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Europe is the perfect place for a family holiday. From its museums to its parks and gardens, it's a diverse continent with much to offer. There is also plenty to see for every age group, with many zoos and theme parks for children and galleries and architecture for adults.

When you plan any European trip, it's a good idea to take out the relevant family travel insurance to protect you in the event of illness, loss or cancellations.

Top 5 family destinations in Europe

1. Valletta, Malta

Malta is home to exotic beaches, an expansive harbour and some of the best marine life in Europe off its shores, such as dolphins and whales. You can explore the Lower Barrakka Gardens, and Valletta makes a great base to explore the rest of Malta from.

2. Paris, France

Paris is a hub of family-friendly activities, from visiting the famous paintings of the Louvre to taking a day trip to Disneyland Paris. With its outdoor cafes and boulevards, your children will have great opportunity to brush up on their French lessons while also meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

3. Rome, Italy

Rome in Italy is a great centre of history for families. With famous buildings such as the Pantheon and the Coliseum, they provide the opportunity to teach your children about Roman history, one of the most interesting empires in the world.

4. Lapland, Finland

What better way to spend Christmas than meeting the real Father Christmas? At Lapland, your children can do just that in Santa's Holiday Village, where you can visit Santa's workshop and even go on Santa themed rides at the Santa Claus theme park.

5. Cyprus

Cyprus is the perfect beach holiday, filled with glorious coastlines so you can have the opportunity to sunbathe and snorkel. You can also visit the ancient monuments which are open all year round.

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