European winter sun islands
1/10 Lopud, Croatia
A 50-minute ferry ride off the coast of Dubrovnik is the pine-scented cove of Sunj and its fine sandy beach (unusual for the oft pebbly shores of Croatia). It also has a large shallow bay, perfect for children to paddle in while you read a book.
Price: Completely Croatia (01323 832538) offers seven nights from £585 per person, based on a family of four sharing.