The Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe for 2019

Now that the New Year is well and truly here, many people will be thinking ahead and planning out their family holidays for the year. Some will want a package holiday and others will be planning road trips, DIY holidays and city breaks. To help you plan and give you some ideas, here are some of the best family holiday resorts in Europe for 2019.

Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe

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Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe for 2019

There are an abundance of resorts across countless countries in Europe that are very family-friendly and would be ideal for your forthcoming summer holiday. Here’s the list:

  • Flamingo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
  • Martinhal Cascais, Portugal
  • Bluesun Bonaca, Brac Island, Croatia
  • Ribey Hall, Blackpool, UK
  • Salgados Palm Village, Albufeira, Portugal
  • Bluestone National Park Resort
  • La Sirene Campsite, Argelès-sur-Mer, France

Flamingo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

The Flamingo Beach Resort on the Canary Island of Lanzarote is a great family-friendly holiday resort. It is situated in the quieter town of Playa Blanca on the southern tip of the island and has everything families need for a relaxing holiday.

There are no less than five pools across the resort, a playground, full entertainment program and is an all-inclusive resort with a buffet restaurant and three other restaurants to enjoy, as well as bars. If parents are looking for some quiet time there is a creche for younger children and a kids club catering for older ones. And while the kids are having fun, parents can enjoy themselves in the onsite spa or sauna.

The resort consists of low-rise Canarian style apartments, are air-conditioned and have everything you need for a family holiday. The resort is spread out nicely and sits along the seafront. Playa Blanca town is a short 15-20 minutes walk away, depending on how fast little legs can go, where you will find more bars and restaurants, shops and also the ferry terminal which can take you to Neighbouring Fuerteventura.

We visited the Flamingo Beach Resort with our son when he was 1 and then 2 years old and wouldn’t hesitate to go again if we were seeking a family-friendly package holiday in a great resort. The weather in Lanzarote is hot in summer but is also enjoyable even in winter months, although there can be a cool breeze. And with a flight time of around 4 hours, it’s not too long a flight for guaranteed sunshine.

Cath – Passports and Adventures

Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe - Flamingo Beach Resort, Lanzarote
Flamingo Beach Resort, Lanzarote

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Martinhal Cascais, Portugal

When asked if I can recommend a resort in Europe, I have no hesitations: my pick is the wonderful Martinhal family resort in Cascais, Portugal. We spent a wonderful family weekend there and it was so relaxing for us adults and so fun for the kids, we hope we can go back again and again. It is just that special a place!

The resort is in the small town of Cascais, an elegant and welcoming village on the Portuguese coast. It is an excellent location and perfect for families with children: Lisbon is an hour away by train, with its wonderful parks and Oceanarium, and Cascais itself has amazing beaches, cycling paths and a lovely village feel.

The resort itself is fantastic for families and entirely designed with kids and parents in mind. The grounds of Martinhal Cascais are vast and green, the resort has several pools to suit all ages and a super relaxing spa that is open to adults and kids. The resort has two restaurants onsite, a vast playgrounds and if offers a plethora of activities suitable for all:  from babies (indoor play area and crèche) to teenagers!

Parents can get involved with their kids as much or as little as they want, the resort offering the opportunity for time together or apart depending on individual preferences.

In terms of accommodation, Martinhal has excellent family rooms and also family homes, all in the resort ground. Both are designed to the highest standards and offer the baby concierge service, a system that allows you to find all you need, from strollers to changing stations, in your accommodation, making travelling light a breeze. We loved Martinhal Cascais and we are sure you will too! You can read more about it in our full review over on the blog.

Marta – Learning Escapes

Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe - Martinhal Cascais, Portugal

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Blue Sun Bonaca, Brac Island, Croatia

Croatia isn’t as hot on all-inclusive resorts as some of the other popular European summer hot spots, but having heard great things about the country, we managed to find an all-inclusive resort called the Blue Sun Bonaca on the island of Brac. To reach Bol, the resort where the hotel was based, involved a little bit of effort, with a flight to Split then a catamaran, but we managed the journey easily with an 18 month old in tow and we also got to spend the day exploring Split as a result too, (for Game of Thrones fans, the Diocletian’s Palace is used as the set of  Daenerys’ Throne Room in Mehreen and where her dragons are kept).

