The British invented the seaside. Other nations will surely contest this claim, but the historical evidence is unambiguous. This year, on July 22, the world will celebrate 283 years since a British man and his wife first had the brilliant idea of going to the beach. Already I can feel incensed readers preparing to contradict me, their fingers poised above their keyboards to post hostile comments. What are you on about? How can you prove? Surely, the Romans at Ostia? Hawaiians with their surfboards? Sappho on Lesbos? Of course, in the two million or so years of human evolution, some of our ancestors must have thought it would be nice to lie on the shingle listening to the sound of the waves, but... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in Taking the water Everything is here: loafing in the sunshine, swimming, seafood, the need to boast about it all to a friend, and even the slight guilt at enjoying such a brainless … [Read more...] about How an English vicar invented the beach holiday
David Atkinson Travel writer Follow 13 June 2019 • 12:12pm Ahead of Father’s Day, single father David Atkinson wonders when lone dads will be as welcome on holidays as married parents We went to stay with Spanish friends during the last school holiday. It worked well for a family trip with two other kids for my two girls to play with, the freedom of an unstructured routine and an insider sense of the local culture. But, most of all, as a man who has travelled alone with his kids since they were young, there was another man there who both understood the challenges of modern fatherhood and shared my passion for showing his children the world. I often struggle to find this kind of camaraderie on a family holiday. The sense of isolation I have felt at times as a divorced father - I share custody jointly with the girls’ mother - has made for some uncomfortable travel experiences. It’s not just the practical aspects, such as who keeps an eye on … [Read more...] about Why do single dads face so much casual sexism when they travel?
With pebble beaches, turquoise water, pristine islands and car-free seaside towns, Croatia is a great destination for a family holiday. Add tasty food, a genuine appreciation of children, excellent sports facilities, and a new generation of hotels aimed specifically at families, and you have all the elements necessary for a memorable trip. But where can you find the best villas? Which beaches are most suitable for families? Which companies provide the most inspiring and challenging outdoor adventure holidays? Read on for my pick of the 10 best ways for families to visit Croatia. Have I missed your favourite way to holiday in Croatia? Let us know in the comments below. 1. Best for keeping everyone happy Built around a Venetian-era harbour, Rovinj, in Croatia’s north-western Istrian peninsula, across the Adriatic Sea from Venice, exudes romance, without excluding families. Stay at Amarin, and you can enjoy a candlelit dinner for two, as services include 24-hour childcare. … [Read more...] about The 10 best family holidays in Croatia
Portugal ticks all the boxes for family-friendly holidays for parents and children alike. It is only a quick flight away and yet comes with pretty much guaranteed sunshine and its beaches are among the very best in Europe: golden sands without a pebble in sight. Children can be seen and heard, are welcome in restaurants for dinner and are generally indulged from north to south, east to west. Happy children, happy parents goes the maxim but Portugal also pleases notoriously tricky teenagers with its surfing and grandparents with its wine, castles and culture as well. But which is the best part of Portugal for your family? Can you beat the crowds? And how can you take advantage of the fact that Portugal is consistently voted the best-value destination in western Europe? To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium … [Read more...] about The 10 best family holidays in Portugal
People from Yorkshire are the kindest in all of England. This was the conclusion my seven-year-old daughter, a Londoner with Sussex roots, came to 24 hours into our walking trip through the moors and dales. She was biased: we had just finished reading The Secret Garden together and, in all of English literature, there is no family more instantly lovable than the Sowerbys. Martha, Dickon and their mother harness the wild, rude health of the rugged Yorkshire landscape to heal the broken spirits and sickly bodies of the contrary Mistress Mary and her wheelchair-bound cousin, Colin, the ailing heir to Misselthwaite Manor. So embedded were we in the tale of the orphaned Mary Lennox and her ailing cousin Colin, and so disapproving was my daughter of my feeble attempts to summon a Yorkshire accent when reading aloud, that we decided that the only remedy was a quick trip to the heart of this – on the page, at least – homely and dramatic county. For while the Sowerbys captured our … [Read more...] about How a good book