Family holidays, a wonderful moment to share together. Yet, organising such trip raise several questions. What destination to choose? In which hotel to stay? And most importantly, what activities to do during your stay? Maybe a city trip on a bike in family? Little Guest answers all these questions in this article, giving you all their advice, with a ranking of the best cities in which you can bike in family.
To ensure the peacefulness of your holidays, Little Guest invites you to check its top 5 of the best cities where biking in family will allow you to admire wonderful landscapes. Visit these cities in a fun and easy way: let us guide you and discover the kids-friendly hotels of the region.
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With all our advice, you will have the chance to spend moments in family in a safe way and enjoy your bike ride while taking pictures and contemplate the splendid landscapes.
First stop, Amsterdam, also called the Northern Venice, is a pleasant port city which progressively became a must-see in terms of city trips in Europe. Notably known for its cultural heritage with the flower market, the Van Gogh Museum or the Moco, this city is also ideal for bike rides on the bike paths or in the small pedestrian streets.
In the Netherlands, restaurants usually close their doors quite early, around 8 P.M., and the places that are still open up until 10 P.M. are rare. You will have a large choice of restaurants and vegetarian cafés to taste uncommon dishes. De Silveren Spiegel is one that is set in buildings dating back from 1614. Its indoor decoration, which gives it an undeniable style, makes it the ideal location where to taste a cuisine that is a delicious as creative.
It is very easy to rent a bike in Amsterdam, and just with a quick look at the city, we quickly realise that bicycles reign over the place. If you arrive at the central station, you will find a bike rental agency nearby but you can also encounter them right at the centre of the city. Most of bike rentals propose simple bikes, with a child seat, children’s bikes, tandems, cargo bikes and even electric bikes. Rentals are flexible, they can be made for just a few hours or the whole day.
Since bike there is immensely popular, there exist many itineraries to visit the heart of Amsterdam, but also to discover the surroundings of the capital with their splendid windmills. During your stay, we recommend you to go to the Vondelpark, a magnificent urban park. Discover the flower market, go on a cruise on the canals, visit the different museums of the city or Anne Frank’s house (make a reservation, as a large number of museums do require an online reservation).
Nothing better than a hotel located at the centre of the city to appreciate your stay in family. Discover the Pulitzer Amsterdam ***** and its kids-friendly atmosphere. At your arrival, your children will find welcome gifts, game and colouring books. They will have the time of their life on the giant swing and the rocking horse. Moreover, this hotel offers a babysitting service, a fitness room and, the icing on the cake, it also proposes to book a cruise on the canals of the city for just the two of you, between lovers.
The wonderful German capital, Berlin, welcomes you for you to discover its cultural and artistic heritage. Mainly known for the Museum Island but also its ancient avenue: the Unter den Linden. Visit the city and find its secrets in the different neighbourhood of this European capital rich with a lively past.
Would like a calm and creative atmosphere during your meals while you stay in the German capital? Discover the Klipper Segelschiffrestaurant, a restaurant set on a sailing boat, the ideal place for sea fruits lovers. Right next to the Insel der Jugend, you will have the chance to eat all sorts of fish and traditional German dishes. Finally, choose a breakfast and flee the capital’s bustle during a marine interlude.
To explore the German capital on a bike, several solutions are offered to you. You will find renting stations, for regular or sports cross bikes. A trek, maybe? Prefer a Call-a-bike option, which puts to rental trekking bikes near the large crossroads and the train stations. You can also choose self-service bikes through the following phone applications: Nextbike or Donkey Republic.
For you biking trips, choose the prepared itineraries or let the destiny guide you. Go through the city and the alleyways filled with secrets. Admire the famous sites such as the Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall memorials or the Saint-Nicholas Church. Just like every touristic city, Berlin also has must-see locations: have a walk on the Museum Island, and don’t hesitate to check the Brandenburg door or the Reichstag Palace.
In Berlin, the Lulu Guldsmeden **** is the family trip reference. This hotel welcomes you in a warm atmosphere and offers a play area for children. Appreciate the privileged location of this hotel to discover the city and the nearby family activities such as the famous zoological garden, the Tretower Park or the Labyrinth Children’s Museum Berlin. This hotel also leaves to the disposal of families and guests bikes, ideal for a city trip in family.
