The Best Destinations to Take Pre-school Kids in September
02 October 2017
If you have a baby or toddler not yet of school age, then taking them on a break during September’s start of the academic year will ensure competitive holiday prices and reduction in number of tourists once you get there. Short flights and plenty of interesting sights to explore yet stay safe are at the top of the list when it comes to child-friendly getaways, so take a look at our favourite fly-and-flop destinations your babies and tots will adore.
Port de Sóller, Majorca, Spain
This traditional Majorcan village situated on the west coast next to an arrestingly beautiful horseshoe harbour provides pampered luxury for both yourself and your children. This sophisticated holiday destination is lined by an inviting sandy beach for children to play, while the pedestrianised promenade offers a child-friendly environment in which to escape the intensity of the midday sun while enjoying an array of cafes, restaurants and shops.
Isola d’Elba, Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany’s Elban beaches provide travellers with every imaginable beach type, with your atypical golden sanded coastlines interspersed with rocky shores and well-equipped resorts. These sands are ever more inviting when during the off-peak months, where the holiday crowds have long since dispersed and you are free to explore the immaculate wonder of the Tuscan coasts, while cable car rides, informal restaurants, and a range of family accommodation options make this a great choice for an out of season beach escape with the little ones.
The Isle of Mull, Scotland
With the temperatures in September still pleasurably mild in Scotland, The Isle of Mull represents a fantastic choice for a late-summer holiday with babies and tots, particularly if you feel they aren’t quite ready to board a flight. The ferry ride from Oban across to the island is a mini-adventure for young travellers wishing to live out their favourite pirate-voyage fairy tales. The Isle of Mull is also home to one of Scotland’s finest sandy beaches in Calgary Bay, with fish and chips on the menu after enjoying a short walk suitable for even for tots in backpacks.
A stay at Gerakas beach is a guaranteed trip of a lifetime with small children in tow. Local inhabitants and tourists alike flock to the sloping shores of the beach in the late afternoon to enjoy one of the finest stretches of sand on the island. Moreover, the beach is highly accessible by ramp with a buggy, and hatching turtles can sometimes be seen in early September scurrying to the safety of the water. Discerning local accommodation choices for visiting the beach include Diana Palace Hotel just twenty minutes drive away, where a kids’ pool is part of a host of family friendly amenities.
When taking kids closer to school age on holiday, Patara represents a more adventurous yet hugely rewarding option for more seasoned young fliers. Gently layered white sand coastline can be found within the country’s largest beach on this south-west stretch, with children particularly enjoying the warm shallow waters and the banks of sand dunes creating endless fun and timeless memories. Away from the beach, bustling local markets and secluded mountain villages provide a distinctly cultural aspect to your trip.
Ile de Ré, France
Creating a myriad of fond memories, a trip to France’s Ile de Ré includes beaches with pools at low tide for kids to play in and surf-friendly waves for keen surfer parents. Local markets are available to stock up on snacks for a beach picnic and any required baby changing items, while balmy evenings can be spent strolling along the coastline and enjoying a local ice cream.