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Top 5 kid-friendly islands close to Athens
If you haven’t been to the Argosaronikos Islands and Kea, you’re definitely missing out on a truly unique family holiday, especially as you don’t need to travel far from Athens to find the true beauty of the Greek islands.
The islands of Argosaronikos and Kea (part of Cyclades) are definitely at the top of an ‘islands to visit with kids’ list. Why? First of all, they are conveniently located next to Athens which means less stress on the journey to and from. What’s more, on some of those islands, such as Hydra, cars, motorbikes and even bicycles are forbidden. This means you can feel assured that your children will be perfectly safe playing around while you can sit back and enjoy your holiday. Also, the islands are small and therefore can easily be explored with the family. You’ll come across several isolated bays that have crystal clear water. If you can rent a boat and do a mini family cruise, then do so, as some of the beaches are only accessible by boat.
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The tiny island of Agistri has some of the cleanest and most unspoilt beaches in Greece. At the port of Skala you will find Copa Cabana Café, popular for its good quality food and snacks that are suitable for kids. It also has free Wi-Fi, as well as and sunbeds for a relaxed day at the beach.
Aegina is known for its picturesque villages and its delicious pistachios and olives. Make sure you visit the stunning ancient Greek temple of Aphaia with its breathtaking view of the Saronic Gulf, as well as St. Nectarios church, one of the biggest Greek Byzantine churches in the world.
The kids will love Hydra as the only permitted means of transport, other than your own two legs, is by donkey. No wonder UNESCO has declared it as being the best preserved Mediterranean island! Choose Cotommatae 1810 Boutique Hotel for a quiet stay, and the bonus of a freshly baked breakfast. Play hide and seek in the whitewashed alleyways before you wind up at Paradosiako for a lovely family dinner.
Poros has many beautiful family friendly organized beaches such as Poros beach and Askeli beach. Visit the Temple of Poseidon for a more educational experience, or take a walk up to the clock tower to enjoy the view of the sea from above.
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Kea will sweep you away with its cosmopolitan, yet relaxed, vibe. For a break from the busy centre, visit the famous village of Mili, with its 26 windmills. Enjoy a stay at Porto Kea Suites Hotel near the port. Your little fellows will love the beach and hotel’s pool. The lobster spaghetti (astakomakaronada) at Aristos Taverna (in Voukari) is a ‘must’.
Visit the ‘island of the artists’ – namely Spetses – and take a sea taxi to find secluded and unspoilt beaches. The Bouboulina Museum exhibits some priceless objects from the time of the Greek Revolution. Kids will love the fresh fish and sea-view at ‘Patralis’ taverna. For an unforgettable kid-friendly holiday, stay at Armata Boutique Hotel. All the family will just love the pool, the flower garden, and freshly baked cookies.