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Best family holiday destinations less than a 5-hour flight from the UK

You don’t have to travel a long way to find your ideal holiday destination. From the northernmost region of Europe to the northern part of Africa, there are many wonderful family holiday destinations located less than a 5-hour flight from the UK.  

By Nela Lukic | Last updated Aug 23, 2022

Destinations less than 5 hours away from UK

If the thought of travelling long haul with your kids brings you out in hives, we feel you. But don’t let the thought of flying with children put you off from your next holiday abroad. After all, with plenty of travel toys and their trusty tablet - and a bit of planning ahead - flying with kids is definitely doable. 

Thankfully, there are some great holiday destinations that are just a five hour flight or less from the UK (if you fancy something shorter, check out our guide to destinations less than three hours away). And to help you plan your next trip with the kids, we’ve handpicked some of the best places to visit according to Mumsnetters.

Our choice destinations offer an incredible variety of things to do - from Santa’s workshop in Lapland, to Mediterranean beaches, to well-loved holiday spots in Costa Brava, to adventures in Madeira. 

Find your next vacation with our guide to the best family holiday destinations less than a 5-hour flight from the UK. We feel there’s something here for everyone, and every budget.

1. Madeira, Portugal


Approximate flight time: 3 hours 52 minutes | Find a hotel in Madeira

Madeira is not your typical beach holiday destination. Sure, you can lounge on the two artificial golden-sand beaches, on the several volcanic black sand beaches, or swim in the lava pools. You can go scuba-diving, surfing, windsurfing or jet-skiing on your Madeira holiday. However, visitors come to Madeira mainly for the island’s dramatic scenery, ranging from towering mountains to tropical forests. 

Energetic parents and their older children can follow the trails and paths in the Laurissilva Forest along more than 870 miles of Levadas, the unique ancient man-made waterways. While the whole family can enjoy the glass-floored Cabo Girao skywalk that extends out from the top of sea cliffs, some of Europe’s highest, with a vertical drop of 580 metres. 

You can also journey to the ‘centre of the earth’ at the Sao Vicente Caves! Explore lava tunnels adorned with volcanic stalactites, “lava cakes”, and “erratic blocks”. The Volcano Centre also provides educational and entertaining audiovisual displays that recreate the geological evolution of Madeira Islands.

Want to step off dry land? Take a boat tour and spot whales and dolphins in the sparkling waters of Madeira. 

Most tourists stay in or near Funchal. This charming town features classic Portuguese architecture, whitewashed houses, and immaculate gardens. It is also known for delicious cuisine, great drinks (Madeira wine!), colourful markets and quirky street art. When in Funchal, you simply have to take a cable car ride up, and return on a wicker chair toboggan run.

Other family friendly attractions include Madeira Botanical Garden, the Madeira Story Centre, the Jesuits’ College of Funchal, Madeira Aqua Park and Whale Museum.

Madeira offers a high standard of tourist facilities, it is safe, and relatively inexpensive. Plus, it is accessible all year round. Early spring and autumn are perfect for a holiday, because the weather is beautiful, but there are no summer crowds or cruise ships.

Great for:

  • Walkers and hikers
  • Fishing enthusiasts
  • Nature lovers
  • History buffs
  • Older children and teenagers

What Mumsnet users had to say

“Yes, I would definitely recommend Madeira. It’s not a traditional beach holiday, as there aren’t many beaches and they are hard to get to (it’s a crazy steep island!) but the food is great, the people are super friendly and there is a lot to do and see. We hired a car and zipped about all over the island, but could probably have spent our 4 days just in Funchal.” minimuffin

2. Dalaman, Turkey

Dalaman Turkey

Approximate flight time: 4 hours 14 minutes  | Find a hotel in Dalaman

A wide range of family accommodation that fits all budgets? Tick! Warm seas and lovely beaches? Tick! A variety of activities for all ages? Tick! Delicious food? Tick! The best beach destination within five hours from the UK? Tick!

Indeed, the Dalaman region, situated on the southwestern coast of Turkey, ticks all the right boxes for a perfect holiday for families with kids.

Dalaman is famed for its clear blue waters and long stretches of sandy beaches, dotted with secluded coves and small bays. Whether you want to relax, try your hand at a water sport, or explore historical sites and natural wonders, Dalaman has every type of holiday covered.  

