family travel blog

Family HolidaysTravel Tips

Top Tips for Travelling With Kids

airport with children

Travelling with kids can be daunting, so check out my top tips to help make your journey a little easier.

 

Before you go:

Discuss what type of holiday you want with your partner. Many parents book the top family complexes because they think they need to. A kids pool may be all you need. Kid clubs can be handy, but many only start at age 3, you will need a specific club or crèche that caters for babies and toddlers. If travelling with an infant, ask yourself are you going to leave your baby in a crèche? So many parents don’t even use the facilities on offer.
 

 

 
There will be many future holidays where you need to book the best family complexes, where slides in the pool and mini discos will be the best part of your child’s holiday, but if your children are young, why not take advantage while you can and book a holiday that suits you too! Talk to your kids, ask them what they want from a holiday, it may just be free WiFi!

travelling with kids

 

 

 

Check your airlines baggage allowance:

Many airlines allow you to bring a buggy / stroller as well as one piece of equipment, i.e car seat, booster seat or travel cot, separate to your baggage allowance. Aer Lingus insist that infants cabin baggage must be included in your own allowance, while Ryanair allow an additional 5kg, free of charge. Airlines baggage policy, child’s meals and seat requests all vary, so when travelling with kids, it is important to check with the airline you are flying with.

travelling with kids
 

 

 

Don’t be put off by long flights when travelling with kids:

With the exception of the crawling age (usually 7 – 12 months), travelling with babies and toddlers on airplanes should not be a big ordeal. In most cases they will have a nap and once you bring plenty of snacks and toys to keep them entertained, it is usually, in my opinion, fairly straightforward. Many people choose to book short flights to Majorca or the Algarve (2 and a half hours), but then spend 2 hours on a coach to get to their resort. Personally I would prefer to spend 4 hours on a plane to the Canary Islands and take a 10 minute taxi ride to my accommodation.  
 

 

 
If you are flying to the USA, try to fly direct where possible. Being able to clear customs in Ireland before you fly is a life-saver. There is nothing worse when you are travelling with kids, than having to queue for 90 minutes to clear customs, when you arrive at your destination.

We flew via Heathrow to San Francisco last year and we barely made the connection, we literally had to run onto the plane. Athough we made the flight, our bags didn’t! We queued for 90 minutes at customs, only to find our bags were not on the carousel! We had no luggage for two days. I’m a firm believer that families should fly direct where possible. If you can’t, allow plentyy of connecting time between flights.

Read my top tips for long flights here.

travelling with kids
 

 

 
Ditch the trunkis:

Did you know that a 20kg checked bag to the Canary Islands is €110 during the summer months? I have many travel tips for travelling with kids, but one of my favourites is to invest in light weight hand luggage! Get rid of the trunkis as soon as your children are able to wheel heavier cases. Kids like wheeling their own cases anyway and if you invest in the best lightweight suitcase available, you can save a fortune on checked baggage charges. I tell my children they can bring whatever fits in their case, this usually works out well when packing! Buy a portable luggage scales and bring it with you to avoid any stress thinking your luggage may be over weight. You can buy them for less than €10.

travelling with kids
 

 

 

Travelling with kids on city breaks:

If travelling on a city break, choose an early flight home. Once you have checked out of the hotel, the kids will just want to go home and you will spend a fortune trying to amuse them on the last day. The €30 saving you thought you made by coming back on the later flight, believe me, you will spend it twice over. For city breaks where there is a lot of walking involved, buy a cheap fold up scooter from Smyths for €15. Depending on your weight allowance, leave it behind you if necessary.
 

 

 
Try to fit some sightseeing in the morning while the kids are fresh and plan an activity for them in the afternoon – a visit to a park, zoo or kids attraction is ideal. Give them maps and let them help plan your day. My kids bring cameras with them and enjoy taking pictures and selfies. Encourage them to take selfies in front of famous landmarks, they can show them to their friends or teachers when they get home.

