Family beach holidays are proving to be as popular as ever in 2017. With the wettest UK winter on record having recently passed, many families are keen to escape the dreariness for the shores of a sunny European destination. For this reason, this year will see many of the popular resorts see an influx of tourists flying in from Britain. So if you haven’t already booked your summer 2017 holiday, now is the perfect time to do so. Here are four of the most popular destinations for families this year.
Costa Brava, Spain
Spain’s Costa Brava has been attracting sun-seeking Brits for years, and it’s not hard to see why when there are so many stretches of stunning coastline on offer. Whilst Costa Brava can be translated into ‘Wild Coast’, those with young children will be pleased to know that there are many smaller coves that are far quieter and calmer. Malgrat de Mar and Belladona Cove at Platja-D-Aro are just a couple of examples of quieter areas that the whole family will be able to enjoy.
Playa de las Americas, Tenerife
You are almost guaranteed warm, sunny weather when you come to Tenerife, no matter what time of year it is. Due to its location just off the west coast of Africa, the average temperature in January is only as low as 18 degrees Celsius, whilst the summer months are obviously far hotter! Playa de las Americas remains one of the most popular resorts on the island, with a number of sandy beaches, restaurants, shops and activities on offer – everything that a family on holiday would expect.
Found on the Atlantic coast and actually in the same time-zone as us in the UK, Portugal’s Algarve region remains ever-popular with families due to its range of beautiful beach-based resorts. Albufeira and Praia da Rocha are a couple of the most well-known for families looking for a relaxing break on the beach, and both are in close proximity to the airport at Faro. Small and big kids alike will love some of the attractions on offer too, especially the famous Zoo Marine Conservation Centre, which has live shows with dolphins, sea lions and seals.
Marmaris has grown into one of the most popular destinations for those looking for cheap family holidays to Turkey in recent years, and this is little surprise with almost guaranteed sunshine and a wealth of activities including water parks (such as Aquadream) that are bound to keep everyone entertained. The resort, along with its sister town Icmeler, have a number of great affordable restaurants – ideal for those looking to stay on a self-catering basis. The beaches here are also family friendly, with the cool, calm waters lapping onto the shingle shores.