Simply Woman’s 7 most favourite family-friendly beaches

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Summer is officially over and schools are back into the swing of things, but are you pining to be back on a beach? Us too…

So why not start looking for next year’s holiday? Here are our seven favourite beaches, perfect for families. We have considered all the essentials you and your little ones might need at your perfect playa too – talcum-powder like sand that shovels easily into buckets, shallow waters great for paddling, rock pools at low tide for foraging, rocky outcrops for shade and nearby snack bars for a bite or a drink…

Cyprus’s Konnos Beach

If you have flights to Cyprus booked for next summer then you are in luck, as fifty-seven beaches fly the EU Blue Flag, which gives some indication of just how family-friendly are this island’s shores. Konnos Beach in Famagusta, North Cyprus, is superb for child-friendly waters and gently shelving sands.

Mallorca’s Portals Vells

Mallorca boasts three sandy coves – Platja de Portals Vells III, II, I, also known as sa Caleta, sa Platgeta and Platja del Rei, with shallow waters surrounded by fir-tree dotted cliffs. Portals Vells is a tiny cove perfect for paddling, sand-castle building and exploring, just five miles from Magaluf.

Turkey’s Gökova (officially Akyaka)

A stretch of coastline where the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts meet. The shingle beach at Cinar, a five-minute drive away, is surrounded by pine trees, which offer plenty of kiddie-friendly shade. A fresh water stream divides the beach in two, providing ample areas to splash and cool down little feet.

Greece’s Gerakas Beach

Located at the southernmost tip of Vassilikos peninsula on Zakynthos, Gerakas is a sea-turtle nesting site, perfectly quiet and suitable for small children. Four tavernas are within a five-minute walk and there is a useful shop that sells ice creams and beach toys.

Portugal’s Lagos beachs

These are Praia de Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo and Meia Praia. Families can walk from cove to cove. through rocky outcrops. The beaches boast soft, golden sand, and the backdrop of red cliffs tower against cloudless blue skies.

Lanzarote’s Playa Blanca

The sea here is shallow, calm and clear – protected by a breakwater on each side. Playa Blanca beach is crescent-shaped and soft-sanded, ideal for building sand castles. And nearby cafes, restaurants and supermarkets provide refreshment for a full day on the beach.

Sardinia – all of it

This island off the coast of Italy has incredibly clean water and the sandy beaches – hundreds of them bake under almost endless sun, lapped by shimmering waters. For a budget-friendly option, stay towards the Coral Coast on the north-western side of the island and away from the pricier Costa Smeralda. It’s hard to choose just two family-friendly beaches here, however Torre del Lazzaretto, near Alghero, with paddle-able waters and S’Abba Druche, south along the coastal road from Alghero to Bosa, boast not just sandy coves but has warm rock pools for exploring. book your tickets to Sardinia with Cheapflights.co.uk.

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