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Top 20 family-friendly European holiday destinations revealed – and a UK hotspot is second

Top 20 family-friendly European holiday destinations revealed – and a UK hotspot is second

A holiday favourite in England is one of the best in Europe for family trips with children

Portugal’s Algarve region has been named the top family-friendly destination in Europe in a new survey.

The Algarve won top spot in the Columbus Direct analysis.

In second place was Cornwall, with its beautiful beaches and fantastic attractions.

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

Majorca, Corsica and Tenerife complete the top five.

Popular Spain and Greece were named the most family-friendly countries.

The analysis measured each area’s family-friendly hotels, child-friendly restaurants, flight times from the UK and number of children’s activities available.

The Algarve was rated highly for its hotels, restaurants and activities. The area is popular with families because of its beaches, attracting around four million visitors a year.

The Algarve

The Algarve

Stuart Lloyd, Travel Insurance Expert at Columbus Direct said: “It is great to see so many destinations provided by our European neighbours that cater to families on holiday and help make parents’ choice far easier and stress-free.

“It is also great to see Cornwall appear as one of the top places to go to as a family, with the rise of the staycation and also for outside of the UK wanting to holiday here.”

Here is the full top 20 destinations. Which is your favourite?

1. Algarve, Portugal

2. Cornwall, UK

3. Majorca, Spain

4. Corsica, France

5. Tenerife, Spain

6. Costa Brava, Spain

7. Rhodes, Greece

8. Corfu, Greece

9. Gran Canaria, Spain

10. Amalfi Coast, Italy

11. Malta

12.Ibiza, Spain

13. Menorca, Spain

14. Zante, Greece

15. Lanzarote, Spain

16. Malaga, Spain

17. Madeira, Portugal

18. Halkidiki, Greece

19. Mykonos, Greece

20. Fuerteventura, Spain

Don’t miss our reviews of Corsica, Majorca, Malaga, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

The top 20 family holiday destinations for 2019 have been revealed

The top 20 family holiday destinations for 2019 have been revealed

And a UK destination scoops second place in the new list of great child-friendly holiday locations

The Algarve in Portugal has beaten Cornwall to the title of best family holiday destination, according to a new study.

Research from insurer Columbus Direct puts the Portuguese region at the top of a European list for summer breaks.

Cornwall, in second spot, is the top UK destination, followed by Majorca, Corsica and Tenerife.

The study considered factors like hotels, child friendly restaurants, flight time and children’s activities in assessing the best destinations.

Stuart Lloyd, Travel Insurance Expert at Columbus Direct, said: “It is great to see so many destinations provided by our European neighbours that cater to families on holiday and help make parents’ choice far easier and stress-free.

“It is also great to see Cornwall appear as one of the top places to go to as a family, with the rise of the staycation and also for those outside of the UK wanting to holiday here.”

The company analysed destinations within a five-hour flight time of London and scored each out 100.

The Algarve, awarded 78 out of 100, is known for its golden beaches, picturesque fishing towns and soaring caves.

The Algarve wins best family holiday 2019

The Algarve

It attracts around four million visitors a year and boasts waterparks, zoos and boat trips to see wild dolphins.

It can be reached in under three hours from London and the city centre is just 7km away from the airport. The study found it to have 275 family-friendly hotels.

Second-place Cornwall, which scored 64 out of 100, is known for its beautiful beaches, waves and entertainment and has a huge 437 child-friendly activities, according to the study.

Cornwall is second best for family holidays

Beautiful Cornwall

Spain and Greece were the countries found to have the most family-friendly locations such as the popular islands of Majorca and Rhodes.

The full list of the top 20 family holiday destinations is:

1) Algarve

2) Cornwall

3) Majorca

4) Corsica

5) Tenerife

6) Costa Brava

7) Rhodes

8) Corfu

9) Gran Canaria

10) Amalfi Coast

11) Malta

12) Ibiza

13) Menorca

14) Zante

15) Lanzarote

16) Malaga

17) Madeira

18) Halkidiki

19) Mykonos

20) Fuerteventura

What do you think? Let us know your favourite destination in Europe.

Best family holiday resorts and locations revealed at the World Travel Awards

Best family holiday resorts and locations revealed at the World Travel Awards

The best places to take your children have been unveiled at the World Travel Awards

The top resorts and locations for family travel have been recognised at the World Travel Awards with success for Greece, Portugal and the UK.

The Algarve in Portugal has won Europe’s Leading Beach Destination for the sixth time.

And the top family resort in Europe has been named as Sani Resort in Greece.

Mriya Resort and Spa in Crimea has won the luxury family resort title.

The top theme park in Europe was Legoland Windsor. Walt Disney World in Florida was named best theme park in North America.

João Fernandes, president of Algarve Tourism Bureau, said it was an historic win for the area in the best beach category.

He said: “We are delighted to win the award for the sixth time, and to make history in this way.

“The Algarve is blessed with a wide variety of beaches from small secluded bays to sweeping expanses of white sand.

“The calmer beaches are perfect for younger children who love to pick clams in the wet sand, or play in the small waves, whilst older children adore all the watersports on offer such as surfing and bodyboards.

“And parents appreciate the great restaurants on the beaches, medical help points and serviced sunbeds.”

Here is a list of the top family travel winners:

Europe’s Leading Family Resort – Sani Resort, Greece

Europe’s Leading Family and Wellness Resort – Pullman Timi Ama, Sardinia

Europe’s Luxury Family Resort – Mriya Resort and Spa, Crimea

Europe’s Leading Theme Park Resort – Legoland Windsor

Europe’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort – Pestana Porto Santo

Europe’s Leading Beach Resort – Quinta Do Lago, Portugal

Europe’s Leading Beach Destination – The Algarve

North America’s Leading Theme Park Resort – Walt Disney World, Florida

North America’s Leading Family Resort – Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, Canada

Middle East Leading Family Resort – JA Beach Hotel, Dubai

Caribbean’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort – Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa.

Africa’s Leading Family Resort – Leopard Beach Resort and Spa, Kenya

The World Travel Awards were launched in 1993 to recognise the the best destinations, hotels and resorts across the globe.

Visit their website for a full list of winners.