If you’re taking the kids on holiday and need a great family beach, try El Cristo in Estepona. Sandwiched between Marbella and Manilva on the Costa del Sol, this stretch of sand is well sheltered from the wind. And, the shallow, calm water here is ideal for your little ones to paddle in. Its location also makes it a great beach for sunseekers – these turquoise waters catch the sun’s rays well into the evening. And make sure you stick around for Estepona’s standout sunset.
If you’re after something a bit different from your regular beach snap, El Golfo in Lanzarote should be your go-to spot. The volcanic landscape of the Canary Islands has created a lagoon inside a now-extinct crater, tucked next to one of the regions’ famous black sand beaches. Thanks to the algae that call it home, the water in the lagoon is green. Surrounded by red cliffs, El Golfo’s definitely not your typical beach. What’s more, this pebbled coastline is protected by its nature reserve status.
La Borrosa Beach in the Costa de la Luz s eight kilometres long, so you’ve got plenty of space to spread out here. This coastline is made up of sleepy fishing villages rather than bustling resorts, so it’s ideal for those seeking quieter Spanish beaches. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here. There are loads of watersports on offer, including kitesurfing, windsurfing, and sailing. You’ve also got plenty of food spots along the promenade – but to really escape the crowds, head up to the sand dunes. Here, the only thing you’ll find is a beach bar serving drinks and Spanish snacks.
There are 24 beaches in Marbella, so you’ll definitely find one that suits you. Known for its glitzy reputation, you never know who you might run into on Puerto Banus’ urban beaches. The area’s a real celebrity magnet thanks to the flashy Golden Mile, and there are three beaches to choose from. Playa de Nueva Andalucia, which boasts Blue Flag status, is lined with beach bars and clubs for those looking to party, while Playa Puerto Banus is the local family friendly spot. And, completing the line-up is Playa del Rio Verde, which has Blue Flag status.
Hotel H10 Lanzarote Princess has a great central location, being just a five-minute walk to the beach and close to a whole host of local bars and restaurants.
You’ll find the along the Golden Mile, so you’re just five minutes’ stroll from the beach.
If your kids like the idea of sharing smaller dishes – aka tapas – try the TUI Family Life Islantilla on Spain’s Costa De La Luz. It’s home to five restaurants, including one that serves up traditional Andalusian fare.
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