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Blog: Top 5 family beach holidays for summer 2012

Spainview of the beach in menorca, spain

It seems that our love affair with Spain is stronger than ever, with the Spanish islands being voted Brits’ favourite holiday destination and record numbers of us visiting Tenerife.

With the pound up against the Euro we can expect great value for money this summer, while still giving the Spanish economy a much-needed boost.

Spain has a fascinating culture, friendly people, delicious food, sun and, of course, sand.

It is home to 683 Blue Flag beaches to be exact, more than any other country in Europe, making it still one of the best places for a beach holiday.

Spain was also recently voted to be the least stressful destination for parents, making it a great family destination too.

Consider branching out from the British staples along the Costa del Sol and try the less crowded resorts of Menorca or along the Costa del Luz.

Bulgariaview of golden sands beach in bulgaria

In the last couple of years, Bulgaria has started to emerge as a great family holiday destination.

With a range of beautiful resorts scattered along the Black Sea coast, Bulgaria has stunning beaches backed by green hills and quaint villages.

The Black Sea resort of Golden Sands is particularly good for families with a Blue Flag beach and a variety of water sports available, as is Albena.

Being outside of the Eurozone means that families can bag some great bargains in Bulgaria too.

Greeceview of beach on samos, greece

There has been lot of hype about Greece this summer due to the current financial crisis there.

Travel experts agree that Greece is still an excellent and safe family holiday destination, as long as you stick to the islands and the beaches and book a package holiday, rather than trying to book independently.

This way, if airlines or hotels go bust, then you should be covered.The current economic situation means that you’ll find some great bargains in Greece.

What’s more, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises has said that hotels will be trying to entice visitors by offering great rates and benefits such as free stays or free meals for children.

Some of the best Greek islands for families are Kefalonia, Samos and Syros.

Croatiaview of the sea and croatian coast

Croatia’s rising popularity now puts it in one of the top spots along the Mediterranean.

Although now more expensive than it used to be, families can still find value for money here as well as friendly authentic Mediterranean coastal towns.

For somewhere more relaxed and away from the crowds try the town of Zadar, and nearby islands of Ugljan or Dugi.

Portugalrooftop view across lisbon

Portugal, like Spain has always been a British favourite, but it still remains one of the cheapest countries in Europe.

Recently Lisbon was in fact named the cheapest city for a drink by the Post Office’s annual Travel Money City Costs Barometer. The barometer actually revealed that the cost of a round of drinks for two adults and one child would be three times cheaper than in Paris.

While the popular beach resorts along the Algarve are still great for families and provide good value for money, why not consider the coastal stretches further north, away from the hype?

Here you’ll find the real Portugal where fishwives dressed in black grill sardines on the beach and there are miles of deserted sandy coast.

This post was written by Esme Fox, Lead Travel Writer for travel website www.iwantsun.co.uk. Article images used courtesy of Thinkstock.




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