Active family holidays with Mark Warner.
Active family holidays with Mark Warner.

Active Family Holidays in Europe

Proof you don’t have to travel far to have the adventure of a lifetime, Europe offers an extraordinary choice of family activity holidays. Winter brings the delights of the mountains and more northerly climes – think skiing and snowboarding in the French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps and elsewhere, and fabulous snow adventures in Lapland and other parts of Scandinavia, including husky-driving, reindeer safaris and snowmobiling.

Summer transforms the Alps into a family playground of an altogether different kind, with mountain-biking, paragliding and lake-swimming just a few of the activities you and the kids might like to sample. There’s also plenty of scope for canoeing, whitewater rafting and other river-based adventures in the Ardèche region of France, Croatia and other destinations, and for sailing and other watersports in the sparkling Mediterranean. 

Holiday parks and resorts with their own sports clubs/activities can good choices for active family holidays for those who want to try lots of new things or combine them with more relaxing pursuits.

Find inspiration in our features on active family holidays around Europe, and take a look at our latest deals on Europe family activity holidays with our partners:
Activities Abroad: Fantastic family adventures from Finland to Portugal.
Ocean Elements: Beach-based activity holidays in Greece.
Club Med: French-run all-inclusive summer and ski holidays with lots of activities on site.
Mark Warner: Mediterranean beach holidays and family ski holidays, well known for their quality childcare.
Inghams: Family-friendly ski and summer activity holidays throughout Europe.

See also our hand-picked family adventure holidays in Europe.

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Active places to stay in Europe

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Neilson Mar Menor Beachclub

Murcia
Active but stylish beachside holiday complex where water sports and land sports are high on the agenda, plus complimentary childcare from 4 months.

Neilson Hotel Del Clos

Andorra
Half-board hotel in Andorra with childcare from 4-months, indoor and outdoor play areas, sports therapy service and free coaching on the slopes for adults.

Club Med Magna Marbella

Marbella
Four-star all-inclusive resort in Marbella with waterpark, zen zones and activities suitable for all members of the family.

Paleros Beach Resort

Greece
On mainland Greece, this baby- through to teen-friendly resort offers activities, water sports and childcare within a 5-star complex.

Center Parcs Europe Bostalsee Saarland

Germany
Self-catering cottages set around a lake in western Germany with water sports, child-friendly activities and fun for all the family.

Center Parcs Le Bois aux Daims

Loire Valley
Spralling holiday park in the Loire where you can zip through the water rapids, horse ride, climb through the trees, and even sleep in one!

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Neilson Cosmos Beachclub

Lefkas
An intimate Neilson beachclub, best known for its windsurfing, sailing, biking and close proximity to Vassiliki on the Greek island of Lefkas.

Neilson Messini Beachclub

Peloponnese
The Messini Beachclub offers all the usual Neilson activities in a lovely rural location on the Peloponnese coast

Neilson Alana Beachclub

Croatia
A great location on Croatia's Adriatic coast, adjacent to a National Park. All the usual Neilson activities and childcare included, perfect for families.

Club Med Cefalù

Sicily
An exclusive all-inclusive resort in the north of the island, with sports schools perfect for active families with teens.

Neilson Baia dei Mori Beachclub

Sardinia
A fabulous property in an unspoilt region of Sardinia, well suited to active family holidays with all ages; cycling and watersports are included.

Neilson Airone Beachclub

Italy
An active family holiday favourite in glorious setting in southern Italy, with watersports, tennis and mountain-biking.

Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon

Haute Savoie
All-inclusive ski resort just an hour from Geneva airport with childcare from babies through to teens and an interactive restaurant where kid cook for the parents.

Phokaia Beach Resort

Aegean Region
A Mark Warner resort on Turkey's west coast, with water sports, top-notch childcare and exclusive discounts for our readers.

Esprit Ski - Family Ski Holidays in Val d’Isère

Val d'Isère
Great après ski, miles of slopes for beginners and pros, and day/evening childcare make the catered chalets in Val d’Isère ideal for families.

Esprit Ski - Family Ski Holidays in Champoluc

Aosta Valley
Catered ski chalet with family suites and interconnecting rooms, plus spa area, childcare and ski in ski out access, all less than 2 hours from the airport.

Esprit Ski - Family Ski Holidays in Les Arcs

Savoie
High altitude location means more guaranteed snow time, plus childcare, ski lessons and cosy chalets for exclusive use or mixing with other families.

Esprit Ski - Family Ski Holidays in La Rosière

La Rosiere
Family-friendly, and chic, ski resort with the largest collection of catered chalets with Esprit Ski, with options sleeping a 5 to options sleeping many families.

Esprit Ski - Family Ski Holidays in Courchevel

Courchevel
A lively resort with choice of three accommodations each close to the slopes, with childcare for babies through to school-age and lessons available from 3 years.

Esprit Ski - Family ski holidays in Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d'Huez
A collection of chalets in the popular ski resort of Alpe d'Huez; some for private hire and some with ski in ski out access.