15+ Best Family Beaches in Europe

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A beach holiday is perfect for bonding with kids, enjoying some sunshine, and creating memories that will last forever. You can spend days lounging or creating adventures in the sand. Although there are many beaches throughout Europe, not all are child friendly!

We compiled a list of the best family beaches in Europe, recommended by locals and families on the Gowhee App, so you can start planning your next trip by the sea.

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Golden Beach, Chrissi Island, Greece. Photo by @The_jehouligans_travel

1. Praia da Salema, Portugal

The azure waters of Praia da Salema are a beautiful backdrop for a beach that isn’t too busy. 

Key Information: Seasonal lifeguards – Food nearby – Blue Flag beach promise of clean water

Good To Know: The nearby cliffs are popular with fossil hunters.

>>> Discover tons of places for families in Portugal and discounts on places to stay, here.

2. Yyteri Beach, Finland

Yyteri Beach in Finland is one of the most beautiful beaches in northern Europe. With its pristine pine forest backdrop and calm waters, it’s the perfect place to visit on your family holidays.

Key Information: Nature trails and birdwatching towers – Seasonal availability – Restaurant on the beach

Good To Know: The Yyteri Hotel & Spa is right on the beach, and it’s even dog friendly!

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3. Es Grau, Menorca

Es Grau in Menorca is a delightful beach with shallow blue waters that are perfect for the family traveller. 

Key Information: Restaurants on beach – Summer lifeguards – Restrooms on beach

Good To Know: The nearby nature walk is wheelchair accessible.

4. Palmanova Beach, Spain

Palmanova Beach in Spain is known for its soft, clean sand and easy water access. 

Key Information: Food nearby – Good parasols and sun loungers – Showers at regular intervals along the beach

Good To Know: There is a great playground right on the beach to keep the kids entertained after a day in the sand.

Palmanova Beach playground in Spain
Palmanova Beach playground in Spain. Photo by @The_jehouigans_travel

5. Cirali Beach, Turkey

Cirali Beach in Turkey is a stunning pebble beach with lots of places to eat.

Key Information: Restaurants on the beach – Free to access – Sun loungers for hotel guests

Good To Know: You can actually see ancient ruins in the mountains from the beach.

6. Golden Beach, Chrissi Island, Greece

Crete’s Golden Beach is a beautiful island beach in calm waters. It’s on a remote island and feels like a real adventure!

Key Information: 25€ access fee (unless you are on a tour) – Limited food onsite – Limited toilet facilities

Good To Know: Be careful not to swim too far out– there is a rocky reef in the area.

>>> Find lots of other kid-friendly activities and places to go to in Crete, Greece, here.

7. Lignano Sabbiadoro Beach, Italy

Lignano Sabbiadoro Beach in Italy is a beautiful sandy beach with several hundred meters of shallow water perfect for your littlest tykes.

Key Information: Restaurants on the beach – Toilet facilities – Sun loungers to rent

Good To Know: There is a carousel on the beach that’s really fun for kids.

8. Makarska Riviera Beach, Croatia

The Makarska Riviera is known as a beach holiday destination. Of the 96 beaches along the Riviera, the beach between Zaostrog and Drvenik is one of the best for families.

Key Information: Free parking – Bring your own equipment – Good amount of natural shade

Good To Know: Most of the Makarska Riviera beaches are pebble beaches, so bring water shoes.

9. Lara Beach, Turkey

Lara Beach in Turkey is a Blue Flag beach on the Mediterranean Sea, which means that the water and sand are extra-clean and safe. 

Key Information: Lots of family-friendly hotels – Plenty of water sports available – Cabanas available to rent
Good To Know: Lara Beach is only ten minutes away from the local airport.

10. Mellieha Beach, Malta

Malta is a great spot for the summer holidays, and Mellieha Beach is the largest beach made of sand on the island. The water also received awards for its quality, which makes it perfect for families.

Key Information: Recently improved toilet facilities – Umbrellas and sun loungers to rent – Restaurants on the beach 

Good To Know: The water is known for being some of the calmest and shallowest around Malta.

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Mellieha Beach, Malta. Photo by @Hasmik Ghazaryan Olson

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11. Sunj Beach, Croatia

Sunj Beach is one of only a few sandy beaches in southern Croatia, and the water is warm even into October.

Key Information: Refreshments available – Shopping nearby – Shallow water

Good To Know: It’s a bit of a walk from the harbor, but there are golf carts that will give you a ride.

>>> Discover places for kids in Croatia, recommended by local parents, here.

12. Bagno delle Donne, Italy

You’ll find some spectacular views and great swimming at the Bagno Delle Donne in Tuscany.

Key Information: Cafes on the beach – Sun loungers to rent – Lots of hotels nearby

Good To Know: This is a pebble beach, so water shoes are a good idea.

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Bagno Delle Donne beach in Italy. Photo by @gowheeapp

13. Becici Beach, Montenegro

Becici Beach in Montenegro has shallow waters perfect for kids to play in. 

Key Information: Restaurants nearby – Jogging path along the beach – Water sports and concessions

Good To Know: Paragliding is another popular area activity– you can see the beach’s beauty from new heights!

14. Sveti Vlas Beach, Bulgaria

The beautiful beach at Sveti Vlas in Bulgaria is a long beach with lots of activities, like sand volleyball and water sports. 

Key Information: Blue Flag beach – Changing rooms available – Lots of concessions

Good To Know: The best part of the beach for family activities is the area in front of the Villa Tuna hotel.

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15. Maspalomas Beach, Grand Canaria, Spain

Playa de Maspalomas, or Maspalomas Beach, is one of the most beautiful golden sand beaches you’ll find anywhere. 

Key Information: Lots of concessions – Surfing and water sports available – Beautiful sunsets

Good To Know: The Pingüino Soul cafe on the promenade behind the beach has excellent ice cream.

16. Finikoudes Beach, Cyprus

Finikoudes Beach, like many of Cyprus’s sandy beaches, has calm blue waters that are safe for little swimmers.

Key Information: Lots of cafes nearby – Lifeguards in summer – Blue Flag beach

Good To Know: There’s a medieval fortress at one end of the beach.

Where is your favorite family-friendly beach in Europe? Share your top destinations in the comments below!

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