Balmy temperatures in Spain make it the perfect beach holiday destination to chase away those last vestiges of winter. Just a short flight away, Spain has plenty of quieter resorts for families to soak up the sunshine and many safe beaches for children to paddle and play. Check out these five family-friendly Spanish beaches for inspiration.
Just 20 minutes south of Málaga in southern Spain is Torremolinos, an oldie but a goodie when it comes to family-friendly resorts. Many hotels are located a short walk from the beach, where children can play happily for hours with a bucket and spade or go for a ride on a pedalo. The nearby Sea Life aquarium has an educational touch pool with crabs, starfish and tiny sharks, while the fun park Aqualand, with over 30 water rides, is open from May to September.
The smallest of three beaches in Costa Adeje in southwest Tenerife, Playa La Pinta is ideal for families with small children. The beach has good protection from the waves and is almost completely enclosed. Gentle sandy shelves lead into the sea, and there is fun to be had climbing a floating inflatable iceberg. Everything you need in the way of facilities is there, including cafes, sun loungers, showers and toilets. Nearby Puerto Colón Marina has dolphin and whale watching trips.
Another beach town is Costa Teguise on the eastern side of Lanzarote. Just 10 to 15 minutes by rental car (don’t forget your hire car insurance) from the airport, this is a quieter resort than its livelier neighbour Puerto del Carmen. Still, Costa Teguise has a good range of accommodation and activities, which makes it popular with families. There are several beaches to pick from near the town centre, but uncrowded Los Charcos with its fine white sand and calm waters is perfect for families looking for safe swimming and tranquil sunbathing.
Although you may not think the party island of Ibiza would be suitable for families, there are many quieter beaches where it’s not all about the fiesta. Just over a 30-minute drive from the airport, Portinatx is a small resort big on stress-free bliss. Spectacular locations aside, there are three beaches at Portinatx offering crystal clear waters and fine white sand, and all are safe for children. The largest and most easily accessible is S’Arenal Gros, offering pedalos, sun loungers, sun umbrellas, restaurants, shops and lifeguards. The resort also has a small waterslide park.
Another of the popular Canary Islands is Fuerteventura, the second largest of the group after Tenerife. Although known for being relatively windy, this can be a welcome relief if temperatures start soaring. The beach town of Corralejo in the north is popular for its beautiful beaches. For a quick dip, Town Beach is very sheltered and has the most facilities. For something more scenic, the largest beach, Grandes Playas just outside Corralejo, is a great family beach with clean, white sand stretching for 7km and lots of room for little ones to run around in the sand dunes.