It’s this time of year when families pack up their suitcases and head off for a summer holiday.
Here are nine of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe for families - according to TripAdvisor.
Offering the irresistible combination of atmosphere, history and the thrills of a vast, fast-paced city, London makes a majestic destination. From the ghoulish Tower of London and the pomp of Buckingham Palace to the buzz of a big wheel, the London Eye, this is a city that will have you in a spin.
The City of Lights shines bright for kids of all ages. Living up to every pre-trip fantasy, Paris has a constellation of starring sights from the atmospheric Notre Dame to the elegant Eiffel Tower to thrilling Parc Asterix, Disneyland Paris and the wonders of the Louvre. Prepare to be dazzled.
With sights guaranteed to impress even the most jaded teen, the Italian capital makes for a captivating getaway. From the ghoulish bone-decorated Santa Maria della Concezione to the delicious slew of ice cream stops around the city, Rome is sure to have something unforgettable for everyone.
The winning combination of culture, coastline and a great climate make Barcelona a top choice for the whole family. Gaudi’s astounding architectural creations amaze. Some appealing beaches provide daytime diversions. Sights such as the aquarium and Las Ramblas provide yet more entertainment.
Friendly, frenetic Dublin is a perfect destination for the family. Ride the Viking Splash Tour, visit Dublin Zoo, feed ducks in Stephen’s Green, picnic in Phoenix Park and visit the Ark, a children’s cultural centre in Temple Bar. After tiring the kids out, relax with a well-earned Guinness in the evening.
Athens makes for a marvellous family holiday. Everyone will go away with astounding sights and experiences emblazoned in their memories; buildings the kids have only seen in cartoon form, from the Parthenon to the Acropolis looming up high. Plus towering statues, idyllic islands and stunning antiquities.
Make sure to take the little ones to see the famed Little Mermaid statue. Explore fairytale castles, then up the pace on the thrilling rides at Tivoli Gardens. First opened in 1883, the amusement park is now a virtual symbol of Denmark. The capital’s safe streets are also fun for a family bicycle trip.
8. Canary Islands
With their sandy beaches and appealingly priced family resorts, the Canaries are an inviting option for families. Tenerife offers a slew of fun attractions: Visit Europe’s largest Aqua Park, Siam Park; meet the continent’s largest parrot collection at Loro Parque. Hop on glass-bottomed boats to admire the islands’ marine life.
After exploring the elaborate, fairytale palaces of Mad King Ludwig, the kids will enjoy a visit to the more practical Deutsches Museum, the world’s largest technological museum, and its array of buttons, levers and pulleys. A visit to the Dachau concentration camp provides a sombre lesson in Germany’s not-too-distant past.