Top ten city breaks for families
 Check out my top 10 city breaks for families here.

 

 

 

Always bring lots of supplies when travelling with kids:

Although I would like to say that my kids don’t need electronic devices on holidays, unfortunately, they do! We invested in a Media share many years ago and we don’t leave home without it. It is a small portable device that creates it’s own WiFi network. Children, or adults, can watch movies on their tablets or phones anywhere, even on a plane. It is really compact so it is much easier to carry than a portable DVD player and lots of DVDs.
 

 

 
If travelling on an airplane with babies or toddlers, make sure you bring ample snacks. Children are always hungrier when they travel. I suggest bringing twice what you think you might need, in case of delays. A new toy or colouring / activity book is also a good idea and whatever you do, don’t forget wipes and a change of clothes!

travel hacks
 

 

 

Email the hotel before you go:

Avoid bringing the kitchen sink! Most hotels have baby equipment, so you wont have to bring your own. These are not always advertised in brochures, incase many families ask for buggies, sterilisers or bottle warmers at the same time. Call or email the hotel before you go and ask them what equipment they have. Pre book it if possible.
 

 

 

Like this post? You  might like these too:

Top tips about travelling with babies and toddlers 

Tips for driving with babies and small children.

 

Like Travel Tips ? See more here.

 

 

 
Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

Travel

Top 10 Family Holiday Deals In July – 2ad & 2ch From €1648!

children water

I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, who have some amazing family holiday deals in July. Here are my top ten picks!

 

***UPDATE – USE PROMOCODE HOLIDAY100 AND SAVE A FURTHER €100 OFF ALL OF THESE PRICES***

 

Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Salou, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have something here to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in July, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘EDIT SEARCH’, once you click on the links below.


 

Salou: Villa Dorada, All Inclusive, €2384!

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, the Costa Dorada, ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda, there is something here to suit all families. With Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura on your doorstep and Barcelona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

family holiday deals
While TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, I thought the Villa Dorada was particularly good value. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Villa Dorada has an entertainment programme, kids club and sports activities on site. This is an ideal choice for families looking for a lively holiday in the heart of Salou, with all meals and drinks included in the price.

Click here for more details:

 

Lanzarote: All Inclusive, 4* TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach, €3072 ex Shannon; €3194 ex Dublin

Lanzarote has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years, in fact it is constantly voted best sun destination at the Irish Travel Trade Awards. You can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options. I have chosen an All-Inclusive resort but TUI also have a wide selection of self-catering apartments available.

family holiday deals

Formerly known as the Holiday Village, the TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach is super family complex with kids clubs for children, teenagers and even babies. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.

Click here for more details: €3072 ex Shannon

Click here for more details: €3194 ex Dublin

 

Tenerife: All Inclusive, Splashworld, Villa Mandi & Siam Park, €3454

One of the main reasons families flock to Tenerife each year is to visit one of the world’s best water parks – Siam Park. There is a wide choice of slides here for kids of all ages. The Tower of Power and The Dragon will keep adrenaline junkies happy, while the Mhai Tai River and the huge wave pool, are great for all the family. Younger kids will love the Lost City – a fortress teeming with bridges, waterfalls, tipping buckets and 9 slides!

family holiday deals

This popular All-Inclusive resort offers free access to one of the world’s best waterparks, Siam Park, throughout your stay. Located off the beaten track, you can enjoy some quiet time but are also within easy reach of the lively Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. This large complex resembles a Mediterranean village and comes with four swimming pools, two playgrounds, a kids club and plenty of activities for adults and children, including a football pitch and live music shows.  The beauty of staying here is that not only are all meals and drinks included, but you have added advantage of staying in a 2 bedroom apartment, and not a small hotel room. Of course you also have free access to Siam Park which is accessible by a free shuttle bus. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is sure to please an active family.

