3 family escapes away from the crowds

Yellowstone National Park vista

Looking to escape the crowded beaches of the typical holiday hotspots and get away from the maddening crowds?

You may want to choose a destination that isn’t quite so obvious. With this in mind, here are some of the best family ‘get away’ holidays the world has to offer.

Salema, Villa do Bispo, Portugal

There aren’t many unspoilt places left in the southern Mediterranean that haven’t been overrun by tourists, but somehow Salema remains virtually untouched.

Situated in the Costa Vincentina national park on the southern tip of the Algarve, this gorgeous coastal town consists of a collection of whitewashed houses which are centred around a stunning white sandy beach and is perfect for a family holiday in Portugal. Here the fishing boats still go out every morning and seafood shacks cook up some of the freshest seafood you will find anywhere. It has a very ‘family friendly’ feel to it and nothing is too much trouble. Why not rent a room from a local which overlooks the beach where you can sit watching the sun go down with a glass of something cold. In the morning explore the market or simply relax down on the glorious beach.

All inclusive in Cuba

Cuba is definitely one of those up and coming destinations that caters for couples and families and Cuba holidays can be an affordable option for the family too. Why not go all inclusive around the area of Varadero. Just 30 minutes from the main airport Varadero houses some of the best ‘all inclusive’ resorts on the island. The area surrounding Varadero has around 21 kms of sandy white beaches that surround the crystal blue waters of the Hicacos peninsular. Water sports are the primary form of activity here, however golfing lovers will be pleased to know that they will also find the only golf course in Cuba right here. With all year around sunshine and plenty to see and do, going all inclusive in Cuba is the perfect family escape.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park vista

If you are looking for the ultimate outdoor holiday getaway for all the family, then you may want to consider the area known as Yellowstone National Park. Straddling three US states (Wyoming, Idaho and Montana) the park covers an area of 3468 square miles. Some of the key features are of course ‘old faithful’ the amazing hot spring geyser, Yellowstone’s very own ‘grand canyon’ and the resplendent hues of the Grand Prismatic Spring. In addition to this there are a wealth of activities such as cycling, fishing and hiking. Why not elect to stay in one of the many stunning lodges situated throughout the park, or if you truly love the outdoor life, then you may want to consider a few nights under the stars in one of the many camp sites.

Bisons get massive in the Yellowstone Park

When it comes to family escapes, these three ideas are bound to ‘whet’ your appetite for travel and are a far cry away from the tourist traps that many of us seem to head for. Wherever you decide to go, you can be assured the holiday of a lifetime.

What say you?