If you’re past the toddler and baby days and into your children’s middle years, we suspect you’re often wondering what type of holiday to take them on. Are they in a more independent pre-teen stage where they need less supervising (but you still want to keep tabs on them!) or do they still need constant monitoring? It’s tricky to know what type of holiday will be suitable for both parents who want a break and children. Beach holidays are a good bet for adults to enjoy some relaxation whilst keeping a watchful eye on older children, we’ve compiled our ten best beaches in Europe for you to discover this summer. Check them out now:
#1 Makarska Riviera, Croatia
Makarska is a pretty harbour with palm trees and bustling cafes from where you can get boats to neighbouring islands. From here you can take the cycle path or wander along with coast to the pebble beach lined with shady trees. All beaches in Croatia are pebbly, which means less clear up of sand at the end of the day, just make sure you bring your flip flops or sea-faring shoes to get in and out of the sea. Take a peddle boat or banana ride from Makarska beach or explore head just before to Buba beach bar for chilled out tunes, wooden sunbeds and straw umbrellas.
Makarska Riviera, Croatia. Picture Credit www.justyou-live.alh.co.uk
#2 Île d’Oléron, France
France’s largest island after Corsica, situated off the West coast, is joined to the mainland by a bridge and is well-known for its fantastic network of cycle routes through pine forest and past sand dunes and of course some magical sandy beaches. These long, unspoilt expanses of coastline are popular with families, those topping the list include Plage des Saumonards and Plage de Gatseau. If you’re a fan of shellfish Île d’Oléron is the place for you with an abundance of mussels and oysters on the island.
Île d’Oléron, France. Picture Credit: Thomas James Holidays
#3 Calabria, Italy
Down in the Southern boot of Italy you’ll find an enclave of resorts that rival the better known and busier Positano and Taormina. Head to Tropea, perched on a rocky outcrop for the best in Italy’s gelato (better known as extremely tasty Italian ice cream to you and I) and discover the beach below the town, a sandy gently sloping stretch of coast that’s lined with holidaymakers catching some rays and cooling off in the crystal clear blue sea. If you or the children have had enough of the beach head to the 12th-century cathedral that has marble sarcophagi and a painting of the Madonna of Romania, the town’s protector.
Calibria, Italy. Photo Credit: Italoamericano
#4 Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal
For children who need more to occupy them than just swimming and playing in the sand, the beach in Cavoeiro could be for you. With rock pools full of starfish, barnacles and little crabs, the more curious children can while away an afternoon discovering wildlife and catching treasures. The fishing village itself has plenty to offer too with a pretty square where bands perform and charming shops and ice cream bars.
Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal. Photo Credit: www.justapack.com
#5 Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
If you haven’t experienced the beeches of Greece at least once in a lifetime, then you’re missing out. White sandy stretches and clear turquoise seas await you along the coastline. Don’t be put off by the reputation of Rhodes as a more built up, busy resort. Lindos, set up on the hillside of Rhodes with its curved sandy bay is an idyllic spot for a holiday. Explore the history of the area by taking in the 14th century fortress and 4th century gates and take the children on a donkey ride if they’re feeling less than energetic (we’re told the animals are well cared for). Perched on a clifftop, Lindos is a perfect mix of stunning beach and historic town.
Lindos, Rhodes, Greece. Photo Credit: Snufflepuff Baby Blog
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