At first glance, there is little about a city-break that screams “child-friendly”. With its busy roads, frantic city workers and a distinct lack of greenery you would be forgiven for thinking this would be the worst place to bring a child. But you would be wrong, as more families are combining their love of the big smoke with a camping holiday for all the family.
It might seem a strange combination but more and more families in the UK are booking summer holidays that combine city breaks with camping, according to European camping operator Eurocamp. Not content to leave children behind or avoid visiting their favourite cities, families are opting to combine both resulting in a substantial increase in enquiries and sales of urban camping family holidays in the past year. This trend signals that parents no longer feel that they have to sacrifice a city break for more child-friendly destinations.
By choosing city camping, parents and children can explore the culture a city has to offer but still retreat to a more family-friendly resort whenever they like. Within Eurocamp’s parks, kids can make the most of the swimming pools and on-park activities while parents put their feet up and relax.
Ruth Start, head of sales and marketing at Eurocamp, says: “It’s not surprising that families want to combine a cultural city break with their annual family holiday. Camping in the city gives families the best of both worlds: all the fun of a Eurocamp park with an added cultural and educational value to the holiday.”
So now there’s no reason to swap your dream city break for a family-based resort as now you can have both. The camping operator has parks in major cities across Europe that offer all the fun of a traditional family holiday with the added bonus of being close to the city centre. Choose from parks in Tuscany, Paris, Costa Brava, Sardinia and Croatia among many others. Eurocamp’s Ljubljana resort in Slovenia is perfectly placed for a camping city break.
Families can take advantage of the secluded child-friendly park which hosts a range of fun-packed activities and boasts three heated pools with whirlpool and running river, and then head to the vibrant city centre where you can wow the kids with museums and monuments galore.
Or why not treat your family to a city break in Paris? The crowning glory of northern France offers something for absolutely everyone, no matter what age. With countless sights to see and a host of bars and restaurants, Paris is one of the world’s great cities. There’s no chance your children will ever get bored especially with Disneyland nearby for the young and the young at heart. For a day trip, Picardy and Normandy offer some spectacular sights, beautiful countryside, stylish resorts, famous battlefields and some of the most grandiose cathedrals on earth. So if this sounds like your ideal family break then why not jet off this summer?