You don’t have to go all the way to the Caribbean to find pristine family-friendly shores – Europe has more than its share of picturesque beaches to keep little ones happy. Here’s Oliver’s pick of the top five European beaches for children.

Funny Beach, Spain

Funny Beach - Costa del Sol, Spain - Flickr

Funny Beach – Costa del Sol, Spain – Flickr

Sprawled along the coast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Marbella is home to some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol – but none are more child-pleasing than the aptly-named Funny Beach. Part beach and part amusement park, Funny Beach has a huge choice of water activities for kids, including pedal boats and para-sailing. Anyone who feels a little more comfortable on dry land can take their pick from go-karts, trampolines and bouncy castles.

Avlaki Beach, Greece

Villa Ricco, Corfu - Villas with Pools - Oliver's Travels

Villa Ricco, Corfu – Villas with Pools – Oliver’s Travels

Our Villa Ricco in Corfu is ideal for anyone who loves villas with pools. Located on the coast in the charming fishing village of Agios Stefanos, the swimming pool has gorgeous views of the surrounding olive groves and the sparkling Ionian Sea. Avlaki Beach is just 2km away, and its calm waters, quiet sands and sheltered location make this a great choice for kids.

Dune du Pilat, France

Dune du Pilat, France - Flickr

Dune du Pilat, France – Flickr

This Bordeaux beach is home to the tallest sand dune in Europe and one of the most child-friendly beaches in the Gironde, thanks to the sand bar a mile out that keeps the water calm. Adults with enough stamina to climb the 154 steps to the top of the dune will be rewarded with sweeping views of the Les Landes forest, while children will enjoy rolling back down the dune – or even sand-boarding down to the beach.

Gianella Beach, Italy

Talamon Tower - Tuscany - Villas with Pools - Oliver's Travels

Talamon Tower – Tuscany – Villas with Pools – Oliver’s Travels

Located on Tuscany’s Monte Argentario Peninsula, this sandy beach is great for families with its warm shallow waters and array of water sports. The surrounding pine forests make for an idyllic setting – and there are plenty of tiny coves for mini adventurers to explore.

Copacabana Beach, Croatia

Copacabana Beach, Croatia - Flickr

Copacabana Beach, Croatia – Flickr

Most of Croatia’s beaches are stony, but the water is warm and shallow and there are plenty of child-friendly beaches to choose from. We like Copacabana Beach at Lapad Bay just outside Dubrovnik, for its inflatable playground and fruit and ice cream stands. The water is shallow enough for little ones, with beautiful views of the Elafiti islands.

Oliver’s Travels offers a wide range of options when it comes to finding the perfect family holiday. Our concierge team is here to help you to choose from various Italian villas , French chateaux,  Spanish properties or British cottages! Have your pick!

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