With a choice of so many different destinations around the world, choosing the right destination for your family holiday in 2017 can be overwhelming. Let us take the hassle out of organising your next family holiday with our top picks to get you started. At loveholidays we firmly believe that a family holiday should be fuss free and stress free, giving you some much needed time to recharge your batteries. We’re here to make sure that your holiday runs smoothly from departure to check-in. And all at a great price. There are many great destinations to choose from, with a wide range of affordably priced flights and resorts to choose from.
Many of us prefer a beach holiday for a family vacation. With soft sand under your feet and sunny blue skies above you, few types of holiday have as much potential to wash away all your stresses as the destinations provided by loveholidays. We have selected a range of top quality beach holidays for your enjoyment, making it simple to choose your family holiday destination for 2017.
When it comes to the Canary Islands, the superstar destinations are Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. All of these places offer big sandy beaches, warm clean waters and enough activities to keep even the most active of kids happy. Among our top picks are Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote, Playa de la Americas and Costa Adeje in Tenerife and Caleta de Fuste in Fuerteventura.
When it comes to other Spanish holiday destinations, the stunning Balearic Islands are renowned for their upbeat party atmosphere and have plenty of attractions for families too. Some of the most family friendly choices in the Balearic Islands include Ibiza, Menorca and Majorca. If your family are looking for active fun on holiday, Majorca has plenty of of popular waterparks, while Menorca has the best child friendly beaches. The Greek Islands have been a favourite with families for decades, with idyllic islands ideal for a tranquil family vacation. Corfu has a number of peaceful spots with pristine beaches suitable for all the family, while Crete is a little slice of paradise with a wide selection of family approved beaches. Paphos is a particular favourite in Cyprus, as the tourist friendly amenities and lively atmosphere make for a stress free holiday for you and your kids.
Portugal & The Algarve
The Algarve is famous for its stunning coastline and has a wide selection of family friendly beaches and hotels, many in close proximity to the beach. One of our top picks in the Algarve is Albufeira, a bustling tourist resort that makes a great base from which to explore the wider area. Albufeira has a number of great attractions and a traditional old town area that strikes the ideal balance between a modern resort and a taste of authentic culture. With a large expanse of scenic coastline and clear waters, Albufeira is also the ideal venue for you and your family to try your hand at some water sports including swimming, surfing and jet skiing.
If Albufeira sounds too bustling for your tastes, it’s worth remembering that there are several quieter beaches just a short drive away. We really like Praia do Ancao, which is close to the capital, Faro. Here the calm waters and well maintained sands are monitored by life guards, giving you added peace of mind if your family wants to swim in the water. Another postcard worthy beach is Praia de Oura, the sort of beach you’ll imagine when you’re daydreaming about your 2017 family getaway. This beach has all the beautiful scenery you could wish for, plus a number of beach beds, bars, restaurants and shops.
If you’re looking to vary your activities from the beach, opt for a hotel in Albufeira for access to popular family attractions including Aqualand, Zoo de Lagos and ZooMarine Algarve.
Taking a closer look at the Canary Islands, particularly the ‘Golden Four’; Lanzarote, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. The biggest resort on Lanzarote is Puerto del Carmen, which offers three stunning beaches - Playa de los Pocillos, Playa de Matagord and Playa Grande. With the choice of clean, well maintained beaches and family friendly amenities, Puerto del Carmen is perfect for families looking for the authentic beach holiday experience. Another popular option in Lanzarote is Costa Teguise, which offers a more peaceful holiday experience for your family break. Rounding out the Lanzarote offerings is Playa Blanca, a traditional fishing area that has stayed true to its Spanish roots.
On Fuerteventura, you’ll find the beautiful Costa Calma, an apt name for a particularly relaxing and peaceful area. You can enjoy an unforgettable experience with your family at Playa del Moro at Corralejo, with its picturesque sand dunes glimmering in the sunshine. Another Fuerteventura option is Caleta de Fuste, a family friendly resort with excellent facilities and a welcoming ambiance.
Tenerife is another classic destination for a family holiday. The sun drenched landscape is dominated by Mount Teide, while the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. Our favourite Tenerife resorts include Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje, areas that were purpose built for holidaying families. These two resorts are compact, so you can explore them all comfortably on foot or by bicycle, and you’re never far from a family friendly restaurant to grab a quick bite to eat.
Another of our favourite choices for a family holiday is Gran Canaria. Gran Canaria has a more rural feel and a sense of peace and quiet, making it ideal for families with very young children and those that want to holiday with several generations of their family. We recommend you take a look at Playa del Ingles, a resort that caters for holidaymakers of all ages with everything you need for an enjoyable and fuss free vacation close at hand.
Spain remains one of the most popular destinations for a family holiday in 2017, and with sun drenched beaches, world class attractions and a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere, that doesn’t look set to change any time soon. The Costa Blanca is one of the best family destinations for classic sun, sea and sand holidays. Benidorm is totally dominated by the tourist industry meaning you’ll find top class hotels, pristine beaches like Playa Poniente and Playa Levante, and fantastic theme parks. These include the largest and most adrenaline pumping theme park in Spain, the Terra Mitica. Rides are themed around kids’ favourites, such as pirates and gladiators, and there’s a comedy street to get all the family smiling. You can treat your family to an unforgettable experience with their favourite marine life at the Mundomar, a water park with marine life like sea lions and dolphins, as well as exotic birds like parrots.
We’ve looked at some of the best family-friendly attractions from Aqualand in the Algarve to Aqualand in Majorca. There’s another giant water park named Aquapark in Costa Teguise in Lanzarote, not to mention the popular WaterWorld in Cyprus, which makes a great family day trip if you’re staying at a hotel in Paphos. Many families enjoy water sports on their summer holidays, and there’s no shortage of great options at any of our family destination picks.
Greece has a wide range of water sports on offer including scuba diving and snorkelling, getting you up close and personal with the beautiful marine life in the area. You can go for a swim in the waters off Corfu or Crete or snorkel to explore the marine life in depth. At Caleta de Fuste in Fuerteventura, you’ll find some excellent dive spots and a wide range of boat tours. A boat tour is ideal for families with young children or those holidaying with grandparents, as the boat allows you all to experience the coastal landscapes and sea views without much physical effort.
Malta is another great option for family holidays with a variety of theme parks, aquariums and bird parks. It’s a safe bet for families that prefer a varied holiday and don’t want to spend all their time at the beach. Both Benidorm and Tenerife are renowned for their excellent resort areas and have a comprehensive range of activities including boat tours, scuba diving, go-karting and horse riding. Whether you’re opting for self-catering so you can enjoy the local restaurants, or are looking forward to the convenience of an all inclusive vacation, we’ve got you covered with our carefully selected family holidays.