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5 of the Best Places for Family Holidays in May

We've put together our top picks for a family adventure holiday this May. Plus - all our May Half Term departures fit into school holiday dates - so why not read on to find out where you could be this May...

Croatia: River Adventure

Precariously poised between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia is a deeply cultural place blessed with a myriad of striking natural settings. Its island-speckled coastline is undoubtedly its main attraction, but delve further into this fascinating country and you'll find breathtaking natural beauty, irresistible sunshine, stunning architecture, delicious cuisine and oodles of history.

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Discover all this from a kayak, raft, bike or on foot in this multi-activity holiday which takes you along the country's cleanest river, the Mreznica, through Plitvice Lakes National Park and along the Una River in Bosnia. Clear waters, unspoiled woodland, dramatic waterfalls and rocky peaks make this one of Europe's most desirable retreats, and the perfect place to spend a healthy week or two with your family.

Read more about Croatia River Adventure here

Morocco: Atlas Mule Train

One of our most popular trips, this is perfect for families - particularly those with youngsters, offering the perfect combination of culture, nature and relaxation. Morocco's richly exotic and entrancing culture taps into all the senses, earning it the title of 'the country that travels within you'. So leave the miserable grey skies behind, take a tiny step out of Europe and you'll discover that it?s a huge leap into a carnival bursting with vibrant character and colour that can?t be found elsewhere.

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Start in Marrakech, where you?ll step onto the world-renowned Jemaa el-Fnaa square and find storytellers, fire-eaters and street entertainers coming at you from all directions. Then leave the bustle behind to explore the tranquil Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains. Here, life is set at a slower pace, and easy walks with picnic lunches and mule support provide the ideal way to discover the majestic Moroccan scenery and fresh mountain air (the climate in May is ideal for walking). Let the kids ride the mules while you stretch your legs and get to know the friendly Berber people. Your trip will end with a few relaxing days on the coast in Essaouira where you can stroll around the ramparts, wander through winding streets packed with Moroccan crafts or simply relax on the beach.

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Spain: Active Catalonia

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is one of the most visited cities in the world, but this distinctive and proud region of Spain has so much more to offer, and this trip will allow you to experience its rich cultural and authentic beauty. With activities ranging from river trekking, canyoning and sea kayaking to abseiling, mountain biking and zip-lining, this action-packed adventure is particularly well-suited for families seeking a bit more thrill and excitement than a standard beach holiday.

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Start in a beautiful medieval village, steeped in history and brimming with architectural beauty. Then pick up the pace by grabbing a wetsuit, helmet and harness and taking to the rocks and turquoise pools of water under the leadership of a professional guide. Over the next few days you'll fly across the woods on a zipwire, kayak along the rugged coastline, test your bow and arrow skills and abseil down waterfalls... but rest assured there is still plenty of time to relax and explore the highlights of Catalonia at your leisure. From the coast to the mountains and everything in-between, this is an amazing family adventure full of discovery, nature and activity, and will leave you with a feeling of satisfaction, bountiful healthiness and a craving to do it all again!

Read more about Active Catalonia here

Malta & Gozo: Active Gozo

Enjoying a mild climate all year round thanks to its position in the warm Mediterranean waters, Gozo is characterised by fertile valleys, mosaics of tiny fields bordered by dry-stone walls, winding cobbled streets, honey coloured buildings and fairytale hills topped with churches. It's only 25 minutes on the water from its bigger sister Malta, but it's time to slip back a few decades, throw away the stresses of modern life and appreciate a more laidback lifestyle.

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Discover the delights of this tiny island on our exciting family adventure, where you'll take part in a range of activities including climbing, abseiling, cycling, kayaking and snorkelling, perfectly balanced with cultural excursions and relaxing beach time. You'll get to know the friendly locals and learn about their fascinatingly vast history by playing traditional 'bocci' with them as well as visiting local farms and villages. Gozo really is a lovely island and makes for the perfect family holiday to be enjoyed by all ages.

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Slovenia: Alpine Adventure

With more than half of its total surface covered in forest, Slovenia is one of the greenest countries in the world, and even regular visitors are constantly mesmerised by its sheer natural beauty. Nestled in an unspoilt corner of Europe, it has that 'off the beaten track' feel yet offers all the activities you could want. This trip encompasses a huge amount, and from the central location of your accommodation in Bled, you'll spend each day discovering a different part of Slovenia.

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Start in the Alpine region with walks around the Bohinj Lake where you can stop to cool off in the crystal-clear waters. Then head west to the Julian Alps and enjoy an adrenalin-filled day of white-water rafting down the River Soca. Watch the world whizz past whilst zip-lining and tobogganing, then venture down to the coast for a day of exploring limestone caves and traditional coastal towns by kayak. Then it's back into the mountains where you'll cycle through alpine meadows and have a go at rock climbing. Provided you can embrace a culture that pays no heed to the call of mass tourism, Slovenia is simply perfect for active family holidays.

Read more about Alpine Adventure here

Inspired? Let us take you there...

See all of our May Half Term family adventure holiday departures here and get away from the norm this year.

Please phone us on 01962 737 560 for more information.