While winter may not be the best time for family travel to Spain’s Costa del Sol or for hiking in the Alps, it’s a great time for enjoying village life in a snow-covered alpine town or watching the northern lights while skiing on floodlit trails in Finland.
Even traditional summer resort areas are good family destinations during the uncrowded off-season when you share them with locals and European travelers. Portugal’s Algarve promises sunny days for most of winter, and the island of Madeira is known for its year-round spring weather. Here are three favorites:
Ski in Austrian Tirol
Austrian ski resorts are more low-key and less expensive than the more famous resorts in France and Switzerland, but the snow is just as good, and the facilities in many are more family-friendly. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser–Brixental is known for its gentle slopes, child-safe ski lifts and facilities for kids. Its 22 ski schools introduce children as young as 2 to the sport, and kids can practice their turns on nursery and practice slopes (one with free lifts). Child-care facilities are right at the lift stations and the lighted toboggan runs are fun for the whole family.
Watch Northern Lights in Finland
For a more exotic winter vacation, head north from Helsinki to meet Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, capital of Finnish Lapland and right on the Arctic Circle. It’s Santa’s year-round home, and at Santa Claus Village, kids can meet the reindeer and later take a ride on a reindeer sled. There’s skiing here and at Levi, and dogsled trips stop at a Sami camp for a visit inside their tepee-like homes and a taste of traditional foods.
Smell the Flowers in Madeira
This garden spot in the Atlantic is known for its year-round spring temperatures and for flowers that bloom there year-round. After exploring the enchanting Monte Palace Gardens, see the dazzling collection of gemstones and crystals in the museum before riding back to town on a sidewalk sled. Your kids will scream all the way down and talk about it for years.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
Making travel plans can be exciting; did you know planning on how to spend time at the airport the right way can enrich the overall trip experience? As a transfer hub, traveling through Doha's Hamad International Airport is a unique experience, as waiting never feels like waiting at one of the best airports in the world.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.
Known for its clear, vibrantly blue-green waters and varied and historic ports of call, the Adriatic is the new Mediterranean for cruise enthusiasts and family travelers. An Adriatic cruise is especially suited to multigen family trips, since it appeals to all ages with its beautiful beaches, water sports, rich marine life, historic cities, ancient archaeological sites, colorful cultures and varied cuisines. There is truly something for every traveler.
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Parents, it’s time to ditch family travel and embark on a romantic vacation at Solmar Hotels and Resorts in Los Cabos. Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches and unparalleled hospitality, Los Cabos sets the stage for couples looking for a romantic escape away from the kids. At Solmar Hotels and Resorts, guests are invited to take advantage of the romantic accommodations, spa experiences, gastronomic delights and more.