castle showIf you’ve got family holidays on the agenda this year, or if you’re planning to whisk the kids off for a big getaway next year, there is a magnificent array of first-rate family holiday destinations just waiting to be explored.

Close to home, you’ve got Portugal’s glorious golden coastline, The Algarve, which is a family-friendly haven of sun, sea and sand. You could head to beach-centric Albufeira, with its fantastic selection of bays and beaches and a lively resort vibe that ensures plenty of fun by day or night. At the other end of the scale, Carvoeiro is much quieter and serves up a low-key holiday resort huddled around a gorgeous bay. Kids will have plenty of fun in the nearby water park and there are plenty of day trips on offer too.

Or for something a bit further afield, you could head to the Canary Islands. This sun-drenched archipelago certainly knows how to serve up great family holidays, and you’ll see it in everything from its sculptured beaches and excellent hotel kids’ clubs, to the local theme parks or water parks and the superb array of activities along the coast.

Further still, when it comes to family holidays you really can’t beat Florida. All the major tour operators arrange family holidays to Florida, Thomas Cook among them, which helps to make your getaway that little bit easier. Renowned the world over for its action-packed theme parks and famous cartoon characters, kids will have a whale of a time here in the company of Mickey and Minnie at Walt Disney World Resort. Or you could opt to stay a little away from the hustle and bustle, perhaps in an apartment or your own villa, and enjoy family barbeques on the terrace as the sun goes down.

Whatever type of family escape gets your vote, you certainly won’t be short on choice. It’s just a matter of finding your favourite.