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    Family holidays in July

    Family holidays in July

    By Mark Frary

    Looking for family holidays in July 2019? I have compiled some exciting ideas for you and your family both at home and abroad, whatever your budget. You’ll find recommendations for families with children of all ages through to teenagers.

    July family holidays in Europe

    The Med is an obvious destination in July. The weather is pretty much guaranteed to be hot and sunny (sometimes very hot) and there’s a tremendous choice of resorts, islands and family-friendly hotels.

    Self-catering will save you money and give you plenty of freedom. You can rent upmarket villas on Greek islands such as Corfu and Paxos, or find comfortable villas with pools on the pretty island of Kefalonia. I also recommend these villas in Pendamodi in the Cretan countryside (see the latest offers).

    In Spain, you’ll find some excellent villas in Mallorca and on the mainland in Catalunya (check out the special offers). In the pretty town of Sitges close to Barcelona I’ve found some great luxury villas for families. See my selection of the best self-catering holidays.

    Croatia is growing in popularity with families, and you can find villas on the coast and within walking distance of local villages. You can also explore the coast of Croatia – it has 1,000 islands – on a crewed boat. Find out more from local experts Sail Dalmatia.

    France is good value if you avoid regions like the Cote d’Azur. Try Siblu, which has holiday villages across France in mobile homes with big pools, free kids clubs and sports facilities. See the latest offers. If you want your own villa, try this selection of family villas in the Dordogne.

    The French island of Corsica has a great selection of villas, apartments and residences.

    If you prefer a hotel to self-catering, you should consider Sani Resort in Halkidiki, Greece. It’s great for kids, has lots of facilities and beautiful beaches.

    For a real bargain, head to Bulgaria where a week’s holiday with flights for a family of four can cost well under £2,000 in the school holidays. Resorts like Sunny Beach and Pomorie offer pristine Blue-Flag beaches and temperatures above 25ºC.

    More upmarket, the Italian island of Sardinia also has stunning beaches, and outstanding family hotels such as Forte Village and Chia Laguna. In Puglia in the south of Italy, I recommend this selection of family hotels which includes the Borgo Egnazia and the Kalidria Thalasso & Spa Resort (perfect for young children). See the latest special offers.

    For great beaches, clear warm seas and good food, it’s hard to beat Turkey where you’ll find a great collection of boutique hotels and luxury villas in charming resorts such as Kalkan. The family-run Kalkan Regency is a particularly good hotel.

    Or try Mark Warner’s new Phokaia Beach Resort in Turkey, which has childcare included in the price for ages 3 – 17 years. It includes free group tuition in sailing, windsurfing and paddle board plus tennis, mountain biking, fitness classes and a daily activity programme for kids. See the latest special offers.

    If you love being on the water, these flotilla sailing holidays in the Mediterranean are prefect for families. Experience is not required, but you can learn the ropes first on a Stay and Sail Holiday which starts with a week at Surf Club Vassiliki in Greece, followed by a week at sea. Or join a gulet cruise along the coast of Italy, Turkey or Greece.

    Long haul family holidays in July

    The Caribbean is the UK’s most popular long-haul destination in July. I recommend heading to an island with direct non-stop flights from the UK – if you’re travelling with kids you want really want to be messing about with connecting flights. If you go to the likes of Antigua or St Lucia you can be unpacking within a hour of landing.

    In Antigua, Blue Waters is superb for families with B&B and all-inclusive options, and a free kids club. Carlisle Bay is the luxury option.

    Another recommended all-inclusive is Beaches Resorts which has family hotels in Turks & Caicos, along with Negril and Boscobel in Jamaica.

    If you want action and excitement, how about Japan where dazzling high-tech cities and ancient towns connected by bullet trains offer everything from manga comics to Hello Kitty, sumo wrestling to Samurai castles. Try this 13-night family holiday.

    If your family loves adventure, wildlife and the big outdoors, you could take a direct British Airways flight to Costa Rica to explore volcanoes, cloud forests and surf beaches. This 10-day Costa Rica for Families tour includes a stay in a rainforest lodge, river-rafting, wildlife-spotting, Arenal volcano and relaxing beach time.

    Nearby Belize is another exciting option: this two-week family group tour in July and August features encounters with monkeys and toucans, an overnight stay in a jungle lodge in the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Sanctuary, plus snorkelling and swimming in the Blue Hole National Park.

    Africa is also a good option in July. The weather is generally very good and there is no jetlag. Get the best of both worlds on a wildlife and beach family safari in Kenya, or take a Kenya Migration safari which includes three exciting nights in Rekero Camp, sleeping in comfortable family tents.

    If you’re concerned about malaria, head to South Africa where you can view the Big Five in malaria-free game reserves such as Madikwe and Pilanesberg, both of which have great programmes for kids.

    July is a good time of year for Madagascar where you can take a lemur tracking safari, enjoy a whale-watching boat trip and visit a pirate cemetery.

    America is an exciting destination for slightly older kids. Enjoy the freedom of the road by renting a motor home. Or pile into a rental car and explore California. Most popular trips for families include this eight-night California Classic from San Francisco to Los Angeles along Route 1 to Santa Barbara, Mandalay Beach, Monterey Bay and Disneyland.

    Hang with the cowboys at a luxury resort ranch in the American West (no riding experience is necessary) or show off your equine skills at one of these small working ranches.

    Surfing in Devon

    UK family holidays in July

    If the sun shines, there are few places more beautiful than the British coastline and countryside. And of course there are no airport queues or pricey Euros.

    It’s no surprise that Cornwall is one of my top picks. I love the Sands Resort Hotel which has family-friendly rooms, four Ofsted-registered children’s clubs and lots of activities including surfing and rock-climbing (see the latest offers). And Gwel an Mor is another great place to stay with luxury wooden lodges and its own wildlife centre.

    Self catering is good value. Rent one of these 350 family-friendly cottages in Cornwall. Also there are baby-friendly cottages. For cottages in Devon, I recommend the specialist rental company, Helpful Holidays.

    How about a stay on one of these working farms? For pet lovers, I have found a lovely collection of dog-friendly cottages around the UK.

    In the Channel Islands, the Merton Hotel in Jersey has an Aquadome (pools, slides, fountains, sauna and steam room) and a Flowrider where kids can learn to surf.

    Find more family holiday ideas, and holidays for teenagers.

    Last updated: 12 March 2019

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