Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Here are 10 great ones that will help keep grandchildren, from pre-schoolers to pre-teens, occupied, interested and in control while travelling with you.
Summer hiking in the alpsCreated by Charlotte in Travel
Famed across the world for its supreme skiing, medicine the Alps stretch across thousands of miles of snowy cliff sides and peaks. That said, buy once the winter begins to fade and the sun starts to shine, herbal the melting snow reveals a long and lush landscape of green meadows, leafy forests and floral valleys; the perfect place for a summer hiking trip.
One of the most stunning mountain spots in France is the Vanoise National Park, the biggest nature reserve in Western Europe. The park offers a number of walking and hiking trails, which suit all abilities, from family friendly strolls to challenging mountaineering routes.
You can wander across this beautiful area for a full day hike or a half day trek, with the snow capped peaks in the distance and a carpet of flowers spreading along the hillsides.
The region will also give you a sense for local village life, as it is scattered with quaint villages that are home to farms and cheese making alpages, where you can try some local produce and enjoy soaking up some laid back French culture.
Active little ones will be kept happy by a vast array of outdoors activities, from swimming and cycling to white water rafting and nature watching.
Ischgl sits within the Paznaun region of the Alps, and was once just a mountain farming village. The resort is filled with hiking trails and walking routes, with a hiking bus that travels across the neighbouring towns to an array of route starting points, and the cable car taking visitors to the peak of the Silvretta mountains.
The hiking trails stretch across a thousand kilometres here, meandering through a landscape that is filled with waterfalls, reservoirs, lakes and valleys.
Pretty Alpine inns and taverns can be found across the routes, providing the perfect place to stop mid hike.
If you’re planning on taking the grandchildren, Ischgl boasts a number of activities and sports that suit younger visitors whatever their age, with the Kid’s Club Paznaun offering fun for children up to 10 years old, and the Youth Club for children between 11 and 16. The clubs offer activities from nature scavenger hunts and experiments, to biking and water sports. There are also a number of relaxing picnic walks you can enjoy as a family.
The Vaudoise Alps soar into the sky amidst green fields and meadows, dropping amongst wide valleys and rugged limestone crests. This classic Alpine landscape offers 250 kilometres of hiking trails, which range from slow strolls for beginners, to steep mountain paths for the more adventurous.
Hikers will be impressed here by the sights along the way, from lakes and rock formations to the panoramic views from the Berneuse summit. If you’re looking for a gentle stroll or are travelling with the grandchildren, you will also find a good network of cable cars that offer to ease the walking load but still deliver sights and panoramas.
Children will find plenty of entertainment alongside hiking, such as swimming, mini golf, volleyball and cycling, with some picnic and playground areas also dotted across the resort.
The Alps are easily accessible from a number of European airports, so use a flight comparison site like Cheapflights to explore possible destinations.