Wednesday

Family Holiday Destinations - Another Five Fantastic Suggestions

Finding time for both yourselves and the kids can be hard nowadays. What with the latest technologies making us constantly available to everyone in the world, it can be a rare moment when we all sit down to eat dinner together without the television on or someone away with the fairies on their phone.



However holidays are a time for families. A time when the devices are put away and the sun cream is slathered on for a weekend away or for a week or two of personal bonding time. There are countless locations to which you can whisk yourself away and get a break from the rest of the world and you will certainly have your ideas of the perfect holiday! However we’ll be having a look at some of the best family friendly vacation places, so that there is something suitable for everyone, even the little ones!

 An obvious choice for children, if your kids happen to be Disney fans, there is nothing easier than hopping onto the EuroStar for a few days at EuroDisney. With a range of hotels to choose from, their own Disney Village complete with shops and restaurants and two parks to choose from, Euro Disney is a slice of Walt Disney Mania without the huge price tag that accompanies going to California or Florida. 

  With dozens of activities to choose from and a whole world to explore, Legoland is a theme park full of wonder for the kids to enjoy. Legoland also has a number of fun and crafty rides and slides for the adults, with ‘Miniland’ where you can walk among amazing model scenes from around Europe and the USA.
For the more educationally inclined, there are a number of learning workshops that bring lego to life teaching science and engineering. Or for those looking to set their imaginations wild, the Imagination Factory allows children to build anything they want with the Lego free play area.

The Medinas of Marrakech

Taking a step away from big brand names and moving onto more traditional, cultural holiday methods, we have a look at the beautiful medinas of Marrakech. Sporting glorious sunny weather and packed streets with all manner of goodies and souvenirs to feast your eyes on, Marrakech makes an ideal family holiday for those who want to learn a little bit more about Moroccan culture.

Whether you are looking at seeing the local sights, you want to tour the various museums and markets in search of Morrocan culture, or you just want to relax by the pool in one of Marrakech’s traditional Riads, Marrakech has something for everyone on a family holiday. See the popular Riad el Zohar courtyard hotel for details of accommodation.

 This fantastic aquatic park of PortAventura boasts a number of themed rides that has everything you need to create a fantastic day out with the kids. With large water slides, fun fast rapids and a lazy river rafting experience, whether you love hanging out by the big slides or you just like to relax on a rubber ring, there is something for everyone.
The Aquatic Park is set among palm trees and cheerful reggae music, with a number of delightful bars and restaurants to choose from if you ever get peckish. Plus the kids will love the Caribbean themed playground which offers sound and safe fun. 

The Canary Islands

Choose from Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote for sun filled days, cool, breezy evenings and colourful resorts for kids of all ages. Whether you are looking for a quiet holiday in the sun in Fuerteventura, or you are looking for a more family friendly resort in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, each of the islands boasts its own unique character and charm. See Hello Canary Islands for more details on booking your perfect Canary Island holiday.

Wherever you choose to go on holiday, it is important to have fun and enjoy your time together as a family. Your kids may get annoyed with you, particularly if you are putting a cap on their internet time, but they will be all the happier for a chance to get away from it all. Plus, just imagine the hilarious memories you’ll be creating to share on Instagram for when you get home!

Monday

Visit Lisbon - A city that marries city and beach life


Lisbon, best known for its inexpensive seafood meals, faded colonial architecture from Portugal’s international empire and throwback cable cars, makes for one of the best destinations to visit in Europe. Being a coastal city, Lisbon marries city and beach life better than any other place in the world.
This small city has its own charm particularly in the summer months. As you head towards the beach on begonia blossomed streets, you will witness cars with surf boards stacked on top as people make their way to the beachy suburbs of Cascais and Estoril, a short 20 minute drive from the city center. Either go skin deep in the cerulean blue dome or get some sand between your toes whilst enjoying the breeze of the salty Atlantic air, or maybe you can just enjoy a plate of garlicky ameijoas (seashells) with a tumbler of brain-freeze cold lager.



The social life of the city is bursting with everything from electronic music to philosophical conferences to free-form jazz. For those who think Lisbon is only about the traditional Fado, a quick reality check will show that there’s much more going on. In the last couple of years, many innovative music spots have popped up around Lisbon. Be ready to find intimate supper clubs to warehouse dance halls. These new generation hangouts are enriching the Portuguese capital’s sonic spectrum where music aficionados and bands of all styles converge.

There is something very unique about Lisbon, as you visit the city you will witness century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that still lurch and rumble their way among the seven steep hills over which the city lies. If you’re up for a wander around the city streets there’s no getting bored in Lisbon thanks to intricately patterned cobblestones under your feet and the magnificent architecture. European big capitals like London, Berlin, Paris and Madrid may have blockbuster art collections, but Lisbon's inhabitants have access to their own rare panoply. Lisbonites have a sharp eye for design and a great place to witness this is the ‘Gulbenkian’ Foundation, check it out!

The night- life in Lisbon can outlast Madrid’s. The roving nocturnal flow only seems to end when dawn rises over the Tagus River, making the city a libertine’s dream. You can find all of your main action in Bairro Alto where more than 250 appealing bars line besides graffiti-plastered walls. The city is rarely too hot or cold and makes for a perfect all-year round destination. However much of the city seems to shut down in August when local restaurants and bars close and majority of inhabitants prefer to escape the steamy city for the more cooler Atlantic shores.
Thnks to Corinthia Hotels for supplying this feature about Lisbon