The February half term break is nearly upon us here in the UK, which means cold weather and restless children looking for an adventure are nearly upon us too. If you’re thinking of jetting away, we have some great options for you, and more importantly for the kids. We’ve picked out some of the best places to visit to keep those young ones entertained and your tan topped up.
Average temperature: 23°C
Flight time: 5-6 hours
Where to go: Sal Island
Sal is the perfect destination to visit on family holidays as there are plenty of activities to keep them out of trouble. With beautiful sandy beaches, plenty of sea and high winds, it’s ideal for getting kids involved in activities like surfing, beach fishing or kiting. Not only are there lots of activities to keep them amused whilst at the beach, but there are some great adventures you can take them on such as quad biking, trips to the local volcano or to see Lemon Sharks.
Whilst the youngsters are preoccupied from all the fun you can top up your tan as Cape Verde see temperatures reach an average of 23°C in the February half term. If you’re feeling as adventurous as the kids then you could hire a 4x4 and go off roading or learn to windsurf.
Average temperature: 20°C
Flight time: 4-5 hours
Where to go: Costa Adeje
As Tenerife is in the same time zone as the UK, it makes this beautiful Spanish island the perfect destination for families given you won't suffer from jet lag, plus a 4-5 hour flight is easily manageable. When you think of Tenerife you may conjure up images of 18-30s, however the Costa Adeje area is very family-friendly, so there’s no need to worry. It’s also home to the Siam Waterpark which has been voted the best waterpark in the world, according to TripAdvisor.
An activity both kids and adults can enjoy is whale watching, which the marina in Costa Adeje is famous for. Get yourself on one of the many organised boat trips and spend the day searching out one of the wonders of the world – whales.
Average temperature: 5°C
Flight time: 1-2 hours
A February half term break to Disneyland Paris will keep both adults and children amused as, well, who doesn’t love Disney? It caters for all ages, so you won’t be left feeling bored whilst the children enjoy themselves as there’s plenty for adults to do too. Although it’s only slightly warmer than the UK, the flight time makes up for that as it’s a very short trip across the Channel, so even the most impatient of children should be able to bear it.
Average temperature: 3°C
Flight time: 0 hours
Where to go: Yorkshire
If flying isn’t for you and your family, you’ll be happy to know there are an abundance of great places to enjoy a staycation - our favourite is Yorkshire. There are so many attractions scattered across this great county that you’ll never be short of activities to do. From the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to Mother Shipton’s Cave there is something for everyone in the family. If there are any Harry Potter fans in the family then a trip to York is recommended as there are now four Harry Potter shops in the centre.
Average temperature: Various
Flight time: Various
Where to go: Various
If you can’t pick one destination then why not opt for several? Not only can you tick off multiple places when on a cruise but there are also lots of activities to keep the children entertained. With many ships now having kids clubs or specialist areas such as children’s cinemas, there is little chance of them getting restless whilst onboard.
Are you going away this February half term?