We’ve trawled the length and breadth of Europe to find some of what we think are the best value, best fun and least hassle holidays under the sun.
All prices — correct at time of going to press — are for two adults and two kids for seven nights in July. Check relevant website for updated details.
Le Val de Bonnal, Jura
A great holiday park set on the banks of the Ognon in the former chateau estate. It has access to the four lakes and beaches, waterslides, and pools means this park will appeal to those who love watersports.
Accommodation is spacious from mobile homes and adventure tents. From $1,400 a three-bed mobile home. (les-castels.com)
The Terrazas resort
The Terrazas resort is the big news on the Costa Del Sol in 2010. Pools, kids clubs, a range of sports and stunning views of the Rock of Gibraltar and coast of north Africa. The accommodation is apartment-based and of course feels very new. From $1,240 for a flat for four. (pv-holidays.com)
This emerging holiday resort offers almost everything the Med can offer at a fraction of the price. There’s 20 miles of decent beach, ice-creams for pennies and dinner for two comes in at well under $15. Good quality hotels, like the five-star Baltic Beach spa hotel, which offers luxury accommodation for budget prices. From around $1,700. (balticbeach.lv)
Butlins, Bognor Regis
Butlins used to be a bit of a joke in the U.K., but this resort in Britain’s sunniest location has ended that. The big change is the quality. The Ocean and Shoreline Hotels are well up to big city standard. From $1,300. (Butlins.com)
Riviera Resort & Spa
Away from the hubbub in the south of the island, this impressive hotel hugs the northern shoreline of the Maltese islands and boasts private beaches and views of the islands of Gozo and Comino. Lovely safe sea, ample lounges, bars and restaurants and open-air terraces for mom and dad. From $2,000. (riviera.com.mt)