Spain and Islands

For decades, families have been drawn to Spain and the surrounding islands, lured by the golden sands of the Costas and Balearics in the summer, and tempted by the year-round sun of the Canaries when the temperatures at home have long since started to cool.

Whether you are sneaking away for a half-term break or planning a longer summer holiday for the whole family, Spain never ceases to impress. The golden sands and lively resorts of the Costa del Sol and Costa Dorada are eternally popular, serving also as the gateways to some of Spain’s must-see cities including the impossibly vivacious Barcelona.

Make your base just off the east coast and you’ll find yourself with various options to explore, from the relaxed resorts of Menorca, to the livelier Majorca and finally, the hedonistic paradise of Ibiza. Often considered a mecca for the 18-30s, Ibiza actually offers so much more than all-night parties, with its Old Town especially becoming a real draw for families.

Of course, when it comes to getting some much needed winter sun, only the Canary Islands will do. Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura promise year-round warmth, other-worldly landscapes and endless sun, sea, sand and sangria; what more could you want from a family holiday?