The best beaches in Europe for a family holiday

30/07/2021

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Want to go on a holiday under the sun with your family? It can be complicated to find the ideal destination to match the perfect suntan and a memorable experience. Little Guest has listed the best beaches in Europe to spend your vacations with your feet in the water. Paradisiacal islands in Greece, coves in Spain, postcard landscapes in Italy, fine sandy beaches in France or turquoise beaches in Portugal, here is our selection 

 

 

1. The best beaches in Greece

In Crete 

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The Elafonissi beach on the left & the Avra Imperial ***** on the right

 

The Elafonissi beach

Located on the island of the Gods, the Elafonissi beach is camped out on the west of Crete and represents, certainly, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island and of the world. Its crystalline and turquoise blue waters, its small shells and its white and pink sand wake it to a heaven on earth. Its advantage? Its warm and shallow water. It simply makes the whole family want to travel. Thus, it will inevitably entertain all the children. 

Where to stay? At the Avra Imperial *****. Located in the seaside city of Chania, it is the ideal establishment to visit the lagoon and the beach of Elafonissi. The prestigious hotel is nestled in an oasis of tranquility and seems to be the perfect place to stay in family in a paradisiacal setting. 

 

The Balos beach 

Its white fine sandy beach, its incredible landscapes, its brilliant turquoise blue lagoon offers you a postcard panorama. The atoll is ideal for taking a bath in family. Indeed, its waves are missing, the water is incredibly transparent and the little fish will be your swimming companions in the calm of this exotic beach. In addition, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world thanks to its impressive characteristics. 

Where to stay? At the Domes Zeen Chania *****, also located in the port city of Chania. Thought in a bohemian chic and intimist spirit, the sumptuous offers services worthy of a 5-star establishment. We find suites and villas with private pool of unequalled comfort and a nursery, a kids-club and all the equipment necessary to take care of the little ones: baby cot, stroller, emergency bottle…

See our practical guide for visiting Crete with your family.

 

In Santorini 

The Perissa beach on the left & the Rocabella Santorini **** on the right

 

The Perissa beach 

The Perissa beach is of an incomparable beauty. Its dark black sand and its crystal clear water make it an authentic beach.  The beach is spread over many kilometers and offers a pleasant walk along the bay. Moreover, the quality of the water is such that it has been awarded the Blue Flag certification! You can also practice many water activities including scuba diving! The family will be only too happy to watch the sun go down, offering you a breathtaking sunset. 

Where to stay? At the Rocabella Santorini ****. Nestled in a typical cliff of the island’s landscapes, we find comfort, tranquility and wellness. With its rooms and suites adapted for families, the hotel seems to be the perfect destination for family holidays at the water’s edge.

 

The Ammoudi beach 

The Ammoudi beach deserves a visit!  Located below the port of Oia where the famous white houses glitter, its exotic tranquility offers charming moments to share with the family. Ideal for a relaxing vacation, its postcard setting with its unmatched turquoise waters and fine sand does not disappoint. 

Where to stay? At the Andronis Arcadia Hotel *****. Ideal for families looking for serenity, the establishment offers services of a luxury hotel. Camped out on the edge of the Oia, the establishment invites you to immerse yourself in rooms and suites with a private pool.

 

2. The best beaches in Italy

In Sardinia 

The Cala Goloritzé on the left & the Arbatax Park Resort & Spa Cottages **** on the right

 

Cala Goloritzé 

Nestled behind a forest of holm oaks and arbutus, the wild cove of Cala Goloritzé offers a postcard landscape from an enchanting dream. Located in the southern part of the Gulf of Orosei, the small white pebble beach is ranked among the most beautiful in Sardinia. This natural beauty, reflecting an air of the Caribbean, can be reached by a hiking trail.

Where to stay? At the Arbatax Park Resort & Spa Cottages ****. Nestled in a 60-hectare nature reserve, the lavish resort is a family-friendly haven. Located in the small town of Arbatax, it is an oasis of lush greenery for visitors. Comfort, elegance and a youthful atmosphere are the key words of the hotel. There is a baby club, a kids club and a teens club.

 

Capo Carbonara

Implanted in the city of Villasimius, the Capo Carbonara offers an exceptional panorama. Its admirable tranquility, its azure water, its brilliant white sand and its striking beauty make it a must-see during a stay in the south of Sardinia. Its sea beds shelter a considerable fauna and flora. 

