More and more families every year choose to spend their family holidays in Greece and family holidaymakers have been welcomed in the country for decades now. If you are a lover of tasty organic food, luxurious or more relaxing holidays or want to enjoy a drive upon picturesque villages and small hospitable towns, this is the country to spend precious time with your children.Need a Holiday Escape? Book the Check out Holiday Home of your Dreams in Greece!
Give in to folk, history, culture and safe family lifestyle or let loose by a river or a sandy beach to enjoy the sun. In case you wish to have qualitative time in the multifaceted nature of a country getting on with activities like hiking through magnificent gorges, or even diving in crystal water setting, consider Greece as your top priority destination for your family holidays.
Bellow you will find the Top 6 Greek Islands to visit with your family, for a dreamy summer holiday that will meet your travel expectations!
1) Family Holidays in Greece – Rhodos Island
Rhodes is in the south Aegean and belongs to the Dodecanese. It is one of the most popular destinations in Greece with a rich history and countless beaches. Most of them are awarded the Blue Flag, thanks to the purity of water, the proper environmental management and their safety.
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You should visit the incomparable medieval city of Rhodes, the acropolis of Lindos, the castles of Monolithos and Kritinia kept intact by time, the ancient Kamiros and Prassonissi, one of the best places for windsurfing in Europe. You can watch the film music and dance festival, called “Sound and Light” and the medieval festival in September. Your children will also have a great time at the famous Aquarium of Rhodes and the Valley of the Butterflies!
2) Family Holidays in Greece – Corfu Island
Corfu island is situated in the Ionian Sea and considered as one of the most popular place to visit for family holidays in Greece. Like a vast garden, verdant Corfu is full of olive groves, cypress trees, maquis, impressive anemones and orchids and an abundance of native plants. On its large sandy beaches, in the summer, one observes the deep blue thistle, the sea lily and small shrubs blooming in all their splendor.
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You should visit the exceptionally preserved Old Town, with its Venetian, French and British buildings, examples of magnificent architecture. Buildings benchmark of the old aristocracy: The buildings Mon Repos, Achillion, Palaeopolis etc. are the benchmark of the old aristocracy of Corfu.
Corfu is offered for family activities such as the International Music Festival, which highlights the rich music tradition of the island. Concerts take place in Achillion, the Fortress, the Catholic Cathedral of Saints James and Christopher, several museums and beautiful cafes of the city.
3) Family Holidays in Greece – Chalcidice
Okay so Chalkidiki is not truly an island, but that feeling gives the visitor with its innumerable exquisite beaches! It is located in the Peninsula of northern Greece in Central Macedonia. The region has countless wonderful beaches, almost all of them awarded a Blue Flag, virgin forests and rich cultural and culinary heritage.
You should visit the holly Mountain Athos (inaccessible for women), the cave of Petralona, one of the most important of Europe and Stagira, the homeland of Aristotle.
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There are summer festivals covering all kinds of music like jazz, ethnic, traditional and classical music. Your children can participate in activities in the water and water polo competitions in swimming pools specially designed for children!
4) Family Holidays in Greece – Crete
Crete, the absolute and safest destination for family holidays in Greece, is in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. Crete is the cradle of the first European civilization, the Minoans. Wonderful beaches, secluded inland and hospitable people. And of course it is the area of Greece where summer lasts longer!
The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, the Minoan Palace in Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, the Lassithi Plateau, Dikteon Andron, the old town of Chania and Rethymno, Samaria gorge and Spinalonga, are only a few of the popular spots of Crete.
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Wine and Renaissance festivals, religious feasts in towns and villages and traditional Cretan weddings take place throughout the island and offer to you a great chance to meet the genuine Crete. Your children will have a great time in the Cretaquarium and Dinosauria of Hersonissos and the water parks Aqua Splash (Heraklion) and Limnoupolis (Chania).
5) Family Holidays in Greece – Zante
Zante (Zakynthos in Greek) is in the south of the Ionian Sea, belonging to the Ionian Islands complex. Virgin vegetation, pebbly beaches with blue waters that have been awarded the Blue Flag, impressive buildings of the Venetian ages, endless groves and orchards and plenty of taverns with panoramic view to the sea wait for you to explore them.
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The Piazza of San Marco, the Venetian castle, the church of St. Dionysios, the Museum of Dionysios Solomos (the national poet of Greece),, the Blue Caves in Skinari cape, the Shipwreck, the caves in Keri Cape and the Monastery of Anafonitria. Above all are the exceptional sunset views in small villages of Zante situated on the top of a mountain or a steep cliff.
Your children will take the great chance to learn to protect the sea turtle Caretta-caretta and discover the breathtaking underwater world of the island in the Marine Park of Zante!
6) Family Holidays in Greece – Alonissos
Alonissos is situated in the Aegean Sea and belongs to the complex of Northern Sporades. It is a place of peace and tranquility, more rugged and rocky than the other islands, with a strong presence of Italian and English visitors and also tourists from around the world who have their holiday house here. Alonissos is full of green, with abundant resources, pine forests, olive groves, orchards, lentisk and heather, holly and arbutus (endemic plant of the island). That’s why it hosts conscious nature lovers, and the International Academy of Homeopathy. The seas in Alonissos are the cleanest in Mediterranean. You should visit the Old Town of Alonissos, Steni Vala, Rousoum Gialos and Marpounta.
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Religious celebrations, traditional festivals and cultural events such as art exhibitions are some of the activities you will enjoy in Alonissos along with your family. Kids will learn how to take care of a newborn seal in the Marine Park of Alonissos.