5 top toddler-friendly travel destinations for spring 2016
Skis down…winter is so last season. Already a third of the way through the year and you’re either flying high on spring fever or reaching for a stiff drink at the mere mention of Scotch bonnets and Easter Egg hunts. Either way, the warmer weather brings with it nature’s blessing to hit the internet hard and find a last minute holiday deal for the family.
Here’s Quidco Discover’s top five destinations for your toddler-friendly holiday hitlist.
The city break: Copenhagen
Hear ‘Copenhagen’ and your first thought might be of a cosmopolitan, trendy culture hub better suited to hipster couples than families with young children (well, that or Vikings).
Think again. Denmark’s capital keeps the Nordic spirit of exploration close to its heart, offering a tour de force of a city break for families with a sense of adventure: submerge yourselves in the spectacular Blue Planet National Aquarium, come face to face with polar bears, elephants and lions at Copenhagen Zoo or marvel at the mysteries of the Universe in IMAX 3D at the Tycho Brahe Planetarium.
If you tire of the sites, Legoland’s Billund Resort offers much more than good, clean building-block fun, with rides, activities and puzzles to excite and delight the little ones. Or, for a touch of magic with your adrenaline hit, visit the enchanting Tivoli Gardens amusement park (pictured above). A wonderland of architecture, fairy lights and fairground rides Tivoli’s nostalgic park, built in 1843, offers everything from picnic sites to thrill-rides that are sure to give the kids memories to cherish.
Plus, you know, Vikings.
The beach break: Brittany
Short-haul beach holidays are an easy win for pleasing both grown-ups and the under fives. Boasting Goldilocks temperatures of not-too-hot, not-too-cold and the longest stretch of coastline in France, Brittany wins the beach vote for the holiday hotlist. If you’re nervous about taking your tots on a plane, you can catch a ferry and drive your way to your Emerald Coast beach haven.
Depending on your budget, accommodation options range from beachside yurts in towns like Binic, to rural cottage rentals. With so many beauty spots to explore along the coast, having a car is a wise move: when you tire of sandy beaches, the back seat is perfect for a restorative nap en route to one of the regions castles, forts or market towns, ripe for exploring.
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The staycation: Devon
If you’re keen to keep it in the country, Devon hits the mark for the Best of British countryside and great places to stay. With
The all-inclusive: Portugal
If the pressure of planning the perfect family holiday feels too daunting, book it all in one click, sit back and turn your relax dial up to eleven. A little online research reveals lots of last-minute deals for half and full board, with plenty of resorts offering childcare and entertainment throughout your stay. Before you know it you’ll be enjoying the balmy climate, broad beaches, shallow bays and family-friendly resorts that make Portugal the definitive, tried and tested, effortless getaway.
If you’re brave enough to venture beyond the gates of the resort, it’s worth hiring a car for the day to explore the seafaring towns of Lagos and Albufeira – sampling the famous seafood as you go. Or, head inland for a sightseeing adventure, discovering nature reserves, cork forests and hidden hilltop villages, like Silves.
The wild card: North Wales
If you’ve never visited North Wales, you may not know that its rugged scenery is often likened to the epic New Zealand landscape. Mountains, waterfalls, beaches and castles abound, making it one of the UK’s best kept secrets for affordable family holidays. For the tots, days out are ten a penny, with farms like Gwynfryn opening their barn doors to the public for visits to the milking parlour, pig petting and miles of Llyn Peninsula, squarely designed for running amuck.
Snowdon is one of the more child friendly mountains for climbing, with a train to hop on when little legs tire. It’s often said, however, that the key to truly appreciating the beauty of North Wales is warm clothing – whatever the season.