European Locations for Active and Healthy Family Vacations

If your family are bored of the same old hotels, crowded beaches and big breakfast bars then it’s time that you took a real break from the norm and immersed yourself in something a little bit more adventurous.

These days more and more families are enjoying vacation activities together and from surfing to cycling, kayaking to fishing, fun and active chances to enjoy each other’s company in the great outdoors are available in bucket-loads.

So if your gang are looking for an active and healthy break with a difference then check out some of the ideas below that may point you in the right direction.

Watersports in Spain

Lanzarote may be considered as one of the nightlife capitals of the Canaries however, it’s also a haven for watersports fanatics. Windsurfing, surfing and sailing are all available on the island and if your family are looking to try something new then this is the place to do it. Thanks to a year-round sea temperature that hardly ever dips below 19C and some temperate African trade winds, this is a great option for families with youngsters looking to take their first salt water plunge.

Mountain Biking in Italy

No matter where you visit in Italy you’re going to get stuck behind a procession of Lycra-clad bobbing bottoms at some stage so why not venture off-road and indulge in a little Mountain Biking? Although the Dolomites in the northeast do have a fair reputation as challenging single-tracks, to say the least, you may be surprised to hear that there are also plenty of excellent trails for all level of biker. This is your chance to experience some quintessential Italian mountain vistas before stopping off for a well-deserved pasta break.

Trekking in Switzerland

Stick your knapsack on your back, pull your socks up and head for Heidi country as you take in the wonderful world of trekking in Switzerland. If you’re into picnics on flower-dotted meadows, far-off snow-capped mountain peaks and some of the best darn chocolate this side of Germany then this is an absolute no-brainer. In a country of incredible locations it’s difficult to pick just one however, if you’re looking for Sylvan scenery criss-crossed with trekking trails then you’ll be hard-pushed to beat Kandersteg in the mid-south-west.

Camping in France

There’s nothing that says family adventure holidays like living under canvas and if you’re looking for places to pitch your tent then the undisputed Camping King has to be France. As you’d expect from the largest country in Western Europe, France is bursting at the seams with beautiful locations and exquisite countryside and camping is big business. That said, if you’re after a combination of: châteaux, vineyards and long winding rivers to form the back drop to your family holiday, then the Loire Valley in central France ticks all the boxes.

Diving in Turkey

As you’d expect from a region coined the Turquoise Coast, a trip to the southwest of Turkey promises some stunning aquamarine experiences for the whole family to enjoy. This is snorkelling paradise and from Cesme to Alanya you’ll discover a wealth of underwater life that can be seen close to the shore.

Of course, if you’re looking to explore further from land spending a couple of nights afloat is an excellent option and a most excellent adventure for young pirates. No matter what you’re into: snorkelling, Scuba diving or simply observing from the deck, Turkey provides the perfect opportunity to experience life underwater.

As with all family holidays there’s no accounting for taste and sometimes the most enjoyable breaks can actually be had at home where the food, comforts and language are all much more familiar. However, if you’re looking for a family holiday abroad that offers something a little more adventurous then check out what’s available on the continent as there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be discovered.

About the Author

Chris is an experienced camper, trekker and surfer which means that his next family holiday abroad will probably be spent getting lost on the west coast of France.