Top 5 Family Attractions in Europe
School’s out and there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind – sun, sea and sand for the summer! Whether you’re planning a staycation in Ireland or a trip aboard, organizing a family holiday can be stressful at times. Where to go? Will it be sunny? Will there be activities for the children? Whilst we can’t make any guarantees on the weather, we have created a list of the top family attractions in Europe to help you narrow down your decision.
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Disneyland Paris, France
The place where dreams come true! Disneyland Paris is a magical experience for the whole family. Relive your childhood with characters that you grew up with including Mickey & Minnie or hold onto your seats whirling around Big Thunder Mountain.
To maximise the entire experience you can stay in any of the nearby Disney hotels or resorts. Getting to Disneyland Paris couldn’t be easier, you can get there by plane, train or car (no magic carpet unfortunately!). With direct flights from Dublin and Cork it couldn’t be easier to escape to the magic of Disneyland.
Harry Potter Studio Tour, Watford, UK
Step into the hustle and bustle of Diagon Alley or take a trip through the Forbidden Forest (if you dare!). The Harry Potter Studio Tour is an absolute must for any witchcraft and wizardry fans. Embrace your inner Harry Potter or Hermonie Granger and immerse yourself in the actual movie sets or keep an eye out for your favourite props and discover how special effects and creatures were brought to life on screen. There is so much to see and do for all the family. The visits last for roughly 3.5 hours however there is no time limit for your tour, so you can unravel the magic at your own pace!
Port Aventura Park, Tarrango, Spain
Boasting over 4m visitors every year, it’s no wonder Port Aventura has become one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions. The park holds the title for the tallest and fastest rollecoaster in Europe - Ferrari Land’s Vertical Accelerator at 112m high and 0 to 180 kmph in 5 seconds, that’s without mentioning the Furious Baco which sends you from 0 to 135 kmph in 3 seconds. Combined tickets for Port Aventura and Ferrari Land cost approx. €55 so for a family of four with food included it’s looking about €300 for the day. Remember that access to rides are decided by height – cut offs range from 1m to 1.40m and the park takes safety very seriously, so it might be worth getting the measuring tape out before planning a trip here. To wind down your day of thrills and highs, make sure to bag yourself a seat at the closing display at approx. 11.40pm. It is an amazing display of fireworks, dancers, illuminations and a fantastic light display – the perfect way to end your day at Port Aventura.
Siam Park, Costa Adeje
Tucked in the beautiful corner of Costa Adeje in Southern Tenerife, lies the number one water park in the world for 5 years in a row, Siam Park. Inspire by Thai architecture and culture, it is almost as if stepping into the beating heart of an Asian jungle with all the sounds and surroundings you would expect (minus the wild tigers and elephants!). The park itself is quite big so we would suggest getting there early in the day to make sure you have enough time to get on all the rides you want – as typical with these attractions, morning times are the quietest with 12-3 peaking with queue times and crowds. If you are staying in the nearby area, keep an eye out for the Siam Park branded bus which runs every 30 minutes and take you to and from the park all day, for FREE! The park is split into three types of attractions – relax, family and adventure so there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Our top tip would be to make sure you check out the wave pool, it’s not to be missed!
Tickets start from €38 for adults and €26 for children so it is reasonably priced for a full day’s entertainment.
Bacvice Beach, Split, Croatia
Explore stunning Croatia with direct flights from Ireland to Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split. Croatia is becoming increasing popular with Irish holidaymakers. If you’re looking for somewhere a little bit off the beaten track and bursting with culture and tradition, Split is the place to go. Split boasts some of the most stunning beaches in Croatia, including Bacvice Beach which is centrally located in the town. Its beautiful white sandy shore and dreamy blue waters are perfecting for soaking up the rays, getting stuck into a good book or sitting back and taking all the views in. It is 10km long so is perfect for a stroll before popping into one of the many cafés and bars for a bite to eat. It was recently awarded with the renowned Blue Flag status due it it’s clean water and well organized local facilities including lifeguards. It is perfect for those chill out days on your holidays and an absolute must on your trip to Split.