10 Best Family Beach Holidays in Europe
With thousands of miles of coastlines and a dazzling array of interesting topographies, Europe offers many wonderful sites for a family beach holiday. Yet taking the time to explore just a few gems in this treasure chest of fun can lead to some wonderful, happy shared vacation memories.
The next time you consider taking a relaxing break by the sea side, you may want to add these exciting beaches to your list of favorite destinations:
La Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain
Located just 12 miles south of the French border in the Basque Autonomous Community, the broad, flat expanse of sand at La Concha, draws thousands of tourists every year. Nearby local inns and bistros, plus many cultural attractions make this the perfect spot for fun.
Woolacombe Beach, Devon, England
A holiday in Devon offers a welcome vacation beside the Atlantic Ocean for families attracted by the sandy, gently sloping beach and plentiful nearby sources of entertainment. Inns, tea-houses, and shops give visitors a warm introduction to Devon, a charming part of the British Isles boasting a rich cultural history. In 2012, Coast Magazine voted to award Woolacombe the title of ‘Britain’s Best Beach’. The beach has also being voted in top 10 of best beaches in Europe the past few years by Trip Advisor readers. With popular family friendly Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks on the doorstep of this award winning beach, Woolacombe will be a favourite again this year with families (image by Robert Dawson).
Matala Beach, Island of Crete
For people who enjoy rock climbing and outdoor family sports, this secluded site on the beautiful Mediterranean Island of Crete will hold interest. Visitors can experience a long, sandy shoreline, warm weather, and the opportunity to explore numerous ancient caves and pools lining the adjoining cliffs. Crete possesses a rich history, and offers visitors many interesting cultural, historic and archaeological attractions.
Vouliagmeni Beach, Athens, Greece
Many people in Greece consider Vouliagmeni Beach one of Athens best attractions. Located about an hour away from the centre of the bustling city, the beach offers water sports beside miles of fine sand. Nearby cultural attractions abound.
Bagni di Tiberio, Island of Capri, Italy
People with an interest in history or archaeology will enjoy a family visit to the impressive ancient imperial Roman palace that sits beside the sea at this location. The Emperor Tiberius spent his golden years in scenic Capri. The area for centuries drew vacationers from many parts of Italy. It has now become an international tourist centre.
Unstad Beach, Vestvagoya, Norway
This one is for the more adventurous families – especially those that love nature. The beautiful ocean waves of Unstad Beach (21km east of Leknes) attracts surfers during the warmer months. In winter, snow covered beach landscapes invite the attention of nature lovers and photographers.
Praia da Falesia, Albufeira, Portugal
This long stretch of flat coastline bordered by adjoining reddish, rocky cliffs sports miles of sandy beaches and aquamarine waters, a perfect vacation spot for people interested in relaxing in the sun on the extreme southern edge of Portugal. Several resorts have arisen in this area in recent years.
Ornos Beach, Mykonos, Greece
This spacious, gently sloping beach a few miles outside of Mykonos Town draws visitors who stop at the tiny, remote Greek island of Mykonos in the Cyclades chain in the South Aegean. The beach can be reached by bus from the town. Snorkelling, collecting sea -hells, paddling in the water and building sand castles all provide fun here (image by Dave Roberts).
Paloma Beach, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Located on the Peninsula Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Paloma Beach along the southern coast of France earns international acclaim for it white, sandy texture and fashionable visitors. About half of the beach remains open to the public (the rest is privately maintained). Families can swim and sun beside the beach or visit the many nearby bistros and cultural attractions.
Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
The village of Positano sits along Italy’s steep, scenic Amalfi Coast, several miles south of the urban centre of Naples. It offers a large public beach at Spaggia Grande, where visitors can swim in the warm Mediterranean waters. Visitors can also drive eastwards towards Amalfi along a famous coastal road that passes along very steep terrain overlooking the water. The breathtaking scenery and local ambiance attract many people every year.
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Feature image by Corey Hamilton