5 Best European Family Vacations

February 25, 2012


Don't you think every kid should know the joy of a family trip to Europe? There are so many amazing family friendly destinations in Europe it is often hard to decide where to go. We've spent 5 years exploring Europe as a family on just $23/day per person, on our extended European road trip, thus we can guide you with some tips to keep expenses down and have fantastic fun for every family member.


The number one travel destination in Europe is France, so that might be a great place to begin! Paris is the most visited city in the world and the Eiffel Tower the most seen attraction. Kids love icons and Paris is full of them with great museums and sensational parks.

You can combine Paris with London or Paris with other parts of France like the French Riviera and particularly pretty Provence. Here are just a few informative posts I've written about our travels in France from well known sights like celebrating at the Eiffel Tower to hidden gems like beautiful village Colliore.

Pont du Gard Family Travel

Dordogne Vacation

Biking Bordeaux Vineyards

Stunning Horses in the Camargue, France

Free Kid's Camps in France

Burgundy Travel

Dune de Pyla - Highest Dune in Europe

Carcassonne Medieval Castle

Alsace at Harvest


You know we love Spain best of all and the diversity, beauty, food and rich culture is why we made Southern Spain our winter home for four winters and have been to Barcelona 16 times as a family, usually for months at a time. It is easy to combine quaint villages, gorgeous countryside, exquisite cities rich in history, the best festivals in Europe, plus glorious mountains and sea.

My best advice for Spain is to avoid most of coastal Spain, especially Andalusia in July and August for that is the time to be in Galicia. Andalusia is a fantastic winter, spring and fall destination with endless exotic festivals. Here are more tips and ideas:

Jerez Horse Fair

Travel Tips - Costa del Sol

How to winter in Spain

10 Best Costa Brava Secrets

San Sebastian

Semana Santa Easter in Spain

Gorgeous Galicia


Best Southern Spain Holiday

Beautiful Seville

La Alhambra

3 Kings in Spain


Who doesn't like Italy, Italians and italian food? I use to live there, so had to take my family and explore more. Everybody loves Rome, Venice and Florence, but don't miss the countryside like Tuscany and special places like Cinque Terra, Verona and Pompeii. If you want to combine Barcelona and Rome plus a sea adventure,  there is a luxurious cruise-like ferry that runs daily.

Here are just a few of our posts from our many explorations around Italy:

Kids View of  Florence

7 Reasons to Travel to Cinque Terre

Venice for Kids

Opera in Verona

Colors of Italy

Rome on a budget

Pompeii for Families

Pisa Family Travel

Visiting Pinocchio in Italy

Michelangelo’s Magnificent David



Many Americans like to begin in Europe in the UK and/or Ireland because the similar culture and language makes it easy and many of us have roots there. Most people just see the cities, but there are some amazingly verdant hills in a scrumptious countryside. We were  especially fond of the Cottsworld,Lake District and Dingle.

Do remember that rain and cold 'tis the usual weather, even in summer, so bring your umbrellas and let the kids splash in some puddles. You might luck out with some sunny days, but if you are prepared then you will have fun no matter what the weather does.

Best Budget Hotel in London

Exploring Roots in Ireland

Cotsworlds - Heart of England

Visiting Globe Theatre in London

Hiking and Biking Ireland

London -Short Term Apartment Rental Bargains

Posh High Tea in England

Free Museums London

Old Ireland

Swimming With Swans and Shakespeare


Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark are all wholesome family friendly destinations. The big surprise for us was how great the food was and that everyone speaks English...even the grandparents!  The roads in Scandinavia are excellent as are the trains and I think it may well be the most idyllic place to be for summer.

Norway Fjords on a Budget

Beautiful Stockholm

Cooking Reindeer Meat in a Traditional Kota

Tivoli in Copenhagen, Denmark

Norway Hostels

Sweden Family Travel

Scandinavian Kiss

Finland and Scandinavian Libraries

Ice Bar Family Fun

Finland Food


Here is a bonus tip on how to eat healthy and cheaply while in Europe! I realize I've still left out lots of countries and places in Europe that we love, so I will have to do more of these kind of posts. What are your favorite spots in Europe for kids?

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Lovely selection for holiday lovers. Its very nice that you have also included videos.


Wow!So good to read.Thank you so much.

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Thanks TB and Hai..happy to hear you like it!


Thanks for the great post :-)

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