There are some destinations that have it all – thrill-seeking things to do plus awe-inspiring sights, all topped off with a vibrant nightlife and unlimited fun for the kids. Here are three top destinations that are perfect for the whole family – even those with an adventurous side!
The Best of Both Sides: Majorca
The whole world comes to relax in Majorca, because this Balearic island has it all. Majorca is fun from shore to shore, on any budget, because it cleverly caters for super-sophisticates and the young party crowd too. Choose from contrasting nights (Palma’s up-market nightlife versus Magaluf’s wild foam parties) and days with a difference (utter relaxation on the secluded beaches of Illa de Cabrera, versus show-stopping stalactite and stalagmite displays in the Coves del Drac). Majorca’s also a treat for kids, who love its various water parks, Palma Aquarium and its many opportunities for boat, balloon and bike tours.
The Island of Extremes: Ibiza
It may sound like a cliché, but Ibiza is the original ‘island of contrasts’. Here, the ancient and modern sit side by side – meaning there’s something in Ibiza to satisfy your every mood. You can see UNESCO World Heritage sites, which date right back to 650 BC, or experience the international club scene that’s now a tourist attraction in its own right. In an active mood, you can hire a scooter to explore the stark beauty of Ibiza’s countryside and coast. But if a slap-up meal over a little R&R is what you need, Ibiza’s thriving restaurant scene will leave you simply spoiled for choice. Don’t dismiss Ibiza’s potential as a family destination, either, as there’s something to please every kid, from mini-trains to an amazing water slide park.
The Best of Greece in One Spot: Zante
When it comes to getaways in Greece, Zante has your wish list all wrapped up. This lovely Ionian island delivers that away-from-it-all feeling, while keeping the hottest nightspots in the Greek Islands close at hand. Spend sun-drenched days in secluded coves then move on to Zante’s clubs and bars, and revel in the big beats and 70’s disco tunes that spill out into the night. Or try life on the flip-side – pack your days with daring watersport adventures and get your adrenaline rush on the towering look-out above Shipwreck Beach, then make your evenings into low-key affairs with quiet cocktails and intimate dinners. For kids, think pirate shows, fantasy mini golf, water parks or a cruise to see the critters on Turtle Island.