The numbers are in. 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 sea temperature
Family friendly attractions (waterparks and theme parks)
Average cost for a family of