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Top summer sun destinations for families


You won’t be short of ideas for where to go over the summer holidays when you read our guide to the top summer sun destinations for families.

When the summer holidays finally arrive, you’ve an entire six weeks to keep the kids entertained! For the best solution to keep boredom at bay, how about two weeks in the sun at an activity-packed destination? It sure beats staying at home, worrying about the unreliable UK weather! Plus, we’ve still got plenty of Free Child Places available this summer!

To get your perfect plan started for your holiday, we’ve picked out six of the best sun destinations for families.

Izmir Area, Turkey

It’s all about the beaches here in Izmir and when you sink your toes into the sandy stretches, you’ll understand why. Kusadi’s king when it comes to family-friendly sweeps so make a beeline for Ladies Beach. It’s backed by a palm-lined promenade that’s jam-packed with restaurants and shops, so you won’t need to go far when those tiny tums start to rumble.

For more water-based fun, head to Adaland Waterpark. With over 20 slides at your disposal, plus a wave pool and a kiddie area, there’s no better place to cool off in the summer sun.

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As a blissed-out alternative to Majorca for your family summer holiday, neighbouring Menorca has the answer. You won’t find much here in terms of crowded towns and lively bars, but that’s all part of the appeal. Instead, what you can rely on is white-gold sandy beaches, lots of them in fact. They’re perfect for pitching up with the kids and enjoying the sunshine.

If you do want to get out and about, there’s still a few great places to go, including the Aquarock Waterpark in Cala’n Bosch. And look out for Lithica near the island’s old capital, Ciutadella. Its deep stone quarry is swoon-worthy, while there’s a maze and animal sanctuary here too.

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Costa Dorada

When it comes to summer holidays, the Costa Dorada is a dab hand. With a short flight time, a bounty of beaches and oodles of hotels that are catered to big broods, it’s no surprise families come back year-on-year for their fix of summer sun. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also home to Spain’s biggest theme park!

PortAventura certainly puts the Costa Dorada on the map when it comes to fun-filled summer sun destinations. This thousands-of-thrills theme park is stuffed with bags of all-age attractions.

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The Algarve

Start ticking off your long list of summer sun activities here in the Algarve. All-rounder Albufeira has a little bit of everything, and it leads the way when it comes to family getaways. Once a sleepy fishing village, Corvoeiro is now a thriving beach resort. From here, you can take a boat trip and explore the caves or treat the kids to the tourist train!

You’ll find your fair share of epic waterparks here too, like Slide and Splash and AquaShow Park in Vilamoura. And check out Karting Almancil where kids and adults can go head –to head on the racetrack. When you’re done whizzing around, there are trampolines and arcade games to try too.

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Smiles come as standard in Lanzarote! It’s almost as if this long-reigning favourite was tailor-made for families, with its mesmerising sea of rugged volcanic cones and choice of golden or black-sand shores. Not to mention the plethora of activities on offer. From theme parks and submarine safaris to wild water activities and everything in between. You name it, Lanzarote’s got it!

There will be splash-happy days aplenty in Costa Teguise, this family-favoured resort is home to a generous handful of our Experience More hotels! That means entry and splash-tastic fun at the island’s best waterparks come included with your stay. You’ll be whizzing down those flumes in no time!

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Heraklion, Crete

As the largest of the Greek islands, you won’t be short of fun and sun here either. The island boasts a smorgasbord of can’t-beat beaches from paddle-perfect coves to lengthy stretches with cotton-soft sands, which means everyone’s catered for. When you want a break from the beach and you’ve got the older kids in tow, pop on your walking shoes and pay a visit to Samariá Gorge to enjoy a trek through Europe’s longest canyon.

Little ones will love the Labyrinth Park. Wind through the maze in search of the Minotaur, play and putt at the mini golf or learn the art of Cretan pottery. With plenty of activities on offer, you’re sure to enjoy a fun-filled, interactive day that suits the whole gang.

Which summer sun destination do you think will be best for your next family holiday? Once you’ve decided, take your pick from the best deals over at Jet2holidays.

Posted: 20th Nov 2019. Updated: 4th Aug 2023. Jet2 Holidays Jet2 City Breaks Jet2 Villas