Water slides, gently sloping beaches and short flight times: the countries around the Mediterranean offer everything. We present your favourite destinations for the summer vacation there – selected especially for families with children.

Summer vacation in Turkey

The Turkish Riviera between Alanya and Antalya enchants with paradisiacal beaches and turquoise blue water – sun, sand and sea full. And at top prices in hotels where everything is included: good service, entertainment programs, mini-clubs and of course the complete buffet.

As a country between Europe and Asia, Turkey offers a lot of variety and exciting contrasts. With the famous ‘grooved minaret’ in the centre, Antalya, the remarkable capital of the region, attracts with magnificent stone and wooden houses in the typical Ottoman old town.

The family argument: water slides – that’s what the hotels on the Turkish Riviera are famous for.

Wellness tip Hamam: The Turkish steam bath promises pure relaxation, especially on vacation! The kids are having fun in the mini club …

Sardinia emerald green

Italy with a difference – that’s what families experience on the second largest island in the Mediterranean. In Sardinia, you can explore wild mountain regions where the scent of Mediterranean herbs is in the air. Dream beaches with Caribbean qualities reinvent the perfect beach holiday.

The most famous coastline in Sardinia is the Costa Smeralda. Long sandy beaches and hidden bays lead into the water here. The coast also owes its name to the emerald green colour of the sea. And those who have finished building their sandcastle can compare them on a family excursion with the numerous buildings on the island in the miniature park “Sardegna in Miniatura” …

The family argument: Italian cuisine – pasta is always a hit with Bambini.

Don’t miss: bear and elephant – the mighty animals are famous rock formations created by wind and weather. Marvel at Palau and Castelsardo.

More Mallorca

Beach, nature, culture – Mallorca is diversity with European standards and the bestseller among the Mediterranean destinations. The towns of Cala d’Or and Cala Millor in the east of the Germans’ favourite island are particularly child-friendly. The Bay of Alcudia in the northeast of Mallorca also has gently sloping beaches.

 A trip to the new aquarium near the capital Palma is also worthwhile with the kids. Over 8000 marine animals can be found in 55 pools. The highlight is a glass tunnel that leads through the water.

The family argument: short flight times – 2 ½ hours above the clouds also pass quickly for the kids.

Better not: Families should avoid the “Platja de Palma” beach (Balneario 6) around El Arenal, where party tourists are better off.

Croatia’s coasts

In just a few hours you can reach a varied and idyllic holiday region from Germany or Austria: Istria. The popular peninsula has over 1000 kilometres of coastline along the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. The town of Rovinj, which is worth seeing, is built on a hill that protrudes into the sea.

A fascinating world of countless islands lines the coast from Kvarner Bay to Dalmatia. A stroll through Dubrovnik in the very south of the country offers an unforgettable panoramic view from the colossal city walls down over the roofs of the medieval old town.

The family argument: By car – so you are always flexible and have no baggage restrictions like on a plane, perfect for strollers and bicycles.

Try here: truffle! The bulbous delicacies cost significantly less in Croatia and are a feast for gourmets.