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10 of the best beaches in Europe for families

From the Baltic to the Med, Joanne O’Connor suggests 10 fine sandy strands, and nearby places to stay. Please use the comments to add your own suggestions

Greece has no shortage of gorgeous beaches, but when it comes to accessible and child-friendly options, the Cyclades island of Naxos is hard to beat. One of the best bets for families can be found within a five-minute walk of Naxos Town (Chora). The warm, shallow waters of St George beach are perfect for paddling and snorkelling but there’s plenty to keep older children happy, too. At the Flisvos Sport Club, you can sign up for windsurfing, wakeboarding or waterskiing, hire a mountain bike, or play a game of beach tennis or volleyball. The beach is lined with laid-back tavernas and beach clubs which hire out sun loungers.
A week self-catering for two at Kalergis Studios, a stone’s throw from the beach, costs £667

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‘My favourite beach in the world’ – readers’ travel tips

Wild, peaceful, fun, busy, hot … we all love the seaside, whether it’s just along the coast from Swansea or sweltering under a tropical sky

Just a winding road away from vibrant Caribbean-infused Puerto Viejo is the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, a haven for free-range iguanas, sedentary sloths, all manner of feathered, scaled and furry creatures – and a few lucky human visitors. Explosions of vegetation burst with beneficial botanical properties; the Refuge is a tropical garden of Eden. Follow a trail through the towering bamboo canes, skirt around zig-zagging trails of tiny crabs, and discover a serene, pristine stretch of soft white sand, fringed with coconut palms. The gentle rustle and sway of tropical vegetation blends with the gentle swoosh of the turquoise tide – Punta Uva is a secluded slice of paradise.
Laura Hall
Holiday guide to Costa Rica

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