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School's Out with Half Term Holidays

Half term breaks offer the perfect opportunity to escape the British weather and jet off to sunnier climbs. Whether you are seeking exotic landscapes, fantastic Mediterranean weather or some fascinating history lessons away from the classroom, you’ll find a location to suit you - especially if you have the little ones in tow.

Indulge in some winter sun in Egypt’s warm climate, enjoy October half term holidays with a difference on the white-washed beaches of the Canary Islands or spend...

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Half term breaks offer the perfect opportunity to escape the British weather and jet off to sunnier climbs. Whether you are seeking exotic landscapes, fantastic Mediterranean weather or some fascinating history lessons away from the classroom, you’ll find a location to suit you - especially if you have the little ones in tow.

Indulge in some winter sun in Egypt’s warm climate, enjoy October half term holidays with a difference on the white-washed beaches of the Canary Islands or spend your Easter break lazing on the beaches of the Algarve. With many great locations boasting plenty of sunshine and some great action-packed activities, you can enjoy a family break to remember for your half term holidays in 2014.

Majorca

As a popular choice with families for decades, Majorca is renowned for its sun-drenched beaches and playful atmosphere. From the beach to the bar, you’re sure to find something to keep yourselves and the children amused – whether you fancy soaking up the sunshine or sampling the delights of the local karaoke competition. From the endless entertainment of Alcudia to the hustle and bustle of Palma Nova and laid-back charm of Cala D’or, you’ll discover some great places to explore on your half term holiday. Thrill-seekers will love the adrenaline rush of Majorca’s biggest waterparks while the Pirates Show is sure to offer swashbuckling entertainment to the entire family.

Algarve

Sun, sea and sandcastles – families will be spoilt for choice with the great selection of beach getaways to the Algarve. While the beaches offer the ideal attraction for families on their half term breaks, there are plenty of activities that don’t involve getting sand in-between your toes. Revel in the history of Lagos or experience the lively resort of Albufeira with its many family-friendly attractions. Little ones will love visiting the Zoomarine Aquarium while there are plenty of golf courses for Dad to practice his skills. From outdoor adventures to energetic water sports, you’ll find an array of things to do on your half term holiday to the Algarve.

Tenerife

With its year-round sunshine and stunning coastlines, Tenerife is the ideal place to spend your October half term holidays. You’ll find a number of theme parks on the island, catering for a variety of tastes. The biggest is Siam Park, a Thai-themed adrenaline-fuelled attraction with plenty of thrilling water rides and some great themed restaurants to refuel in the sunshine. If you’d rather stick to the beaches, you’ll find some glorious sands on your half term holidays to this hotspot – Playa de las Americas is a favourite for many while the volcanic sands of Puerto de la Cruz are lined with an array of beachside bars.

Costa Blanca

Spain’s stunning white coast attracts holidaymakers year after year, and it’s not hard to see why when you consider the beautiful beaches and wealth of entertainment on offer. While Costa Blancamight conjure up images of raucous nightlife and bustling beachfronts, there are plenty of attractions for the little ones on their half term holidays. From lazy days on the beach to adrenaline-pumping activities and fun-filled family entertainment, you’ll find some great things to do in this vibrant area. Make your way to Benidorm and Alicante for a thriving atmosphere and a medley of beachside amenities, while Alicante boasts a fantastic selection of museums and galleries for a culture-packed family holiday.

Turkey Dalaman Area

If you’re looking for the perfect balance of scintillating culture and action-packed fun, Dalaman is the ideal holiday destination. With plenty of sunshine to warm the sands, May half term holidays are the best time to visit this vibrant country. Discover a wealth of great beaches and thrill-inducing theme parks – ideal for amusing the little ones on long afternoons, while budding explorers will love spotting Loggerhead Sea Turtles in Dalaman’s marina. If you’d rather experience the cultural side of things, head to the riverbank town of Dalyan. With Lycian tombs etched onto the cliff-face and therapeutic mud baths to soothe your skin, a visit here is sure to keep the entire family happy.

Costa Del Sol

Soak up some well-deserved Spanish sunshine on your half term breaks to the Costa Del Sol. One of Europe’s favourite holiday hotspots, there are some great child-friendly resorts to base yourself in, whether you’re looking for the busy entertainment of Torremolinos or the laid-back respite of Mijas. This stunning landscape is filled with wonderful valleys and mountainous terrain perfect for exploring, while the beachside will provide you with an array of water sports, from banana boating to jet-skiing and snorkelling. In addition, you’ll find numerous attractions catered perfectly to family holidays – Tivoli World, a vibrant theme park in Benalmadena, is just one of many.

Egypt

If you like your half term holidays with a bit of ancient history thrown in, where better to visit than the cultural hub that is Egypt? There is plenty to keep kids entertained as well as adults, from visiting the famous pyramids and taking a boat trip along the River Nile to the crystal clear beaches of Hurghada, offering stunning vistas and secluded sandy coves to explore. No visit to Egypt would be complete without a trip to Giza to visit the awe-inspiring sights of the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. The bustling city of Sharm El Sheikh is also guaranteed to keep everyone entertained, with its vibrant markets and buzzing nightlife.

Malta

With plenty of carnivals and open-air events catering for families, there is always something to see and do on holiday in Malta. Creating an explosion of colourful chaos of parades and fancy dress on the streets, the carnival in the area of Valletta offers a good dose of fun for your half term holidays in February. If you’re looking for beaches, Melleiha and Paradise Bay are your best bet – with plenty of whitewashed sands to laze upon and shallow waters ideal for swimming. If you’re looking to explore without getting your feet wet, climb aboard a boat trip around the coast of Malta and discover this beautiful country from a whole new perspective.

Lanzarote

For year-round sunshine, there is nowhere better to visit on your half-term breaks than Lanzarote. Located amid the beautiful Canary Islands, this intriguing island combines crystal-clear waters and spectacular volcanic landscapes with over 30km of glorious beaches for a memorable family holiday. Costa Teguise is ideal if you’re travelling with little ones, with a sheltered beach and a wealth of attractions for the kids, from theme parks to aqua parks. If you love the sand between your toes, visit Playa Blanca, while Puerto Del Carmen will provide you with plenty of evening entertainment once the sun begins to set.

Fuerteventura

If you’re on the hunt for a half term holiday with a family-friendly atmosphere, a great range of activities and brilliant sunshine, you’ll fall in love with Fuerteventura.For a quiet retreat from the stresses and strains of daily life, head to Corralejo. This is the perfect spot to doze on your sun-lounger or laze on the beach. If you’d rather a quick adrenaline boost, pay a visit to Playa de Sotavento for surfing and windsurfing, while kids will love playing on its sandy beach. Away from the beach, you’ll discover great ways to explore- from a wild buggy ride across the volcanic bays to discovering Fuerteventura’s famous sand dunes.

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