Here are some of the most popular summer holiday spots in Dalaman to check out: 

  • Marmaris beach for its water sports with two water parks that the little ones will enjoy. And at night, the whole family can enjoy watching the musical fountain on the Marmaris main boulevard.
  • The small town of Dalyan for its superb Iztuzu, or turtle beach. The waters of the turtle beach are calm and it is safe to venture a long way out. 
  • Fethiye boasts the lovely Calis Beach, a long stretch of sand and shingle lined with palm trees and beach cafes. It’s a popular spot for watersports such as windsurfing and sailing. At the end of the beach is a peaceful bird sanctuary. 
  • Oludeniz is home to the famous Blue Lagoon, purported to be the most photographed place in Turkey. It is also a popular place for paragliding, for the views are stunning. To the south, you’ll find the Butterfly Valley, a nature reserve with a secluded bay.
  • The Turkish Turquoise Coast offers an irresistible mixture of traditional touches and modern facilities. 

The peak holiday season is in June, July and August, but the region is just as pleasant in April and May as well as in September and October. 

Great for

  • Children of all ages
  • Water sports enthusiasts
  • Animal lovers
  • Young adventurers and explorers

What Mumsnet users say

“Warning - Dalaman airport is amazingly expensive - think £30 for a Pizza Hut pizza, so make sure you take food with you for the trip back. Dalaman and Marmaris are miles away from the big cities, it's as safe as anywhere.” HermioneWeasley

3. Kotor Bay, Montenegro

Kotor Bay Montenegro

Approximate flight time: 2 hours 56 minutes  | Find a hotel in Kotor Bay

Boasting more than 60 miles of coastline, Kotor Bay features everything from mediaeval old towns, to beach boat tours, and sea kayaking over crystal clear waters. Whether you’re looking for luxury, exciting outdoor activities, or just to lounge on the beach, Kotor Bay has it all. It is a perfect destination for a family holiday! 

The Bay of Kotor, commonly known as Boka, is the most popular bay of the Adriatic Sea. Here you will find numerous resorts that offer fantastic beach breaks. Most beaches come with sunbeds, umbrellas and restaurants, but there’s a space on all of them where you can set up camp for free. You can also find secluded little coves that are usually accessible only by boat. 

A word or warning to holidaymakers used to sandy beaches: the majority of beaches in Kotor Bay are pebbly. For some, that is an advantage (no pesky sand grains everywhere!), but you and your family may feel differently.

In Kotor, you will also find magical mediaeval fortresses and impressive Orthodox and Catholic churches and monasteries. It is one of the oldest fortified cities in Europe and full of history. The Old Town is very compact and easy to walk around. 

It’s all pleasure and no pain when you visit the one-of-the-kind Kotor Cats Museum. It is dedicated to cats, and there are cats walking around the building while you are looking at the  collection of cat paintings and cat souvenirs.

Wherever you stay in Kotor, be sure to catch a boat ride to the Blue Grotto on the Lustica peninsula, the rock cave known for its iridescent blue water. Also explore the many beaches dotted all through the area. Sand-lovers should head to Plavi Horizonti beach on Lustica, a stretch of golden sand and shallow water. When you’ve had your fill of sunbathing and swimming, put on your hiking shoes. The Kotor has incredible hiking trails with views that are out of this world.

Like in other Mediterranean spots, the peak holiday season is in June, July and August. May and September are also pleasant for a beach holiday, though the water of the Adriatic Sea may be chilly.

Great for

  • Young adventurers and explorers
  • History buffs
  • Cat lovers
  • Children of all ages

What Mumsnet users say

"Kotor is beautiful. I stayed in the bay for a week. Budva was too kick of a touristy resort for me. The old part of the town was nice but not the rest. We also really liked Hercig Novi and Sveti Stefan." AmbushedByCake1

4. Reykjavik, Iceland


Approximate flight time: 3 hours 8 minutes  | Find a hotel in Reykjavik

Did you know? Reykjavik is small enough to criss-cross on foot (don’t worry, there’s an excellent bus service too). Whether you are visiting Reykjavik with a toddler, a tween, or a teen, in good or bad weather, the whole family will find lots to see and do. 

Start with a visit to Hallgrímskirkja, the Lutheran church that dominates the skyline, and take the lift to the top for sweeping views of the city. Then take a walk along the scenic waterfront to the impressive Sun Voyages sculpture. The promenade is sheltered from the traffic, so that kids can run around and you can push a stroller safely. 

