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Here's where to go for a family beach holiday in Europe this year

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 09/01/2019 Roshina Jowaheer
a person standing in front of water: The most child-friendly spots to take the kids this summer, whether you're looking for the shortest flights times for families, warmest sea temperature, best weather or most water parks. © Nadezhda1906 - Getty Images The most child-friendly spots to take the kids this summer, whether you're looking for the shortest flights times for families, warmest sea temperature, best weather or most water parks.

The numbers are in and the best beach locations for families to visit this summer have been revealed, with a beautiful Greek island claiming the top spot.

Looking at criteria with parents in mind, such as flight duration, family-friendly attractions, average temperature, average cost and average sea temperature, beach holiday specialist On The Beach named Crete the most child-friendly destination.

             

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The sun-kissed island welcomes more than five million visitors to its glorious beaches, pretty villages and lively towns each year, while families can enjoy the most waterparks and theme parks (10) of any of the 50 places studied. It also sees average temperatures of 240C in the summer months and looking at current holiday prices, you can enjoy a seven-night four-star break for four in Agios Nikolaos with flights departing on 5 June 2019 from just £402 per person. There are also three-star seven-night holidays in Sfakaki from £138 per person, departing 13 June 2109.

a harbor filled with water and a city in the background: The lake Voulismeni in Agios Nikolaos, a picturesque coastal town with colorful buildings around the port in the eastern part of the island Crete, Greece © Gatsi - Getty Images The lake Voulismeni in Agios Nikolaos, a picturesque coastal town with colorful buildings around the port in the eastern part of the island Crete, Greece

With its score of 85.2 out of 100 for its family-friendliness, Crete is a top choice but for parents looking elsewhere, Costa Blanca took second place with an index score of 84.3 due to its short flight duration from the UK, warm sea and air temperatures, and large number of water and theme parks (seven).

Cyprus came third, followed by Costa Brava, Costa Dorada, Majorca, Malta, Corfu, Sardinia and Costa de la Luz.

On The Beach's Family Beach Index sorted the destinations by category and found that Turkey was the best spot for average summer temperatures, with the likes of Gumbet, Belek and Bodrum all enjoying averages of 250C.

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For water babies, Turkey also offers the best average sea temperatures, making its 250C waters in Antalya, Alanya, Belek and Side ideal for swimming with younger children.

a large body of water with a mountain in the background: Mediterranean Coast, Kleopatra Beach, Alanya, Antalya, Turkey © Feng Wei Photography - Getty Images Mediterranean Coast, Kleopatra Beach, Alanya, Antalya, Turkey

If avoiding longer flights is top of your list, the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada regions in Spain both offer average flight times of under two hours and five minutes from the UK. The Balearic island of Majorca is also a great choice for families looking for a destination closer to home, with an average flight time of 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, when it comes to finding the cheapest holiday prices for a family of four, you'll want to go off the beaten path. The lesser-known Canary Island of La Palma was named the best value location for families looking to grab a bargain summer holiday.

The island was followed by the Costa Calida and the Costa Brava on the Spanish mainland. Greek island Kefalonia came fourth, while the Algarve took the fifth spot.

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