When planning your next holiday, it can be a challenge meet the whole family’s wants and find locations with something for everyone. In fact, it can be easy to fall into the habit of being a capital city dweller especially if you’re unfamiliar with an area. However, if you’re looking for some travel suggestions that will suit kids and adults alike, read below for a selection of our current favourites.
One of Greece’s best kept secrets is the island of Limnos, to the south-east of Thessaloniki. Here is one of the last islands with reasonable prices that also boasts a stunning setting. Besides the unimposing beach bars and free beach umbrellas, affordable and good quality waterside dining is the norm. Expect fabulous seafood on offer from many places. A quaint but welcoming downtown area has a variety of shopping and eating options and service is unhurried, allowing you to leisurely enjoy the surrounds, sipping on local organic wines or homemade spirits. Families could easily enjoy the beach all day but you might also take a boat out to the island’s less accessible beaches, walk up to the castle or take a trip to the ancient amphitheatre in Hephaistia where you can take in the history without battling with crowds found at the Acropolis in Athens.
The town of Pula is another well-known place amongst the locals. It’s not first on everyone’s Croatia destination list as Split and Dubrovnik dominate the minds of many international arrivals. Pula’s many cafes provide ample places for coffees and drinks indoors and out, and take in a concert at the stunning ancient roman amphitheatre that regularly hosts a variety of live events. You can easily drive or bus to one of the local beaches close to this port based town or check their cultural calendar to coincide your visit with one of their many music, art or film festivals. The annual Seasplash Festival at the magical Fort Punta Christo is one such high profile event that attracts a high calibre of international acts. There is plenty of family friendly dining options around like Croatian grill or Italian.
If you’re holidaying more locally and would like to see more of Victoria, the city of Geelong has fun family activities and is a good base for exploring the Bellarine peninsula. Geelong’s waterfront has attractions such as the beautifully restored Carousel that the family can enjoy in any weather. The Adventure Park is Victoria’s biggest water park and definitely worth a visit. Not too far away are beach towns of Barwon Heads, Torquay or Port Arlington that offer both bay and surf beaches. The coast’s various inlets also mean there are some great rock pools to explore when the tide is out, like the gloriously clear ones at Thirteenth Beach. The variety of surf outlets in Torquay are also a popular shopping destination with gear for the whole family. Along the coast you’ll find all types of accommodation from caravan parks to luxury house rentals.