Family holidays in the sun at Club Med Gregolimano.
Family holidays in the sun at Club Med Gregolimano.

Summer Sun Family Holidays in Europe

Who doesn’t want to grab a dose of sunshine after the long grey months of winter? With British summers continuing to be highly unreliable, we’re blessed to be within easy reach of some prime destinations for summer fun, whether you pack the car and drive to the South of France or head for the classic child-friendly beaches of Greece. Why fly long distances, suffer jetlag and spend a fortune when it’s all right there on your doorstep? – especially with younger kids, who find it hard to tolerate the extreme heat of more exotic climes.

The good news is that there’s more choice than ever when it comes to family-friendly places to stay in Europe, whether you’re looking for a luxury resort with bell and whistles, including childcare and spas, a low-key coastal campsite or a quiet cottage or gîte all to yourselves. But if you’re booking flights, trains or ferries separately to your accommodation, do plan and book far in advance, otherwise this is where you’ll get stung.

Check out our special offers and latest deals on family summer sun holidays including:
• Ocean Elements: active family holidays at Greek beachclubs. 
• Sardatur: Italy specialist with family-friendly properties.
• James Villas: hand-picked properties for families. 
• Simpson Travel: child-friendly villas, some in small complexes, in Turkey, Greece, Mallorca, France (including Corsica) and Italy.
• First Choice: Popular all-inclusive resorts.
• Club Med: French-founded all-inclusive resorts with childcare and heaps of free activities.
• Neilson: Active holidays in the Med, with a focus on sailing.
• Mark Warner: Mediterranean beach holidays with watersports and other activities, known for their quality childcare.
• Eurocamp: Campsites and holiday villages around Europe.
• Ikos Resorts: Luxury properties in Halkidiki and Corfu.
• Jet2holidays: Family package holidays, with free child places often available.


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Summer Sun places to stay in Europe

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Fantasia Bahia Principe

Spot-on for families, this all-inclusive in southern Tenerife has its own castle, childcare from three years to teens and theatre.

Villa Da Vinci

A spectacular holiday villa sleeping 13 in the Tuscan countryside, ineasy reach of Itailan cities. With heated outdoor pool, beautiful grounds and stunning views.

Bella Mare Hotel

A small family-friendly hotel on Corfu's north-east coast with childcare for babies to teens, a watersports centre and rooms with a handy kitchenette and balcony.

Neilson Mar Menor Beachclub

Active but stylish beachside holiday complex where water sports and land sports are high on the agenda, plus complimentary childcare from 4 months.

Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Cap Esterel

St Raphael
Perfect for babies through to teens with facilities, childcare and services, this self-catering holiday park on the south coast of France is ideal for a summer family holiday.

Ikos Andalusia

Stylish and luxurious all-inclusive 5-star Andalucian hotel with private beach, childcare from 4-months to teens and top-class service and facilities throughout.

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La Ravoire Campsite

Haute Savoie
A quiet holiday park in the French Alps surrounded by lakes and mountains, with pools on-site and a watersports centre nearby.

Ikos Aria

Luxury all-inclusive family resort on Kos with exclusive accommodation that boasts a private pool and beach, childcare from 4-months and football academy.

Adrian Hoteles Roca Nivaria GH

All-inclusive or half-board, luxury beachfront hotel with free childcare from 4-months-12 years, bike hire service and top class spa in south-west Tenerife.

Club Med Magna Marbella

Four-star all-inclusive resort in Marbella with waterpark, zen zones and activities suitable for all members of the family.

Globales Playa Estepona

All-inclusive value hotel option for families on the Andalucian coast with kids club, large family rooms and a beachside restaurant.

Marella Spirit: Family-friendly cruise holidays

Explore the western Mediterranean on-board this child-friendly cruise ship with kids club, cinema, and outdoor pools.

Marella Dream: Family-friendly cruise holidays around Europe

The choice of three 8-day cruise itineraries suitable for families on-board Marella Dream, exploring the Canary Islands, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.

Paleros Beach Resort

On mainland Greece, this baby- through to teen-friendly resort offers activities, water sports and childcare within a 5-star complex.

Center Parcs Park Allgäu

Self-catering holiday park in southern Germany with activities for young children through to adults plus luxury choice of accommodation according to budget.

Campingpark Gitzenweiler Hof Campsite

Bavarian holiday park with sporting competitions, evening entertainment, horse riding and much more to keep both parents and kids entertained.

Family Life Coma Gran

A family-oriented resort in Mallorca with kids clubs, pool and activities for parents; with plenty going on day and night and the choice between self-catering and all-inc.

Center Parcs Europe Les Ardennes

Relaxing family break or action-packed fun, this self-catering holiday park in Belgium suits families whatever the budget.

Center Parcs Europe Bostalsee Saarland

Self-catering cottages set around a lake in western Germany with water sports, child-friendly activities and fun for all the family.

Center Parcs Le Bois aux Daims

Loire Valley
Spralling holiday park in the Loire where you can zip through the water rapids, horse ride, climb through the trees, and even sleep in one!