Whilst Greece holds ancient appeal, its endless attractions are as impressive as its sunsets. The sublime northern Greek peninsula of Halkidiki has further 'upped' its game this year with Sani Resort's introduction of a football academy, in partnership with Chelsea FC Foundation. Offering football-crazy children the chance to improve their soccer skills and to learn from seasoned professionals, this star-studded academy is bound to be a sporting triumph adding a healthy addition to your family's summer holiday. If football fails to mark the spot, then watersports will certainly make a big splash here. The inviting Aegean Sea beckons, and the resort provides opportunities for superb sailing, or PADI-certified scuba-diving.
The southern Greek peninsula of Peloponnese offers rugged appeal, with untouched sandy beaches, and The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino is a dream destination for families. Boasting two 18-hole golf courses. a splash park, football, tennis and PADI-accredited diving, plus a state-of-the-art spa, there is an attraction for every age. A secluded spot, away from the crowds, with its own private beach, this is an ideal option for shyer sporting types.
If your whole family seeks less relaxation and more exhilaration, then hot foot it to Forte Village in Sardinia, where the list of activities available is as long as the striking beachfront. Setting a challenging pace with a diverse variety of sports, including football, rugby, tennis, hockey, cycling, swimming, netball and dancing, there is plenty of attractions to ensure an active holiday.
If the dedicated Chelsea Football Academy does not hit the spot, the Buglioni Boxing Academy may pull the right punch. For younger guests, however, Marvin's Magic Academy is bound to add a touch of wonder, whilst the Table Tennis Academy may suit the less energetic of players. For all-out thrills and high-speed skills, the Go-Kart Academy more than meets the need for speed and delivers a rush in the right direction.
Far from just a summer attraction, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a perennial family favourite and a resort for all seasons. With a world-class Ritz Kids club, Teen Club and Annabel Croft Academy, perfect for tennis buffs, this Tenerife property always packs in the fun. For keen golfers, the Dave Thomas-designed 18-hole, par 72, golf course is a scenic wonder set around twenty-two lakes and surrounded by 25,000 palm trees and waterfalls. With views over the Atlantic Ocean to the island of La Gomera, this is an inspiring Tenerife course to help the days go with a swing.
The stunning Dalmatian Coast is the home turf of Sun Gardens Dubrovnik and this Croatian seafront gem is the perfect family fixture for a sporting summer holiday. If you're a fan of mixing sport, captivating Adriatic views and a dash of culture from Dubrovnik's Old Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - then this is a winning venue and perfect holiday cocktail. Play badminton, tennis and squash, or try volleyball, before joining in the action at the new specialist Sports Academies for ages 3 to 17 years. With swimming and water polo camps, there's enough to stop going on to prevent sibling squabbles! Meanwhile, adults can indulge with tempting cookery and yoga classes, a spa, plus resort Wine Academy - all providing a perfectly polished finale for any heady summer day.