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Best Greek islands for families

    It is not easy to choose which island to visit in Greece with your family.

    After all, there are over 6000!

    Don’t worry, though. We’ve done the hard work for you.

    Based on our experience, we have created the ultimate list of the best Greek islands for families.

    Enjoy!

    CRETE

    Crete

    Crete is incredibly popular with overseas visitors, mainly because of its rich history. This huge island was the base of the Minoan civilization, flourishing from c. 3000 BC to c. 1450 BC. Over the years, many historical changes left their mark on the island, from Venetians, to Romans and Ottomans.   

    Crete is, however, so much more than just a historical place. The amazing food and hospitality of local people is what really make the difference. And let’s not forget the stunning beaches and unique natural beauty and diversity.

    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 more activities in Crete: What to do in Crete with kids

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    For families who want to spend time together exploring the world-famous Knossos Palace and create meaningful memories 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 and bond with your loved ones!

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    IONIAN ISLANDS

    Corfu

    Romantic Corfu is another great recommendation when looking for an island to visit in Greece with kids. If you are traveling with toddlers or teens, Corfu’s old town and Aqualand Waterpark are great outings. The beautiful sandy beaches in Corfu and blue-green bays will ensure a good time for everyone.

    Corfu is very popular with tourists and resort holidaymakers, but it has retained its charm and historic character. Its admirers choose to return year after year.

    When on the island, don’t forget to experience the fine local cuisine, which will definitely fascinate you. And if you are in the mood for a customized culinary experience, check out our Taste Corfu Walking Food Tour.

    To explore Corfu by a private vehicle, we recommend you to join our Kids Love Greece Family Tour in Corfu that takes you by car to all the important monuments.

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    For more activities in Corfu: What to do in Corfu with kids

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    Lefkada

    Lefkada is part of the Ionian island group, located between Italy and Greece. These islands are very green with sandy 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 and is often called the “Caribbean of Greece”. It’s 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.

    DODECANESE

    Rhodes

    If your kids like medieval castles head over to Rhodes! The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a citadel dominating the main town and harbor of the island. It is a beautiful and very impressive fortification to explore, besides its castle and old city walls.

    Rhodes also features amazing beaches, plenty of ancient sites, one of the biggest waterparks in Europe, 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.

    For activities in Rhodes: What to do in Rhodes with kids

    The Palace of the Grandmaster in Rhodes

    Astypalaia

    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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    CYCLADES

    These 5 islands 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!

    Naxos

    Although Naxos is not as famous as Mykonos or Santorini, we believe that it is one of the most suitable islands for family vacations with young kids.

    Naxos is a charming and beautiful as the others, but it is less crowded and more authentic. The island features many kid-friendly sandy beaches with shallow waters and secluded bays.

    In Naxos you have endless choices of family-friendly accommodation and there is so much to do with your kids!

    Portara at the Temple of Apollo in Naxos

    A private island tour of Naxos is a great way to start your vacation on this Cycladic island. You will discover the nearby area based on your interests and visit places only a few other tourists see during a unique and insightful tailor-made tour.

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    For more activities in Naxos: What to do in Naxos with kids

    Mykonos

    Cosmopolitan Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands, especially with the jet-set crowd. Mykonos has beautiful sandy beaches with shallow waters, making them ideal for young kids. The island is also very suitable for families with older children.

    Consider joining a sailing trip or having fun with some water sports.

    Mykonos features a wide variety of top-notch private holiday villas and exclusive hotels and its pretty old town, Chora, is great for strolls and shopping.

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    A great way to explore the island is by boat with our Private Family Sailing trip from Mykonos!

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    For more activities in Mykonos: What to do in Mykonos with kids

    Santorini

    World-famous Santorini with its iconic volcano landscape, stunning scenery, incredible views, and magnificent sunsets, is a year-round tourist destination.

    Don’t miss this volcanic island when on vacation in Greece – it’s truly a gem!

    You can opt for a short stay and experience the major highlights in 2 or 3 days, or spend an entire vacation.

    Santorini has a lot to offer and there are several exclusive family hotels.

    Kids and adults can enjoy kayaking but one of the activities families love in Santorini is the Santorini Sailing Trip for Families.

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    One of the ultimate adventures you can experience is to organize a Santorini sunset food tour for families. This unique experience will create a family moment to remember, as the orange hues fill the horizon.

