The Greek island of Crete is an ideal destination for a family vacation. With a wide variety of activities, beaches and areas to explore, here’s the best things to do in Crete for families.
What to do in Crete
Crete is the biggest of all the Greek islands, and as such is a great destination for families. It’s possible to spend an entire two week family vacation on Crete, and still leave plenty to see and do for the next year. In fact, many of our clients fall so in love with Crete, that they return year after year!
Whether planning a 2 week road trip around Crete, or simply spending a few days there as part of wider travel itinerary in Greece, include at least some of these suggestions of things to do in Crete during your next family vacation.
The palace of Knossos is so famous, it doesn’t really need much of an introduction. What perhaps does need mentioning, are our special family tours designed with kids in mind. Our carefully chosen guides use interactive games and puzzles to make visiting Knossos an experience your kids will always remember. They’ll come away having learned a lot, and most importantly, having had fun!
Whilst some families are content to spend their time in a family resort in Crete, others venture out and check out some of the other beaches on the island. Perhaps the most famous beach on Crete is Elafonisi beach. It is a truly remarkable beach, with clear waters and pink tinged sands. It’s a great place for kids of all ages as well, and the little ones will have endless fun splashing in the water!
Outdoor activities in Crete
If you are a family of outdoor adventurers, then Crete will be perfect for you! The varied landscape includes deep gorges, mountains, and rivers, meaning that cycling, hiking, paragliding, canyoning, river trekking, diving, and kayaking are just some of the activities you can enjoy. Perhaps not all in one day though! Take a look here for our guide on outdoor activities in Crete.
Get hands on
Looking for a way to get the phone out of your kid’s hands? Try one of our creative cultural activities. We offer all types of workshops, including pottery making, silk printing, and cooking classes. This provides everyone with the chance to perhaps learn a new skill, but to also connect with the history and traditions that have been passed down for generations in Crete.
Sailing in Crete
Our final suggestion of things to do in Crete for families, is to take a sailing trip. This type of shared experience is one everyone will remember, as they see parts of the island otherwise inaccessible, enjoy diving off the boat, and generally having a good time!
Want more inspiration for a family vacation in Crete? Talk to our team today, and we’ll happily share our expertise to help you plan the perfect family vacation.
Naxos is one of the most family-friendly Cycladic islands in Greece. With beautiful beaches, traditional villages, and and endless amount to see and do who wouldn’t love it?! Here’s the best places to stay in Naxos for families looking for luxury accommodation.
Luxury Family Villas on Naxos
Are you planning on visiting Naxos as part of your next family vacation in Greece? If so, we’ve got a great range of luxury family villas to choose from. Each on of these luxury villas on Naxos for families offers comfort and incredible surroundings, adding an extra dimension to your family holiday in Greece.
Plaka South Private Family Villa Naxos Island
Enjoy your family vacation at Plaka South Private Family Villa, one of two new villas situated in an exclusive complex. Positioned only 30m awayfrom the beach of Plaka in Naxos, it offers accommodation for up to 10 people, which makes it a perfect choice for large, multi-generational families vacationing in Greece. For more details, take a look here – Plaka South Private Family Villa Naxos Island.
Ego Family Villa Naxos Island
This beautiful 5 bedroom private family villa is located near to the Agios Prokopios area on Naxos. At just 130 metres away from a semi-private beach, and 700 metres from Agios Prokopios Beach, it’s location couldn’t be any more perfect. With 4 bedrooms, all the facilities you can think of including a home cinema, and a private pool, it’s a great choice for families who want to enjoy all that Naxos has to offer, but also want to appreciate relaxing in quiet luxurious surroundings. Find out more here – Ego Family Villa Naxos Island.
Orkos 2 Family Villa Naxos Island- 4 Bedroom Villa
Orkos 2 is a luxury family villa in Orkos, Naxos. Featuring 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, it has been constructed with natural stone from the surrounding area, which enables it to blend stylishly into the area. This villa has a unique feel, and features all the conveniences that you would associate with a luxury family villa in Naxos, including that most essential of ingredients – Mediterranean charm. Fond out more about this villa here – Orkos 2 Family Villa Naxos Island – 4 Bedroom Villa.
