A new ‘Family Beach Index’ ranks Cyprus third on a list of 50 family beach destinations in eight European countries.
Researchers looked at air and sea temperatures, family friendly attractions, flight duration from the UK and average cost for a family of four to compile the rankings.
The island of Crete came first, with the highest number of water and amusement parks, 10, and enjoys an average temperature of 24C from May to October.
Number two is the Costa Blanca. Though Cyprus has more water parks than the Spanish resort, nine compared with 7, it has the disadvantage of being further away from the UK.
The beach resort of Costa Blanca is ranked 16.8 on the flight score, and the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, which are number four and five on the list, have the shortest flight duration to the UK with a score of 17.4, while Cyprus has a ranking of just 14.2.
Cyprus scores high on average sea and air temperatures in the summer, 24.5C and 23.5C respectively.
As travel firm On the Beach, which compiled the index, put it: “With flights coming in at around 4 hours and 50 minutes Cyprus is just that little bit further away, but with beautiful beaches, fabulous attractions and plenty of sun, it’s so worth it.”
The rest of the top ten is made up of Majorca (sixth), Malta (seventh), Corfu (eighth), Sardinia (ninth) and the Costa De La Luz in Spain (10th).