Europe & Middle East
Whether you’re seeking a dose of winter sunshine, sheer opulence, family-friendly activities or a fascinating dose of culture without long-haul travel, Europe and the Middle East offer all this in spades.
With a rich history, fascinating culture and mesmerising scenery, Europe is a great choice for family holidays, whatever time of year. And with so much to see, it’s entirely possible to visit year on year without ever returning to the same place. Many European destinations offer the magic combination of fantastic beaches, high-quality accommodation, excellent dining options and bags of culture.
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If beach holidays appeal, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Head to Spain for spectacular coastlines, balmy weather, delicious food – and charming islands. The Canaries are closer to Africa than they are to Spain, and this wonderful climate makes them a good year-round destination for winter warmth. There’s much to discover in these sun-soaked isles, including the blend of Mediterranean and North African culture in Gran Canaria, volcanic hikes in Tenerife, cycling in Lanzarote and watersports in Fuerteventura.
For an adventure-filled family trip without having to take a long-haul flight, head to the Azores. This remote Portuguese archipelago offers everything from swimming with dolphins to kayaking in volcanic craters. You can also relax in natural hot springs after a day exploring the islands’ pristine beaches, waterfalls and magical caverns by mountain bike, foot or horseback.
Greece is picture-perfect, synonymous with white-washed villages, colourful harbours and clear blue waters. It’s also rich in history, making it a good choice for a bucket-and-spade holiday with a difference. How about taking in the Parthenon and some of the stunning islands by boat? Or hiking through the White Mountains of Crete? The lush green Ionian islands offer snorkelling in sparkling coves, while the Dodecanese are packed with craft shops and local tavernas.
Cyprus also offers sun, sea and sand, along with a wealth of history. Expect village restaurants plying platters of delicious meze, shimmering blue seas, quaint mountain villages and Venetian castles. There are also plenty of family-friendly activities, including boat trips and snorkelling around the inlets of the North coast.
For something even more exotic, try the Middle East. Here you’ll find winter sunshine, luxury at every turn and a fascinating dose of culture – and all without long-haul travel. The contrast between cityscapes and desert is striking, and there’s a wide range of activities to suit travellers of all ages.
In Dubai, you might head into the desert for a camel safari, enjoy a sumptuous banquet under the stars or slide down the rapids at The Palm’s Aquaventure Waterpark. For retail therapy, explore a traditional Arabian souk, then head to the shiny new Mall of the Emirates for a contrasting experience.
For more of a wildlife-based adventure, Abu Dhabi has you covered. You could explore its eastern mangroves by canoe, for example. Golfers and watersports enthusiasts are also well catered for, while other attractions include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld.
Divers and snorkellers will love Oman’s pristine underwater reserves, which are teeming with marine life, including dolphins and whales. Inland travellers can take a 4WD through the stunning Hajar Mountains to the dunes of Wahiba Sands, or ride a camel through the desert, while Muscat’s historic forts, souks and mosques make for a fascinating city trip.
Whatever you’re looking for, from winter sun to action-packed adventures for the whole family, Europe and the Middle East offer something for everyone. Chat to us to organise your dream trip.
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