We get it – sometimes with family activities abroad you feel like you’ve seen it all, so today we’re teaming up with our friends at NOVASOL Holiday Homes to bring you the biggest and the best of family-friendly activities and attractions in Europe. It’s your family holiday. It may only be once a year – so why do it by halves? We’ll also give you a few recommendations as to where we think you should lay your head after a day out exploring – don’t say we never treat you…

Start your engines: Europe’s tallest rollercoaster

We dare you to head to Spain’s PortAventura World, where Europe’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster awaits you and your thrill-seeking kids. Opened last year in Ferrari land, this metal menace propels adrenaline junkies at a speed of 110 mph in just 5 seconds, reaching a maximum summit of 112 metres. If that isn’t enough to get pulses racing, the pictures taken after the near-vertical drop surely will. Remember to smile for the cameras!  You have to be at least 1.4 metres to ride this one, but for little ones and those who’d prefer not to experience G force at a Formula 1 level, there are plenty of other rides to choose from, as well as the beautiful seaside town of Tarragona nearby with its amphitheatre and beaches.

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Make a splash: Europe’s biggest aquarium

Nausicaa is no average aquarium – it’s amongst the largest in Europe and after a major expansion in May 2018, there has never been a better time than now to take the plunge. In the charming town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, just 30 km from Calais, you’ll find this behemoth structure brimming with all manners of colourful marine life. From the gracefully gliding Giant Manta Rays to playful seals and sinister sharks, spot the cast of Finding Nemo amidst 58,000 different sea animals. Don’t miss sea lion training, getting up close and personal at the touch tank, and feeding times. For your own feeding time we recommend venturing out to eat at one of Boulogne’s typically French bistros, brasseries or cafes.

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Let the games begin: Europe’s largest playground

Linnaeushof is not just any old playground – It’s Europe’s biggest! With over 350 different play structures to choose from, there is a huge amount here to spark young imaginations. Whether you’re revving your engines at the go-kart track, aiming for a hole-in-one whilst playing mini-golf, or making a splash at the waterpark, there are all manners of family frolics to be enjoyed. Guests pay just €12 for a day ticket, and you can even bring your own picnic if you’re looking to keep costs down on your big day out. To top it all off, this playground paradise is less than an hour’s drive from the capital, where a huge host of cultural hotspots, including galleries, museums and Amsterdam’s iconic waterways form a playground of their own.

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If we’ve piqued your interest, head to www.novasol.co.uk, where you can find your ideal base for family fun in Europe with prices starting from just £299 per week!

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