A young family playing on top of picturesque clifftops


Family Activity Holidays


For families with a sense of adventure it’s often those fun activities and thrills that make up their holiday tales and stories for years to come! Ziplining with mum, kayaking with dad or something embarrassing that happened to a sibling on one adventure. There’s something magical about sharing an adrenaline rush or exciting experience together, so why not enjoy the ride with your little ones on your next getaway? We’ve got a few ideas for your family activity holiday right here.

Stand up paddle boarding in Mallorca

A young family stand up paddle boarding in Mallorca

If there’s one activity that’s ripe for some family fun and laughing at the expense of those who aren’t quite naturals, it’s stand up paddle boarding. Although once you get the hang of it, it’ll all be worth it. Especially for those amazing snaps of the whole family gliding through the water, cool poses optional. This is the perfect way to explore Mallorca from a different perspective, following a tour as you glide around giant cliffs, intriguing caves and tropical-style reefs. You’ll probably see lots of wildlife too, what’s not to like?

Sea kayaking in Dubrovnik

Parents and children sea kayaking in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The city walls of Dubrovnik are simply amazing, but sometimes the crowds exploring them can get a little too much. So what if we told you that you could take them in from your own floating fortess of solitude? And if you like the sound of paddling but need something a little less intense, this will be right up your street. Most tours will take you round to Lokrum Island which the Old Town gazes longingly towards and into sea caves dotted along the coast. You’re the master of paddling, so you can glide through the water as quickly or leisurely as you like. When you see something you like, stop and enjoy it for as long as you want! Bobbing along the waves never felt so good…

Abseiling in Lanzarote

Abseiling in Lanzarote against a backdrop of beautiful blue skies

Back on dry land, how about a spot of abseiling with a twist? In the north of the island there’s a dam waiting to be scaled and descended – the impressive Presa del Mala. You’ll be kitted out with a harness, gloves and helmet, before being safely secured and clipped in to make your way to the bottom. Warning you not to look down seems like a waste of time, because you’ll be too busy admiring the stunning views of the mountains and landscape! Daredevils will love letting go of the ropes and resting their weight on their harness, giving them the chance to pose for the camera.

Parque Aventura in the Algarve 

Siblings exploring the tree canopy at Parque Aventura in the Algarve  

There’s more harness based fun to be had in the Algarve, where Parque Aventura whisks you up into the canopy! A world of gravity defying challenges awaits, regardless of how old and fearless your little ones are. There’s different courses tailored to all ages from four upwards, meaning the whole family can get in on the action. Ziplines let you do your best superhero impression, tightropes and bridges are a trial your balance and swinging platforms test your bravery. This is an activity the whole gang will love!

Rainforest Zipline Tour in Antigua

Dad enjoying his first zipline experience in the rainforest of Antigua

Take that high flying adrenaline to even greater heights, with a family adventure in the Antiguan rainforest. You’ll soon be soaring through the tropical trees on ziplines, admiring the beauty of this Caribbean gem below. You even get to pick how many you tackle! From 6 to 12, why not wait and see how adventurous you’re feeling. The centre proudly boasts that they’ve had zipline zoomers from ages 4 to 99, so this really is the activity for all ages.

Hiking in Crete

The stunning Samaria Gorge in Crete is perfect for hiking

The beauty of hiking in Crete is that the terrain is so wonderfully varied, so there always seems to be options for scaling down routes to suit your family’s abilities and ages. You might choose a flat coastal path, taking you to enchanting sea caves and monuments once used to protect against pirate invasion. Maybe you’ll head inland and into the mountains to explore the deep and impressive Samaria Gorge? If that sounds slightly daunting, the mountains are home to traditional villages and Greek-style cottages for a laid-back stroll. You know your family best, so it’s simply a case of carving a route that everyone will love conquering.

Still not found that family activity that you’re itching to try? With more than 50 destinations to choose from, that thrill or spill is out there somewhere…

Gary Stringer

Gary Stringer is a SEO Content Executive at James Villa Holidays.

I love to travel and I love to write - so I'd like to think I've found the perfect job!...

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