Think Europe is too pricey for a family trip? Think again! With a bit of planning and an open mind, you can have the international trip of your dreams. From Spain to Italy and beyond, affordable European vacations for families are easy to find if you know where to look.
If you are looking for an exotic escape, look no further. We are counting down the top affordable European vacations for families.
Cheap Trips to Tenerife in the Canary Islands
When you think of affordable European vacations for families, you probably aren’t thinking of far-flung Mediterranean islands— but you should be! While the Canary Islands are closer to Africa than they are to Spain, they are surprisingly affordable.
Cheap European airlines like Ryanair fly to the Canary Islands for as cheap as 30 euros (appx. 33 US dollars) from London. If you are already in Spain, you can find even cheaper prices.
The thing that is especially great about the Canary Islands is that you can enjoy that rare winter sunshine there. Far from the chilly weather of mainland Spain and much of the Mediterranean, afternoons in the Canary Islands reach up to the mid-70 degrees F even in the coldest months of the year.
For a family-friendly stay in the Canary Islands, check out Costa Adeje. On the southern side of the island of Tenerife, this town is a perfect base. Close to one of the world’s greatest water parks, Siam Park, and natural wonders like Mount Teide and the volcanic-black beaches, this place has it all. Go snorkeling for the afternoon then take the kids up to Loro Parque Zoo.
You will find affordable family-friendly accommodation in the Canary Islands at places like Yucca Park. Spacious apartments on the beach here go for as little as 75 euros (83 US dollars) per night.
Affordable Luxury in Bardonecchia, Italy
Near the French border is one of the most family-friendly towns in Italy. Welcome to Bardonecchia. The king of affordable European vacations for families and one of the cheapest areas to ski in Europe.
If you go during the winter, check out the children’s ski school. There is also a range of options for young skier and snowboarders who are ready to hit the hill solo. For even younger kids, there is the Villaggio Campo Smith kindergarten that keeps the kids entertained while you go off skiing. For those five years of age and old, there is a lift to the top of the hill where little ones can go tubing. Looking for a cheap chalet, apartment, or hotel in Bardonecchia? Try this.
If you are arriving in a warmer time of year, all of Italy is your playground. It is one of the best Mediterranean destinations for families and one of the cheapest countries to explore at any time.
Of course, like all places in Italy, the food is incredible and served up family-style. That means you and the little ones can indulge in ultra-fresh local food for rock bottom prices.
Something for the Whole Family Bulgaria
One of the most underrated destinations for Americans families, Bulgaria is a must. It has been a favorite of Europeans families for years thanks to its lush beaches and beautiful mountains. Near Sunny Beach resort, you will find the epic Aqua Paradise Water Park and Action Aquapark, which are both perfect destinations for family fun.
For a cozy family stay near the action, we love the kid-friendly Aparthotel Cote D’Azure. They offer gorgeous apartments for the whole family starting at 28 US dollars. Or try the all-inclusive Blue Pearl Hotel right on the beachfront with a private beach.
Back to Nature Family Trip to the Lake District, England
One of the best affordable European vacations for families who love nature is in the northwest of England. As the largest national park in England, this place has it all. England’s tallest mountain is surrounded by a stunning array of– yep, you guessed it!– lakes. It is a perfect place for hiking, hiking, and just disconnecting for the world.
Pine Lake Resort by Diamond Resorts is a dream stay that starts at 36 GB pounds (47 US dollars). In their Scandinavian style lodges, you get a full kitchen and up to a six-person occupancy.
From England, it’s inexpensive to hop on the ferry to Dublin for an Irish family adventure.
Cheap Island Family Vacation to Malta
Malta is exotic yet approachable. It’s the ultimate Mediterranean destination that is both family-friendly and affordable. With a rich history, gorgeous beaches, and plenty of activities for kids, this is one place the entire family will love.
Check out affordable hotels in Malta like the ST Bayview, where rooms start at a jaw-dropping 30 euros per night.
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