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Our Favourite Family Beaches in the Med

By AdeleTuesday 04th August 2015

Whitewashed houses overlook Santorini’s crystal-clear waters.  – Image by Flickr user Maggie Meng Whitewashed houses overlook Santorini’s crystal-clear waters. – Image by Flickr user Maggie Meng

Everyone loves a day at the beach, splashing around and enjoying the sun, and where better to spend a day by the sea than the Mediterranean? Not only does the Med have some of the best weather going around, but it’s also where you can find some of the world’s best beaches. To give you an idea of where you and your family can enjoy a fun day out at the beach, we’ve selected a few of our favourite family beaches in the Med.

Visit Vlychada beach to witness these unusual rock formations. – Image by Flickr user GanMed64 Visit Vlychada beach to witness these unusual rock formations. – Image by Flickr user GanMed64

Santorini – Greece

The beautiful island of Santorini is a popular holiday destination, with people travelling from far and wide to enjoy the warm climate, wonderful food and, of course, the beaches. Set against the backdrop of traditional whitewashed villas and volcanic rock formations, these idyllic beaches are not to be missed. Monolithos Monolithos beach is located on Santorini’s east coast and is the perfect choice for families with young children. Its shallow waters and small waves are great for splashing around with the kids, while the stretch of soft, black sand offers plenty of space to relax. There’s also a playground and volleyball net, so if the kids (or you!) get tired of the beach they can give something else a go. Vlychada When you visit Vlychada beach the first thing you’ll notice are the unusual rock formations that rise up behind the beach, creating a spectacular moonscape. Below that, sand stretches out as far as the eye can see and crystal-clear waters lap at the shore, while sun worshippers lie on sun loungers and kids play in the shallows. If you’re looking for a picturesque beach that’s child-friendly, too, then this is the beach for you. The sunset at La Caleta beach in Cádiz. - Image by Flickr user Jesús Alenda The sunset at La Caleta beach in Cádiz. - Image by Flickr user Jesús Alenda

Cádiz – Spain

Cádiz is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Europe and, as a result, has a long history and rich culture. A visit to this historic city will include sightings of incredible ancient buildings nestled amongst more modern architecture, and long days spent at any one of these fabulous beaches. La Caleta Although La Caleta is a small beach, what it lacks in size it makes up for in character. Sandwiched between two ancient castles – Castillo de Santa Catalina and Castillo de San Sebastián – this beach has a sandy stretch for building your very own castles with the kids, and warm waters for taking a dip. It also has excellent facilities, including showers, toilets, drink stands and bars. Santa María del Mar If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, head to Santa María del Mar where you can have a go at bodyboarding. You and the kids can spend the morning trying to catch some waves, before grabbing lunch at one of the nearby restaurants, followed by an afternoon of sandcastle building and relaxing on the soft sand. Sardinia’s beaches are amongst the most beautiful in the world. – Image by Flickr user Michele Testini Sardinia’s beaches are amongst the most beautiful in the world. – Image by Flickr user Michele Testini

Sardinia – Italy

The Italian island of Sardinia is known for its unique landscape, which ranges from alpine forests to sandy beaches, making it ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities. It boasts over 2000km of beautiful coastline, with enough beaches to keep you busy for weeks. Here are two of our favourites. Cala Pira Located on Sardinia’s south eastern coast, Cala Pira is popular choice for both visitors and locals. And it’s clear to see why. This lovely beach has shallow blue waters, soft white sand and panoramic views of Isola Serpentara, an uninhabited island of the shore of Sardinia. Once you’ve taken in the spectacular views, you and your family can go for a swim, lie on the beach or see more of the island’s natural beauty by going snorkelling and canoeing. Tanca Manna At the opposite of the island, on Sardinia’s north east coast, lies Tanca Manna beach. This beach has a wide sandy stretch, making it great for beach games, like volleyball. It’s also great for taking some time out of the water to lie in the sun. Spot on for families with kids of all ages.

Feeling beachy?

Santorini, Cádiz and Sardinia are just three of the destinations included in our Mediterranean itineraries, so if you can’t wait to be on a beach in the Med, start planning your cruise today.    

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