At just over four hours from the UK by plane, Tenerife’s a great family destination thanks to its warm weather and child-friendly activities. The Canaries are famous for their year-round warm weather, and autumn is no exception – the mercury sits in the high 20s in October, so beach days with the kids are always an option. Costa Adeje is the big hitter for family holidays, thanks to waterpark Siam Park. Plus, nearby Teide National Park offers up activities like mountain biking and stargazing for older children.
If you’re looking for a Greek Island with loads of choice when it comes to beaches, head to Skiathos. It’s one of the smaller spots in Greece’s clutch of islands and has over 60 stretches of sand to choose from. When you've finished building sandcastles, see the island on horseback, or hop on a ferry to nearby Skopelos. Opt to stay in a villa if you’re travelling in a big group – swimming pool included.
Perched on the west coast of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai offers up a city break and a beach holiday rolled into one. And, it’s a playground for both kids and adults. Parents can enjoy huge shopping malls and MICHELIN restaurants, while little ones run wild at the waterparks, the hotel kids' clubs, and KidZania over at the Dubai Mall. This giant playground lets little ones explore a mini town, where they can play pretend as firemen, doctors, and radio-show hosts. Make sure to head out on a desert excursion too, for activities like sandboarding and desert safaris.
Much quieter than the nearby islands of Majorca or Ibiza, Menorca dials down the Balearics’ party atmosphere and offers a tranquil retreat for families. The shallow beaches serve up great paddling spots for young children, while older kids can try their hand at scuba diving off the coast. Or, why not whizz down the slides in Cala’n Bosch’s waterpark? Plus, shopping centre Castillo Menorca lets the kids burn off energy on trampolines, zip wires, and climbing frames.
Head to Cyprus in October and you can enjoy family activities, oodles of culture and a pleasant average temperature of 28 degrees – ideal for beach days spent paddling and sandcastle building. Make a beeline for Paphos, and you’ll find a few honey-hued stretches of sand, along with ancient sites and a modern harbour lined with family-friendly restaurants. If you’re looking for an action-packed day out, Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark thrills visitors young and old with its high-speed slides, wave pool and water rafting.
It may be small, but Malta gets a big thumbs up for a family holiday. Plus, in October it’s still pleasantly sunny and the ocean’s warm enough for a dip. Perched on a hilltop in northern Malta, chilled-out Mellieha is a great spot for families. Its large, sandy beach has shallow waters for children to splash around in, plus watersports such as canoeing and jet-skiing can keep the older ones entertained. Take a trip to Popeye Village – filmset-turned-family attraction – for superb shows, rides and museums.
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Author: Lizzie Butler
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