Family Travel: 'We need sun for half-term' - Europe - Travel - The Independent

Family Travel: 'We need sun for half-term'


Q We're keen to go away during October half-term with our four-year-old daughter, somewhere within a four-hour flight that will still be warm then. We'd prefer the coast – and a nice hotel – with some activities for our daughter and cultural excursions for us. Where do you suggest? D Hawks, via email



A Crete, with its family-friendly resorts, sandy beaches and pleasant average October temperature of 20C, is a popular half- term destination, and comes in under your four-hour flight stipulation. The port town of Agios Nikolaos, on the north coast, is one good option. Set on a hilly peninsula beside Lake Vouslismeni, there's no shortage of hotels and resorts, mainly on the outskirts bordering sandy beaches. Agios Nikolaos itself is teeming with tavernas, cafés and craft shops, and has a quaint Folk Museum and fascinating Archaeological Museum. While it can get busy, there's plenty of breathing space further out on the beaches; and you could do a half-day boat trip to one of the outlying islands. These trips, booked through local agents, often include a barbecue, and cost around €60 (£50) per person.

The Tapestry Collection (020-8995 7787; www.tapestryholidays.com) offers one week in Agios Nikolaos at the St Nicolas Bay Hotel from £2,180 for the three of you, departing 23 October. This includes return easyJet flights to Heraklion, transfers and accommodation with breakfast. St Nicolas Bay is a luxurious village-style resort opening on to the beach, with an infinity pool, spa, children's club, games room and cinema. Babysitting can also be booked.

Alternatively, you might consider a coastal city, and Barcelona is hard to beat. With warm weather in October, the Catalan capital has a great buzz and plenty of activities for any age to enjoy. Gaudi's wacky Park Guell (Metro Liceu) is peppered with fairy-tale architecture, play parks, and craft sellers. The Picasso Museum is just one of many cultural places of interest, and a visit to Boqueria market is a must. You might not want to brave the sea, but the beaches are lovely for a stroll, stopping off for a paella in Barceloneta.

Flights are operated by easyJet (0905 821 0905; www. easyJet.com); BA (0844 493 0787; www.ba.com); Bmibaby (0871 224 0224; www. bmi baby.com); Jet2.com (0871 226 1737; www. jet2. com); Flyglobespan (0870 556 1522; www.flyglobespan.com); and Monarch (08700 40 50 40; www.flymonarch.com). A central family hotel is the Petit Palace Opera Garden (00 34 933 020 092; www. hthoteles.com), with doubles with an extra bed from €235 (£196). Also, www.kidsinbarcelona.com is very useful.



Send family travel queries to The Independent Parent, Travel Desk, 'The Independent', Independent House, 191 Marsh Wall, London E14 9RS; or email crusoe@ independent.co.uk

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

News
Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
newsWho are the people in this photo? It took Elizabeth Stringer Keefe 13 years to find out
Arts and Entertainment
Evil eye: Douglas Adams in 'mad genius' pose
booksNew biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Sport
FootballFull debuts don't come much more stylish than those on show here
News
i100
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Kim Kardashian drawn backlash over her sexy swimsuit selfie, called 'disgusting' and 'nasty'
fashionCritics say magazine only pays attention to fashion trends among rich, white women
Arts and Entertainment
TVShows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Arts and Entertainment
Hit the roof: hot-tub cinema east London
architectureFrom pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
Travel
travel
News
The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.
SCIENCE
Life and Style
tech
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Arts and Entertainment
Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition attracted 562,000 visitors to the Tate Modern from April to September
art
Life and Style
Models walk the runway at the Tom Ford show during London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015
fashionLondon Fashion Week 2014
News
Kenny G
news
News
peopleThe black actress has claimed police mistook her for a prostitute when she kissed her white husband
Life and Style
techIndian model comes with cricket scores baked in
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    USA/Florida Travel Consultants £30-50k OTE Essex

    Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...

    Marketing Executive / Member Services Exec

    £20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...

    Sales Account Manager

    £15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...

    VB.NET and C# developer (VB.NET,C#,ASP.NET)

    £30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: VB.NET a...

    Day In a Page

    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    The Imitation Game, film review
    England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

    England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

    Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week