Fiesta for families - Spain tops UK families' getaway choices


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Spain has been voted the number one destination for families. Spain narrowly beat the UK as the most family friendly holiday destination in the latest ABTA consumer trends survey. The Mediterranean countries shine through as especially appealing for families, taking six out of the top 10 spots.

Consumers were asked which country they regarded as the most family friendly for holidays and almost one in five gave their vote to Spain. Among 35-44 year-olds, one in four are particularly keen on the country.

The UK came in at second place overall and especially popular among an older age group with those aged 55+ voting it their most family friendly destination. The amazing theme parks and hospitality of the USA drove it to a third spot.

The Mediterranean dominates the top ten with Spain joined by France, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Cyprus and the ninth spot goes to Spain's neighbour Portugal. Further afield, the long flight to Australia is clearly worth the effort as it completes the ABTA Top 10 for Family Friendly destinations.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), said: "For many years Spain has been our favourite overseas holiday spot. One of the main reasons for this has been the amazing welcome and facilities that Spain and its people offer to families."

Ignacio Vasallo, director of the Spanish Tourist Office welcomed the news: "We are delighted to see that even in tough times families continue to see Spain as their preferred holiday destination."

Top 10 family friendly destinations

Top 10 family friendly destinations