If you are anything like us, the only thing that gets you through these long nights, gloomy days and the frantic pace of modern life is the thought of your family holiday. Quality time together where no one has to be anywhere and time tables are forgotten. If you are wondering where to go on holiday this year, we’ve done some of the work for you. No matter what your budget is we have a destination that could work for you.
There is no doubt we are lucky enough to live in one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Holidaying in Ireland’s Ancient East offers the chance for your family to get to know more about our 5,000 year history, no matter what you are interested in or enjoy doing there is likely to be an area or route within the ancient east that is right for you.
Why this year? Although the wild Atlantic way often steals the limelight when it comes to scenery in Ireland, the ancient east has as much to offer when it comes to really understanding Ireland, its history and people.
Where you stay really depends on what interests your family most. The great news is there is every imaginable form of accommodation available in the ancient east from glamping at Rock Farm Slane to self-catering thatched cottages in Kilkenny.
This list is virtually endless but here are a few suggestions:
It’s not called the garden of Ireland for nothing. Why not take the family on one of many beautiful hikes through the parklands at Glendalough. There are so many wonderful routes to choose from you are sure to find the right one for your family. One of our favourite’s is the silver route along the woodland road which brings you to parts of the park not visited by many tourists.
If you are looking for something more sedate, a trip to Powerscourt in Wicklow could be a lovely way to spend the day. Picnic by the waterfall, stroll through the gardens and have lunch in the delicious Avoca café.
Story telling at Jerpoint Park, Co Kilkenny; combine a visit to a working farm with a tour of the lost town of Jerpoint. A 12th century town that contained a court house, a woollen mill and a number of taverns amongst other amenities. What happened and why this town didn’t thrive in the way nearby Kilkenny did? Your guide will fill you in.
These suggestions really are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to holidaying in the ancient east. On top of these suggestions there are the ancient sites in the Boyne valley, Viking sites in Waterford, castles and monasteries to beat the band. Whatever happens on your family holiday to the ancient east, you won’t be bored!
If sunshine and a kick of vitamin D are essential elements of your family holiday in 2017 and you are looking for a change from the Costa’s in Spain, Porto and Northern Portugal could be perfect for your family.
Unanimous winner of European’s best Destination 2017, voted for by holiday makers from all over the world, Porto has a mixture of history, architecture and things to do that will educate and entertain the young and young at heart in your family.
Like any European city Porto offers a wide variety of hotel accommodation but if your family are looking for something different and your children are music lovers a stay in Hotel da Música may be fun! Depending on the size of your family self-catering could be a better option. There are lots of high quality apartments in or around the city. If you are considering bringing extended family or would like to see more than just Porto, a villa outside the city might be a better option for you.
There are so many things to do in this wonderful city:
Located on the Atlantic coast Porto is a great place to learn to surf. If you and your family love to be active while on holiday this could be a perfect way to spend a day or more in this part of Portugal.
Have a wonderful day out at one of Porto’s most popular attractions the Sea Life Aquarium where your family can pretend you are an extra in ‘Finding Dori’ wandering through the shark tunnel. You and your children have the opportunity to spot tropical sea horses, turtles, octopi, sharks and ray. If you want to make the most of your visit plan your trip to catch the feeding times for your favourite fish!
Become scientists with your children at one of the free Sunday workshops run by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in the Serralves park. Afterwards visit one of the seasonal farmers markets that take place on the grounds for a picnic lunch!
If you are thinking of bringing your family on a trip of a lifetime this summer than Canada may just be the place to go.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017 there is free admissions to national parks and celebrations taking place all over the country throughout the year. It was also ranked as the number one place to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet and New York Times.
Deciding where to stay really depends on the types of activities you want to take part in. If you really want to experience what it is like to live in Canada, Airbnb have a huge selection of properties right across the country. Including quirky options like log cabins and mountain lodges.
There is such a huge range of activities to take part in the choice can be overwhelming. We’ve chosen some highlights based on the type of family you are:
Banff one of Canda’s most scenic areas and could be perfect for an active family. There are a wealth of adventure activities in this part of the country from cowboy cookout lunches to canoeing and kayaking on the stunning lake Louise.
If you and your family are looking for somewhere to relax and enjoy yourself the city of Toronto could be the place for you. Filled with food markets, museums and parks it is a wonderful place to chill out and relax. If you are a sports fan, Toronto is definitely the city for you. Take time out to see a hockey, baseball or basketball game depending on the season.
Canada is one of the best countries in the world to view wildlife. If you want to get the feeling you have just stepped into the Discovery Channel then this is the activity for your family! There is a huge variety of animals to see including Grizzly Bears, Spirit bears, bald eagles and orca whales. All of them can be found in British Colombia and different times throughout the year.
Those were our top destinations for family holidays in 2017. If you are travelling abroad don’t forget to renew your family travel insurance before you go. Where else are you thinking about holidaying in 2017?