Reykjavík boasts many green spaces and parks with play areas for children. Little ones will be excited on a trip to Reykjavik Family Park where there’s play equipment, rides and lots of green space. There’s also a small zoo with farm animals as well as arctic foxes and reindeer.

Right in the city centre is the Tjörnin pond. Kids will enjoy having a walk or run in the surrounding gardens. It is the perfect location to feed the ducks with your children or to spot some local birdlife.

Your kids and you may want to learn about Iceland’s seafaring history at the seaside Maritime Museum; wear Viking costumes at the Saga Museum; or enjoy the augmented reality interactive exhibition at the Perlan, showcasing the natural wonders of Iceland such as the volcanoes, northern lights, and geothermal energy.

When in Reykjavik you will, of course, want to sample the geothermal pools. There are nearly 20 of them in the city, and visits to the pools are something of a national pastime.  Laugardalslaug pool is very family-friendly. It has two water slides, hot tubs, kiddie pools, and more. It also has little baby baths and high chairs in the change rooms. 

Many say that the famous Blue Lagoon spa is a must-see. This geothermal spa has superheated milky blue waters, which are rich in algae, mineral salts, and silica mud. The minimum age for using the Blue Lagoon is two years old, because babies and toddlers are  highly sensitive to the water’s elevated mineral content.

When visiting Reykjavik with kids, you may want to go on a boat tour to spot whales and puffins. Cruises are available from the old harbour, located only a 10-minute walk away from the city centre. Or take the Golden Circle route, ideal to do in one day. You can opt for a guided tour, or drive yourself. You will see the Thingvellir National Park, where tectonic plates are pulling apart and creating a rugged rip in the landscape. Then there is the Geysir geothermal area, where one of the geysers ejects columns of water into the air every six to ten minutes. The Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, is also on the Golden Circle route. 

If you head to Reykjavik between September and April, you can experience the northern lights on clear nights. Take a tour outside Reykjavik to see them, or search the city for the best spots for viewing aurora borealis. Dark spaces without light pollution, such as parks, work best.

Pack layers for a trip to Iceland as the weather can be variable, even in summer. The average temperature in July is around 11 to 14 degrees centigrade.

Great for

  • Young explorers
  • Nature lovers
  • Children of all ages
  • Those who hate the heat
  • History buffs

What Mumsnet users say

“We went in June last year with kids (10 & 8) and had a fab trip. We hired a car and drove to Vik on the south coast, which was a pretty coastal village great as a base for diamond beach/jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and some waterfalls. We did the golden circle, finishing in Reykjavik. It was a great trip all round, and v child friendly.” SheriffCallie

5. Bran, Romania

bran romania

Approximate flight time: 2 hours 56 minutes  | Find a hotel in Bran

History experts can go blue in the face trying to explain to us a) that the Gothic horror novel “Dracula” has no mention of Bran Castle and b) that Vlad the Impaler, a historical figure who may have served as a model for fictional Dracula, had no connection to Bran Castle.

Yet, the myth is too good to bother with historical facts, and the small town of Bran is literally dotted with accommodation for tourists who flock there to experience first-hand the bone-chilling atmosphere of Bran Castle.

Precariously perched on top of a high cliff, with its grim facade, turrets and towers, the castle strikes visitors with its intimidating atmosphere. You and your family are free to roam inside the castle on your own. Alternatively, you can take a guided tour. In either case, kids will love it! 

Complete your Dracula experience by visiting the Horror House Bran, just three minutes away from Bran Castle. It’s even got replicas of torture instrument exhibited! Then go for something milder by taking a stroll in the quaint little Bran Village Museum, an open-air museum located outside Bran Castle. It displays traditional Romanian farmhouses and various artefacts. Museum Mediaeval Bran and National Museum of Bran are also worth a visit.

About 7 miles from Bran is Libearty Bear Sanctuary, where you can see brown bears in their natural environment, from up close. Very close. But no worries, tours are guided by animal welfare experts who make sure you stay safe.

The nearest international airports to Bran are Sibiu Airport which is 64 miles away and Bucharest Airport, 74 miles away.

Great for

  • History buffs
  • Older children and teens
  • Young explorers

What Mumsnet users say

“People are brilliant- super helpful, friendly, proud of their country and speak ALL the languages.” TheSheepofWallSt

6. Lapland, Finland

lapland finland

Approximate flight time: 3 hours 36 minutes | Find a hotel in Lapland

You will love your Lapland family holiday with kids… and the kids will love it even more. Even if your children do not believe in Santa, they will believe in magic, and so will you!

