Top 6 family destinations

Just for you, kids!

Greece is a great destination for kids, they can have the time of their lives here. We drafted a list with ideal family destinations for you and your loved ones so you can choose the best one for your vacations. Prepare to relax and soak up sun in the country where everyone, young and old is a kid, and “family” is still a special strong bond that holds us Greeks together.

The first thing you will probably hear upon your arrival is the phrase “Paidiá, kalosírthate!” (Children, welcome!) along with a big smile, an honest welcome in the country where children can enjoy memorable adventures in the past and present. They can learn more about their favorite heroes like Xena, Hercules, Alexander the Great and the 300 Spartans who lived here, they can learn about Troy and run around the track at the birthplace of the Olympics.

Want a shortlist about the things you will love in Greece? Just have a look below!

  • Crystal clear seas with sandy beaches, rocky coves and caves with azure water.
  • Classic ruins in romantic settings
  • Vast and verdant olive, orange and lemon groves
  • Countless nature reserves
  • Delicious and healthy kid-friendly food cooked with the most nutritional ingredients of the Mediterranean diet: virgin olive oil, fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, etc.
  • Safe environment and hospitality.

We picked 6 Greek Destinations for your next summer escape in Greece with your family, only thing you have to do is pick the one you want to visit first!

Rhodes:

Located at the Aegean Sea and part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Rhodes is a great option for your family vacations. With numerus sandy beaches which have been awarded Blue-Flags thanks to excellent water quality, environmental management and of course, safety you will not know which one to choose! A must visit is the amazing medieval city of Rhodes, the castles at Monolithos and Krtinia, the Dorian city-states of Kameiros and Ialyssos and the ancient town of Lindos. If you like windsurfing, then you will be happy to know that Prassonissi, is one of the best windsurfing spots in Europe! For your accommodation, there are various options, from family-oriented resorts to small guest houses around the island in the villages.

Corfu:

Part of the Ionian Group of Islands, Corfu is also known as “Garden Isle”, full of olive groves, cypresses, bushes, colorful anemones, orchids and a number of endemic flowers. Even when you visit one of the island’s long sandy beaches you will marvel the marine flora. During the summer, electric blue thistles, sea squill (of the lily family) and flowering shrubs bloom. The beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu is a UNESCO Heritage site where you will have a beautiful time walking around, marveling the Venetian, French and British monuments and remarkable works of architecture. There are many family-friendly five and four star hotels with many daily activities for children’s entertainment, giving you enough time to relax by the pool. Many concerts take place in the summer at Duomo, Achilleion Palace, the Fortress, several museums and art cafés. You should also have a look at the International Corfu Festival dedicated to promoting the rich musical heritage of the island.

Halkidiki:

There is a common phrase the Greeks say which goes like this “It was a beautiful place, but nothing compared to Halkidiki”. Is there something else for us to say? Halkidiki is a peninsula on the mainland, jutting out into the sea, with many superb beaches and an island-like feeling. The environment is full of lush green forests and Blue Flag winning beaches while the area has a ich gastronomic and cultural heritage. Stageira cave, home of Aristotle, is a must-see along with the cave of Petralona and Mount Athos. For your accommodation, you can choose from major hotel complexes to traditional seafront guesthouses. There also hotels that offer specially organised activities for youngsters of all ages (from 4 months to16 years old), so that parents can enjoy spa treatments while their kids are being looked after by specialist child minders. Last but not least, you will have an amazing time at open-air festivals that feature world-class jazz, classical, ethnic and folk music.

Crete:

Located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea, Crete is the biggest island of Greece and separates the Aegean from the Mediterranean Sea. It is home to Europe’s earliest civilization, with marvelous beaches, remote hinterlands and hospitable people. By far the best place for the longest summer in Greece. There are various places for you to visit, starting with the Archaeological Museum in Iráklion, the Minoan sites (Knossos, Mália, Phaestos, Zakros), Lassíthi Plateau, the Diktean Cave, Chania and Rethymno old towns, Samaria Gorge, the islet of Spinalonga. There are many family-oriented resorts which operate as self-contained communities and offer everything from sportswear to boat trips and cultural tours. The sand and the beaches in these places are ideal for children who want to play and paddle all day long. There are also countless guesthouses and 3-star hotels all over the island; either on or within a short walk of the seafront or in the mountain villages. For your entertainment, you can join countryside festivals (paniyíria), wine festivals, religious celebrations held in the cities and in rural churches, traditional Cretan weddings and Renaissance festivals. A special mention should be made for the Cretaquarium in Heraklion (Iráklion) and the water park in Chania with Disneyland games and giant waterslides!

Zante:

Located in the Ionian Sea and the southernmost of the six main Ionian islands, Zante is full of lush vegetation, white-pebble Blue Flag winning beaches with azure waters, impressive Venetian works of architecture surrounded by olive and fruit groves, numerous family tavérnas with panoramic views over the sea.

The best places for you to visit are San Marco Square, the Kástro (Venetian fort), the Church of Áyios Dionýsios, the Solomos Museum, the Blue Caves at Cape Skinári, To Naváyio (Shipwreck Bay), the Cape Kerí caves and the Anafonítria monastery. For your accommodation you can choose one of the well-organized resorts, in rooms, seafront hotels, rentable windmills (sorry, there are only two). A great activity is joining one of the day-trips to tiny cliff-top hamlets to catch the sunset; religious festivals, countryside festivals (paniyíria). An extra tip for kids: Learn how to protect the loggerhead sea turtle and explore the island’s fascinating underwater world at the Marine Park!

Alonissos

The third member of the Nothern Sporades in the Aegean Sea, this peaceful and serene island has a strong British and Italian presence and second-home owners from all over the world, spring waters, pine forest, olive groves, orchards, arbutus (a native flowering plant), heather, kermes oak, and lentisc (type of mastic tree). Resident herbalists and a homeopathic academy. Keep in mind that some of Greece’s cleanest seas are in Alonissos for you to dive in. You should definitely pay a visit to Hóra (Paleá Alónnissos), Stení Vála, Roussoúm Yialós, Marpoúnda Bay. For your accommodation, there are a few all-inclusive hotels, many rooms and family guesthouses and you can have an amazing time admiring art exhibits, joining religious festivals or countryside festivals (paniyíria). An extra tip for kids: Find out how to adopt a newly-born monk seal at the Marine Park (and please eat some of the local apricots –they are really tasty here)!

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