The success of a good holiday depends strongly on matching the right European resort to the needs of your travelling group. Suddenly travelling with a baby for example, renders your previously hedonistic weekends to Ibiza as slightly less viable, although by relocating away from Ibiza Town or Bora Bora beach and heading to some of the other more family friendly resorts, you can suddenly find the best of both worlds merging.
What makes a break special for one person, won`t factor for another. So rather than taking recommendations on stock value, do your own research and ascertain what`s important for you. If you`re travelling with a partner on a romantic break for example, local culture and great food may be more important than all-night bars and sports facilities - tailor your holiday to suit. Certainly there are a vast wealth of European resorts and each will offer its own attractions for travellers - it`s also worth looking beyond the headlines and finding out the true beauty of a resort before discounting it!
In Greece, the Sani resort is very well known for being child-friendly and it`s family run and legendary locally. Overlooking a blue flag beach, it has fantastic accommodation, a great kid`s agenda for entertainments and food and great babysitting services which allow Mum and Dad to relax over their leisurely breakfasts or head away for the day to a local attraction. In fact, many resorts in Greece and Spain are well known for offering great family-friendly facilities, which are often a big draw for those with young children who still want a holiday with their partner!
In Britain particularly, Magalluf has a poor reputation. However its beach stretches for over 1600 metres and it`s known to be one of Majorca`s best, winning blue flags for is cleanliness. There are great beach activities, a buzzing nightlife which caters for a range of interests and ages and plenty of family-focused destinations including the rocky coves, theme parks and sites of historical interest. The accommodation is plentiful, of good quality and often to be found at good prices and the resort has a friendly, very British feel, with most shops and entertainment venues doing business in English for their tourist markets.
Next door is beautiful Palma Nova which offers plenty of sun and fun. It`s a very extrovert resort with a buzzing, lively atmosphere and a huge amount of things to do for couples, friends and families alike, whether relaxation or lively nights out are on the agenda. The beach is incredible, as is the blue sea and the town is full of restaurants, bars and shops. The resort is purpose-built and there`s a charming traditional harbour which is also perfect for eating out. There are plenty of good value holidays in Palma Nova available and great offers at the different hotels, which range from self-catering family accommodations to adults-only resorts for couples.