Winter is coming! Need inspiration for your next family winter vacation? Here are 10 destinations, suitable for all ages, and for all tastes! Choosing a destination that suits everyone while respecting the budget is often complicated. Whether you’re traveling with a baby or teenagers let yourself be inspired by these 10 family winter vacation destinations. They are perfect, whatever the age or the desires!
- Rovaniemi, Finland
Imagine descending white hills, dotted with snow-laden pines, just a few miles from the Arctic Circle. Perhaps on a snowmobile or dog sled: that’s what you can expect in Rovaniemi.
With temperatures sometimes as low as -35 ° C, the capital of Finnish Lapland celebrates winter with cozy restaurants such as the Nili serving dishes as robust as the Nordic landscape.
Fried reindeer with cranberries or bear stew will warm you before returning to enjoy the joys of snow and winter.
- Ghent, Belgium
Carry baby diapers, baby bottles, and baby’s trailer: the family goes on vacation. While the French and Dutch clans of Belgium are still fighting for the legitimacy of Brussels, go to Ghent, a 100% Flemish city. You will be enchanted by its pedestrian center, the largest in Belgium, ideal to visit on foot or by bike. Although it is not really made for strollers, the Castle of the Counts is a must. Leave the stroller at the entrance, and follow the friendly knight through the stairs of the castle. The rise is worth it, as the satisfaction of children will be great when they sit on the throne of the king. Continue the discovery by borrowing a bootje (boat) and admire the architecture while floating along the canal. To go visiting some destinations, it’s easier if you use rental car and car hire reviews/tips are what you should read.
- The Keys, FL, USA
One hour from Miami, Key Largo, the diving capital of the world, welcomes you with open arms, as does its underwater statue of Christ. On the way, stop on some of the beautiful beaches in the area, to refresh yourself or taste the crocodile, the local specialty. For explorers, it is possible to go swimming with dolphins or to board a boat whose bottom is glass, ideal for watching the creatures of the sea. Do not hesitate to question the locals to find out where to find the best place to enjoy it.
- Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Climbing Mount Snowdon is accessible to all hikers, provided they are both patient and enduring. By taking the Llanberis Path, you embark for a 5-hour walk and family solidarity, rewarded by breathtaking views of Lake Lyn Padarn, pastures and sheep. And if you have the chance to walk one of those rare days of beautiful Welsh weather, you might even see Ireland and the Isle of Man.
- Paphos, Cyprus
Located off the Turkish coast, Cyprus, with its warm winds, clean beaches and historic sites, is nothing boring. The island is not only known to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, it is also famous for Halloumi, a local cheese, and Commandaria, a high quality sweet wine. The taverns serving this cheese and wine said to be the oldest in the world are legion in the old town of Paphos.
- Toronto, Canada
Although we recommended it as a destination to travel alone, Toronto is a city that will also be ideal for a family trip. First place to see and the one impossible to miss is the CN Tower. Climb and enjoy the view from the top of its 346 meters. From there, you will see the object of your next visit: the Royal Ontario Museum and the architectural Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. Are you planning a family reunion or are you traveling with more than two children? Staying at a theme camp or satisfying all those mouths to feed with local streetfoods are some of your best options.
- Nuremberg, Germany
Great tribes, rejoice! Everything is huge in Nuremberg, the second largest city in Bavaria after Munich. When in most of Germany, the bratwurst portion has three sausages; here you will have twice that. When you have finished exploring beer gardens and enjoying your huge share of sauerkraut, take your band to Nuremberg’s CineCittà, the largest IMAX cinema in Europe.
- Valencia, Spain
“We arrived? Is a phrase we hear as often as “when do we eat?” When traveling with family. And stomachs may scold you as you go down the streets to the thousand flavors of Valencia, Spain. Those who come for the Tomatina in Buñol then stay for the paella. To facilitate digestion, the city offers free guided tours, an ideal way to keep the family busy while discovering the city, and all for free. A quick lunch at Mercado Central will leave you with a delicious seafood meal on the beach. Before visiting this city, it’s recommended for you to compare best day trips in advance.
- Perros-Guirec, France
Staked by the Sentier des Douaniers, perched on the Côte de Granit Rose, the town of Perros-Guirec is one of the most famous places in northern Brittany. Apart from a 17th century church built in the characteristic pink granite of the country, the small town does not really shine for its historical past, but rather for the wild and indomitable nature of its coast.
- Zakynthos, Greece
Zakynthos, or Zante as locals call it, is the new fashionable Greek destination, popular for its seaside resorts, sea turtles and turquoise waters. Taking advantage of a long hot season from May to October, tourism is booming. To exploit its beaches, without the crowds and at the best price, it is better to go there with the family at the beginning or at the end of the season.