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Family Holidays to Costa Brava

Costa Brava's resorts were some of the first in Europe to be developed with tourists in mind, and remain well-equipped, family-focused places to holiday.

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Lloret de Mar gets the family seal of approval or try charming and peaceful Pineda de Mar

Situated in the northeast of Spain, Costa Brava is around a two-hour flight from UK airports. Once you arrive at Girona Airport it will only take between half an hour and an hour to get to your resort, so you and the kids can be in the pool in no time.

Highlighting its family focus, Lloret de Mar has been awarded the Family Tourist Destination seal of the Catalan Tourism Agency as a high number of hotels and restaurants provide facilities including highchairs, cots, kids' menus and entertainers. For a laid-back family holiday, Malgrat de Mar is a slightly slower pace but still has loads of family-friendly restaurants, parks and a 14th-century fortress and old town to explore.

The lifestyle is horizontal in Pineda de Mar to the west, where you can lie on the beach and look up at the castle or travel to Barcelona by car in under an hour for its fountain show, zoo and exquisite architecture.

Best family friendly beaches

Starting with the most action-packed beaches in Costa Brava, Lloret de Mar's main Lloret and Fenals beaches each have a summer sports zone and miniclub with inflatables, paddling pools and supervised activities to keep the kids amused. Both beaches are Blue Flag certified and backed by restaurants and kiosks.

Malgrat de Mar has three beaches across more than four kilometres, with a central beach, one for watersports, and a final Blue Flag number. They're all connected by a promenade so you don't have to stick to one beach and can wander along when you fancy a drink or bite to eat. Or try one of Tossa de Mar's three beaches, such as the largest Platja Grand, which is backed by attractive rocky cliffs and a starting point for boat trips.

Best family activities in Costa Brava

One of the largest waterparks in Europe, WaterWorld in Lloret de Mar is accessible from wherever you stay in Costa Brava and has over 20 rides. And for more in the way of active pursuits visit either ArbreAventura natural park with sports activities and rope courses or neighbouring Gnomo Park that has gnome-themed play for younger kids.

In the centre of Lloret de Mar an open museum is set up with signs that guide you around town to discover places of historic, cultural and natural interest. They include the Maritime Museum, Santa Clotilde Gardens beside the sea and Sant Joan Castle.

Other popular holidays in Spain

If you fancy checking out somewhere else in Spain, try Costa Blancal, Costa del Sol or Costa Dorada. But if you're set on a holiday to Costa Brava, take a look at our Costa Brava travel guide for more information on how to plan your perfect family holiday in the Spanish sun. We've also rounded up the top five family hotels for you to choose from.

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