Has the back-to-school routine got the better of you? Are you in serious need of a family-friendly break? Then look no further, because these are the best places to escape to this February half term…
1. Tenerife – for fidgety families
Whether your ideal half term holiday is all about building sandcastles on the beach, hiking through pine forests or trawling designer shops, this Canary Island has got the lot. And, because of that, it’s a great choice for families who like to get out and explore. Hotel-wise, you’ve got tonnes of great family-friendly options. For starters, there’s Villa Mandi and Siam Park. Not only does this place have a kids’ club, and its own stellar swimming scene, it also comes with free access to big-name waterpark Siam Park. Now you wouldn’t get that at school.
2. St Lucia – for relaxation-ready families
St Lucia might have a reputation as a hotspot for honeymooners, but it’s got a hidden knack for family holidays up its sleeve, too. There’s plenty of elbow-room on this island’s typically tropical beaches, and they’re ideal for catching some winter sun. It’s a nine-hour flight to get to St Lucia, but the sandy stretches alone are worth it. Opt for a stay at the Bay Gardens Hotel, which is close to Rodney Bay’s seafront, and you can take advantage of the free bus down to the beach. And best of all, the price tag’s family friendly, too.
3. Fuerteventura – for all-ages families
If you’ve got lots of different ages and personalities in your family, Fuerteventura is the place for you. Yes, this Canary Island is home to 150-odd beaches to relax on, but it’s also the kind of place where activities are on offer around every corner. Go on a 4×4 off-road tour, exploring volcanic craters and rugged wildlife. Or hop on board a pirate ship and cruise along the coast spotting dolphins, flying fish and whales. Hotel-wise, stay close to all the action at the Hotel Costa Caleta. It’s a 10-minute walk from the beach and even closer to local shops and restaurants.
4. Cyprus – for history-loving families
School might be out, but your family’s not done with learning. Sound like your lot? Then Cyprus is right up your street. This island is the mythological birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite, and that’s just the start of its ancient credentials. Head to the Paphos Archaeological Park to spot the UNESCO-accredited Tombs of the Kings, and a host of other historical gems. Plus, if you get tired of exploring, Cyprus’s set of 64 Blue Flag beaches are ideal for putting your feet up. And, with temperatures hovering in the teens at this time of year, it’s toastier than it is at home, but still cool enough to comfortably see the sights.