Where to stay? At the Cormoran Hotel & Residence ****. Benefiting from a private beach, the kids-friendly hotel is located in a small corner of paradise, in the south of the island. It is the ideal place to spend your holiday with your family, feet in the water. Its modern rooms and suites are in harmony with the environment surrounding the hotel. To keep the little ones entertained, there is also a kids-club and a teens-club with creative activities.

Here is our practical guide in Sardinia. Do not hesitate!

 

In Sicily

The Scala dei Turchi on the left & the Rocco Forte Private Villas Verdura Resort on the right

 

Scala dei Turchi 

Formed by a cliff of white calcareous rocks, the Scala dei Turchi is one of the most beautiful places in Sicily. Its rocks create an extraordinary contrast with the turquoise blue of the sea.  The imposing iceberg-like cliff and its views offer a sumptuous spectacle. Bring your camera!

Where to stay? At the Rocco Forte Private Villas Verdura Resort. Located in the heart of the hills of the Sicilian’s west, the villas enjoy an exceptional intimacy. Settle down in the Italian countryside to enjoy personalized and luxurious services: private pool, luxury family activities, sports fields, etc.

 

Isola Bella

Presented as one of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily, the Isola Bella beach is an idyllic little spot located in the heart of a nature reserve. The beach of pebbles and shells is surrounded by cliffs, which makes it a wild and intimate place. This sumptuous setting with its azure blue sea and lush greenery is worth a visit!  

Where to stay? At the UNAHOTELS Naxos Beach Sicilia ****. This green hotel is located in the Sicilian resort of Giardini-Naxos. This rare pearl offers to immerse oneself in a warm and family atmosphere while enjoying family-friendly and kid-friendly services. A whole program is designed around visiting families so that they can be pampered during their stay.

Take a look at our practical guide for a perfect trip to Sicily!

 

3. The best beaches in France

In Corsica

The Palombaggia beach on the left & the hotel Don César ***** on the right

 

The Palombaggia beach

Appreciated by families thanks to its easy access, the Palombaggia beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Corsica and is ranked in the TOP10 of the most beautiful beaches of Europe. Bordered by a mountain abounding pine trees, its golden sandy beaches and crystal clear water make it a postcard landscape. This natural beauty is, moreover, located in a protected site and it is a mosaic of colors which offers itself to the visitors.

Where to stay? At the hotel Don César *****. Planted in the heart of the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio, the luxurious hotel is snuggled in a dreamy setting. Popular with families looking for sweet life, we find ourselves immersed in a sensational environment! What could be better than being rocked by the soft sound of the waves while enjoying the beautiful Corsican sun?

 

The Bodri beach

An enchanting and paradisiacal setting awaits you when you lay down your towel at the Bodri beach. Located in the north of the island of Beauty, near the Ile Rousse, it offers panoramas from the Caribbean. On the program: idleness, turquoise water and fine sand beach. 

Where to stay? At the hotel La Signoria *****. Nestled in the heart of Corsica’s nature, this building with its authentic Provencal decoration promises a stay under the sign of luxury and well-being. Intimate, the hotel offers you the possibility to stay in one of its 5 private villas, each with a private pool overlooking the magnificent Mediterranean Sea! 

Do not hesitate to read our practical guide to go on a family holiday in Corsica!

 

In the Alpes-Maritimes

The La Gravette beach on the left & The Opio Resort Club Med **** on the right

 

The beach of the Baie des Fourmis

Located in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, the beach of la Baie des Fourmis offers an exotic vegetation in an enchanting setting. This small jewel enjoys a turquoise blue water and a typical white sand of the southern beaches. A beach with paradisiacal waters with intense colours, a splendid view over the villa Kérylos, this rare gem can be reached by walking along the green coastal path. 

Where to stay? At the Negresco *****. Dressed on the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, the luxurious hotel is a real institution for families! Decorated with neoclassical inspirations, the establishment has been designed for families. Indeed, children are treated like little kings! Numerous creative activities, cosmetics, multiple childcare equipment, etc.

 

The La Gravette beach

Nestled between the ancient Antibes ramparts and the Vauban port, the fin sandy beach is perfect for families. There, children are having a great time building sand castles. On the program, a total immersion in the Antibes landscape while enjoying the azure and temperate water of the sea. 

