It’s now officially Spring and Easter is coming up. Thank you all for reading or for your contributions to my last round up – Ideas for Easter (post Brexit) that don’t involve travel in the EU. I hope you enjoy whatever you have planned for Easter.
This round up is focused on recommendations for May Half term which vary from Wales to Scotland, Austria to Croatia.
We spent last May half term in Turkey at a family friendly hotel in Kalkan, the weather was beautiful and I’d highly recommend it as a May half term location.
London is the perfect place to visit for families looking to have a UK staycation in half term as there is just so much to do with kids! There are plenty of outdoor and rainy day activities, and plenty of free culture and green spaces for the budget conscious family traveller! Check out these 50 Best Things to Do in London.
Bury St Edmunds
Tallinn and Helsinki
Whether you have a toddler or teens there is something for everyone in Efteling. Situated about an hour from Amsterdam with easy transport links from the U.K, this magical and thrilling theme park is absolutely worth a visit. From talking story-telling trees, Sleeping Beauty’s castle to shriek inducing rollercoasters this is perfect for a half term break.
Ile de Porquerolles
Half term week gives ample time to fit in an adventure to Area 47; Austria’s most extreme waterpark. You won’t need more than a few days there; to be honest you will need to go somewhere and calm down afterwards. Area 47 Adventure Waterpark, in Ötztal in the Tirol, throws some crazy stuff at you. Like blobbing; the art of flying off an inflatable cushion into a cold lake. And canyoning; throwing yourselves down rocky rivers. Are you picking up a theme here? “I have very adventurous teens but have never seen them look so pale as when they emerged from the high ropes course which dangles beneath a high bridge with concrete beneath. And let’s not speak about the water cannon.” says Kirstie from The Family Adventure Project. Check out Kirstie’s post for more on this fun family trip.
Verona is Nichola’s favourite city in Italy, it’s got all the charm of Venice or Rome with a fraction of the tourists. Kids will love all the references to Romeo and Juliet and there’s gelato on every street corner. With a Roman amphitheatre that is older than the Colisseum in Rome there’s plenty here for all ages. Spring is a wonderful time to be in the city which can get very hot in the summer. It’s also perfectly located for day trips to the Lakes or some busier cities like Milan and Venice but with so much to do in Verona itself, once you get there, you probably won’t want to leave.
Venice is recommended as being great in May half term as it is lovely and warm but you haven’t got the horrendous crowds that you get in the summer holidays. You can also visit Murano which isn’t open in August.
Charly recommends Sardina for May half term. Situated in the Mediterranean, it’s to the west of mainland Italy and south of Corsica. Sardegna, as it’s known locally, has a fascinating history with unspoilt coastlines and vibrant towns. As you’d expect, the people are lovely and friendly too. Charly, her husband and her daughter spent a week last May at the Baia de Mori resort, with Neilsons and loved the kids’ clubs, activities and guest services. You can read the full trip report here.
With beautiful beaches, peaceful bays, crystal clear turquoise waters, and impressive mountain views, Katy and her family found Croatia absolutely breathtaking. They visited the Makarska Riviera in Croatia last May half term, the weather was perfect for families, and they even managed to squeeze in a visit to Krka National Park which is well worth a visit! You can read the full trip report here.
The Vendée in France is a great May half term destination for Clare and family a few years ago. You can get flights from regional airports, the weather is fine and the beaches are quiet! It’s also a great base for a holiday including Puy du Fou. Here’s their review of a stay at a Vendée campsite.
For the next travel round-up I’m after your Favourite Places to Camp in the UK. Please let me have a couple of introductory sentences explaining why you’ve chosen this post and send it to me by email to me [email protected] by 14th April 2018 I’ll include the first 15 posts which I receive.