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Best Greek islands for families
With so many fabulous islands to choose from, Greece is a great country for a vacation with kids. Here are the 10 best Greek islands for families.
It is not easy to choose which island to visit in Greece. After all, there are over 6000! We’ve done the hard work for you by creating this list of the 10 best Greek islands for families: Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Naxos, Mykonos, Santorini, Lefkada, Kea, Hydra and Astypalaia.
Crete, Corfu and Rhodes
These islands are the large Greek islands and incredibly popular with overseas visitors. They share a history of Venetian rule still visible in beautiful castles, historic towns and fortified ports. However, each island also has its own unique character and something different to offer.
Due to its size and sheer variety, Crete is our number one recommendation for family vacations in Greece. Crete is the largest island in Greece with something to do for everyone. There are hundreds of sandy beaches in Crete with shallow crystal clear water. If you prefer to be active and explore the great outdoors, you can go hiking, kayaking, or cycling. Archaeology fans will love the world-famous Minoan Palace of Knossos and other lesser known archaeological sites such as Gortyna or Aptera. Crete also offers countless family workshops such as cooking classes, farm visits, and themed walking tours. For activities in Crete, check out The Best Things to do in Crete with Kids.
For families who want to spent time together exploring the world-famous Knossos Palace and spent time together in a family workshop, we recommend our Private Family Guided Tour at the Palace of Knossos plus a Private Pottery Workshop. This half day activity is a great way to start your vacation in Crete!Check availability
Romantic Corfu is another great recommendation when looking for an island to visit in Greece with kids. If you are travelling with toddlers or teens, the Corfu old town and Aqualand Waterpark are great outings. The beautiful sandy beaches in Corfu and green bays will ensure a good time for everyone. Corfu is a very popular with tourists and resort holidaymakers but it has retained its charm and historic character. Its visitors choose to return to year after year. For more information about Corfu, have a look at Corfu.
If your kids like European castles, head over to Rhodes! The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a citadel dominating the main town and harbour of the island. It is a beautiful and very impressive fortification to explore. Besides its castle and old city walls, Rhodes also offers amazing beaches, ancients sites, waterparks and many outdoor activities. Rhodes has over 300 days of sunshine per year. Try to avoid visiting the island in the busy peak month of August. It can be very hot and crowded during this period. It’s far better to visit in May or June or after the summer.
Naxos, Mykonos, Santorini
These 3 island are part of the famous Cyclades island group. Think of a dry landscape, whitewashed houses with blue window shutters, white and blue domed churches, cute looking villages and turquoise waters!
Although Naxos is not as famous as Mykonos or Santorini, we believe that it is the most suitable island for family vacations with young kids. Naxos is a charming and beautiful as the others, but it is less crowded and more authentic. Naxos has many kid friendly sandy beaches with shallow waters and secluded bays. The island also has an endless choice of family-friendly accommodation options and there is much to do for kids. For more ideas, have a look at What to do in Naxos with kids.
A private island tour of Naxos is a great way to start your vacation on this Cycladic island. You will discover based on your interests and visit places few other tourists see during a unique and insightful tailor made tour.Check availability
Cosmopolitan Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands, especially with the jet set crowd. Mykonos has beautiful sandy beaches with shallow water making them ideal for young kids. The island is also very suitable for families with older children. Think of renting an ATV to explore the island or spend time having fun with the many water sports. Mykonos has a large choice in top-notch private holiday villa’s and exclusive hotels and its pretty old town is great for strolls and shopping.
A great way to explore the island is by boat with our Private Family Sailing trip from Mykonos!Check availability
World famous Santorini with its iconic volcano landscape, stunning scenery, incredible views, and magnificent sunsets, is a year around tourist destination. Santorini is a must visit when on vacation in Greece! You can opt for a short stay and experience the major highlights in 2 or 3 days, or spent an entire vacation. Santorini has a lot to offer and there are several exclusive family hotels. Kids and adults can enjoy kayaking, sailing or riding a jet ski.
One of the ultimate adventures you can experience is to organize a visit to the volcano in Santorini.Check availability
Lefkada, Kea, Hydra, Astypalaia
These four Greek islands are not as famous as Mykonos or Santorini but well worth your visit and all very suitable for families, each in their own way.
Lefkada is part of the Ionian island group between Italy and Greece. These islands are very green with white beaches and turquoise waters. Breathtaking Lefkada is connected with the mainland by a small bridge thus accessible by car. The island hosts some of the most scenic beaches in Greece, often called the “Caribbean of Greece”, and an absolute dream destination for families with kids. Laid-back Lefkada is great for sand and water play with babies as well as for windsurfing and kite surfing with older children.
Kea belongs to the Cyclades island group and is very close to Athens. Not well-known to foreign visitors, many wealthy Athenians have summer homes on the island. Kea is a quiet island with a picturesque old town on top of the mountains. Its ecotourism options make it a great choice for families looking for an off the beaten path experience with kids in Greece.
From Athens, Kea can be reached during our 2-Day Family Sailing Trip to Kea Island.Check availability
Hydra is another Greek island that can be easily reached from Athens. Many people choose to visit Hydra on a day trip, but staying longer truly reveals the charm of the island. Hydra is the unique mix of the glamour and tradition. A car-free island where kids can enjoy horse riding and parents can drink cocktails. Hydra has many walking paths, secluded beaches and a lively picturesque port. It is the perfect Greek island for families seeking a quiet and sophisticated break!
You can also opt to visit Hydra with our Family sailing adventure from Athens.Check availability
Astypalaia is a relatively unknown mountainous Greek island in the Aegean Sea. This island is best visited by families who have been to Greece before and want to get to know the country on a deeper level. In Astypalaia you can experience Greece with kids like a Greek! The town square in the main village is the lively heart of the island. Astypalaia offers eco-tourism and outdoor activities, watersports, and traditional cuisine. Find out more in our Astypalaia guide.
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