We are spoilt for choice when it comes to the Mediterranean. The islands and coastlines have a certain elemental beauty – think umbrella pines and herb-scented maquis, rocky promontories hugging glittering bays of blue, a nautical way of life that endures even as the boats get bigger – that can be glimpsed from Andalucia all the way to the point where Europe becomes Asia.
And what a variety it offers, too, from the go-slow islands and razzle-dazzle rivieras to the sands of Spain’s Costas (so distinct even from Italy’s dramatic coasts), and the uniqueness of every single Greek island. This means the choice for family holidays is endless, whether yours are active children who can’t wait to get out on the water, or little ones just learning to swim.
There’s just as much choice, too, in the places to stay. Boutique boltholes, run by families for families, offer the easygoing vibe of a holiday home set beside the shore, just skipping distance from the beach. Big-hitting resorts are ever-evolving to work for modern families, where the focus is as much about top-notch local food as innovative activities which families can do together. And they provide a safe, beautifully honed environment for older children to seek some independence, so that everyone in the family gets the beach holiday that works for them. From France to Turkey, here’s our pick of the best family-friendly hotels in Europe’s Mediterranean hotspots.
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