This arctic region has practically non-stop sunlight during the summer and deep darkness in the winter. The best times to spot the Northern Lights are in the spring and autumn. 

Lapland is touted to be Europe's last great wilderness. However, it is also a family-friendly tourist destination. It is up to you to choose the amount of wilderness that you want to experience. In the summer, enjoy water sports at one of the lakes that the region is dotted with. But go prepared: the abundance of lakes and waterways also means there’s lots of mosquitos!

Some of the most popular spots for a family holiday in Finnish Lapland are:

  • Rovaniemi, the region’s capital, is situated right on the arctic circle.
  • Kittila, home to the Snow Village with an ice hotel open to guests for an overnight stay or just a day trip. 
  • Yllas, a traditional village great for beginner skiers.
  • Levi, the “Official Ski Resort of Santa Claus”. 
  • Kuusamo, a quiet spot of snow-smothered pines and vast frozen lakes.
  • Luosto, the quiet village located at the edge of a national park.
  • Ivalo, a holiday village, is located right by a river. 
  • Saariselka, the village about 250 kilometres above the Arctic Circle that feels truly wild, though it has a handful of restaurants and bars.
  • In the winter, you are likely to find great skiing slopes or cross-skiing treks, making Lapland one of the best skiing holiday destinations within a 5-hour flight from the UK.

And wherever you choose to stay, your family is likely to meet Santa Claus, for he seems to reside in every touristy place, all year round. Either follow the elves to Santa’s cabin, or arrange for Santa to visit you at your lodgings.

Hiking, admiring the fantastic scenery and taking deep, deep breaths of fresh, unpolluted air are available year-round in Lapland and it’s certainly worth the trip.

Great for

  • Seeing Santa Claus
  • Young explorers and adventurers
  • Nature lovers
  • Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts

What Mumsnet users had to say

“We went at Easter with activities abroad, and had an amazing trip. My kids are 14, 11 and 6. They do Santa type things as well. it wasn't cheap, but was worth every penny.” lu9months

7. Mellieha, Malta


Approximate flight time: 4 hours 20 minutes  | Find a hotel in Mellieha

A quiet little town situated on the north coast of Malta, Mellieha is perched on top of a hill and offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea below. Its beaches are indeed fantastic. The golden sands of Mellieha Bay and the clear, shallow waters are ideal for families with children. Not far away, but best reached by a car, are the quieter picturesque beaches of Ramla and Paradise Bays as well as the rocky Anchor Bay, a popular diving and snorkelling site. 

Mellieha has everything a family needs for a pleasant and comfortable holiday. Sunbathers and watersports enthusiasts, young and old, will enjoy it immensely. 

Mellieha’s History and Nature Park will delight curious minds. It offers long coastal walks across rocky paths with superb views of the cliffs and the sea, and the untouched habitat presents a variety of wild plants and small animals. 

The Ghadira Nature Reserve is one of the few places in Malta where you can go bird watching. Various species of migrating birds visit the wetland and the salt marsh each year and nature lovers can observe them from two hides opposite each other. 

Children will love a visit to the 500 metres long air shelter, the largest of the 46 dug in Mellieha during World War Two. It was recently opened to the public and includes waxwork characters in various rooms, showing how the Maltese took shelter during the bombing. 

Treat your kids to a visit to Popeye Village theme park based on the real film set used by Paramount Pictures in the 1980s. Here little ones will enjoy the pools, trampolines and puppet shows. There is wine-tasting for parents too. 

Mellieha is 15 miles away from Malta International airport. The climate is typically Mediterranean. In the summer, there is up to 12 hours of sunshine a day. 

Great for

  • History buffs
  • Nature lovers
  • Children of all ages

What Mumsnet users had to say

“We stayed at Mellieha in the Maritim San Antonine last year with DDs aged 15, 5 and 1. Good hotel, the beach is walking distance, just, but v hot - better to get a bus. The beach itself is v good, I think it is the best on the island, there's one other good beach but in general Malta is not good for sandy beaches.” housemum

8. Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Approximate flight time: 3 hours 35 minutes | Find a hotel in Marrakech

Marrakech is one of Morocco’s most popular cities, and there’s plenty to see and do for the whole family. Plus, you don’t have to worry about bad weather spoiling your plans! Marrakech is inland and it rarely gets any rainfall, except occasionally in November. It’s a magical city that the whole family will enjoy exploring. 

