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Europe is a great country to travel to even with a toddler in tow. There’s so much to see and do here and the countries are relatively close to each other so getting around should be easy.
But just like with any family vacation, it’s important that you plan your trip well. You want to ensure that your toddlers are happy, safe, and entertained. So, before you leave, decide which places you should visit and plan your itinerary very carefully. Research the child-friendly attractions and activities and look for accommodations that have child-friendly facilities.
To help you plan your trip, here are the top European cities that are suitable for families with toddlers.
Seville is a beautiful city brimming with history. It’s been around since the time of the Phoenicians and later invaded by the Romans, Moors, and even the Americans.
One of the most iconic structures that you should see to get a taste of Seville’s colorful history is the Royal Alcazar, one of the oldest palaces in Spain. Your toddlers will have fun exploring the grandiose rooms of this centuries-old palace, especially its ornate gardens.
The Plaza de España is another beautiful place to see in Seville especially for Star Wars fans. But even your toddlers will be enthralled by this magnificent place, which is set within the beautiful María Luisa Park.
While at the park, take your toddlers to ride a boat and row around the river. The other attractions to take your kids in Seville are the Catedral de Sevilla, Metropol Parasol, and the city’s theme parks, the Isla Mágica and Agua Mágica.
Having a comfortable home base is important when traveling to Seville with toddlers. Booking rental apartments are highly recommended. These properties provide all the comforts of a home, which is important for families with kids.
There are many child-friendly attractions and activities in Edinburgh, making it one of the best destinations in Europe for families with toddlers.
You can take your toddlers to the Butterfly and Insect World, a family-friendly attraction located on the outskirts of the city. The Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, which is right beside Edinburgh Castle, is also a great place to visit with the kids.
Of course, the castle itself is a must-visit. However, be aware that there are plenty of cobblestones in the area so the stroller can get a bit bumpy. After exploring the castle, head to Holyrood Park, a beautiful parkland with hills, glens, and natural springs.
To make the most of your visit to Edinburgh, consider staying in a motorhome. Look for child-friendly motorhomes to hire. These are motorhomes equipped with child-friendly facilities such as booster seats, which keep your toddler safe while on the road.
Hiring a motorhome allows you to get around Scotland with ease. You can even travel to the Highlands and some other fantastic destinations outside of Edinburgh.
Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city, has recently become quite a popular spot for European holidays, including families with kids. It has plenty of family-friendly attractions, especially around the old town.
What’s great about visiting Slovenia is that the rest of the country remains relatively undiscovered compared to other places in Europe. It’s a real hidden gem with lots of activities on offer for everyone, from the historic Venetian port towns to ski resorts and brightly painted buildings.
Begin your tour of Ljubljana by taking the funicular to the Castle. The funicular will take you up to the hillside that opens to the great views of the Old Town.
Head to the City Museum and check out the displays that showcase Ljubljana’s fascinating history. Visit the House of Experiments as well, an interactive Science Centre offering entertaining activities for the little ones, such as giant bubbles and amazing performances that illustrate scientific principles.
The best way to end your tour of Ljubljana is to take a scenic boat ride along the Ljubljanica river that winds through to the heart of the city. There are various cruises to choose from, and some tours come with a guide, which is fun and entertaining for everyone.
Crete, Greece has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and some of them are family-friendly ones with safe and easy access to clean and shallow waters. Take your toddlers to the south coast of the island, where you can go kayaking. Some of the routes will take you to the island’s most stunning places. When taking your toddlers on a kayak, make sure that they know how to sit still.
After spending a day at the beach, visit the Aquaworld, a natural history museum that houses animals that are either rescued or were unwanted. The Cretaquarium, one of Europe’s largest and most modern aquariums, is also a must-visit. This is a massive complex for marine research, which aims to educate the public about the species and ecosystems of the Mediterranean.
When holidaying with your little ones, it’s a good idea to choose a place where everyone can feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed. While there are plenty of resorts and hotels in Crete that cater to families with kids, staying in a large family villa is highly recommended. Some of these large iconic Greece villas are equipped with pools, where you and your kids can bond after a whole day of exploring the island.
Situated in the south of France, Dordogne is a beautiful French region home to quaint medieval villages with astonishing river gorges.
If you’re traveling to this region with toddlers, there are plenty of activities that you can indulge in. You can go kayaking down the Dordogne or Vézère rivers, swim at the beach, play in the gardens of Limeuil, explore the Chateau Bridoire, and have a fun-filled day at the Quercyland Waterpark.
Consider staying at pre-erected tents or static mobile homes at the Eurocamp parks when heading to Dordogne with your little ones.
These parks are equipped with child-friendly facilities such as playgrounds and kid’s pools. You can also stay at family-friendly rentals in a beautiful village that’s equipped with child amenities, including a swimming pool on site.