Are you looking for the best Greek island to travel with your most loved ones, but you finding yourself into a difficulty choosing the perfect one that will live up your family’s expectations? Well, there are some great news! Whether you are looking for a calm family-friendly destination or a place that offers a wealth of entertainment, there is an ideal Greek island out there for you!
We have rounded up five of our favorites family-friendly islands, with recommendations depending on the type of holidays you are dreaming of.
Parents, be prepared to relax, enjoy memorable adventures and create unparalleled memories for your kids in a country where sunny, sandy beaches with crystal clear waters are in abundant and hearty warm hospitality is above all.
Travel back in time on the island of knights
One of the most visited destinations for families with teenagers is Rhodes. Rhodes is in the eastern Aegean Sea and it is part of the Dodecanese island group.
Relaxation here comes with a tint of a medieval charm. A stroll around the small cobbled alleys of Rhodes old town will attract your senses, while a visit at the imposing Palace of the Grand Masters will make your children feel that they are living back through the centuries. You and your kids will have the extraordinary chance to visit a place with historic value, where the 40m statue of the Colossus of Rhodes is believed to have once stood!
This fascinating historic island boasts also with a string of excellent sandy beaches with shallow waters, most of which have awarded with Blue Flags. From the eastern coast and the noisy Faliraki, with plenty watersports and nightlife, to quieter coves further south, you will have the chance to enjoy the Greek sea in all its glory. A must-visit beach excursion is Lindos, an ancient acropolis of fascinating beauty and Prassonissi, one of the most popular windsurfing spots in the Mediterranean Sea.
If you prefer a place with tranquility, don’t miss the chance to visit the Butterfly valley and let your kids get excited looking for different species of butterflies.
Visit the “Garden isle”
A budget-friendly destination for thousands of families every year is Corfu. Corfu is in the Ionian Sea and it is part of the Ionian island group.
Corfu is often agreed to be the greenest and one of most beautiful Greek islands, mostly because of its appealing hillside area and its verdant nature full of olive groves and cypress trees. Corfu has long attracted visitors who seek -among others- peace, tranquility and safety. You and your most loved ones will get amazed by the elegant beauty of the Venetian town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site. The extraordinary architecture will capture you, while your kids will have the time of their lives exploring the maze of small streets and the colorful shops of the old town, especially if they are carried onto a horse-drawn carriage!
Here, you will be spoiled by the finest beach-front hotels that offer family-friendly amenities and daily activity programs especially designed for children! And if you love music, don’t forget to book your tickets around the International Corfu Festival time and let your kids get impressed by the long and rich musical heritage of the island.
A place where you will never feel bored
Greece’s largest island, Crete, is one of the most popular family-friendly destinations. Crete has often been voted as the most loved island for thousands of visitors every year, especially because of its extraordinary beauty and natural diversity. Crete is in the southern part of Aegean Sea and it is the jewel of the Mediterranean.if you and your family are up to ancient culture, traditional lifestyle and pure nature this island is meant for you! Crete’s glorious coastline with unique sandy and rocky beaches will capture your senses, while your kids will feel welcome everywhere, as Cretans pay attention to cater traveling families. Depending on where you choose to stay, you can have adventure-filled days full of entertaining activities running by your hotel or other family-oriented resorts, while there is always a chance to go out exploring the island beauties on your own.
The island’s larger cities, like Rethymno and Chania will instantly leave your kids stunned by their unique architecture and narrow picturesque alleys, full of colorful small souvenir shops and aromas from traditional tavernas. A visit to the Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion is a must-see. Let your kids get excited with the juicy myth of the labyrinth and the fearsome Minotaur. And if you are an active family, you can trek through stunning gorges like Samaria Gorge and other mythical paths, take boat trips or explore caves.
Top tip! Don’t miss the opportunity to browse our family-friendly tours and activities.It is guaranteed that your kids will the time of their lives!
A luxurious destination
Even though this one-of-a-kind island with the breathtaking views is usually chosen by couples, Santorini has so much to offer to families traveling with little kids. This sugar-cube Greek island, part of Cyclades island group, encapsulates all the iconic images you have probably imagined when you were thinking about pure Greek holidays.
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Santorini is the home of some of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Greece with exceptional activity programs for kids. Your children will get impressed by the magnificent nature, mostly influenced by the volcanic activity of the island and the island’s unique white and blue colors. You and your little ones will have the opportunity to take some amazing trips to the archeological sites of Akrotiri and Ancient Thira, while the captivating colors of the island’s coastline will leave you speechless. Santorini’s dramatic, cliff-top village of Fira, overlooking the huge volcanic crater will steal your heart, while Oia is believed to be the magical place where you can watch the most beautiful sunset.
If you are fun of old-fashioned budget holidays in an island with amazing sandy coastline and surprising lush interior then Naxos is all you need. Naxos is also part of Cyclades island group, being the largest and most populated island.
Even though Naxos has none of the major resort hotels that have covered the coastlines of other Greek islands, it offers high-quality holidays for families that seek unique cultural experiences. Approximately 100 kilometers of white sand beaches and crystal clear shallow waters make Naxos the perfect destination for families with toddlers and young children. The island offers the unique chance to ride horses by the sea and take windsurfing lessons, experiences that your little ones will never forget. Naxos offers both incredible beach adventures and amazing history. Take the chance to visit striking temples and explore the impressive countryside, while you are enjoying original Greek food.
These islands are the ideal summer hideout with your little ones. Without a doubt, holidays in Greece with kids is an excellent opportunity to create fantastic memories!