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5 travel destinations for active families

Surfing in Portugal or hiking in the Rocky Mountains, here are the best destinations to get the whole family active this summer.

Cycling in Banyoles, Spain

Cycle through one of Spain's most beautiful regions

Cycle through one of Spain's most beautiful regions

Cycling through the Catalonian landscape is an idyllic way to explore one of Spain’s most beautiful regions. Adventurous kids will embrace the chance to do some serious mountain biking, while those who prefer gentler activities can leisurely cycle through vibrant fields and stop off to admire the mountain views. Staying close to the mountain-spring-fed Lake of Banyoles will provide your family with plenty of scenic cycling routes and opportunities for outdoor swimming. The Dormestany is a family-friendly country house, only a short ride from the lake, and it has free bike rental for guests.

Horse Riding in Fazenda Nova, Brazil

Explore Brazil on horseback

Explore Brazil on horseback

Fazenda Nova’s lush tropical forests, sprawling mountain ranges and well-worn trails make it a wonderful destination to explore on horseback. Visit the Sao Paulo Highlands for the best mountain views and indulge in a coffee-tasting at one of the area’s many plantations. Monte Verde is also loved by horse-riding families, thanks in part to the unspoilt landscape and the protected reserves. The Pousada Pedras e Sonhos is the region’s most popular place to stay for families.

Surfing in Espinho, Portugal

A kitesurfing championship in Espinho

A kitesurfing championship in Espinho

Despite being known as the volleyball capital of Portugal, surfing is where Espinho really comes into its own. The temperate climate and protected beaches make it especially popular with surfing families – although with over 8 km of beaches, it never gets too popular. Azul beach and Baía beach are best for inexperienced surfers. Spend the morning on the beach and then head back to the Guest House A&Z to dry off (less than one-minute walk from the beach), followed by a peaceful afternoon exploring the town.

Kayaking in Granada, Nicaragua

Idyllic time at the Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve

Idyllic time at the Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve

The Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve in Granada has benefited from Nicaragua’s commitment to eco-tourism. Clear water, thriving wildlife and restricted tourism have all contributed to making this inactive volcano crater a delightful place to kayak, swim, hike and relax. To make sure that your aquatic activities do not contravene the local conservation laws, it’s always worth checking in with the locals. Stay at the Apoyo Lodge for access to the lagoon and a friendly staff to advise you on how your family can responsibly enjoy this natural phenomenon.

Hiking in the Rocky Mountains, Canada

Hiking through Jasper National Park

Hiking through Jasper National Park

The snow-capped mountains, lakes, waterfalls and unique wildlife make the Canadian Rockies an unforgettable experience, and kids in particular will love exploring the region. Guided tours offer the chance to see bears feeding and undertake wilderness survival training. After hiking and canoeing through some of Canada’s most gorgeous natural scenery, you can soak your well-used muscles in one of the region's natural hot springs. Or return to the beautifully situated Basecamp Resorts and make good use of their rooftop hot tubs.