Family adventure travel in Europe: 8 best multi activity holidays with kids

Apr 28, 2022 BY Luke Rees

Fancy a holiday full of outdoor time and exciting activities for all the family? Then check out the 8 best multi activity holidays with kids below. If you’re looking for family adventure travel in Europe these trips provide a wide range of exciting things to do for children and adults alike.

Christmas in Lapland Review of Ruka family adventure holiday

There is nothing better than being on a family holiday and doing different activities every day. Not only will you keep the children entertained but you’ll have shared memories that you treasure for years to come.

8 best multi activity holidays with kids

Top family adventure travel in Europe

The amount of choice for family friendly adventures is staggering. So it is so tough to narrow this down to just a handful of family activity trips. However, by looking at the range of activities available in each destination we have come up with 8 recommendations for the best multi activity holidays with kids in Europe.

Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Lets start of near to home with the stunning Isle of Wight off the South Coast of the England. Just book a Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth or Lymington (New Forest) and the short crossing makes it feel like a real vacation. I was there over Easter with my kids and visited last summer, my family always have a great time.

 

IOW one of the best multi activity holidays with kids Cycling from Sandown to Newport image copyright of www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

The IOW has plenty of water sports but also rolling hills for land based fun and options in the sky too. It is rightly a popular holiday destination for families, but what most visitors do not realise it there are adventures around every corner. Check out this article about the best IOW activity holidays to get a feel for what you can do.

Activities: Bodyboarding, Bouldering, Canoeing, Coasteering, Cycling, Fishing, Hang Gliding, Hiking, Horse Riding, Jet Ski, Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, Power Boating, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking, Skydiving, Snorkelling, SUP, Surfing, Trekking, Walking, Windsurfing, Yacht Charter

Ibiza, Spain

More commonly associated with parties, Ibiza has another more wholesome wild side that is perfect for families looking for the best multi activity holidays with kids. Obviously you still get the wonderful beaches and fabulous food, but if you can drag yourself away from San Antonio there is a stunning island to discover.

Family adventure travel in Europe Flickr CC image by Robert Young of sailing in Ibiza

Perhaps book a villa in Ibiza and then plan activities around your kids interests. There is some good climbing, hiking and riding (horses or bikes) if they are into land based fun. Alternatively pretty much all water sports are available except surfing.

Activities: Coasteering, Cycling, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horse Riding, Jet Ski, Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Mountain Biking, Multi Activity, Power Boating, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking, Snorkelling, SUP, Swimming, Wakeboarding, Walking, Water Skiing, Windsurfing, Yacht Charter

Brandnertal, Austria

How about a summer trip to the Austrian Alps to experience some of the best family adventure travel in Europe? To be honest any Austrian mountains will fun, as the summers in the Alps are amazing. But the Austrian food is great, hotels awesome, mountains beautiful and the activities are varied and accessible.

Review of Brandnertal multi activity family holiday in Vorarlberg - Huski Toni Austrian Alps the best multi activity holidays with kids

I took a Brandnertal multi activity holiday in the Vorarlberg region of western Austria a few years ago. We swam in lakes, walked with huskies, hiked in stunning scenery, mountain biked, rode horses and so much more. This part of Austria is it’s not too high so it experiences proper summers with plenty of good weather.

Activities: Archery, Canyoning, Climbing, Cycling, Dogsledding, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Multi Activity, Paragliding, Swimming, Trekking, Walking

Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)

The Canary Islands are a well know family holiday destination. As the largest in the chain, Tenerife is also the most popular. But most visitors stick to the resort towns which is a shame as the island provides some of the top family adventure travel in Europe. Although technically it isn’t in Europe… But it’s part of Spain so we’ll allow it!

canary islands kayaking holidays Image courtesy of Watersports Tenerife

Tenerife is dominated by 3,718m Mount Teide – which is the highest point in Spain – which is often snow covered even in summer. There is great hiking, biking, climbing on land and every watersport imaginable off the coast. There is also good paragliding. Pick a Tenerife holiday letting and have an active holiday without spending a fortune.

