When you’re travelling with a baby or toddler, it can be difficult adapting their routine to the local time zone. That’s probably why Lanzarote is so popular with parents - there’s no time difference. You can save yourself the stress of trying to convince a 2 year-old that it’s time to sleep when they’re still wide awake and eat when you normally would - phew.
In Lanzarote, location is everything. Toddlers and young children love the beach, and with 93 to choose from, you’ll have more than enough space to explore. With colourful beaches spanning the spectrum from traditional golden to the island’s famous black sand, Lanzarote is a toddler’s paradise. You’ll be digging holes and making sandcastles in no time.
When you’ve finished digging in the sand, try out rockpooling at Matagorda beach. Awaken your kids’ inner scientist by exploring the tiny pools caught in the rocks as the tide goes out. Pack beach shoes to protect yourselves from stubbed toes, and spend a few hours spotting different creatures in their mini seas.
Travelling broadens the horizons, but children aren’t always fond of broadening their palates trying new foods. If you need to feed a picky eater on holiday, it’s a good idea to have Majorca up your sleeve. Most restaurants will offer children’s menus with familiar meals, like burgers, pizza, and chips. And, most of them also offer Spanish and international dishes, too, so you won’t have to miss out on a great paella.
If you have a little Thomas the Tank Engine fan on your hands, the train to Soller is a 90-minute adventure they’ll adore. Take your seats in the charming wooden carriages and prepare to cross the route’s spectacular bridges, 13 tunnels, and architectural five-point viaduct. If you want to see the Majorcan countryside without the fuss of driving, this is the way to do it.
Have you experienced Ibiza’s family-friendly side yet? If you’ve swapped late night partying for waiting for your little one to fall asleep, you might not have considered the ‘party island’ for your family holiday. But the glowsticks and thumping bass lines are mostly confined to a couple of areas – there’s plenty of Ibiza left for family-focused activity.
Your baby or toddler may be a little young for diving or snorkelling, but a glass-bottom boat tour will give them a fascinating window into the world beneath the sea’s surface. They’ll love watching the fish and other creatures darting under the boat.
If you fancy splashing around in the water rather than on the surface, the Aguamar water park has rides and slides for the whole family. You’re welcome to bring your own food at Aguamar, which is ideal for picky eaters or if you want to save some money. Plus, there are plenty of changing facilities and lockers on-site, so you don’t have to carry all of your toddler gear around with you all day.
Long flights can be boring enough for adults, let alone kids - check out out flying long haul with toddlers for your next trip. But Menorca, just like Majorca and Ibiza, is under two and a half hours’ flying time, depending on your departure airport. That makes it one of the quickest and easiest options to get you and your baby or toddler to the beach with minimal fuss.
Talking of the beach, Menorca actually has more beaches than Majorca and Ibiza combined. The island is also home to Es Grau beach, famous for its long, shallow shore. The warm waters of the Mediterranean deepen so gradually that you’d have to wade out nearly 40 metres before it gets much above shin level. Toddlers love the shallow water, especially as it’s usually a little warmer than the surrounding areas. Think of it as an enormous natural paddling pool. Menorca is also the calmest of the Balearic Islands, with a gentler pace than its big sisters. Think relaxed days on the beach, family-run hotels and restaurants, and sparkling marinas.
If you’re looking for a baby or toddler-friendly holiday somewhere a little different, consider Sardinia. Italian culture couldn’t be more welcoming of babies and children, so your ‘bambini’ will not be fussed over wherever you go. Restaurants delight in serving little ones, though high chairs can be hard to come by so you might want to pack a portable. Look out for the ‘trattorias’ that locals visit with their children for the best child-friendly waiters and menus.
For wide-eyed tots, take them to see Sardinia unusual rock formations. There’s Roccia dell’Orso, which strongly resembles a bear, and you won’t miss Roccia , which strongly resembles a bear, and Roccia dell'Elefante – a giant elephant-shaped rock standing tall at the edge of the road.
If you’d prefer your wildlife to be a little more active, Sardinia has a real treat in store. No toddler can fail to be mesmerised by the sight of flamingos in their natural habitat, after all. These bright pink birds are the highlight of the San Teodoro Lagoon.
Ready to take the plunge with your toddler?
Check out our TUI FAMILY LIFE hotels, with their special Baby Club and Baby Lounges. And with pre-bookable equipment, you don’t have to pack the kitchen sink to make sure you have everything you need.
Author: Natalie Howells
The TUI FAMILY LIFE Coma Gran is just a minute’s walk from Sa Coma’s soft, sandy beach. You’re also right next to the town’s main drag, where you’ll find a choice of bars, shops and restaurants.
The TUI FAMILY LIFE Baia di Conte takes inspiration from Sardinia’s sense of family, and it’s sandwiched between a private beach and a national park.
Fun-loving families will find the best of all worlds at TUI FAMILY LIFE Club Aura, a peaceful hotel with free entry to the waterpark next door, and only minutes from buzzing San Antonio.
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