Warm sea, sand castles and adventures. Rest away from noisy cities and camping. Don't you think vacation with children can be carefree and joyful? Do you think it's impossible to get everything at once? Travellizy Team has compiled its own TOP places for holidays with kids in Europe. Where do you want to start?
Plans for a successful vacation
What do you need for the best family beach holiday? Warm and shallow water for everyone to splash in. Soft golden sand for buidling sand castles. And amenities: onshore showers, toilets, family-style hotels and restaurants where everyone is attentive and friendly.
Crete is a great choice for a vacation trip with children. In summer, the average temperature is +24ºC. There are many theme parks and water attractions on the island. Most often, tourists with children come to rest in the resorts of Hersonissos, Agios Nikolaos, Chania, Elounda and Rethimno.
The sandy lagoon of Balos is reminiscent of the Caribbean beaches. And the exotic coastline of Elafonisi with azure waters and pale pink sand is a great place to have fun. There are changing rooms and toilets here. Beach umbrellas and deckchairs can be rented. There is an opportunity to do water sports and go diving.
Leisure with children is varied and colorful. Among the water parks are WaterCity, AquaPlus, Limnoupolis and Star Beach. Children are delighted to visit the Cretaquarium and Aquaworld. Little tourists will be entertained by visiting the Botanical Park and the Olive Farm, where you can see how olives and oranges ripen. Even teenagers will love PistaPark or Rethimno Kart with playgrounds, go-karts and a walking area.
The season in Crete opens in April. It is during this period that the air warms up, and the rainy period ends. The hottest months are July and August. In September, the heat falls off. And in October, heavy rains begin.
The island has a variety of family hotels, apart-hotels, apartments and villas. When making your choice, you should consider the distance from the airport and comfort for children's needs. In the best hotels, in addition to the playground, there will be a children's pool, a club where children are entertained, and a children's disco.
Crete has two international airports. Tourists who head to the central and eastern resorts arrive in Heraklion. Chania Airport is used by tourists who have chosen cities in the western part of the island. While vacationing on the mainland of Greece, the island can be reached by ferry.
Costa Brava, Spain
Costa Brava combines affordable hotels with the widest range of services. Add to this the powdery sandy shallow beaches with crystal clear waters. As well as countless secret cozy coves, with beautiful nature and the opportunity to go horseback riding and trekking.
Family resort towns are called Blanes and L'estartit. Summer children's clubs are open on the beaches of these towns. Kids are offered water activities here. If they want, children can learn sea kayaking and windsurfing. Both teenagers and adults will enjoy diving and water skiing.
Family leisure is diversified by visiting water parks: Aquabrava, Water World, Aquadiver. Surely everyone will remember a walk in the Butterfly Park in Empuriabrava or the Marimurtra Garden in Blanes. Tourist trains will take you along the most beautiful paths of the coast.
The high season on the coast lasts from June to September. The temperature in summer is usually +25-28°С. And the sea warms up to +23°С.
Families with children choose both options: to stay in hotels from € 20 per day or rent apartments, houses and villas. The price starts from € 25 and is closely related to the view from the window.
The resort towns of the Costa Brava are most often reached from Barcelona Airport. Tourists can take buses from the airport or from the bus station. Travel time is 2 hours. If desired, tourists can take a train to Blanes (with 30 minutes of travel time), then change to a bus and arrive at the necessary resort.
The Italian city of Rimini is a favorite place for family holidays. 15 km of the Adriatic coastline is equipped with beaches for every taste. The coastlines are long, wide, covered with sand and, which is of great importance for parents, with a gentle entrance to the water. Most of the beaches are paid, although there are free, municipal ones, but they are crowded. Beach umbrellas and deckchairs can be rented everywhere for € 10-15 for the whole day.
Children's centers, water parks and water attractions are open for children. It is in Rimini that the largest dolphinarium in Italy is located as well as Aquafan, the largest water park in Europe. Parents will love family-style restaurants and cafes.
The beach season in Rimini starts in May and lasts until the end of October. In the middle of summer, the temperature rises to +30°C. But the heat is less felt on the coast.
The undoubted advantage of the resort is its affordability compared to other tourist cities in Italy.
Families with children are offered a wide range of accommodation: family pension with breakfast, self-catering apartments, hotel with pool and private beach. The cost of living depends on the area of the city. With children, it is better to stay away from the noisy center.
Most of the tourists arrive at the international airport in the vicinity of Rimini. From here, a bus, taxi or train will take you to the city.
Parents call Nesebar a perfect place for families with children. The resort is conventionally divided into 2 parts. In Old Town, which is located on a rocky peninsula, there are stone pavements, two-story houses and souvenir shops. But most of the tourists stay in New Town.
With children, you can spend a wonderful time on the sandy South Beach with a smooth entrance into the water. Nearby, there are cafes, fountains with drinking water, a recreation park. Sand without pebbles and shells is located on the Olympic Hopes beach.
Parents together with their children relax in the Luna Park and the water park, which are located in the vicinity of the resort. Children like to play children's bowling and billiards.
Despite the fact that tourists begin to attack the city from mid-spring to mid-autumn, the peak beach season in Nesebar is in July and August. During this period, the water temperature is +28°C. Travelers claim that it will still be cool for kids to swim in the sea in June. And in August, the influx of tourists makes it difficult to enjoy the sea.
Comfortable hotels, apartments with walking distance to the cleanest beaches are offered to family tourists.
People get to the resort through the main airports of Sofia, Varna and Burgas. Then they change to buses. From Brugas, the journey takes up to 60 minutes, the ticket price is € 2. From Varna, travel time is 2-3 hours, ticket price is € 14. From Sofia - until 8 hours, ticket price is € 19.
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
One of the best gifts for the whole family will be a trip to the Bay of Kotor. To Dobrota, Orahovac, Risan and other small towns. The beautiful nature of the mountains and the warm sea will give you unforgettable memories. Local pebble beaches with a gentle entrance, private and public, and all, without exception, are clean and comfortable. The nearest sand and pebble beach is in the village of Morinj.
Children are entertained in the large sports area Avanturisticki Park with ropes, cables, obstacle courses, paintball, children's fishing, archery and much more. There is also a separate area for parents who just want to take a break.
The season in Kotor lasts from late spring to mid-autumn. But in May, it is still cold for children to swim in the sea, and in October, it often rains. Therefore, the end of June-August is the best time to relax at the resort. The temperature in summer can rise to +30°С.
Tourists rent villas, apartments and hotel rooms from € 50 per day. The nearest international airport is in the city of Tivat. It is easy to reach Kotor by bus for € 3. A taxi will cost from € 20, depending on the distance to the selected town.
Let your holiday with children be comfortable, informative and bright for everyone. Travellizy experts wish you a sunny mood regardless of the weather conditions. What other resort would you add to our TOP?