Top 6 kid-friendly islands close to Athens
The Saronic islands and the island of Kea in the Cyclades are some of the best islands to visit with kids in Greece. Why?
First of all, because they are close to Athens meaning short travel times.
Secondly, on two of these islands – Hydra and Spetses – motorized vehicles are not allowed. Here, kids can run and play everywhere safely while you can sit back and enjoy your holiday. Kea and the Saronic islands are relatively small. They can easily be explored with kids.
Finally, all of these Greek gems have beautiful calm bays with crystal clear water and quiet beaches. Some of these beaches are only accessible by boat.
Your family can opt for a catamaran kid friendly cruise discovering secluded beaches and dine under the stars.
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 quality food and kid-friendly snacks. With free Wi-Fi and sunbeds, a relaxed day at the beach is guaranteed.
Aegina is known for its picturesque villages and its delicious pistachios. 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.
Kids will love Hydra as the only permitted means of transport, other than your own two legs, is by horse or donkey. UNESCO has declared Hydra as the best preserved Mediterranean island! Choose Cotommatae 1810 Boutique Hotel for a quiet stay near the port, and a real Greek breakfast. Play hide-and-seek in the whitewashed alleyways before you relax at Paradosiako restaurant for a lovely family dinner.
Poros is a green island with walking paths and beautiful family-friendly organized beaches such as Poros beach and Askeli beach. You can also visit the Temple of Poseidon in the green forest on the mountains or climb the traditional clock tower in Poros town and enjoy great views over the island and the sea.
Visit Spetses and experience another car-free island. Here a sea taxi will take you to secluded and unspoilt beaches. For a cultural outing, visit the Bouboulina Museum dedicated to the Greek Revolution. For fresh fish, go to Patralis taverna. For an unforgettable kid-friendly stay, check out Armata Boutique Hotel. Here your family will enjoy a pool, a flower garden, and freshly baked cookies.
KEA (OR TZIA)
Kea (also known as Tzia) is part of the Cyclades island group. This island will sweep you away with its cosmopolitan, yet relaxed, vibe. For a break from the island centre, visit the famous village of Mili, with its 26 windmills. Enjoy a stay at Porto Kea Suites Hotel near the port. Kids will love the hotel beach and pool. The traditional Greek lobster spaghetti at Aristos Taverna in Voukari is a must-try!
Kids will love
- Horse riding in Hydra
- Discovering the hidden beaches of Agkistri
- Playing hide-and-seek in Aegina
Parents will love
- The stunning view from the clock tower in Poros
- Walking around the picturesque villages of Aegina
- Cocktails in the cosmopolitan port of Hydra
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