Best destinations for an action-packed family holiday [ Collaborative post ]

Planning a family holiday can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider, from weather and activities to budget and travel time. With so many things to think about, it can feel impossible to find a destination that ticks every box.

Spain has long been one of our family favourites. From secluded villas and beautiful hotels to all inclusive holidays, Spain boasts lots of destinations, all of which offer something different. So where can families find the best destinations for an action-packed family holiday?

Costa Del Sol and Marvellous Marbella

Nestled against the shores of Southern Spain, this world-famous destination is a popular choice among families. Picture stretches of idyllic sandy beaches, the glinting blue ocean and the warm rays of the hot Spanish sun. The Costa Del Sol isn’t just beaches though; there is also the Bioparc Fuengirola and Tivoli World to explore.

This location is also home to the upmarket area of Marbella, which is brimming with luxury, from yachts and classy boutiques to golf courses and extravagant restaurants. There are plenty of places to stay on the Costa Del Sol. Rustic holiday villas and apartments are balanced with a wide array of world-class resorts, perfect for all inclusive holidays in Spain.

Relax in Costa Dorada

Hugged by the alluring blues of the Mediterranean, the Costa Dorada is another gem in Spain’s crown of beautiful coastal resorts. This area offers a more laid-back, relaxed vibe enhanced by the golden strip of sandy beaches, creating an island destination feel. The bustling town of Playa Dorada lies just next door and offers plenty to do both night and day, giving you and your family the opportunity to explore and enjoy the atmosphere before retiring to a more peaceful setting. There are beaches aplenty and several adventure parks, including PortAventura World, Adrenaline Park and Bosc Aventura Salou, which offers an exciting zip-lining experience. Days here can also be spent rediscovering Costa Dorada’s past at the Tarragona Amphitheatre.

A Costa Brava for Everyone

Costa Brava translates to 'Rugged Coast' but visitors should not be put off as there are plenty of gorgeous beaches lying between its rocky visage. Located on the coast of Catalonia in north-east Spain, the Costa Brava is brimming with life. There are long, beachfront stretches of bars and exciting eateries, ideal for dining al fresco. The shorelines are perfectly framed by the natural mountain vistas that lie beyond. Families can get stuck in with water sports or sunbathing on the beach. Those on the hunt for something different can explore rural Spain on one of the many riding or hiking trails. Costa Brava is also home to many family-friendly water parks, including Water World and Aquadiver.

Majorca, a Balearic Beauty

Stepping away from mainland Spain, there are a wealth of stunning islands to discover! Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and has long been a firm favourite of visitors from across the globe. Palma, the island's capital, is a popular nightlife spot thanks to its atmospheric bars. It’s here that you can catch an immersive family show, discover the true length of 'happy hour' and try some authentic tapas.

Throughout the year, Majorca has many lively festivals, from Jazz to Summer Solstice. Away from the hustle and bustle of these festivals, visitors are spoiled for choice with beaches, hidden coves and exciting day trips. If you want to embrace your inner adventurer, nothing will beat the scenic views and peaceful harmony found atop Majorca’s mountain region.

Family Life in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the 2nd largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Surrounded by the lush blue sea of the Atlantic, it lies just 100km from the coast of Africa, and it has warm temperatures all year round. Fuerteventura is known for its gorgeous white-sand beaches, and there really is sand upon sand upon sand here, so don’t forget to pack a swimsuit and beach towels!

The beaches range from the serene sandy shores of spectacular Cofete Beach to the lively, bar-lined coast of Jandia, with plenty in-between. Away from the welcome waves of the Atlantic lies the Parque Natural de Corrajo. This huge national park is overflowing with natural beauty and picturesque sights. For those in search of history, there are rustic villages further inland, which offer an authentic look at island living.

Spain has much to offer all who visit, from discovery and exploration to family fun and true relaxation. Whether you chill out in Marbella, walk the beautiful coastline of the Costa Brava or decide to explore Majorca's mountain region, Spain has an idyllic destination for everyone.