As millions of families begin planning and booking their holidays for the year ahead, a study by On the Beach, the UK’s leading beach holiday specialist, has calculated and ranked Europe’s top 50 family beach holidays destinations – according to the criteria that matter most to parents.
The Family Beach Index, which lists Europe’s most family friendly beach destinations, places the Greek island of Crete in the top spot.
The online travel agent compared Europe’s top beach destinations across ten countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Turkey), looking at five criteria – each listed by parents as important considerations when choosing their family holiday destination.
Combined and weighted to calculate an overall score out of 100, the five Family Beach Index criteria were:
- Average temperature
- Average sea temperature
- Family friendly attractions (waterparks and theme parks)
- Flight duration
- Average cost for a family of four during 2018
The study was conducted by On the Beach to help families find their perfect beach break!
The ever-popular holiday island of Cyprus takes third place, with an index score of 83.2. Despite having a longer flight time, the Eastern Mediterranean island scores highly for its warm sea temperatures, numerous water and amusement parks, and the low average cost of a family holiday.
Top 10 most family friendly beach holiday destinations:
- Crete: 85.2
- Costa Blanca: 84.3
- Cyprus: 83.2
- Costa Brava: 82.9
- Costa Dorada: 82.8
- Majorca: 82.6
- Malta: 81.9
- Corfu: 80.6
- Sardinia: 82.6
- Costa De la luz: 80.5
Along with the overall destination scores, the Family Beach Index allows families to sort destinations according to the criteria that matters most to them – whether that’s hot weather, warm seas or a shorter flight, often sought by those with younger children.
Sitting at third is Southern Cyprus
Southern Cyprus may have landed in third place, but number 3 out of 50 is a win in our eyes. With an average sea temperature of 24.5°C, who could resist a beachy break to this Mediterranean island? The average temperature is a lovely 23.5°C and with nine water and amusement parks, there’s guaranteed family fun in the sun. With flights coming in at around 4 hours and 50 minutes Cyprus is just that little bit further away, but with beautiful beaches, fabulous attractions and plenty of sun, it’s so worth it.
Cyprus is named fifth best destination to visit in terms of comfortable swimming, with an average sea temperature of 24.5O.
Cyprus grabs second place when ranked for its Waterparks & Amusement Parks, with nine attractions, including the award-winning Fasouri Watermania Water Park in Limassol, which is home to 30 attractions, three restaurants and 2,000 sun beds.
About On the Beach
Founded in 2004, On the Beach is the UK’s leading beach holiday specialist. With more than 60 million website visitors this year, over one million customers found, booked and enjoyed their perfect On the Beach holiday. Book online at www.onthebeach.co.uk, or by calling the UK call centre on 0871 474 3000.
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