Naxos Private 3 Bedroom Family Villa, Naxos Island
This luxury family villa on Naxos can accommodate up to 7 people in its 3 bedrooms, and is perfectly positioned next to some of the best beaches on Naxos. Comining luxury and tradition, guests can use the sun loungers to soak up the sun by the private pool, kids can play in the gazebo area, and there’s even a BBQ to cook up a family feast at night! If you would like to find out more about this private rental villa on Naxos take a look here – Naxos Private 3 Bedroom Family Villa, Naxos Island.
Plan your family vacation on Naxos
Please contact the Kids Love Greece team for more information on planning a family vacation in Naxos. We’d love to share with you our inside knowledge on the best places to visit and eat whilst there, and can also arrange accommodation in any of the villas feature here, or at other properties on the island.
The Peloponnese region is often overlooked by first time visitors to Greece, but a wealth of things to see and do awaits families who travel there. From pristine beaches, family friendly resorts, and incredible UNESCO World Heritage sites, here’s a taste of what to do in the Peloponnese for families.
The Peloponnese region of Greece is often mistaken for an island, due to the fact that the Corinth canal separates it from the mainland. It is actually part of the mainland though, and could arguably be said to have been the centre of the ancient Greek world.
Here, you will find some of the major archaeological sites such as Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Ancient Olympia. It’s a place of myth and legend – where Hercules performed 6 of his 12 Labours, where King Agamemnon ruled, and where the first Olympics were held. There is also a rich Venetian heritage, with numerous Venetian castles dotted up and down the coastline. Add on to this warm weather, perfect beaches and great food, and you can soon see why the Peloponnese deserves consideration for families planning a vacation in Greece.
Things to do in the Peloponnese for families
There are really too many highlights of the Peloponnese to list in this short article, but here’s a few of the places you should consider adding into your Greece vacation itinerary. Many of these can be visited by staying at the two key towns of Nafplio and Kalamata (Costa Navarino). All of these sites can be visited independently, which is great for families planning a road trip around Greece. They can also be visited as tours through Kids Love Greece – Just contact us for more details!
Highlights of the Peloponnese
Some of the things to see with your family in the Peloponnese include:
Cave of Diros
Methoni and Koroni Castles
Must-see places in the Peloponnese
We know all too well that Greece is a country that is a lot bigger than you think! This means that unless you have weeks to spare, you have to carefully select the places to see in the Peloponnese during your family vacation. Here’s a few suggestions based on 2 night, 3 night, and 5 night stays in the Peloponnese.
2 nights in the Peloponnese
Your accommodation for the 2 nights would be in the pretty coastal town of Nafplio. Suggested places to see would be Tiryns (which is just a couple of kms from the centre), Mycenae, and Epidaurus. The town itself is also worth spending some time exploring. Famed for its romantic feeling streets, a walking tour here reveals a nice harbour, fortifications and more!
3 nights in the Peloponnese
The same as above, with the addition of a day trip to Olympia from Nafplio. Families should be aware that this is a long day, but taken as a private tour, a comfortable, fun and friendly one.
5 nights in the Peloponnese
If spending 5 nights in the Peloponnese, we would suggest using the 2 night plan, and then moving on to the Costa Navarino resort for 3 nights. This way, you get to see Mycenae and Epidaurus at a nice easy pace from Nafplion, and when in the Costa Navarino, have the options to visit Olympia on a shorter day trip, as well as the impressive castles of Methoni and Koroni.
Do you have any questions about planning a Peloponnese itinerary for families? Contact the Kids Love Greece team today through the onscreen chatbox. We’d be more than happy to help, and our local knowledge will certainly give your family holiday in Greece and extra dimension!
Messenia is one of the most interesting parts of the Peloponnese to visit, and an ideal destination for family vacations. Whether staying for just a few days or a week, Kids Love Greece have some great suggestions on what to do in Messenia with your family.
Family Accommodation in Messenia
The beautiful coastline in Messenia has ample accommodation for families, with each small village having rooms and apartments. Our primary recommendation though, has to be the unique Costa Navarino resort.
