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Summer School Holidays 2017

Before you know it, the school year will be over yet again. Your summer fun's just waiting to begin. But who knows what the weather has in store! Weeks of sunshine? Or another summer school holiday washout? Head away to warmer climes this summer with James Villas. Pack your bags and set off on a family adventure, one where parents and children return smiling from ear to ear.

Below you’ll find your guide to 2017 summer destinations. Helping you choose the perfect playground for your family fun. Whether your children are like peas in a pod or chalk and cheese, we're here to help you find a destination that keeps everyone happy.

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Destinations for Your Summer Getaway

Cactus and volcanic landscape in Lanzarote


You can leave the tablets and smartphones back at the villa; Lanzarote is the perfect place to get back to nature. Your family’s opportunity for a digital detox! The island’s unique landscape makes it ideal for walking, discovering and adventuring. Take your children on a real life geography lesson exploring the extinct volcanoes and craters.

Head underground into the volcanic tunnels and caves. Locals once used these tunnels to take refuge from pirates and invaders and your kids will learn more about Lanzarote’s history here. If their ears pricked up at the mention of pirates, set a course for the piracy museum. Your little bandits will find a treasure chest of information. They'll learn so much without even realising - much easier than getting them to do their homework.

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Pink sand on Elafonisi beach in Crete


You’ll find history brought to life on Crete. The Palace of Knossos is entwined with the myth of King Minos, the Minotaur and labyrinth. Watch as their imaginations run wild, your kids wandering through the ruins, picturing this fascinating tale taking place.

Quite different but no less entertaining is a visit to Dinosauria Park, a prehistoric playground for inquisitive young minds. They’ll find more than just fossils! Its cinemas and play areas make for the perfect day out.

Crete’s family friendly beaches are also ideal for children. Balos Lagoon has shallow waters perfect for kids to splash about in. Or watch their eyes light up as they first catch a glimpse of Elafonisi beach, home to mesmerising pink sand. Wherever you choose, you'll find enough spectacular scenery to fill your memory card.

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Sandy beach in Fuerteventura


Are your little ones fascinated by the animal kingdom? Fuerteventura should have them bright eyed and bushy tailed. Head off to Oasis Park, the island's only zoo. Here they'll find fascination in the hippos, African elephants, reptiles and birds of prey. But be warned, you’re likely to learn lots of new animal trivia! You'll see your kid’s cogs start turning as you take in one of the educational shows.

If you’re setting off in search of beaches, Fuerteventura won’t disappoint. You’ll find 340 kilometres of coastline. Blessed with crystal clear water and sands ranging from black to white, it's easy for your family to find a secluded spot. Don’t miss the Saharan-like dunes at Corralejo. Not only are they seriously impressive to look at, the kids can continue their animal encounters on a camel safari.

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Sea view in Cala Tarida, Ibiza


With its child friendly beaches, Ibiza is ideal for your family getaway. You’ll find a playground for kids of all ages on its shores, from the shallow waters at Es Cana, to the wide white sands at Cala Tarida. Watch your little ones exploring the rocky coves of sheltered beaches, where you'll be protected from strong currents and large waves.

If your family prefers to take a walk on the wild side, you’ll find plenty of adventurous activities. Buckle up for go karting! It’s up to you whether you let the kids win, or perhaps you'd prefer some friendly family competition? You’ll also find excitement for all at the water park. Imagine the kids' faces as they set eyes on all the exhilarating slides for the first time. Go on, indulge your inner child, they'll thank you for it later.

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Valetta at night, Malta


You won’t find giving them their spinach any easier after, but a visit to Popeye Village will captivate young minds. They’ll be greeted by Popeye and all his friends as they explore this wonderful film set. There’s plenty of fun for all ages, so expect to find yourself humming the famous theme song as you head back to your villa.

Malta is also home to historic sites and museums. Your family can dive into the fascinating history of this island. This sought after Mediterranean base has been at the heart of ancient conflict and there are war museums and forts aplenty. Your mini academics might even find the inspiration for their best ever homework.

Valetta is European Capital of Culture 2018, so get a head start and see what all the fuss is about this summer school holiday.

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Sandy beach in Marbella

Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol caters to all tastes and ages, making it a great choice whether you’re travelling with toddlers or teenagers. Or if your children range from laid back to daring!

Head off in search of adventure, at the El Torcal Natural Reserve in Malaga. You’ll find 3 routes of different lengths and difficulties, so you can choose the one that’s right for your family. Perhaps you’ll all find a little extra energy once you see the towering limestone formations. You’ll encounter plenty of plants and wildlife on your walk too. From goats to geckos and birds flying overhead, your kids will feel like they’ve been on their very own expedition.

If your feeling tired at just the thought of a nature walk, Fuengirola’s mini train city tour will leave you more rested. It’s a fantastic way for little legs to explore the city - just hop on and off as you please.

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Cala Mondrago in Mallorca


If you're hoping for an active summer holiday, Mallorca could be ideal. Try your hand at stand up paddle boarding - a great activity for both adults and children. You'll find calm waters in a number of places across the island, perfect for youngsters to try something new.

Thousands of budding cyclists head to Mallorca's shores each year too. The island is a haven for them. But it's more than just mountainous trails; you'll find plenty of flat terrain, meaning you can choose a route that suits all ages and abilities.

Or why not take a walk along the paths of the stunning Mondrago Natural Park? This stretch of coastline is home to turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Plus you'll often see migrating birds in the wetlands, making it ideal for an adventurous family day out.

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