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On a budget and worried you’ll have to miss out on a family holiday? Think again. Choose your location wisely and you can cut down on costs in a big way, ensuring your loved ones get the break they deserve without any money worries. Here are three perfect destinations for any family on a budget.
1 – Albufeira, Portugal
It’s difficult to imagine a more beautiful holiday destination than the Algarve, and fortunately this area of Portugal is budget-friendly too. Chances are your kids will want to spend hours by the sea, playing on the sandy beaches and splashing around in the clear blue water, but there’s also plenty to do away from the coastline.
Zoo Marine, a marine life centre, is especially popular with families, with sea creatures, shows and swimming pools to keep little ones entertained, while outdoorsy types will love the horse riding treks and boat trips.
You won’t have to look far to find restaurants with facilities for kids, either — places like Festa da Praia have entertainment like playhouses, rides and swings to ensure they never get bored. (No play equipment? No worries — Baby Center have plenty of tips for keeping kids occupied when you go out to eat.)
2 – Edinburgh, UK
Want to take the family on a city break but worried about tired children? Head to Scotland’s capital, where the hop-on, hop-off tour bus will take you to all the sights, like the famous Edinburgh Castle and the Museum of Childhood. This way of sightseeing is also ideal for pregnant mothers who want to go on holiday with their family but need to take it easy — Holidaysafe’s guide to pregnant travel has plenty of planning tips.
The best thing about Edinburgh? There are lots of free attractions to keep you busy. The National Museum of Scotland and Scottish National Gallery are filled with artefacts and paintings respectively, with the gallery also offering interactive exhibits and kids’ storytelling sessions.
If the weather’s good, make your way up to the ancient volcano Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park, where you can look out across the whole city. For those who’d prefer not to climb, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh also has stunning views and thousands of species of plant to admire, including a 200-year-old palm tree.
3 – Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech may be slightly further afield, but the flights are still cheap and it’s an excellent opportunity to introduce children to a completely different culture.
Take them to Jamaa el Fna square and they’ll stare in wonder at the henna artists and street performers, especially the snake charmers. Wander through the souks to browse — and maybe even haggle for — shoes, jewellery and traditional clothing, or take some time to relax in Cyber Park, where children can run around freely.
Feeling peckish? Luckily the most delicious food in Marrakech is also the cheapest, with street food like sfenj (doughnuts), harira (tomato, chickpea and lentil soup) and maakouda (potato cakes) on offer for very reasonable prices. Look for the stalls the locals buy from to know you’re getting the best deal.
Have you been to any of these places?
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