To experience the “One Thousand and One Nights” atmosphere and fire up everyone’s imagination, visit the bustling souks in the old town, Medina. Wander the stalls crowding narrow alleys, selling everything imaginable, from Aladdin-like lamps and souvenirs to colourful rugs and bags. If you are tempted to buy anything (and you will be), remember to haggle.

Early in the evening, visit the main square, Djemaa el Fna, also located in Medina, and watch the strange and wonderful shows performed by acrobats, jugglers, snake charmers, flamethrowers and acrobats. You will also find there are many food and craft stalls. 

The old town of Medina is best explored on foot, but this area is not always stroller-friendly. So, bring a backpack if you have babies or toddlers in tow. Or take a tour by horse-drawn carriage to see this vibrant place.

For a rest from the bustling city, head for one of Makarrech’s beautiful parks, such as Koutoubia Gardens, Le Jardin Secret, Jardin Majorelle or Agdal Garden. Kids will love the green spaces, and so will you. For even more refreshment, visit Oasiria, a complex with eight pools and a pirate lagoon, tucked within lush gardens. Free shuttles are available throughout the day from Djemaa El Fna and Gueliz. 

Last but not least, if you wish to ride a camel, you needn’t travel too far from Marrakech to do so. Camel rides are available within 30 minutes of the city, and it’s best to book in advance with agents who specialise in camel tours. 

Great for

  • Young adventurers and explorers
  • History buffs
  • Kids who can tolerate the heat
  • Experiencing a different culture
  • Food and drink enthusiasts

What Mumsnet users had to say

“We loved Marrakech! We went as a young family. They will hassle you a bit but a firm no and keep walking and they stop. We absolutely loved it. It's cheap and fun. Rooftop terraces and the fresh orange juice and getting lost in the market was just amazing.” Laura221

9. Costa Brava, Spain

costa brava

Approximate flight time: 2 hours 20 minutes  | Find a hotel in Costa Brava

Say ¡olé! to Costa Brava, a long-standing favourite holiday destination for European families. Its coastline is almost 186 miles long and very varied, with wide bays, small coves and high cliffs. In most coastal towns, you can go to the large sandy beaches, with all the facilities and services, or venture a little further to find charming small coves hidden between pine forests and cliffs.

In the southernmost part of Costa Brava lies Lloret de Mar, about 18 miles from Girona airport. This is one of the Mediterranean’s most popular resorts and the liveliest holiday spot of the area. It has a plethora of restaurants and bars, located along its five main beaches. It is renowned as a family-friendly holiday spot, with many activities suitable for children, big and small. Close to the centre of the town is Water World, the big water park that offers a range of attractions for all ages, including a 40-metre high slide. The little ones will especially enjoy Gnomo Park, a theme park with a variety of games for kids under the age of 12. 

There are many more family-friendly holiday spots in coastal Costa Brava, such as Begur with its famous beaches; Platja d'Aro with many aquatic activities and amusement parks; Blanes, the gateway to Costa Brava and a typical seaside destination; Portbou with its excellent sailing and kayaking facilities; and so on.

Costa Brava is serviced by Girona airport, suitably situated more or less in the middle of the region and a bit inland. The best time to go is from April until June, and September to October. July and August are very busy and hot.

Great for

  • Young explorers and adventurers
  • Water park lovers
  • Children of all ages
  • Seaside lovers

What Mumsnet users had to say

“Besalu has already been recommended and Girona is great for a day, especially if you are a Game of Thrones fan. Fans of Dali visit the Theatre Museum in Figueres, his house in Port Lligat near Cadaques and also Gala's house in Pubol. The region is dotted with mediaeval towns and villages, the most popular tend to be Pals and Peratallada. My favourite is Sant Marti D'Empuries, a tiny village, just a short walk from the Greco-Roman ruins at Empuries, excavated just behind beautiful bays with nice beaches. Nearby L'Escala has a recently renovated old port area in the old town...Just a few ideas!” rrg1

10. Athens, Greece


Approximate flight time: 3 hours 40 minutes  | Find a hotel in Athens

Whether your kids are big or small, Athens is the perfect destination to explore as a family. The city is full of art, history, culture and legends. 

