Mother’s Day: that one designated day a year when you recognise the amazing women in your life. You bring them breakfast in bed, take the chores off their plate, and at least for the day, you acknowledge they’re always right, even if they’re not!
This year, why not extend the celebration with a Mother’s Day getaway the whole family can get on board with? (And yes, we did intend that pun.) With great food, rich local culture and history, and tons of sunshine, here are some of the best spring getaways for the whole family to enjoy.
Admiring art in Barcelona
Barcelona might be famous for its beaches, but there’s plenty more to the city than sun and surf. Celebrated artists such as Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí once called Barcelona home, and the Spanish capital is great way to introduce the family to art and architecture in a fun way.
Gaudí’s undulating influence is everywhere – most noticeably at the Sagrada Familia, a huge unfinished church and one of the city’s most renowned attractions. Parc Guell, another Gaudí creation, offers a space for kids to run around the grassy hills while parents relax along the undulating, mosaic-tiled benches.
For a more academic foray into Barcelona’s art scene, visit the Museu Picasso, a museum dedicated to Picasso, with more than 3,500 works of art.
Resurrecting history in Rome
A Roman holiday is the perfect way to get the family excited about history. Wandering through the Roman Forum will show them exactly how the Romans lived, while a session at the Roman Gladiator School, complete with sword-fighting techniques and traditional Gladiator dress, will take them straight back to the Roman era!
Once you’re done with the Colosseum, Gladiator certificates in hand, head to the picturesque Borghese Gardens and hire semi-motorised scooters designed especially for families. Pack a picnic and let the kids burn off that excess energy, while you relax in the shade with a cheeky glass (or two) of Pinot Grigio.
Lounging beachside in Tenerife
Nothing quite beats a beach holiday, and Tenerife is just the ticket. In addition to the requisite white sands, clear turquoise waters and luxurious resorts, Tenerife promises days of fun at Siam Park, one of the most spectacular water parks in Europe. From riding the adrenaline-pumping Dragon and Vulcano slides to surfing the largest man-made waves at the Wave Palace to cruising along Mai Thai River, the world’s longest lazy river attraction, the whole family will have a smashing (or splashing – corny, we know) time.
Skiing the slopes in Grenoble
If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to winter, take the family to the French Alps for a last hurrah on the slopes. Most of the crowds will be heading towards the sunshine so you won’t have haphazard skiers flying across your path, but the Alps still offer great snow into April with the added bonus of warmer temperatures!
It doesn’t have to be all about the snow, however – take a break at La Pierre Chaude in Chamrousse: it’s one of the best traditional tartiflette restaurants in the Alps.
Taste the flavours in Goa
India is full of traditional dishes, colourful spices and delicious flavours that you simply have to experience. While a plate of hot curry may not be to everyone’s taste, there are plenty of other local delicacies to try. In addition to beautiful beaches, perfectly preserved history, and incredible jungle wildlife, Goa, on the west coast of India, uniquely blends Indian and Portuguese culture and cuisine – stop by one of the beach shacks for a Goan fish curry, or head to Chef Fernando’s Nostalgia for authentic dishes you won’t find anywhere else.
So, go ahead and spoil Mum (and the rest of the tribe) with an impromptu family getaway – you’ll get the brownie points and the holiday!