Family Beach Index

Thinking about your 2019 travel goals? We recently ran a survey asking 1,000 Britons about the New Year and what their holiday plans and aspirations were. Finding that 24% of you want to spend more time with your family and take more holidays abroad in 2019, we thought we’d help you out with where to go. So, we’ve collected data around the most important aspects of your holiday criteria, including average temperature, average sea temperature, amount of water/amusement parks in the area and flight duration. With this, we present to you our Family Beach Index – a ranking of the top family-friendly destinations.

10. Costa de la Luz

Last but not least, mainland Spain makes its way into the top 10 once again with Costa de la Luz settling in tenth place. Located on the south-western coast of Spain, the region’s average temperature is a pleasant 22°C and the flight score is high with the average duration being only 2 hours and 30 minutes. The average sea temperature is 20.5°C, a great temperature for cooling off from the sunshine and there are 3 water/amusement parks in the area!

9. Sardinia


Sardinia boasts 7 water/amusement parks on the island!

Italy finally makes an appearance! The Italian island of Sardinia comes in at ninth place with a fabulous total of 7 water and amusement parks and an easy flight time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. The average temperature is on the low end of the top 10 at 21°C but the average sea temperature sits a little higher at 21.5°C.

8. Corfu

The second Greek island to grace the top 10, Corfu’s green landscapes and rugged coastline isn’t all that it’s got. The island has 4 water/amusement parks which are great for families, plus the flight score lies on the higher side, with an average duration of 3 hours and 15 minutes. The average temperature is a little lower than Crete’s but is still a tepid 22°C, plus the waters make up for it as the average sea temperature sits at a comfortable 23.5°C.

7. Malta


Malta’s warm weather and waters bags it seventh place.

The wonderful Meditteranean archipelago of Malta lies in seventh place, offering warmth both on land and in the water with the average sea and air temperatures being 24°C. The islands may only feature 4 family-friendly water/amusement parks, but in proportion to the size of land, it’s still a pretty impressive number. Due to its location between North Africa and Italy, the flight score is in the lower end, with an average flight time of 3 hours and 25 minutes.

6. Majorca

The Balearic island famous for its stunning white beaches and blue waters, Majorca is up next. Scoring well in the attractions department, the island has a high total of 8 water and amusement parks which are great for all ages. The average temperature is a little on the lower side being 21°C, but the waters are nice and warm with the average sea temperature at 22.5°C. Majorca is also a high scorer for the flight duration, with an average flight time of 2 hours and 25 minutes.

5. Costa Dorada

Costa Dorada

Did you know… it takes the same time to fly to Costa Dorada as it does to get the train from Sheffield to Liverpool.

A little lower down the coastline is Costa Dorada, scoring the same as Costa Brava on the index. Although not too far from each other, Costa Dorada’s average sea temperature sits a little higher at 21.5°C but the average air temperature stays the same at 22°C. Another great pick for activity-loving families, this region also has a total of 7 water/amusement parks to choose from, as well as hosting a great selection of blue-flag beaches. Plus, the flight score is another winner with an average duration of 2 hours and 10 minutes. Breezy!

4. Costa Brava

Next up on the list in Costa Brava, the north-eastern corner of Spain, where Girona, Lloret de Mar and Blanes can be found. With an average temperature of 22°C and an average sea temperature of 20.5°C this region is a little cooler than the top 3, but is in no way chilly. What sets Costa Brava within the top 5 though, is that it holds a total of 7 water and amusement parks, and it is top of the flight score category with an average duration of only 2 hours and 10 minutes!

3. Cyprus (South)


There’s lot’s of fun to be had in the sun in Cyprus, with nine water/amusement parks and a whole-lotta heat!

Landing in third place is the south of Cyprus, home to popular resorts like Paphos, Ayia Napa and Protaras. Although the flight duration is the longest on the list at 4 hours and 50 minutes, it makes up for it with a grand total of 9 water/amusement parks and a delightfully warm sea temperature of 24.5°C, a great combination for water babies! Plus, with an average temperature of 23.5°C, you’re sure to get yourself a golden tan whilst there.

2. Costa Blanca

Ever wondered why us Brits love Benidorm so much? It’s got pretty much everything you need. Coming in at second place, Costa Blanca keeps us warm with a brilliant average temperature of 24.5°C and a steady average sea temperature of 22°C. The region holds 7 water and amusement parks, so it’s fantastic for families, plus the average flight time is only a mere 2 hours and 40 minutes!

1. Crete


It’s more than just a pretty picture. Crete comes in first place having everything you need for a fabulous family getaway!

And the winner is… The largest Greek island seems to tick all the boxes as a perfect family holiday destination. Scoring a fantastic 85.2 out of 100, Crete has a lovely average temperature of 24°C, a tepid average sea temperature of 23°C and a whopping 10 water/amusement parks on the island! With an average flight time of 4 hours, all you need are two downloaded films and a few snacks for you and the kids to enjoy a smooth journey there.

So, there you have it. If you’d like to find out more and see the full index, check out our Family Beach Index hub page!

Written on 11th January 2019 by

Catherine Tansey

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