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Half term will soon be upon us, and with the weather growing increasingly wet and miserable as autumn slides closer to winter, it's likely to be a gloomy one. So why not take the kids away for the week? Whilst a beach holiday might be nice, you might fancy taking them somewhere a bit different. City breaks for families can be as fun and educational as you want them to be, and can provide many lasting memories for your family to treasure. But where to go?


We take a look at the five best city breaks for families, to help you decide:


Stockholm, Sweden

The capital of Sweden is one of the few capital cities you’ll find that seems to be actively designed for quality family time. All the museums of the city have family tours and dedicated children’s programmes, many with specially designed areas for children to play whilst learning about the exhibition. Stockholm teams a vibrant city life with a very outdoorsy culture, both of which will appeal to families. The city is built over a total of fourteen islands, most of which are home to a wide variety of playgrounds, parks and cycling routes.

Barcelona, Spain

Everyone who visits Barcelona falls in love. It’s a great city for all types of travellers and tourists, with a friendly, outgoing culture, clean streets and underground lines, and so much to see and do. Of course, you should take them to see all the awesome Gaudi architecture, such as the Sagrada Familia, and walk the winding labyrinth of streets to explore the small shops, galleries and restaurants. Then, of course, there’s those beaches! Barcelona is the ideal family city break location because kids can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beach holiday in an exciting city! Win-win!

Copenhagen, Denmark

Another surprisingly family-centred capital city, Copenhagen has a wide range of family attractions both in and around the city centre. Its inexpensive, easy to manoeuvre, transport network makes getting from A to B simple, which will be a blessing when travelling around with little ones, especially as there is ample accessibility for pushchairs (and wheelchairs). Check out Lego’s flagship store in its home city, Hamleys and The Disney Store, for a spot of toy-shopping. The beautiful castles and the Christiansborg Palace will captivate their imaginations, whilst the Experimentarium (Science Centre) will get their brains buzzing. The Tivoli Gardens amusement park is a massive highlight of a family city break in Copenhagen, too, so be sure not to miss it!

Rome, Italy

If a dose of education is high on your priority list for your half term family city break, then Rome should be your first choice. A chance to see everything from the Sistine Chapel to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum to the Pantheon… they’re going to come back bursting with new-found knowledge! Throw a penny in the Trevi Fountain, eat your body weight in delicious gelato (ice cream) and stroll through the beautiful, historic streets of Rome. It’s a city every kid should have the opportunity to experience first hand.

Lisbon, Portugal

The capital of Portugal is a city that’s often overlooked by those looking for a family city break. Nonetheless, whilst most holidaymakers head straight to the Algarve, there’s much to see and do in Lisbon, much of which is great for families with kids. Whilst the summer months can be pretty darn hot in Lisbon, by October they’re down to the low twenties, making it a lot more pleasant for city exploration. Take the amphibious bus (yes, it’s a bus and a boat) and explore Lisbon both above and below the surface for ninety minutes of jaw-dropping fun… after all, what kid could possibly resist the prospect of a bus that goes underwater?! Oh, and don’t forget to try some of Lisbon’s famous custard tarts… they’re divine!


These are just some ideas for family city breaks in Europe that you might want to try for your family half term holiday this autumn. Take a look at all the great trips we have available right here on Monster.Travel, and take your pick… we’re sure you’ll have an amazing time!


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