4 European Destinations for a Quick Family Break During the Holidays

There is always so much going on during the holidays. Though I admittedly spend most of it running around the city and focusing on family activities close to home, there is an appeal to getting away during the holidays for some quality time with family. Some families take advantage of the holidays to squeeze in a family trip. Luckily, Europe offers travellers so many options with flight times kept to a minimum.


Here are 4 destinations (to warmer climates) that are close and perfect for a short trip.




The island of Sicily is, yes, part of Italy but is unlike anywhere else in the world. It has a mixed heritage (Arab, Greek, Norman, and Norman) and offers a rich cultural experience and all the island activities of your dreams. You can relax at the beach, wander up Mount Etna, see a traditional puppet show in Palermo, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, and take in the views from wherever you choose. Plus, there is incredible food that you will remember forever and locals who cherish family time and are warmly supportive of family travel. When travelling as a family, it is highly recommended to check out one of the many villas in Sicily for rent, as prices are more affordable for one villa rather than multiple rooms elsewhere. Plus, that way you get privacy and the ultimate feel of what it’s like to settle in and make yourself at home in Sicily.



Malta is both affordable and very suitable for family travel. English is also widely spoken on the island, which can help relieve some stress, especially when travelling with the whole family. Temperatures are moderate in Malta, so you can dine by the sea, walk through Valletta’s Upper or Lower Barrakka Gardens for some gorgeous views, and go for some tapas at an outdoor café. In case you want to venture inside, head to the Malta National Aquarium at the north end of the island.



Tenerife is only a four-hour flight from the UK, making it doable for families even with young children. Tenerife has beautiful beaches, views at every turn, nightlife if you want to mix a bit of it in, and plenty of activities to do with the family. Though it is known for nightlife, there is a whole other side to the island that is wonderful for family travel. Check out Costa Adeje for accommodation, a preferred spot for many families as it is far away enough from the nightlife. Plus, in Costa Adeje, there is Siam Park, which according to TripAdvisor is the best waterpark in Europe.  



Lisbon was once awarded the Best European Destination. It is a city on the water with friendly people, wonderful food and the right size city to have enough to do but not be too overwhelmed. With the family, you can do a tour dedicated especially for kids with Little Lisbon Tours, stop at world-famous Pasteis de Belem for a classic custard tart, and hire a bike to wander along the river Tagus. As you explore the city and get tired of walking, catch a cable car for a whole other fun experience!


These are only 4 of the many wonderful European destinations out there. Where are your favourite places to go on holiday?


*This post was written in collaboration with Mary Davis

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  • Reply Latoyah

    These look like great destinations! Always wanted to go to Malta. Sounds lush.

    December 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    What some lovely ideas of where to go, I have to admit I was meant to go to Malta once and didn’t make it. So that is definitely somewhere I would love to go to and visit one day and see what I missed back then.

    December 17, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    These are all wonderful options for family breaks. They’re not to far to travel to which helps too.

    December 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Cristina Petrini

    As a good Italian, which I can agree on Sicily. This island offers magical and spectacular scenery and the cuisine is truly a delight from appetizers (arancini) to dessert (cannolo)!

    December 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    Those are some great places! I’d love to visit Malta, seems like such a pretty relaxing spot 🙂

    December 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm
  • Reply Yeah Lifestyle

    What fabulous suggestion this is, I have not been to any of the four places and want to visit Sicily someday for its food, culture and weather. Thanks for the share

    December 17, 2018 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Jenni

    Ooh you have some amazing ideas here. I could do with a bit of sun too. I really want to visit Malta

    December 17, 2018 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Summer Mitch Ryan

    I think any place in Europe is worthy of a visit. I would love to be in any of these places during this holiday.

    December 18, 2018 at 2:17 am
  • Reply Flyingkids

    These are really one of the most wonderful destinations for summer. These are perfect for family vacations.

    December 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Marysa

    I have never been to Europe, but it sounds like it would be a fun place to explore with the family. I would love to check out any of those places! It’s nice to get out of town for the holidays and it would be a treat to visit.

    December 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Tina A

    ahh, feeling nostalgic for living in UK. I love Lisbon and Malta and they are so close and easy and affordable to travel to for a quick getaway. I also loved taking north sea ferries to Bruges… These are perfect. Not so much for me anymore since I am back in the states.

    December 18, 2018 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Parrell

    Lisbon is on my travel bucket list! These are all really magical places!

    December 18, 2018 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Williams

    Great list of lovely European destinations. I went to Tenerife years ago and loved it. Really want to go back there again with my family.

    December 18, 2018 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Super Busy Mum

    These all look like wonderful destinations!! Lisbon looks so pretty, too!!

    December 18, 2018 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Kiwi

    I would love to do a family vacay to Europe one day. Lisbon would be high on my list.

    December 19, 2018 at 1:03 am
  • Reply Rosey

    Lisbon is on my list. I”d love to take a trip over Christmas Break but that’s not happening this year. Maybe Spring Break? 🙂

    December 19, 2018 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Kelsey

    Some great choices! I used to love the canary islands as a holiday destination but I feel like in recent years they have just become very expensive!

    December 19, 2018 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Diana

    I must must go to all of these. My bucket list is so high because I legitimately just started traveling this past year. Malta and Sicily I would be in heaven. Thanks for the share. I wish I didn’t live in America.

    December 19, 2018 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Stephanie

    Great choices! We normally nip out to Portugal during the Christmas break as it’s still quite warm over there x

    December 20, 2018 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Samantha

    I want to go to Sicily, as my grandmother is from there. I have not yet been.

    December 20, 2018 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Echo

    I have always wanted to spend time in Sicily! It just looks amazing! I have heard wonderful things about Malta, as well.

    December 22, 2018 at 12:26 am
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