On top of the to-do-list when in Athens with your family is visiting the Acropolis. This famous site is suitable for children who can walk a fair distance on their own, because it is not easy to use strollers. There is plenty to keep kids engaged, but it is best to hire a guide who will be able to bring history alive for children. It is also a good idea to get to the Acropolis earlier in the morning, to avoid the crowds and the midday sun.

Families visiting Athens in warmer months will want to dip into the sea. And there are plenty of beaches around Athens, easily accessible by local buses. Sandy beaches with sunbeds and umbrellas include Vouliagmeni, Varkiza and Asteria in Glyfada, which has a long stretch of shallow water, perfect for families with small children. There are also several rocky beaches close to Athens, suitable for older children. 

When your family starts feeling peckish, head to Plaka, the historic district at the bottom of Acropolis. You will find many restaurants with delectable Greek dishes there, plus cafes, tourist shops, street musicians, and so on.

Here is a list of our must-visit sites in Athens: 

  • Lycabettus Hill, for great views across the city. Climb to the top on foot, or hop onto the funicular cable train.
  • Panathenaic Stadium, one of the most significant monuments in Greece. The stadium was the ancient site of the Panathenaic Games and was revived for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896; it also hosted the Olympics in 2004. 
  • National Garden of Athens, which has a kids’ playground and spacious pathways and gardens to relax in. This is an ideal escape from urban Athens. 
  • The changing of the guards in front of the Greek Parliament on Syntagma Square. The change takes place daily, every hour on the hour. 
  • Hellenic Children’s Museum with toys, games and interactive exhibits. 
  • The National Art Gallery, where kids can participate in creative workshops. 

A great way to see major attractions with children is the Happy Train, a toy-like street train which takes you on a 40-minute tour of key locations in downtown Athens. Alternatively, take a horse and carriage ride around the base of the Acropolis. 

Athens is a fabulous place for a family holiday. Your family will enjoy being outdoors surrounded by historical monuments, great food and numerous activities.To avoid crowds, visit Athens in the spring, early summer or autumn.

Great for

  • History buffs
  • Children of all ages (with the help of carriers for younger babies and tots)
  • Nature lovers
  • Young explorers
  • Food and drink enthusiasts

What Mumsnet users say

"I LOVED it. Obvs the Parthenon and the Agorra, but just Athens in general. It just felt chilled out & real.I liked the big covered market in the middle of the city." MilesJuppIsMyBitch

Best place to travel to within 3 hours from UK

Whether you fancy a weekend getaway, or just dread a long flight with the kids, we’ve compiled a list of destinations even closer than a 5 hour flight. The UK is just a few hours away from fabulous holiday destinations that you and your kids will love. Explore the best family holiday destinations less than a 3-hour flight from the UK.

How to survive short-haul flights with kids

For most parents, flying with children is more stressful because they’re worried about the impact on other passengers, more than the actual flight. There are ways to ensure that kids are kept entertained for the full five hours - here’s how: 

  1. Pack drawing pads and new colouring in pencils - 20 minutes. Bonus if you draw with them and have them guess what you’re drawing (add 10 minutes). 
  2. Bring stickers, but not the super sticky kind because you’ll have to remove them. Let them stick the stickers all over the seats (and you) - 30 minutes. 
  3. SURPRISE! A new toy. Get a few of the lucky packet toys and give the kids the toys throughout the flight - 15-30 minutes per toy. 
  4. Get books, and read them the story. Let them ask questions, sing-a-long - 20-30 minutes. 
  5. Give your kids a camera, try and do it at the start or the end of the flight and get them to capture your time in the sky - 20-30 minutes. 
  6. Get the tablet, make sure that you’ve downloaded their favourite shows. You’re not a bad parent, and they’ll enjoy the escape - 30 minutes or the entire flight. 

How we choose our recommendations

When it comes to holidays, convenience is key, especially if you have toddlers and young children. Therefore, finding the best family holidays just a 5-hour flight from the UK was critical.

First, we consulted our Mumsnet forums to find out what real parents were recommending to others seeking advice on where to go. Taking these suggestions, we then compared flight time, family-friendly activities available, entertainment, facilities and room options to hone down this list of recommendations. 

We also examined reviews on sites like and TripAdvisor, which helped us to determine which holiday destinations to include in this list. Lastly, we perused official websites such as Visit Greece and Bran Castle, as well as travel portals such as Insider and Global Mouse Travels.

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