Mumsnet Logo
Please
or
to access all these features

Welcome to Mumsnet's holiday forum. Discuss all international travel here, including both shorthaul and longhaul trips. Related topics: UK holidays & day trips, skiing, camping & campervans.

Holidays

Family holiday Europe with teens

43 replies

Daddylonglegs1965 · 05/01/2020 10:16

Suggestions in Europe for a family holiday with teens (ages 15 and 16 one male one female) approx 10-12 nights budget 2 - 4K in summer July/Aug school hols please. We don’t want to sleep on a double sofa bed and obviously no good Inappropriate for the teens.

Thinking about somewhere in Europe with a decent sized accommodation with the correct bed set up, nice restaurants and bars nearby.

Can anyone recommend anywhere resort accommodation that might work for our family hols.

Was also wondering about a weeks cruise but it’s difficult to price it up when you have never done one before and thought we may need to cabins as my son is over 6ft.

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Funf · 05/01/2020 10:25

We have done 14 cruises they are the best holiday solution, initially we had one cabin with drop down bunks, its not an issue but shower time is difficult so just send the lads to the Gym. Or we get two cabins depending on price. Once had a suite but whilst it was massive and fantastic it wasn't worth the money.
Look for a ship with kids clubs as they cater well for teens. Personally I wont go on P&O any more. Celebrity, Holland America, Royal Carribean are all good. Plan the ports well and you can have a great adventure. Last summer the kids booked aspeed boat ride over the internet for a fraction of the price the cruise company wanted is was fantastic day out cost about £200 for six of us

Please
or
to access all these features

AngelsWithSilverWings · 05/01/2020 10:29

On a cruise you can book a quad room and my 6ft DH has no problem sleeping on the bunk beds. It would be very cosy though! We have a 6ft2 14 year old and I probably would prefer two cabins now.

Corfu has lots of good accommodation options on booking.com. We stayed at Nissaki Bay apartments. The accommodation was small but perfectly formed.Although described as an apartment it was basically just two bedrooms with a small Kitchenette area inbetween. It was basic but lovely and clean and very inexpensive. No pool but as it's right on the beach you don't need one.

The White House in Kalami also has good options and does have a pool. I prefer Kalami as a base.

Duinrell in Holland is great for teenagers and you can book lodge style accommodation if you book with the resort direct rather than going through Eurocamp.

It does get tricky when the kids get older.

Please
or
to access all these features

NaturalBlondeYeahRight · 05/01/2020 10:39

We got a villa from Villa Plus last year in Cala D’or Majorca. Right on the edge of the buzzy, friendly town with the beach across the road. Everyone could come and go as they wanted. Was very easy with teens (for a change)

Please
or
to access all these features

Daddylonglegs1965 · 05/01/2020 12:51

Thanks we are all tall 2 of us over 6ft and two just under 6ft.
DH and I would like to sleep together in same bed. Teens ok sharing a room and dressing in bathroom but obviously not a bed. Would we need two cabins and what sort of cabin would we need? Thanks

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Daddylonglegs1965 · 05/01/2020 12:52

Or happy with alternatives to a cruise. Many packages are toddler primary school centric. The teens would still happily try out mixed age water polo in the pool or similar activities.

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Lippy1234 · 05/01/2020 15:51

We’ve been on 11 cruises and have always booked 2 cabins as we like to have some privacy and enjoy the extra space . 1 for my DH and I and one for our DH. Cruises are great holidays for teenagers. If you don’t go for a cruise then a resort holiday with animation could work, then there’s good fun activities to do all day long if you want to do stuff.

Please
or
to access all these features

Lippy1234 · 05/01/2020 15:53

Sorry I meant 1 for my DH and I and I for our DC.

Please
or
to access all these features

latheritup · 05/01/2020 15:56

Gran Canaria is great. Plenty of things to do like camel riding, water parks, family night life and the zoo in the mountains.

Maspalomas, Playa Del Ingles and Melonerad are all places I've stayed in and can recommend.