Bol is a tiny fishing port with a charming promenade with a small selection of cafés and restaurants along the water and the Stina winery, where we enjoyed sampling some of the local wine whilst the toddler napped one afternoon! There is an old Monastery up in the hills which is worth the walk. We also took a boat trip to the nearby island of Hvar – which was picture postcard beautiful and the hike up to the fortress is hard work, but you’ll be rewarded with the most amazing views!

The hotel we stayed at was absolutely amazing – the all-inclusive option offered a great variety of different dishes and local cuisine and it wasn’t as repetitive as some places we’ve stayed at, the restaurant had lots of high chairs too. They had a two play parks, one for smaller children and one for slightly older kids and they did free bike hire, which was a bonus as the long promenade down to Zlatni Rat, the beautiful beach, was nice and flat. Our toddler was too young for the kids club but the hotel did provide one. And the animation team were absolutely wonderful at getting small kids involved in the mini-disco, our toddler was grooving every night. Croatians love children and we didn’t have had any issues in having him accommodated for. We can’t wait to go back and explore more of Croatia!

Beccy – Raucous By Nature

Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe - Blue Sun Bonaca, Croatia
Blue Sun Bonaca, Croatia

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Ribby Hall, Blackpool, United Kingdom

Ribby Village Hall is a 5* resort near Blackpool and it is our top family holiday resort in Europe. It is the perfect destination for families, especially as it’s like a mini Centre Parcs but without the high prices. They have a great range of self-catering cottages available to rent. If you want to eat out there is an excellent restaurant on site, plus 
take-aways, and we also recommend the tapas bar and the bar and grill. 

There is daily entertainment, two soft play areas, outdoor playgrounds, boating, nature trail, climbing wall and so much more. We love the indoor pool with slides and splash area plus it’s well located for getting into Blackpool. Most of the activities are included in your stay.

Suzy – Our Bucket List Lives

Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe
Ribby Hall, Blackpool

For latest prices and availability at Ribby Hall Village, Click HERE.
For the Spa Hotel, Click HERE, and you can also check prices and availability for the Motel HERE.

Salgados Palm Village, Albufeira, Portugal

The first time we took the kids away it was to an all inclusive resort called Salgados Palm Village in the Albufeira area of Portugal. The kids were 2 and 4 at the time and they both have allergies to food, different ones, and the thought of having to try and work out what foods were ok for them in multiple restaurants on a daily basis did not sound like a holiday to me!

I’d never been to an all inclusive before, was a ‘book a flight and go’ kind of girl before having kids, so I really didn’t know what to expect. We went for it mainly due to the kids being young and also the fact that we could get to know the chefs and work out what they could and couldn’t eat quite easily.

We were looked after so well with regards to the food. What was amazing is they were actually so proactive in asking what my kids liked to eat and pre-ordering and preparing things for the following days for them. My son can’t have any gluten so they went above and beyond to surprise him with a gluten free Pizza and lasagne. My daughter is allergic to dairy and they purchased a tub of dairy free ice cream especially for her! What a lovely way to be treated.

Aside from the food and multiple cuisines (not just free from food!!) the resort was fab. There are 10 pools, some shallow and many peaceful. There was music and activities round the main pool, some days there were animals to touch and see and others a big blow up slide to slide down. The evenings brought entertainment, dancing, singing and magic. We let the kids stay up late with us and watch the shows and my daughter found her love for all things theatre which remains to this day!

The rooms were spacious and comfortable, cleaned to an excellent standard each day. Peaceful enough to relax during the day and let the kids play in the room or balcony if you need a little break away from the sun. There was a train taking you to the nearest beach but we only went once as found the resort to cater for our every need.

My kids are now 6 and 3 and I’d go back in a heartbeat. There is entertainment and 2 kids clubs with activities that would suit kids into their teens, while mine were excited by the chocolate party last time (which they also adapted for allergies), they’d qually love the virtual reality stations and organised football matches now!

Lastly, for any parent, the key thing is it felt safe, the staff seemed knowledgeable and caring, they were all focused on the kids being happy even if their main role wasn’t working at one of the kids clubs, and I felt comfortable being a little more relaxed whilst in the resort, I’d 100% recommend Salgados Palm Village to families.

Yasmine – Yasmine Camilla

Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe - Salgados Palm Village, Albufeira, Portugal
Salgados Palm Village, Albufeira, Portugal

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Bluestone National Park Resort, Wales

Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire, in West Wales, is one of the best outdoor family holiday resorts in Europe. We have been huge fans of Bluestone since our first visit in 2015 with friends and regularly returned before we left the UK for our life in Portugal.

