Revealed: Cyprus third most family friendly destination in Europe for a beach holiday (pics)

Crete tops the list!

The Greek island of Crete has been named as the most family friendly destination in Europe for a beach holiday, according to a new ranking.

Researchers looked at the average air temperature, average sea temperature, the number of family friendly attractions, flight duration from the UK and the average cost for a family of four across 50 resorts in eight countries.

The Costa Blanca in Spain and the island of Cyprus also ranked highly, coming second and third in the list.

The Family Beach Index was compiled by travel firm On The Beach, which found that top rated Crete boasts the highest number of family friendly attractions (10) of all of the destinations in the study and enjoys an average daily temperature of 24 degrees during the summer months.

Second-placed Costa Blanca scored highly due to its short flight duration from the UK, warm sea and air temperatures, and large number of water and theme parks (seven).

And the research found that third place Cyprus scored highly when it came to warm sea temperatures, water and amusement parks, and the low average cost of a family holiday

The Costa Brava, which has the shortest flight duration from the UK is fourth and fellow Spanish resort the Costa Dorada is fifth.

The rest of the top ten is made up of Majorca (sixth), Malta (seventh), Corfu (eighth), Sardinia (ninth) and the Costa De La Luz in Spain (10th).

Meanwhile, researchers looked at the best places overall for each of the five criteria it rated resorts by.

They found that destinations across Turkey including Gumbet, Belek and Bodrum have the highest average summer temperature at 25 degrees.

When it comes to average sea temperatures, the study showed the warmest destinations are Antalya, Alanya, Belek and Side all in Turkey, with the waters a pleasant 25 degrees on average.

As well as Crete having the largest number of water parks and amusements, Cyprus isn’t far behind with nine attractions, including the award-winning Fasouri Watermania Water Park in Limassol.

After the Costa Brava, the shortest flight time to a beach destination from the UK is Majorca with most journeys taking around two hours and 25 minutes.

While the research showed that the cheapest beach resort for a family of four is the lesser known Canary Island of La Palma.

Alan Harding, marketing director at On the Beach, said: ‘Our Family Beach Index provides a data-driven look at Europe’s very best family beach destinations.

‘We know that researching a perfect family holiday can take time, so we’ve used the holiday criteria that parents told us matter most to them, and crunched the numbers to create this comprehensive list.

‘Topping our Family Beach Index, Crete is a fantastic choice with warm waters, balmy temperatures and lots of fun-filled water parks and theme parks to keep the family entertained.

‘If reaching your resort in record time tops your list of priorities, then Spain provides a range of fabulous beach holiday options less than two and a half hours from the UK.

‘If higher temperatures and beautiful warm waters are what you’re looking for, then Turkey could be the perfect option for you.’

Source: Daily Mail