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Climb every mountain?

You can still enjoy active breaks when baby goes too..

Whether your idea of the perfect holiday involves clambering up a mountain, snorkelling in the deep blue ocean, or just ensuring that you get a few rounds of golf under your belt while you're away, the great news is that you can still do all of this and more when you're travelling with children.

Operators are increasingly realizing that many parents DO want the same sort of interesting, adventurous holidays once they have children and offer excellent childcare and kids activities in these locations. This means you can enjoy and focus on your chosen pursuit – anything from waterskiing to paragliding – while your little ones are looked after.

Equally, holiday companies are aware that you may want your children to participate too – so from skiing in Austria to family hiking in Morocco, there are a range of opportunities to participate en famille. And on the days when you all want to take it a bit easier, there are invariably a range of other more sedate activities on offer to appeal to all ages from splashing around in the pool, to relaxing on the beach or visiting local attractions.

You may even find yourself considering the sort of active breaks you'd never have dreamed of in holidays BC, simply because they're so welcoming towards families.

Take Sunsail Clubs holidays: they specialize in great sailing, watersports and shore-based activities but the childcare is also second to none – babies can be cared for from just 4 months in the excellent crèches with qualified nannies, while older children are cared for by both nannies and trained instructors who will encourage them in a range of activities from treasure hunts to sandplay, singing, windsurfing and
informal sailing. Added to this, their clubs in Greece, Turkey and Antigua are all in beautiful locations. For a review of a Sunsail Clubs holiday, click here .

Another type of holiday that may not have occurred to pre-children is a summer alpine break. The Alps are, of course, an excellent winter sports destination but more and more families are discovering that companies such as Ski Peak offer superb family breaks there, along with excellent childcare. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or paraglider or whitewater rafter, or if you just fancy relaxing and taking in the view in pretty towns like Chamonix in France, it's well worth considering (nb also quick flights from UK to Geneva, and short transfers to many of the resorts).

Watersports enthusiasts really do have an excellent choice of destinations (from Cyprus to the Maldives) and pursuits – from waterskiing to diving and even deep-sea fishing in some locations. Luxury operators Abercrombie & Kent feature some the world's best hotels with a range of activities to match, all taking place against stunning backdrops.
Meanwhile, Hayes and Jarvis are one of the operators who specialize in water-based sports – their diving programme is very highly thought of, while watersports are free at many of their hotels.

Par for the course too is the great choice of breaks available to golfers of all abilities – from the Algarve to Spain – whether you're playing off a handicap or just getting into the swing.

So what are you waiting for? – let your fingers do the walking to find your perfect, active family break.

walking / sailing / watersports / tennis / golf / alpine / ski

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