Spring family holidays

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert


BeachAround springtime, the excitement starts to hit fever-pitch as many of us anticipate a forthcoming summer sojourn. While the mere enunciation of the word ‘spring’ should bring to mind plants exploding into bloom and temperate days lengthening, in the UK springtime can be a disappointing affair - so much so, the Met Office forecasted 2013 would be the coldest spring for more than 50 years! With the bitter British spring in flux, planes flying half empty and great deals on flights and accommodation to be had, there’s never been a better time to start summer early.

Holidaying in spring typically assures you of fewer crowds, which can make a family trip that much more appealing - particularly if you have little ones requiring your full attention. But where to go? We’ve compiled a brief guide, with suggestions on how to make the most of spring’s travel opportunities. There are also links to a range of HomeAway rental properties: villas, apartments and cottages are available for a fraction of the cost of an upmarket hotel. Whether you seek a last-minute weekend break, or a longer getaway, our accommodation will ensure you are well placed to explore new surroundings.

 

Popular destinations for spring family holidays


   

Barcelona Barcelona

A wonderful city to visit at any time of year, visitors flock to Barcelona for its bustling street markets, world-class museums and iconic architecture. Of course, there’s also the small matter of it being a city that boasts several beaches. If you count football fans among your brood, it’s a safe bet they’ll find a tour of Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium difficult to resist: you may also get the chance to catch the great team play a home game. Of an afternoon, visit the Parc de la Ciutadella, home to shaded walk paths, a waterfall, and ornamental gardens. You can even hire a rowing boat and sail amongst the ducks on the lake.

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Sardinia Sardinia

Southern Europe truly comes into bloom during spring, and given the relatively short flight, a trip to Sardinia is something we can’t recommend highly enough. The second largest island in the Med, its terrain is a wondrous combination of rocky mountains, peaceful olive groves, ancient cave,s and gorgeous, sun-bleached beaches. The pace of life is relaxed here, but thrill seekers can enjoy water sports in the translucent blue seas all along the coast; Porto Pollo is especially popular for windsurfing. If you’re visiting around Easter, Holy Week sees parades, festivals and processions take over the streets, and good-natured fun is the order of the day. To see the island in all its glory, take a trip on the Trenino Verde, the steam locomotive that offers panoramic views as it circles the island.

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Rhodes Rhodes

Lying off the coast of Turkey, the Greek island of Rhodes is the place to go if you prize unspoiled countryside, blissful beaches, and an abundance of historical sites. While a party atmosphere sets in during summer, spring is an excellent time for families to visit. Enjoy a donkey ride up to the acropolis in Lindos, or cool off at the water park in Faliraki. Rhodes Town, meanwhile, represents old Rhodes - its cobbled streets and alleys, bookended by curio shops and tavernas, are a joy to explore. Just don’t forget to sample some traditional Greek cuisine such as Souvlaki, Gyros or Dolmades at one of the many eateries.

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Gran Canaria Gran Canaria

Approximately 150km north of the African coast, you can be assured of an exotic climate in Gran Canaria. Perfect for family holidays, it is the second most populous island belonging to the archipelago, and there are no end of attractions for adults and children alike. From museums and beaches to theme parks and nature trails, there really is something for everyone. Playa del Ingles and Las Palmas are the primary resorts, boasting all the restaurants, bars, and shops you could wish for, while an afternoon at the Palmalitos Park Zoo makes an enjoyable day-out.

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Cyprus Cyprus

With 340 days of sunshine per year, a holiday to Cyprus is a no-brainer for those who love nothing more than topping up their tan. It’s not just the sub-tropical climate that attracts us to the island, though. Located south of Turkey and east of Greece, its fusion of cultural influences, not to mention its sumptuous food, distinguishes it from its northern European neighbours. And as a family destination, it ticks all the right boxes: there are several huge water parks, like Aphrodite in Paphos and WaterWorld in Ayia Napa, historical sites such as Roman ruins and Greek monuments, and plenty of restaurants to enjoy a ‘meze’ meal out. Unforgettable.

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Spring family holidays

Barcelona Beach View Apartment

This 2 bedroom apartment is is located in the Barceloneta neighbourhood just 50 meters from Barcelona's most popular beach. From the balcony you have a fantastic view of the beach and the sea (have a look at the picture taken from the balcony). Th...

VILLA MARIA AND VILLA CASA CHRIS ARE 4 BED 4 BATH LUXURY VILLAS FOR 12 + PEOPLE

VILLA MARIA AND CASA CHRIS ARE beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom detached properties with large private seperate pools set in spacious surroundings. Set in a quiet location, yet within walking distance to the local shopping plaza where you can buy...

Villa With 4 Bedrooms, Air Conditioning, Private Pool And Fantastic Sea Views

Villa Malva is a 4 bedroom villa, with private pool, set in a great location, combining a quiet area and only a short walk down to the pretty village of Caleta des frares with its beach and marina. Layout Pool level: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom. ...

Typical Spanish villa, perfect for 2 families, Saltwater Pool, Wi-Fi Internet

“Villa la Gitanilla” is a beautiful villa located close to the beach, and all kind of facilities to make the perfect holiday. The Villa is rustic with fireplaces, covered terraces and with an outdoor barbeque area with a nice bar. The garden is f...

Duplex with large terrace and panoramic view

This duplex apartment with large terrace and panoramic view is located in the charming Sitges area Port Aiquadolc. Close to beaches, restaurants, bars and clubs with lively night life. Just 7 minutes of nice walk to downtown. The studio-like liv...

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