There is no better way to spend time with your family than by traveling to a European destination.  From cruising, sightseeing historical monuments, and trying local cuisines, these family destinations offer that and many more.  Since choosing the right location is an important aspect, let’s dive into 5 fascinating family destinations in Europe.

1.  Algarve

view of the algarve rock formations

Algarve, a city famous for its tropical beaches and scenic landscapes, is to the North of Portugal.  Start your vacation in Ria Formosa Island and have a relaxing day, enjoying the Island breeze and crystal-clear waters.   If you’d like to see the majestic rocks of the island, you can take a boat tour together with your family at Ponta da Piedade.

Don’t forget to carry your swimwear while visiting the Aquashow Park, which offers a family fun time experience of indoor waterpark and spa excursions.

2.  London


London is a vast city in the United Kingdom that offers many family activities.  Go on scenic architectural tours while collecting souvenirs along the way.

Make time on your itinerary to take a guided tour of Windsor and Stonehenge castle, the most monumental sites in London.

Looking to explore the cities beauty, take a family cruise on the Thames River and enjoy the scenery.

A must on the itinerary in London is the picturesque Millennial wheel.  Lastly, wind up your trip with a visit to Battersea and Hyde Park.

3.  Paris

family viewing -Pont des Arts-bridge-paris

No doubt, in Paris, France’s cultural heart, you can’t miss the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre pyramid, which are must-sees.

Tour Musèe d’Orsay, a monumental museum with ancient artifacts such as paintings, sculptures, and furniture. For tribal souvenirs to take home, visit the Quai Branly museum.

Pont des Arts, a bridge in Paris, has a breathtaking view that will leave you and your family wanting more. 

4.  Barcelona

Catalonia Spain

Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia, offers an unforgettable experience.  Tibidabo hill in Spain is a great hiking location to view the scenic city and coastline.

The picturesque Aquarium Barcelona de Greg, in Port Velle, is a must stop while on your Barcelona tour.  Have a scenic adventure in Parc del Laberint d’Horta, an 18th century Park with a maze and pavilion.

5.  Athens

athens greece

Have you thought about Athens, the capital of Greece, for your next family destination? Athens is a city of historical background. Among the ancient architecture are tall buildings with contemporary shops.

First in your itinerary should be the Acropolis. A citadel built by the ancient Greeks containing remnants of several historical buildings.  The museum of the art of jewelry, Ilias Lalaounis, is an excellent day trip from Athens. Filopappou Hill is a serene destination to hike panoramic views. 

Stop by Little Kook, a themed cafe, for a relaxed family time.  Allou fun park and Piraeus Harbour are great locations for fun memories with your family.

So what are you waiting for? Start packing your bags for your family vacation. For more details about other fascinating family destinations in Europe contact us here.

 Laurie Johnson

Certified Travel Advisor

 Laurie is the owner of Pura Vida Vacations, a boutique travel agency specializing in customized European vacations and river cruises.  She has helped curious travelers plan vacations that allow them to Immerse in a destination and unwind while reconnecting with family & friends.   Reach out to her for a free consultation today!