Travelling with young children means you inevitably require flights to be relatively short, amenities on the beach to be easily accessible and a safe beach area with shallow, clean water. Take a look at some of the best family-friendly beaches in Europe and get a head start on booking your 2016 summer holiday!
Praia da Salema, Algarve
Portugal has long been known as a family holiday destination, with sandy blue-flag beaches and gentle waves, it is an ideal place for a toddler to take their first steps into the sea. There are a range of sun loungers and umbrellas for hire (around 5 euros), free toilets and showers, and a good choice of restaurants and cafes right on the beach front.
St George Beach, Naxos, Greece
With Greece being a series of islands, there is no shortage of gorgeous white sandy beaches, but when it comes to child-friendly options, the Cyclades island of Naxos is a rare gem. The warm, shallow and clear waters of the St George beach makes perfect paddling water. If you have older children, why not let them try water-skiing, beach volleyball or snorkelling. The beach itself if lined with beautiful tavernas and beach clubs that hire out their sun loungers (ideal if you don’t want to lay on the sand!). The main town (Chora) is a five minute walk from the beach and has an abundance of family friendly restaurants and ice-cream parlours.
Cala Gonone, Sardinia
Sardinia is not particularly known for its family friendly facilities, but more for its affluent and exclusive resorts. However, after searching a little deeper, Cala Gonone seems to tick all of the right family-friendly boxes. With white pebble and sand beaches and clam turquoise water ripe for swimming and snorkelling, the beach front is picturesque. There are two main beaches off the cost of Cala Gonone, however, if you fancy a day put exploring then you can get a short boat trip to one of the more remote beaches, such as Cala Luna and Cala Fuili – if you’re lucky then you may even have these beaches to yourself!
Menorca couldn't not be mentioned – it has become one of the most family-friendly countries in the Mediterranean. If you are planning to visit in peak time (July and August) then escape the crowds and head to Es Grau on the north-east coast. This horseshoe shaped beach has been kept relatively underdeveloped, with the absence of hotels and many chain restaurants, this beach will truly give you peace and tranquillity. The vast, shallow paddling pool allows a safe environment for children to play, whilst the local village is a short stroll away, where you can find family-run restaurants and more gift shops than you can handle!
Port de Sóller, Majorca, Spain
What’s Menorca without Majorca right? Well if you are after a bit more of a luxury stay, then Port del Sóller may be the place for you. This traditional town has a wonderfully safe beach for smaller children with plenty of lifeguards available at all times, which provides peace of mind whilst you relax and read your book. The Port has a tremendous fish section – so make sure you get the chance to sample some of the local delicacy! You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to ice-cream parlours and restaurants.
So there you have it, they are some of the very best of the family-friendly beaches in Europe! If you fancy entertaining your children with different activities then why not try a tennis holiday? This type of activity holiday is great fun for all the family. With professional coaching sessions available both as a family group and with the children individually – you can sit back (with a cocktail in hand!) and watch them learn a new skill, keep active, make new friends and burn lots of energy!