Read more on the 10 best holiday destinations for families in 2020

Family holidays are always special – you get to spend quality time together (a rarity if you have teens!) and make unforgettable memories of all your adventures together. If you’ve not booked your 2020 family holiday, have a read of our guide below, and let us know in the comments which destination you got in the quiz.

1. Jamaica


Blue Hole waterfalls, Jamaica

Best for: Families who are into water-sports
Ideal for kids aged 12-18

Jamaica – a tropical paradise for both the young and the young-at-heart. Rapid waterfalls, a fascinating musical history, and beaches as far as your eyes can see – this Caribbean island has really got it all. Good news, it’s also the best place to take your kids. From living it up in waterparks to swimming with dolphins, no matter your child’s age, they’ll have plenty to do! And while they enjoy themselves on the beach, you can relax with one of their famous rum cocktails. Read more on Jamaica in our Ultimate Guide to Barbados, St Lucia and Jamaica

2. Andalucía, Spain


Alhambra, Granada

Best for: Families who want to get their culture fix
Ideal for kids aged 0-18

An all-time favourite country, a trip to Spain never gets old. Being such a versatile country, you can go back time and time again and never run out of things to do. Especially southern Spain, particularly Andalucía, with its gorgeous beaches, impressive cities, and buildings such as the Alhambra in Granada. You and your kids will get to experience the best of both worlds the perfect combination of culture-filled activities and beach fun!

3. Kotor, Montenegro


Kotor, Montenegro

Best for: Families who are keen to explore new regions
Ideal for kids of all ages

Unspoilt by tourist crowds, Montenegro is one of our favourite destinations for 2020. Gorgeous sandy and pebble beach’s fringe the countries dazzling Adriatic coast, while the countryside boasts plenty of UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Kotor’s old town as well as stunning national parks and lakes. If you happen to visit the country in July, you’ll get there just in time for Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children – a blast for the entire family, especially younger kids. 

4. Cornwall, England


St Ives, Cornwall

Best for: Families who want a warm seaside retreat
Ideal for kids aged 0-18

Staycation is the buzz word on everyone’s lips right now – but why not? We’ve got so much on our doorstep that we often overlook. Next year, why not just head to the southwest and marvel in the beauty of our very own coastline in Celtic Cornwall. From the seaside vibes of St Ives, the space-age domes of the Eden Project and the wild craggy coastline fringing this incredible county – and not to mention the actual warm climate – you’ll wonder why you don’t do holidays in the UK more often. Read all about Cornwall in our Travel Guide. Cornwall is also included in the England Coast Path, in the Southwest Coast Path section – find out more about these coastal walks here.

5. Canada


Banff National Park, Canada

Best for: Families who enjoy being in nature and spotting wildlife
Ideal for kids aged 15-18

Oh, Canada. Not only are Canadians probably one of the friendliest people on earth, but their country has also got quite a lot to offer as well! Huge cities such as Toronto and Quebec will give you fantastic sightseeing and cultural fixes such as Quebec’s castle Chateau Frontenac or Toronto’s CN Tower. Vancouver, however, offers gorgeous beaches in addition. Got a family of animal lovers? Take the kids on a wildlife safari or whale watching to see some of the world’s most fascinating animals!

6. Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

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Pa Sai Beach, Koh Yao Noi

Best for: Families who just want to relax
Ideal for kids aged 12-18

Summer, sun, and fun – that’s what Thailand will have in store for you during your holiday. Still relatively undiscovered by the tourist crowds, the island of Koh Yao Noi is the best holiday destination for teens to escape the daily school routine, and for you to fully restore your energy levels – with plenty of time to discover the island’s lengthy, sandy beaches, water-sports activities and delicious restaurants.

7. Ireland


Best for: Families who like uncovering historic treasures in epic natural surroundings
Ideal for kids aged 0-18

Fancy a holiday purely inspired by nature? Then Ireland is the place to be for you and your family! From rafting to hiking to visiting ancient castles or cliffs by the seaside – the options are endless, and your kids will most definitely enjoy the change of scenery and playing the role of an explorer! Tired of country life? Ireland’s buzzing capital, Dublin, makes an exciting day trip! If you want to delve further into Ireland as a place to travel to, then have a look at our Travel Guide, which will give you the low-down.

8. Corfu, Greece

Paleokastritsa beach, Corfu

Best for: Families who like to spend time by the beach
Ideal for kids aged 2-16

Greece, especially Corfu, has been a popular family destination for years now, and it seems to continue to grow in popularity each year – and rightly so. You and your children will have an absolute blast. Just think of the sandy beaches, blue skies, and all the ice cream you can enjoy by the sea. It’s the ultimate seaside retreat (with a little more sun than the UK seaside!) And, if you get restless, there’s the option to explore the gorgeous old town of Corfu. We put together a one-week itinerary to help you get the most out of this enchanting region.

9. Dordogne, France


Medieval Chateau Beynac, Dordogne

Best for: Families who want to live like the locals
Ideal for kids aged 0-12

No matter which region in France you’re travelling to, you’re guaranteed a great family holiday that ticks all the boxes. For 2020, we highly recommend the Southwest region of Dordogne. Popular among locals and tourists alike, the picturesque area boasts historic forts, quaint villages, and endless vineyards. Not to mention the gorgeous countryside! Our blog ‘48 hours in the Dordogne‘ details the top things to do if you’re only there for a short amount of time… although we can guarantee you’ll want to be there for longer! 

10. Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Dalmatian Coast

Trogir, Croatia

Best for: Families who like to get their hiking boots on
Ideal for kids aged 12-18

Croatia has a scenery unlike many European countries – and with its picturesque coastline, historic cities, and plenty of beaches it might just be the best holiday destination for the whole family. Looking for a great combination of laid-back and adventurous? Exploring the national parks for a hike is a great day trip, followed by a full day of relaxation on one of the many beaches the next day. Want to know more about this historic gem? We wrote a handy Travel Guide with all the essential information (and some tips on where to go!)

Found your dream destination for 2020? Wherever you choose to go, we’re sure you’ll have the time of your lives! Villa holidays are perfect when you’re looking to stay somewhere with the whole family, because you get the privacy and independence of your very own home-from-home that you can truly relax in (and with Oliver’s Travels, our places have plenty of space for even the biggest of groups!) If you need help in planning your holiday, don’t hesitate to reach out to our free concierge service.

Happy travels!


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