Watersports at De Eemhof Center Parcs Europe; ideal for a short break.
Watersports at De Eemhof Center Parcs Europe; ideal for a short break.

Short Breaks for Families in Europe

From fun-filled campsites and holiday villages with activities galore to cosy cottages nestled deep in the countryside, Europe is a popular destination for a family short break or weekend away for many good reasons, the chief one being that it’s quick, easy and relatively inexpensive to reach.

There’s also an incredible choice of short-break destinations and accommodation in Europe, whether it be seaside hotels, working farms or glamping sites, individual gîtes or boutique cottage complexes, holiday parks, theme-park breaks or fascinating cities packed with culture to soak up.

We’ve gathered our favourite short breaks in Europe with kids. Browse our listings, or check out our regular special offers or exclusive discounts with our favourite Europe short-break specialist partners:
cottages.com: family-friendly properties in France and Italy; best discounts for our newsletter subscribers (sign up at the bottom of this page).
Pierre & Vacances: self-catering apartments.
Center Parcs Europe: popular holiday villages with lots of activities.
Canvas: long-established campsite and holiday park operator.
PGL Family Adventures: all-inclusive activity holidays, some in France.
Disneyland Paris: theme-park breaks near the French capital.

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Short break places to stay in Europe

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Vestri Pétursey

Iceland
A simple cabin at the foot of the mountains in southern Iceland, comes complete with essentials for a self-catering holiday in a spectacular location.

Brimnes Bungalows

Iceland
Family-friendly wooden cabins sleeping up to 7 people on the edge of a lake in northern Iceland, each with hot tub and the most amazing lake views.

Center Parcs Park Allgäu

Germany
Self-catering holiday park in southern Germany with activities for young children through to adults plus luxury choice of accommodation according to budget.

Center Parcs Europe Les Ardennes

Belgium
Relaxing family break or action-packed fun, this self-catering holiday park in Belgium suits families whatever the budget.

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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Hotel Reykjavík Centrum

Iceland
A quirky city hotel in a very handy location in the old town area of Reykjavík, built on the remains of historical artefacts and with it's own museum.

Relais & Chateaux Palazzo Seneca

Umbria
A classy hotel in the heart of rural Umbria with amazing spa treatments, cookery classes for adults and free bike hire, plus a handy babysitting service.

Premium Residence Porto Montenegro

Montenegro
5* apartments with sea views sleeping four people, located beside the luxury marina within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Les Villages Nature® Paris

Paris
Self-catering holiday park close to Disneyland Paris, with the environment and sustainability high on the agenda, as well as a whole host of fun family activities.

Self-catering holiday home in Liege Province

Belgium
An historic apartment building with modern facilities, kids' play areas and stunning rural views.

Self-catering holiday home in Utrecht Province

Netherlands
A lakefront property for 4, on a nature reserve with boat hire and cycling nearby.

Self-catering holiday home in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa

Tuscany
A spacious apartment on a country estate with communal gardens and outdoor pool.

Self-catering holiday home in Hordaland

Norway
A contemporary rental property for 10, surrounded by mountains and fjords and close to the sea.

Self-catering holiday home in Skåne

Sweden
A holiday apartment for up to 6, in communal gardens including a swimming pond and sauna.

Self-catering holiday home in South Jutland

Denmark
Period holiday home for six, with spacious gardens and its own section of beach.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Lapland
Unique and quirky resort, 250km north of the Arctic Circle , where you can meet Santa, stay in an igloo and see the Northern Lights.

Martinhal Cascais

Lisbon
A chic modern family resort close to the Portuguese capital, with childcare from 6 months to 17 years and lots of organised excursions.

Hotel Cumulus Koskikatu

Finland
Modern hotel in the heart of the city, offering a luxury buffet breakfast for all guests and arrange bike hire to explore the city.

Jam Hotel

Brussels
A fun, family-friendly hotel with a rooftop relaxing pool, games room and funky accommodation ideal for families of up to six.