 

Click here for more details:

 

Majorca:  Self Catering Mariners Club Apartments, €1861

Majorca is very popular with families. With short flying times and family friendly resorts, it’s not surprising Irish holidaymakers flock here during the Summer months. The Mariners Club is a highly rated self-catering apartment and is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday, without pool games and parties! There is a water park beside the complex for those who fancy some adventure and there is a large swimming pool, kids pool, playground and pool table on site. The complex also hosts shows twice a week with mini discos.

top picks for family holidays

Click here for more details: 

 

Majorca: All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3* Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €3008

The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

family holiday deals

Click here for more details:

 

Costa del Sol: All Inclusive, Globales Cortijo Blanco from €2300 ex Cork, €3095 ex Dublin

TUI have a wide range of holiday options along the Costa del Sol and Marbella is one of their most popular resorts. The beautiful old town of Marbella is full of shops bars and restaurants and you are also close to the stylish marina in Puerto Banus, if you fancy a change of scene.

The Globales Cortijo Blanco’s white washed exterior has a villa style appearance, with pretty courtyards and plenty of family friendly facilities on site. There are three main swimming pools, two childrens pools, a brand new outdoor play-zone, daytime entertainment programme, mini discos and a large open-air entertainment stage for evening shows. Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and a shuttle bus ride from Puerto Banus (free of charge), this is a great value property, with all meals and drinks included

Click here for more details: €2300 ex Cork

Click here for more details: €3073 ex Dublin

 

Algarve: Self Catering Alvorferrias Apartments, €2144 

One of my favourite family friendly resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvorferrias have been welcoming Irish holiday makers for many years. Although basic, they are ideal for families looking for good value accommodation within walking distance to the pretty resort of Alvor and the beach. The on-site facilities include a kids club, two swimming pools and an à la carte restaurant.

Click here for more details:

family holiday deals

Algarve: All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia, €3389

The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

family holiday deals

Click here for more details:

 

Lake Garda: 4* Poiano Hotel, Half Board, €2982

Lake Garda is becoming more and more popular with families. Not only is it visually beautiful, but there are many activities on the lake for families to enjoy. Gardaland theme park is  also close by which is a great day out for all the family.

family holiday deals

The Poiano Hotel is a great choice for a family holiday. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool on site as well as a kids pool and a host of activities such as tennis, archery, beach volleyball and yoga. There is a kids club (5-12 years), restaurant and a spa as well with live music a few nights each week. You can hire bikes and cycle into nearby Garda or take the free shuttle bus, it is only 2km away. You will be staying in a junior suite which has lake view and balcony, with breakfast and evening meal included each day.

 

Click here for more details:

 

Corfu, Self-Catering, Loulas Village Apartments, €1968

I brought my children to Corfu a few years ago and stayed in this very resort! The scenery, laid back pace, low cost of living and superb restaurants, make a winning combination. So if you are looking to try something different this year, Corfu might just be it!

family holiday deals

Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, the Loulas Village has been receiving Irish holidaymakers for many years. Kostos will be sure to give you a warm welcome and make you enjoy this laid back, family run apartment complex. Ideally located with some excellent restaurants and bars close by, this is a family property with traditional Greek charm.

Click here for more details:

 

I hope one of these family holiday deals will suit you. However if you need to change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, just click on EDIT SEARCH’ on the TUI website and change your requirements there.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 12th April, but are subject to change. This family holiday deals post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

travel deals

Travel

My Top Picks For Family Holidays This Summer – 2ad & 2ch from €1599!

family holidays

I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, to bring you my top picks for family holidays from their 2018 January sale.

 

Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Salou, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have something here to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. And that’s not all, you only need a deposit of €75 to secure a booking, with the balance payable ten weeks before departure. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in June, July and August, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’, once you click on the links below.


 

Best in Salou 

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, the Costa Dorada, ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda, there is something here to suit all families. With Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura on your doorstep and Barcelona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

3* Villa Dorada, All Inclusive from €1998!

While TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, I thought the Villa Dorada was particularly good value. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Villa Dorada has an entertainment programme, kids club and sports activities on site. This is an ideal choice for families looking for a lively holiday in the heart of Salou, with all meals and drinks included in the price.

Click here for 15th June: €1998

Click here for 27th July €2257

Click here for 17th August €2099

 

Best in the Canary Islands

Whether you choose Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, or Tenerife, you can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options.  I have chosen two All Inclusive resorts but TUI also have a wide selection of self-catering apartments available.

Lanzarote, All Inclusive, 4* TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach from €2695

Formerly known as the Holiday Village this super family complex has kids clubs for children, teenagers and even has a baby club. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.

Click here for 7th June €2695

Click here for 30th July €2833

Click here for 13th August €2848 

top picks for family holidays

 

Tenerife, All Inclusive, Splashworld, 4* Villa Mandi & Siam Park from €2629

Another excellent All Inclusive resort, the Villa Mandi offers free access to Siam Park, one of the world’s best water parks, throughout your stay. This pretty complex is like a Mediterranean village with four swimming pools, kids clubs and plenty of sports activities on site.

Click here for 8th June €2629

Click here for 20th July €3060

Click here for 17th August €2913

top picks for family holidays

 

Best in Majorca

The north of Majorca is very popular with families and TUI have a wide choice of accommodation to choose from. I have selected two properties, an All Inclusive property with a water park on site, and a quieter self-catering option with family friendly facilities.

Self Catering, 3* Mariners Club Apartments from €1619

The Mariners Club is a highly rated self-catering apartment and is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday, without pool games and parties! There is a water park beside the complex for those who fancy some adventure and there is a large swimming pool, kids pool, playground and pool table on site. The complex also hosts shows twice a week with mini discos.

Click here for 12th June €1753

Click here for 18th July €1831

Click here for 10th August €1619

top picks for family holidays

All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3* Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €2489

The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

Click here for 13th June €2489

Click here for 17th July €2698

Click here for 14th August €2689

my top picks for family holidays

 

Best in Costa del Sol

All Inclusive, Splashworld, 4* Globales Playa Estepona from €2632

TUI have some excellent All Inclusive options in the Costa del Sol, I have chosen the highly rated Globales Playa Estepona. This four star property has a brand new water park, numerous sports activities, kids club, day and night time entertainment and even has its own beach club restaurant. The hotel is situated close to glitzy Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre.

Click here for 29th July €2699

Click here for 19th August €2632

top picks for family holidays

 

Best in the Algarve

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. I have chosen two properties, a self-catering option in the lively resort of Albufeira and an All Inclusive property in the pretty village of Alvor.

Self-Catering, 4* Cerro Mar Garden from €1777

Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation, without entertainment programmes or pool games.  Highly rated on tripadvisor there is a spa, gym and whirlpool on site as well as some sports activities and a children’s pool.

Click here for 10th June €1777

Click here for 29th July €2075

Click here for 19th August €2040

top picks for family holidays

All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia from €2798

One of my favourite resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

Click here for 17th June €2798

Click here for 22nd July €2944

Click here for 12th August €3027

top picks for family holidays

 

Best in Greece

I brought my children to Corfu and Zakynthos and loved them both! The scenery, laid back pace and excellent value for money, makes Greece an ideal alternative if you want to try something different this year. From self-catering to All Inclusive resorts, TUI offer both in abundance. Here are my top picks.

Corfu, Self-Catering, Loulas Village from €1619

Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, the Loulas Village has been receiving Irish holidaymakers for many years. Kostos will be sure to give you a warm welcome and make you enjoy this laid back, family run apartment complex. Ideally located with some excellent restaurants and bars close by, this is a family property with traditional Greek charm.

