Family Closer to Home Destinations

Less than three hours flying from London

We have a spectacular range of family activity trips less than three hours by plane from London, so you won’t have to fly far for outdoor leisure with Activities Abroad!

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In the Oetz Valley, Austria, you’ll be able to design your own itinerary after being allocated a set of spendable ‘activity points’. Brave a session of canyoning, with natural water slides and rocky jumps; show off your skills with a bow and arrows on an archery course; have your first taste of mountaineering with a guided glacier safari. The choice is yours!

For a complete change from the usual holiday destinations, how about Croatia? We have several holidays from which you can choose. Drop into the Plitvice Lakes National Park – recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – for a spot of canoeing or stand-up paddling over its marvellous waters. You may like Novigrad on the Adriatic Coast, with all kinds of water sports in its picturesque bay. Starigrad in the Paklenica Riviera is an alternative, with jeep safaris and canoe trips to get you acquainted with its verdant surroundings.

If you’re after beach-based entertainment which is only a short flight away, our holiday to Portugal’s Alentejo Coast is exactly the one for you. No more tourist-filled trips to the Algarve: this is a crowd-free paradise with some of the best surfing spots in Europe. You’ll be based in a national park area with one of the continent’s cleanest rivers: head down the crystalline Mira and look out for rare wildlife! Alentejo’s valleys also have secret lagoons where you can go for a cooling swim.

You might prefer neighbouring Spain – but why stick to standard cityscapes when you can explore the wilderness? We’ll take you to the Catalan Pyrenees, a region blessed with close to 300 days of sunshine a year. Work up a tan while mountain biking almost 2,000 metres above sea level and learn how to horse-ride through the open spaces around you. If you do reach the end of your trip and want to stay on to see a bit of urban Spain, we may be able to arrange accommodation by the seaside in Barcelona. Your family will be treated to some of the finest Spanish culture and cuisine.

Closest of all is England’s beloved Lake District – cut out flight time and have fun on home soil! As well as leading you around its poetic landscape, we’ve planned activities which will allow you to experience this region in new ways. Head to a mountainside stream and try the local practice of ‘ghyll-scrambling’; venture over to Honister Slate Mine and conquer the heights of the ‘Via Ferrata Xtreme’ climbing route. And of course, you won’t be missing out the lakes themselves: there will be plenty of water sports on Derwentwater, the so-called ‘Queen of the English Lakes’.


Portugal’s Alentejo Coast has Europe’s finest surfing and is perfect for family water sports activity holidays.


For a splendid family activity holiday close to home, journey with us to the beautiful Lake District.


Get active in the alps and on thrilling rivers on our family activity holiday to Austria.


Bring the family to Slovenia for an adventure holiday and enjoy of rafting, gorge exploring, zip-wiring, and canyoning.


Enjoy Spain’s sunshine-filled Catalonia on our amazing family activity holiday in the Pyrenees.

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Family holidays are so important so please get in touch and let our Travel Experts use their firsthand experience to help you make the right decision for your family. We’ve explored our destinations with our own families, we’ve slept in the accommodation, dined in the restaurants, rafted on the rivers, zip wired through the tree tops, played in the snow, marvelled at the Northern Lights… So please contact us if you have any questions.

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