Suited perfectly for families, it offers comfortable surroundings and access to multiple activities on site. In fact, some clients stay at the resort for a few days and never leave! We would strongly recommend you do though. There is so much to see in Messenia it would be a shame to miss out.
Things to do in Messenia
The beautiful coastline of Messenia is home to some amazing attractions. Castle lovers will be astounded by Methoni Castle which looks like it belongs in an episode of Game of Thrones, and the Mani peninsula contains caves, hiking trails, and strange fortified tower houses. Add on to that the beautiful town of Pylos and the city of Kalamata, along with miles of beaches, and you’ll never be short of places to visit!
Outdoor activities in Messenia for families
Active families will love the different options that Kids Love Greece have lined up for them to experience. Try your hand at SUP (stand up paddle boarding), sea kayaking, or a hiking and archery session. Each one is designed with families in mind, and our expert guides are versatile in that they can easily relate to people of all ages. Read more here about our outdoor activities for families in Messenia.
Unique Cultural Experiences in Messenia for families
We always encourage people to try at least one cultural activity when visiting Greece, and Messenia has some excellent opportunities. Whether choosing the natural soap making workshop, learning how honey is produced by visiting a bee garden, or taking part in a traditional cooking class, our hands-on experiences are always popular with the kids. Take a look at our article on unique cultural experiences in Messenia for more details.
Day trip to Olympia from Costa Navarino
Costa Navarino or Kalamata is a very good place to be based for families wishing to visit Ancient Olympia. The travel time there is less than when staying at towns such as Nafplion for example, making a day trip to this historic site less tiring all around.
Our day trip to Olympia includes a hotel pick up with driver and guide, who will then take you to the site and show you around. During the tour, they will explain the history and the myths behind the site, describe how athletes used to compete for olive wreaths, and even show you how to make your own. Even better you will have the opportunity to race each other on a running track that is thousands of years old! Take a look at our family day trip to Olympia from Messenia for more details.
A family holiday in Greece isn’t just about the places you visit. It’s about the experiences you have when there. We hope these fun ideas of how to enjoy your holidays in Greece with kids will inspire you to have the best vacation ever!
Ideas for your next family holidays in Greece
Organising a Greek travel itinerary is only half of the planning for your next family vacation in Greece. Now, you need to decide what to do when there! Fortunately, we’ve got some great ideas for how to have a fun and enjoyable time in Greece with kids. We’ve also got some short video clips to share with you as well!
Make Archaeological Sites Interesting
Just because you have dreamed of seeing the wonders of the Ancient Greek world, doesn’t mean that your kids have the same dream! Whilst the archaeological site of Knossos may be fascinating for you, your kids might feel a little bored with it. Or will they?!
By taking a tour with Kids Love Greece of Knossos, (or most other major ancient sites in Greece), we’ll keep the kids engaged as we show you all around. In fact sometimes, they like aspects of the tour you wouldn’t have thought about. Check this video out, and listen to what the kids loved most about the tour!
Live the experience
Good memories are created by a combination of listening to a story and living the experience. Although being shown around a site or attraction is great, if you can create an emotional connection, everyone will remember it more clearly.
This is why many of our tours involve interactivity, and perhaps one of our favourite activities is the Olympic Workout in Athens. Take a look below to see how our family enjoyed their time discovering all about the Olympics in Athens!
Mix it up
You don’t need to settle on just one theme for the day. Variety is the spice of life after all, so why not try a few activities in one day? When on holiday in Santorini with your family for example, you could visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri in the morning, visit a winery at lunchtime, and then finish the day with a sunset cruise of Santorini. This could be you!
Percy Jackson Adventures in Greece
For fans of the Percy Jackson series of books and films in Greece, we’ve got something even more fun to offer. Why not try one of our Percy Jackson themed tours and excursions? These are available as complete Percy Jackson vacation packages, or as single day trips which you can just slot into your existing Greece travel itinerary.
Our Percy Jackson tours are a great way for kids to learn more about ancient Greece. By explaining where the stories in the books took their inspiration from, and then showing the kids different parts of Greece, we help to bring the ancient world alive for them. If you are interested in exploring Greece with kids on a Percy Jackson tour, contact our team through the chatbox, and we’ll tell you more about it!
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