If you’ve visited Greece before, the chances are that you’ve already been to the big three destinations of Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos. There’s a lot more waiting to be discovered though, and so here are 5 alternative Greek destinations for 2018.
Planning a Greek Vacation for 2018
2017 was an incredible year for tourism in Greece. As one of the safest destinations for families in the world, visitor numbers were up across the board. Many of those visitors are planning return trips to Greece for 2018, and are looking for alternative Greek destinations tos spend their vacations. Here are 5 we know your family will absolutely love!
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is an ideal destination for a family vacation. It has that perfect mix of beautiful beaches, ancient sites, natural wonders, and friendly people. If your family is looking for a genuine and authentic Greek experience, this is the island to visit! One of the best ways to get a real feel for Crete, is by taking a road trip. If you would like help in planning a road trip in Crete, get in touch with us today – we’ve got endless ideas for you!
This popular Greek island is often thought of as the family-friendly alternative to Mykonos. Ringed by beautiful beaches, there is a great range of accommodation from luxury hotels through to boutique guesthouses, and plenty to see and do when there. Venetian castles, unique architecture, watersports, outdoor activities, and day tours to agritourism hosts mean that you can do something new and exciting each day. In our opinion, Naxos is a much more suitable destination for families than Mykonos.
Some parts of the Peloponnese such as Nafplio can be visited on day trips from Athens, but the best way to experience this part of Greece is to spend a week or two there. Even if you are unfamiliar with the geography of Greece, you will have probably heard of Sparta, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, and Agamemnon. If your family loves Greek mythology and ancient history, the Peloponnese is a dream destination! And let’s not forget the beaches. There are some stunningly long stretches of sand dotted in between Venetian castles and other places of interest. Interested in seeing the highlights of the Peloponnese? Kids Love Greece can help you plan the ultimate vacation!
Well known to Greeks, the Pelion region is something of an unknown factor for visitors from other countries. In one way, it’s a shame because there is so much that people are missing out on. In another way, it’s a great thing, as the region is as authentic as you can get! This mountainous peninsular is an ideal year-around destination. In the winter, the ski slopes open for winter sports, and in the summer, the seaside resorts cater to families seeking to enjoy a sun and sea vacation. There are also plenty of outdoor activities to try as well as traditional local villages to explore.
The second largest city in Greece doesn’t quite receive the amount of overseas visitors it deserves. It’s certainly worth spending a day or two exploring though, and there’s plenty for all the family to see and do. The seafront promenade area is wonderful for taking a walk or bike ride, and there are historic monuments such as the White Tower, and Hagia Sophia. Many people choose to stay at Thessaloniki for a night or two before heading to Halkidiki.
Are you interested in finding out more about any of the areas listed above? Contact Kids Love Greece today, and we’ll help you plan your next family vacation to Greece!