Spain
Spain’s Costa Brava is an easily accessible destination with mild temperatures in spring. Plenty of family-friendly hotels line the beaches, and with prices starting from £141 there is really no excuse to stay at home. If you can get yourself off your deck chair by the swimming pool, the kids will love:
- Parc Aventura: full of zipwires, tree top climbing routes, caving and canyoning trajectories, this park is guaranteed to leave the kids ready for bed by the end of the day. Suitable for adventurers of 4 years and over.
- Dalí’s Theatre-Museum: I visited this quirky museum with my parents when I was a child, and its amazing architecture and surprising art made a lasting impression on me.
- The Camí de Ronda: if you fancy a leisurely stroll, follow part of this coastal path along the Costa Brava. It isn’t suitable for buggies, but it certainly is for picnics!
All-inclusive family holidays in Corfu start at £163 per person for a week, and the island’s azure waters are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. There is plenty to experience on the island, including:
- Castles: Corfu’s strategic position between mainland Greece and the Adriatic Sea has caused it to be fortified numerous times. Take the kids out to climb Kassiopi Castle, or explore the Old and New Fortresses in the harbours of Corfu Town.
- Waterparks: children young and old can have great time at Hydropolis Waterpark and Acqualand. There are slides for different ages, and Hydropolis even has a farm zoo.
- Horse rides: anyone older than 6 (sorry Jamie, you’re not quite there yet!) can ride a horse at Corfu’s riding stables. Trailriders and Dimitris Riding Centre both have amazing reviews from visitors who went on an equestrian adventure there.
We haven’t quite decided yet where we’re going to go, but with so many cheap holidays out there, the price won’t be a problem. If you are ticking any of these cheap destinations off your holiday list this summer, let us know how it was in the comments!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative piece.
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