We got the chance to return for a mid-week stay in 2017 and this was the longest we’d spent at Bluestone having visited for long-weekends previously. It was such as great week.

Bluestone has everything you need for a fun and yet chilled relaxing family holiday. The lodges, which form your accommodation, have everything you would need for a relaxing family holiday with dishwashers, microwaves and all mod-cons. There are both indoor and outdoor activities and amenities and many are free or available for a small fee. And you don’t even have to leave the resort to explore the surrounding areas if you don’t want to. There is an on-site pool, activity centre, village with cafes, playgrounds and shops, and there are plenty of eateries to choose from if you don’t fancy cooking for yourselves.

If you are a family that love the outdoors, you’ll love Bluestone. It is a car-free resort which means kids can safely play outside or ride bikes. There is a lake for water activities, zip lines in the forest for older kids and Ranger activities kids can join. It really does have it all. And the best news is we’re returning later in the year for another mid-week stay. If you are looking for a home-away-from-home resort to suit families of all types, then you need to check out Bluestone.

Cath – Passports and Adventures

Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe
Bluestone, Wales

To find availability and prices, check out the Bluestone website.

La Sirene Campsite, Argelès-sur-Mer, France

We love the five star La Sirene Campsite in Argelès-sur-Mer, France.  Argelès-sur-Mer is a French seaside resort on the Languedoc coast.  With its 7 km blue flag sandy beach you can see why it’s become a very popular holiday destination for families.  The campsite is a sprawling resort spread over 57 acres.  The grounds are immaculate as are all the communal areas, which is exactly what you would expect from a 5 star resort.  

On site there is plenty to keep the kids busy, there is a regular programme of activities running through out the day and there is nightly entertainment ranging from shows to discos.  In the park there are bikes for hire, crazy golf, play areas and a huge on site water park.  The water park has a large outdoor pool, indoor pools, several water slides and a children’s lagoon area with ropes and climbing walls.  It’s difficult to drag the kids away from it.  There is also an adult only pool with massage jets and pool beds but I wasn’t lucky enough to escape the kids and try it out.  For older kids you can organise and book other activities on site such as diving or kayaking.

Argelès-sur-Mer has an old town area with quaint side streets and a traditional market.  It also has a long stretch of promenade which has a designated bike path and this will take you all the way along to the Marina where you can tuck into some delicious seafood.  Not far away, around 12 km, is the very quaint and charming town of Collioure.  With its cobbled streets, buzzing squares, numerous restaurants, impressive castle and small bay, it is well worth a visit.

I hope that this gives you some ideas for your forthcoming family summer holidays, and go some way to helping you plan your family getaways for this year. These family holiday resorts in Europe all sound amazing and I’d love to visit the ones we haven’t had a chance to yet.

Helen – Welsh Cakes and Wellies

The beach at La Sirene Campsite, France
The beach near the La Sirene Campsite, France

And if you are still undecided about this year or are getting ideas for next year, I’d suggest you read this post about the best Greek Island family holidays from Tin Box Traveller. Claire has given some great suggestions on both holidays and cruises for families.

Thanks to all the bloggers who contributed to this post and gave us some brilliant recommendations for some European family-friendly holiday resorts. Which one would be top of your list?

Cath x

*The photos used herein were contributed by the bloggers and permission given to include them in this post.

Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe
Salgados Palm Village, Albufeira, Portugal

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20 thoughts on “The Best Family Holiday Resorts in Europe for 2019

  1. This is the best and most informative family travel post I have read in a long time. I am sanding this to my reading list. So many great recommendations.
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is a really useful guide. With three children it’s not always easy to know where is child friendly. It’s good to have places that have been tried by other families.

  3. WOW Lots of lovely suggestions here, seeing all the pictures of the sunshine, pools and beautiful beaches if definitely making me excited for summer! We have been to Bluestone Wales and absolutely love it, we always come home feeling so refreshed and relaxed after a lovely break!

  4. Bluestone took the decision to remain dog unfriendly, so I’ve never been. It’s a shame because my inlaws live not too far away and it would make a nice base for us. The kids would love the pool and activities

  5. We love Martinhal and Bluestone – both very different but with a similar vibe (sadly not weather though) – will look into some of the others as always on the hunt for new places to stay

  6. We are just looking at Lanzarote for the end of the year so this sounds great. We have also visited Bluestones although I would love to go again the beaches surrounding it are so beautiful!

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