Please
or
to access all these features

latheritup · 05/01/2020 15:57

Meloneras*

Please
or
to access all these features

Caspianberg · 05/01/2020 15:59

What about a 2 apartment in an area with things to do nearby? ie watersports?

Please
or
to access all these features

Daddylonglegs1965 · 05/01/2020 17:20

The trouble with having two apartments is their are no guarantees how far away they are from one another and also it doubles the cost of an already expensive July/August holiday.

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Lippy1234 · 05/01/2020 17:21

I think Caspianberg meant a 2 bedroom apartment.

Please
or
to access all these features

Mustbetimeforachange · 05/01/2020 17:25

If they like sports friends rave about Club la Santa in Lanzarote. One & 2 bedroom apartments, loads of sports/teen clubs etc. Don't know about price in August though, but can't think it would be more than a cruise!

Please
or
to access all these features

Palavah · 05/01/2020 17:29

Eurocamp or similar - there are several that have watersports and lots of other activities.

Please
or
to access all these features

Caspianberg · 05/01/2020 18:23

Yes I meant a 2 bedroom apartment.
A 2 bedroom apartment in a resort is hard to find.
But a 2 bedroom apartment say on a lake or beachside where you can then use local facilities daily is easy to get in your budget ie local watersports, beaches, pools and spa, restaurants. Max £1000 per week for accommodation, then flights ontop.

Please
or
to access all these features

Daddylonglegs1965 · 05/01/2020 18:40

Thanks @Caspianberg do you have anywhere in mind yes that would work although kids may find it harder to meet friends on site to hang out with. Sorry was just looking at holidays with Jet2 and TUI and either the bedroom set up was a double bed and double bed/twin beds pushed together or the search engine was saying that we needed two rooms upping the cost to 5-7K for SC or B&B.

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Trewser · 05/01/2020 18:43

I've got three teens but maybe no help as my teens always happy with a nice villa with a pool and would hate enforced socialising! We've done France lots, Majorca a few times. They are happy to hang out with us and each other in the evenings or go out to restaurants and bars with us.

Please
or
to access all these features

Daddylonglegs1965 · 05/01/2020 19:53

No enforced socialising @trewser ours are happy to go out for meals and hang out with us on an evening or spend a morning on the beach with us but they also like to hang out with kids there own age playing table tennis, pool, or taking part in mixed age competitive pool games such as waterpolo water basketball or similar. Or will have a go at a music quiz or something.

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Trewser · 05/01/2020 19:55

Mine would hate that 🤣 I'd enjoy it though!

Please
or
to access all these features

YorkiePorkie · 08/01/2020 20:32

As a pp mentioned, I think a Eurocamp type campsite would be perfect. With a 3 bedroom mobile home. Our dc are similar ages and love it. There’s always other teens to hang out with.

Please
or
to access all these features

CalleighDoodle · 08/01/2020 20:35

With that budget you could do centreparcs. De kampervanaan in holland has a ski slope and water sports.

Please
or
to access all these features

Daddylonglegs1965 · 09/01/2020 06:51

Can you recommend any particular sites? Have previously thought of Eurocamp but they seemed pricey and some reviewers on T/A had said Eurocamp was much more for much younger kids and teens hadn’t enjoyed it so I was put off.

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

YorkiePorkie · 09/01/2020 08:50

Some sites are more suitable for younger children but some are better for teens. We’ve been to one of the big sites near Venice for example which was great. I would have a think about where you would like to go and whether you can drive / need to fly.

Note also that it’s often cheaper to book directly with the campsite.

Please
or
to access all these features

Daddylonglegs1965 · 09/01/2020 09:04

If we did that it would be a flight and somewhere where we could walk to or use public transport

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

YorkiePorkie · 09/01/2020 09:18

We flew to Venice, got a taxi to the campsite and then used buses and bikes to get around - which included a visit to Venice.

The Eurocamp website has a section for teenagers and also a list of campsites accessible without a car

Please
or
to access all these features
Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.

Sign up to continue reading

Mumsnet's better when you're logged in. You can customise your experience and access way more features like messaging, watch and hide threads, voting and much more.

Already signed up?