Considered as one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, Barcelona and its surprising architecture offers a unique atmosphere. During your stay, visit the indispensable Sagrada Familia, have a break at the Güel Park or have a walk in the Gothic neighbourhood alleyways, the Barrio Gotico. Also admire the Casa Batlló, a building conceived by Gaudí, in a modernist and Catalan style.
A stay in Barcelona without trying a paella? An outrage! The Bodega Joan is a restaurant that proposes combined paellas in a nice and hearty atmosphere. While waiting for your dish, let the wonderful Serrano ham and gambas tempt you, accompanied with a small glass of wine.
Biking is the best way to explore a city at the pace you like and to go wherever you like. In Barcelona, you will find several bike rental agencies spread across the city. Several brands exist, which propose a large choice: city bikes, BMX, mountain bikes and baby equipment.
To discover Barcelona and its surroundings, you will find a large choice of existing itineraries, but you can also choose to let adventure guide you and randomly find unexpected marvels. Regarding the routes, you will easily find one that will suit your needs, such as a ride alongside the coast, or maybe a visit in the heart of the city to discover the most emblematic monuments of Barcelona.
In the surroundings of Barcelona, the hotel Mas Salagros EcoResort ***** is a genuine natural haven with vast green areas. There, reconnect with nature and take part in outdoor activities. Your children can head to the kids-club which proposes a large choice of manual activities. They can also splash around in the pools of the hotel, which are under the surveillance of lifeguards all day long. This Eco-resort also provides with a thermal tour and cosmetic eco-workshop for the older children.
What about a fascinating and bewildering getaway? Fly to the Hungarian capital, Budapest. On the edge of the Danube, discover the grand cultural and architectural richness of this city : castles, verdant parks, gastronomic restaurants and a guaranteed nightlife atmosphere.
As it progressively became a refined place for gastronomy, you will have the chance to let yourself tempted by the cuisine of a new generation of chefs there, a creative, light and tantalising one. Find out more about the Hungarian gastronomy by sitting at the beautiful terrace of the Dunacorso, a historical restaurant the offers traditional dishes from the region with a splendid view over the old city of Buda.
A large number of bike rental agencies exist in this wonderful city. These rental places offer city bikes much like mountain bikes. They generally are open from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. Also find equipment, such as child seats, baskets and, obviously, helmets.
For a bike visit in Budapest, prefer a ride at the heart of city so to explore the alleyways and admire the must-see places. During your trip, have a halt at the Liberty Square, right in front of the Parliament, or in the main park of the city. Discover also the night routes to contemplate the city by night.
After a nice day biking, relax at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest *****, a hotel that put children in the limelight thanks to an entertaining programme. They will be greeted with presents and will take part in treasure hunts or will watch movies and read. In family, go for the zoo of Budapest, the Miniversum or the Hungarian Railway Museum. Finally, after a day filled with exploration, parents can unwind at the wellness centre of the hotel.
Head to Heraklion, Crete’s capital full of splendid landscapes and its wonderful fine sand beaches bordered with a turquoise-blue sea. Occupied by the Roman Empire, this city is then filled with archaeological sites and historical museums. Go back in time and explore the ruins of the Knossos palace or by visiting the Heraklion fortress. Appreciate the light and animated atmosphere of the city by walking in the city centre.
Visiting and feeling the culture of a city also goes through the plate! For this, nothing better than the Taverna Geronymos which offers a Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Your family will be warmly greeted with a tasteful and rich gastronomy. The ideal place for a great meal in family.
It has never been this simple to rent a bike. You will find plenty of rental agencies at the heart of the city, which propose regular bikes but also e-bikes. These agencies also provide with safety material such as helmets. You will have the possibility to book online so to ensure some availability of the material.
To make your holidays the best ever, discover the many routes so to satisfy everyone. In fact, we would recommend you to go for a ride in the heart of the city to admire the architecture and discover the city and its history. Maybe you would prefer a ride by the Northern coast or in the Cretan countryside… Whatever your choice will be, there are a plethora of possibilities.
Make your holidays by the sea splendid by staying at the Grecotel Amirandes ***** and its unique programme dedicated to children! This piece of paradise for the children provides with a baby-club, a kids-club and even a teens-club: a large array of activities for unforgettable moments. For the family activities, try a horse ride the time in the morning, and go diving in the afternoon to explore the marine life. Finally, for parents, the hotel boasts an 18-hole golf court, a wellness centre and boutiques.
Have a good trip, and happy holidays with Little Guest!
Lucie, 20 years old, student & travel enthustiast, from Saint-Étienne