Nothing quite satisfies the excitable kids or the relaxation-seeking parents like family beach holidays, transporting you to sand-filled destinations famed for action and adventure on one hand, and indulgence and rejuvenation on the other. Hitting the beaches of Europe is an ideal way to spend your summer holidays in 2016, with some of the world’s most desirable beaches located just hours away. Whether you hit the Mediterranean coast in the south of Spain, take to the diverse and rugged islands of wonderful Greece or sip on cocktails and lay on beach loungers in Portugal, there are countless sunny beach holidays awaiting your arrival.
Scintillating Spanish Seaside
Spain is often near the top of the list when it comes to family beach getaways, with wonderful beaches complimented by fantastic tourism infrastructure that spans delightful restaurants, fantastic kids’ entertainment and excellent accommodation options – all vital ingredients towards accomplishing your ideal family holidays. The Costa del Sol has long been a magnet for holidaying families, famed for its long list of desirable beach resorts, home to superb beaches, wonderful water parks and perfect weather, with resorts like Torremolinos, Marbella and Estepona often sat top of the tree. Others like to spend their family beach holidays residing on the beautiful Canary Islands. In addition to the islands’ long list of unrivalled beaches, you’ll also discover countless dramatic landscapes that are inspiring to discover. Tenerife is home to the Mount Teide National Park, a fantastic place for the family to explore, delving into the volcanic qualities of the island. The Balearic Islands also offer beach bliss within paradisiacal scenery. Majorca is among the most popular destinations, home to a vibrant atmosphere blessed with the typically alluring strips of sand, while Menorca serves as something of an idyllic and serene getaway for families seeking the beach lifestyle away from the tourism crowd.
Gorgeous Greek Getaways
Greece also serves as a haven for those on family beach holidays, serving up a variety of beach-filled islands and desirable mainland coastlines to be considered a key player in the beach getaway game. The island of Rhodes is one of the most popular destinations to land on, home to countless breath-taking beaches as well as a fantastic water sports scene. You and the kids can spend one day swimming, snorkelling, diving and surfing and another day simply laying back and sunbathing on the sands of Lindos Beach, Faliraki Beach or Gennadi Beach. Crete continues this theme, boasting an endless range of gorgeous beaches, as well as being home to various intriguing caves, Minoan ruins and engaging archaeological sites, allowing you and the kids to exercise your inner Indiana Jones during your family beach getaways. Santorini is another desirable location for families looking to indulge in the stunning coastline on offer in Greece. In addition to the great range of beaches, Santorini is also one of the most picturesque islands in the country, boasting remarkable landscapes, traditional cave houses and stunning cliff-perched towns.
Alluring Coast of the Algarve
Portugal’s most popular tourist destination, the Algarve, proves the perfect location for family beach holidays, blessed by superb beaches, dramatic coastal scenery, mouth-watering cuisine and several avenues of action and adventure. Spend one day relaxing on the soft sands of one of the region’s premier beaches, spend another learning to surf on the clear blue sea and another dining on regional dishes while peering out to the ocean. Albufeira is one of the most popular places to reside during holidays to the Algarve, blessed by great beaches, a fascinating old quarter and one of the best nightlife scenes in the Algarve. Those seeking something a little more tranquil will prefer to base themselves in the charming and quaint little town of Olhos d’Agua, an authentic destination by the shore that proves to serve as a great escape from the main tourist throngs of the region. If your kids have got some excess energy to expel, there’s no better destination to do this than in Lagos. The resort is renowned for its excellent water sports scene, in particular surfing, and with numerous surfing schools dotted around the resort, Lagos proves the ideal place for the family to try their hand at a new sport.