Click here for 8th June €1619

Click here for 27th July €1799

Click here for 17th August €1699

top picks for family holidays

Corfu, All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3*+ Aqualand Village from €2639

For families looking for some adventure, the highly rated Aqualand Village won’t disappoint. With a waterpark on site and an afternoon and evening entertainment programme, the kids will be spoiled for choice!

Click here for 8th June €2639

Click here for 27th July €3284

Click here for 17th August €3063

top picks for family holidays

 

Kos, Self-Catering, 3* Mayflower apartments from €1597

These family run apartments are situated in the pretty resort of Tingaki. Highly rated on tripadvisor they are the perfect choice for families who are looking for a relaxing Greek holiday, but within easy reach of Kos town.

Click here for 2nd June €1597

Click here for 28th July €1772

Click here for 11th August €1730

top picks for family holidays

 

Zakynthos, All Inclusive 4* Alykanas Beach Village from €2878

This highly rated All Inclusive resort has a small splash park for young children, kids clubs and a great entertainment programme for everyone. There is also a quiet, adults only pool beside the beach if you fancy some quiet time! (I spent many afternoons there)! Visit Shipwreck Beach or swim with the turtles, Zakynthos is a beautiful island with lots to do for all the family.

Click here for 12th June €2878

Click here for 24th July €3266

Click here for 14th August €3125

 top picks for family holidays

 

I hope you enjoyed my top picks for family holidays and that you found something to suit you. Remember you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’ once you click on the links above.

 

All prices are correct at the date of issue , 12th of January, but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

travel deals

DestinationsEuropeFamily Holidays

3 Fun Things To Do With Kids In Murcia

terra natura

Swimming with sea lions, sailing in a lagoon and visiting a Roman theatre, just 3 fun things to do with kids in Murcia.

 

I have visited Murcia on numerous occasions as I am fortunate to have a sister who has a house there 🙂 Most of the time we tend to laze by the pool or beach and I’m almost ashamed to say, until this year, I didn’t realise there was so many things to do with kids in Murcia! The Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin kindly helped me plan some activities this year and I am so glad they did. This is what we got up to.

 

Terra Natura Murcia

We spent a whole day at Terra Natura park and we had a great time. In fact my son Luke (age 9) still says it was one of his favourite places he has ever been! Why? I hear you say… He got to swim with sea lions, hand feed giraffes and lemurs, and go down a huge water slide! Yes you can do all of this in Terra Natura. Although the waterpark is small in terms of the dedicated aquatic parks you may have visited, there are ample slides for all ages, a large swimming pool with a splash zone for small children and a small lazy river too. Add this to a fact Terra Natura is also home to an animal park, and you are in a kids paradise! Terra Natura has over 50 species of animals, the usual monkeys, rhinos, giraffes etc but where they are unique is that you can get up close with many of the animals.

For a mere €5 each you can feed the giraffes or the lemurs, or both! I have no doubt a similar experience would be 10 times the price elsewhere. This was an incredible experience and not only for the kids, we loved it too. One of the zoo keepers was with us the whole time and kept us informed or what to do and the whole experience was very memorable. We also took the opportunity to swim with the sea lions, this is also an additional cost, but only €20, which I think is also very reasonable. I was surprised at how long this was, we had a group session and then an individual one where the sea lion duly jumps up at kisses you on the cheek! Luke, in particular thought this was incredible and as you can see we got some amazing photos to prove it.

Thankfully numbers are limited and there are dedicated times each day for each activity, so make sure you book the sea lion swim and the animal feeding at the entrance. There is a sea lion show a few times during the day but unless you speak Spanish I would give it a miss. While it was good to see that it was mostly educational rather than watching sea lions perform tricks, but unfortunately we couldn’t understand it. Terra Natura also has falconry displays, educational talks on bears, giraffes and otters which are all included in the admission price. We didn’t get to see them, but suffice to say there is so much to see and do in Terra Natura that you should plan to spend the day there. They also run a 2 hour night safari on a Friday and Saturday night. At €15 it is sure to get booked out early so make sure you book in advance.