Where to stay? At the Opio Resort Club Med ****. Located a stone’s throw away from Cannes, the establishment offers exclusive and exceptional services entirely adapted for travelling families. Let the Provencal atmosphere of this address set the pace for you. The must of the hotel: its all-inclusive formula, its 3 swimming pools as well as numerous activities to discover.

 

4. The best beaches in Spain

In the Canary Islands

The playa de la Tejita on the left & the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife ***** on the right

 

La playa de La Tejita 

The playa de La Tejita is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the Tenerife island. Its spectacular landscapes, its magnificent purple rock named Montaña Roja make this beach a unique and unmissable place during a family stay in the Canary Islands. Natural, spacious and isolated, it is the dream place to create unforgettable memories

Where to stay? At the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife *****. Located on the island of eternal spring, it is a real gem that is nestled in the heart of volcanic beauty. An unforgettable stay awaits you by retracing the steps of Elvis Presley or Bruce Springsteen. An exceptional spa, a baby-club, a kids-club, a teens-club with various activities, it is an experience that is waiting for you.

 

The playa de Los Gigantes

Here is a magnificent beach bordered by volcanic rocks. It is in the playa de los Gigantes that we enjoy the crystal waters and the exotic sun. Not to be missed: the breathtaking sunset while taking a bath with the exotic fishes of the archipel.

Where to stay? At the Baobab Suites *****. It is between the Atlantic ocean and the Volcanic massif of Teide that the hotel opens its doors. Modern, the luxury establishment strongly answers to the families looking for serenity and tranquility. The playground of the kids-club welcomes children and offers them multiple activities and educational games.

 

In Ibiza 

The Cala Codolar on the left & the 7Pines Resort Ibiza ***** on the right

 

The Cala Codolar

If you’re looking for a peaceful cove in the west of Ibiza, the Cala Codolar is for you! Ibiza is a destination where the majority of the time the party is. However, the island covers many paradisiacal and accessible places for families. When you arrive at the beach, you immediately feel a relaxing atmosphere. It is not very crowded and is an ideal place to relax with your family while swimming in the emerald waters of the beach. 

Where to stay? At the 7Pines Resort Ibiza *****. This sumptuous family hotel is camped out in the heart of a pine forest and benefits from a magnificent view over the Mediterranean sea. Exceptional rooms and suites, personalized family services, good value for money, the hotel guarantees you a fabulous stay.

 

The Cala Llenya

This adorable beach bathes in the Mediterranean basin of Ibiza. Fine white sandy beach, crystal clear and shallow water and fragrant valley of pines, it is ideal for families. On the program, laughs during baths, sand castles or drawings on the beach. 

Where to stay? At the W Ibiza *****. The 5-star establishment is a true cozy cocoon for the epicurean families. There, the keyword is happiness! Indeed, you can hear cries of joy from the sumptuous kids-club where multiple activities and games are offered daily to the little ones. 

Don’t hesitate to consult our practical guide to Ibiza!

 

5. The best beaches in Portugal

The Praia de Nossa Senhora da Rocha on the left &  the Vila Vita Parc Resort ***** on the right

 

Praia de Nossa Senhora Da Rocha

Located in the Algarve region, on the southern tip of Portugal, the beach is circumscribed by high cliffs with golden colors. Charming, we reach the clear and soft waters easily. Surmounted by an ancient chapel, this place and its history deserve to be discovered! 

Where to stay? At the Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa *****. The magnificent establishment is nestled in the heart of luxurious gardens as fragrant as colourful. Its traditional architecture of the region of Algarve makes the luxurious, an original and elegant establishment. Its rooms, suites and villas, benefiting from childcare facilities, offer a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

The Figueirinha beach

Famous for its long stretch of white sand, the beach is located in the Arrábida region, south of the Portuguese capital. Its calm and turquoise waters make it an ideal place to have fun during a family holiday. The beach is peaceful and protected by lush vegetation. 

Where to stay? At the Marthinal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites *****. The family establishment is a small paradise located in the heart of Lisbon. Offering quality services, comfort and calm, the hotel is able to convince all families in search of a warm and elegant atmosphere. Described as “The World’s First City-Centre Elegant Family Hotel”, it has a kids-club and various childcare facilities.

 

Enjoy your family trip!

 

Solen

Solen, 20 years old, travel lover, from Rennes, France

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