Activities: Bodyboarding, Coasteering, Cycling, Golf, Hiking, Jet Ski, Kitesurfing, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, Rock Climbing, Safari (whale Watching), Sailing, Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking, Snorkelling, SUP, Surfing, Trekking, Wakeboarding, Walking, Water Skiing, Windsurfing

Ruka, Finland

Not all of the best multi activity holidays with kids happen in the summer. If you head to Finnish Lapland in the height of winter not only can you visit Father Christmas in his home, but you can try everything from skiing or snowboarding to dogsledding or a reindeer safari under the Northern Lights.

Horse Riding during Christmas in Ruka, Lapland for the best Family adventure travel in Europe

If you want to spend Christmas in Lapland there is no where better than Ruka. It is a ski resort with 25 km of slopes offering lots of variety plus great snowparks and off-piste. On top of that there are so many other activities that you can do all while topping up your Christmas spirit.

Activities: Cross Country Ski, Dogsledding, Fishing, Horse Riding, Ice Climbing, Reindeer Sleigh, Safari, Skiing, Sledging, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Tubing

Ardeche, France

Fancy a trip to France? Then an Ardeche family adventure should be top of your list. It has the perfect combination of location and activities providing something for everyone. Exploring the gorge, rapids and the infamous Pont d’Arc from the river in a kayak or canoe is a must.

Ardeche family adventure holidays in France: Kayak, climb & more Image from of Adventure Ardeche

There is also great hiking around the Ardeche and at nearby Ceuse there is some of the best rock climbing in the world. To add to all of this there are camping and activity centres with all manner of activities to enjoy. Plus there is plenty of cycling and good mountain biking trails in the area.

Activities: Abseiling, Caving, Canoeing, Canyoning, Cycling, High Ropes, Hiking Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Multi Activity, Rafting, Rock Climbing, SUP, Scrambling, Trekking, Zip Lining

Aosta Valley, Italy

The Aosta Valley in north west Italy is full of adventure. Bordering France and Switzerland the best activities in Aosta Valley range from biking to hiking, kayaking to climbing and horse riding to hydrospeeding.

Summer Alps adventure holidays in Italy Copyright VALLE D'AOSTA-Rafting cascata 2

In the summer the Aosta Valley’s ski resorts turn into multi activity playgrounds. You can use the lifts to access mountain biking, Via Ferrata and hiking. Also there is some of the best rapids for rafting and white water kayaking in the Alps.

Activities: Canyoning, Cycling, Fishing, Hiking, Horse Riding, Hydrospeed, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Paragliding, Rafting, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, SUP, Trekking, Via Ferrata, Walking

Dalmatia Region, Croatia

Croatia is one of best destinations in Europe for multi activity holidays with kids. It is a land of contrasting environments, varied terrain and interesting culture. You can combine the likes of cycling and scuba diving, caving and kitesurfing, paddle boarding and paragliding and much more into your perfect adventure.

11 best places for European windsurf holidays wikicommons CC image of Murvica windSurfer, Brac in Croatia by Kelovy

The Dalmatia region of central Croatia offers the perfect combination of fun rivers, idyllic islands and beautiful beaches in the Adriatic. Fly into Split, take in a little culture and then explore the region staying in a few different places along the way. Check out this article about multi activity holidays in Croatia for more information.

Activities: Canoeing, Caving, Coasteering, Cycling, Hang Gliding, Hiking, Jet Ski, Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Paragliding, Rafting, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking, SUP, Trekking, Walking, Windsurfing, Yacht Charter

Best family adventure holidays

So there you have it plenty of ideas for family adventure travel in Europe. But there are so many other places you could visit. Kos in the Greek Islands, the French Pyrenees, the Highlands of Scotland, Snowdonia in Wales or if you put your mind to it you could even have an adventure staycation full of activities from your own home.

Review of Brandnertal multi activity family holiday in Vorarlberg hiking

The point is almost any destination can become a multi activity break. You just need to do a little research to plan a family holiday that is full of adventures. Be sure to let us know your favourite destinations for activity holidays with the kids in the comments below.

We hope these 8 best multi activity holidays with kids has inspired you to take a family adventure. Check out our Europe multi activity holidays for more ideas.

 
 

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