I should point out that the park is a strange mix, some parts are old and look in need of repair, while restaurants and bars for instance are very modern.  It was great to be able to get up close with the animals but like most zoos, I wished the bears and lions had bigger enclosures. It is however a great family day out and one that kids will love. The entrance fees are very reasonable, only €25 per adult in peak summer months and €15 in off peak, with the 2nd day offered free if booked online. I must stress however you should pay the the extra for the interactive activities, that is what made it such a great experience for us.

Visit Murica.TerraNatura.com for more details

 

San Pedro del Pinatar

Murcia is home to numerous beaches and most have their fair share of watersports available. San Pedro del Pinatar however, offers so much more. Located beside the tranquil waters of Mar Menor, this lagoon is ideal for kayaking, sailing or windsurfing. It’s sheltered location is ideal for novices to try something new, like ourselves 🙂 There is additional salt in the water which not only helps buoyancy but it is also known to help with rheumatism and skin complaints. We spotted people rubbing the dark mud on their bodies hoping to cure their ailments as we strolled along the peninsula. We also spotted the resident pink flamingos who, like many migratory birds choose the Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar Regional Park to nest. Walkers or strollers will love this ninety minute walk which starts at the impressive Quintín Mill and ends in the middle of the sea. The beaches are packed with cool beach bars and restaurants if you fancy a cool down after your walk.

We decided to try some of the water-sports that the region is renowned for.  We went to the Centre of Nautical Activities which is an impressive building at the far end of the beach. We could have taken kayaks out for a mere €4.8 per hour (how cheap is that) but we decided to go for the relaxing option and took a sail boat with our own private skipper, which is only €60 for an hour. We sailed across to the edge of the National Park while our attentive skipper showed Alex and Luke the ropes (excuse the pun). We had a fabulous afternoon and one I would highly recommend.

Visit CanSanPedro.com for more details:

 

Cartagena

Dating back to 220 BC, Cartagena, is one of Spain’s most historical cities. Complete with a Roman theatre, the Navidad fort and the Concepción Castle, there is so much here to explore. Children can enjoy workshops as well as interactive play as they are encouraged to become actors for the day at each of the museums. They can be pirates, Roman soldiers or even secret agents. Click here for more details.  If you venture 6km outside Cartagena you will find Tentegorra Aventura, a family adventure park. This is home to a maze, a wide selection of ziplines and a swimming pool with water slides. Why not combine some culture with some fun and visit both! Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get here on this trip but it is top of my list for my next visit to Murcia!

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

 

 

*Note the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin arranged these activities for me but all views, as always, are my own.

Family HolidaysTravel Tips

Top Tips to Keep Babies Safe In The Sun

mother-2549022_1280_opt

For families with new babies, hot temperatures can be a worry. Read my top tips to keep babies safe in the sun and get planning that next holiday!

 

I remember that anxious feeling when I was travelling abroad with my son for the first time. I think the poor child was covered from head to toe in full body swimsuits for the first few days! I’m pretty sure most first time parents are the same, we want to make sure we protect our kids in the best way possible. Over the years I have found that applying high factor sunscreen regularly, taking advantage of the free apps which will give UV forecasts as well as some other top tips mean I am no longer worried about going on holidays when temperatures are very high. In fact if this year is anything to go by, it is impossible to predict what the weather will be like when you are booking your holiday. We have just seen temperatures soar above 40 degrees in Spain and Portugal recently so if you are planning on avoiding the Middle East or even Greece because you think they may be too hot, think again. My motto is Always Be Prepared! Check out my top tips on how to keep babies safe in the sun that I wrote for the Falcon Holidays blog 🙂

tips to keep babies safe in the sun

Just click on the link below to read the full article.

 

Source: How To Keep Babies Safe In The Sun – Falcon Holidays Blog

 

Sarah

 

Like Travel Tips? See more here!

 

The Travel Expert

 

 

Pin It on Pinterest