LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 02/18/13 -- Half-term can be a hard slog. For parents currently getting through half-term with 'buoyant' children and at their wits' end wondering what to do next time, Cheapflights.co.uk has some tips on booking the perfect family-friendly spring break.
Provided you book early and seek out those family-friendly spots, half-term holidays are the ideal time to take a break and jet off for a week in the sun with your brood. During May half-term the weather is starting to heat up but the crowds and hiked up summer prices are nowhere to be seen.
Oonagh Shiel, travel expert at Cheapflights.co.uk, says: "We would strongly recommend booking half-term breaks as early as possible to make the most of holiday discounts -- it's also the perfect way of soothing your nerves if you've spent this half-term racking your brains for different things to do! From beach clubs to national parks to aqua parks everything's been thought out and is within easy reach in our chosen destinations of the Algarve, Spain, the Balearics and Crete."
The beaches in the Algarve are legendary and there are plenty of child-friendly options. These soft, sandy stretches are lapped by sparkling Atlantic waves and punctuated by red, rocky outcrops that were made for climbing, exploring and rock pooling. With the glorious climate, fantastic cuisine (including some of the cheapest prices in Europe for eating and drinking out) and family-oriented culture, it is little wonder it's such a popular choice for family holidays. Return flights to Portugal with Cheapflights.co.uk start from just £70 per person.
With some of the cheapest resort costs around and a range of excellent family-friendly facilities, Spain is a firm family favourite with UK travellers. Running for about 160km to the east and west of Malaga the Costa del Sol offers a huge variety of family holidays for a range of tastes and is an enormously popular destination for UK travellers attracted by the non-stop sun, beautiful beaches and warm waters. There is an abundance of safe resorts for families with young children, golf courses for sporting fanatics and small, hillside villages for those drawn to the relaxed Spanish way of life. Return flights to Malaga start from £128 per person with Cheapflights.co.uk
Says Shiel: "With miles of beach there are lots of choice options so there's bound to be something to keep your family amused -- from picturesque views to animal rides, water parks, kite-flying and amusement parks. Remember, though, that the cool breeze, and occasional strong winds, can be deceptive in the hot sun so make sure your kids cover up with plenty of sunblock."
With dazzling waters, pristine beaches, lush landscapes and year-round sun, a holiday to the Balearics has long been a popular choice for families. The Balearics offer bustling markets, aqua parks, watersports, dramatic landscapes and countless restaurants to enjoy. Majorca is the largest island and its glorious golden beaches, rich history and culture make it an excellent place to enjoy a holiday -- the fun-packed resort of Alcudia has lots on offer for families. Menorca is perfect for holidaymakers looking for a more tranquil break -- relax at the picturesque Cala Galdana with its golden horseshoe bay. Return flights to Majorca start from £99 return, per person with Cheapflights.co.uk
With its mix of old and new, Crete is an ideal family destination, offering anything from gorgeous sandy beaches to pebble coves and dramatic cliffs to suit your style and budget. If you're looking to get out and about for some day trips, check out the turtles at Lake Kournos, the ancient caves at Matala, a trip to Thalassocosmos Crete Aquarium -- or give the kids a chance to let off steam at Water City. Flights to Crete start from just £160 per person at Cheapflights.co.uk
For more information or to search and compare deals, please visit www.Cheapflights.co.uk
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