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    For more activities in Santorini: What to do in Santorini with kids

    Paros

    Paros is as cosmopolitan as Mykonos and Santorini, but less busy and more traditional. Paros has excellent tourism facilities and accommodation, while also keeping a calm and traditional Greek vibe.

    Paros is known for its sandy beaches and safe calm waters, suitable for young kids, but the island also has a very vibrant windsurfing scene.

    Teens will love windsurfing and watersports on the island, while parents will enjoy beautiful boutiques, excellent restaurants, and romantic ports. Paros is great for sailing, therefore we recommend our Kids Love Greece Paros Family Sailing Trip.

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    Milos

    The island of Milos in the Cyclades is included on CNN Travel’s 2019 list of the world’s most beautiful islands. Milos is small, yet very family friendly and unique in terms of geological and natural beauty.

    “Pale rock meets sapphire water on Milos, a tiny island at the southwestern tip of the Greek Cyclades. This is where the famed Venus de Milo was discovered in 1820, and the island — like the statue – do spectacular justice to the ancient goddess of love,” a feature published in the travel magazine’s online edition said.

    To explore this amazing island, have a look at our Kids Love Greece Private Road Adventure on Milos.

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    For more activities in Milos: What to do in Milos with kids

    A family enjoying the lunar Landscape on Milos Island

    Kea

    Kea belongs to the Cyclades island group and is very close to Athens.  It’s not well-known to foreign visitors and 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.

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    From Athens, Kea can be reached during our 2-Day Family Sailing Trip to Kea Island.

    ARGOSARONIC ISLANDS

    There are 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. The best thing about them is that they are near Athens.

    Hydra

    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 a unique mix of 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!

    An overview of Hydra’s port and village

    You can also opt to visit Hydra with our Family sailing adventure from Athens.

    Spetses

    Spetses is a small island in the Saronic Sea. Similar to Hydra, there is an absence of automobiles in the main town. Instead, there are horse-drawn carriages that are ideal for a tour around the area, especially if you have children.

    The small town of Spetses is the only significant settlement on the island.

    We particularly love the combination of tranquility and cosmopolitan life. It has a selection of traditional and more contemporary cafes and restaurants.

    The island is easily accessible either by a family private sailing trip or a ferry from the port of Piraeus (stops in Hydra) or via a water taxi from Porto Heli or Kosta.

    A drone shot of the port and village in Spetses

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    • Hi! We are planning a vacation to to Athens, Mykonos and Santorini with our kids over the March break. Is this a good time to travel to Greece? Any hotels you recommend? Also, my son is almost 4 years old and daughter will be 10 months old by then.

      Thank you,
      Monika

      • Dear Monica,
        Thank you for your message. Maria will email you back with some ideas/ recommendations.
        Thank you.
        On behalf of the Kids Love Greeece team

    • Good evening
      Trying to organise a trip to Greece end of May with my 11 y.o.
      Was thinking to fly to Athens first, stay for a couple of days and then go to one island by ferry.
      What would you recommend us to do and to stay in Athens and which island to stay at?
      Booking ferry seems tricky as only cruising certain day of the week. Is that correct?
      Thanks in advance for your help
      N&A

      • Dear Natacha,
        Thank you for your message. The duration of your stay in Athens really depends on your interests so I would say 2-4 nights is perfect (in case you would like to use Athens as a base to do day trips to places like Delphi or Epidavrus/ Naplion). Regarding the islands, once again it all depends on how many days you would like to stay. If you plan to stay 2 nights, then, Hydra/ Spetses/ or Kea are good options as they are all islands near Athens. Please do send us more information at info @ kidslovegreece.com and we will happily help you.
        Thank you.
        Katerina (on behalf of the Kids Love Grece team)

    • Hi .. i have a 6 year old that likes kids clubs .. beach swimming .. we are the grandparents that like beach, bars and boat trips. Nothing isolated as we wont be driving..please can you advise me what area and island you think.. thankyou

      • Hello Debbe! Crete sounds ideal for you as there is so much to do there… you will not get bored at all. Maria will follow up in an email!
        Have a great day!

    • Looking for ideas for 2 family’s with kids ranging from 5-9 years old. Adventurous kids. July 2020

      Thank you

      • Dear Nimesh,
        Thank you so much for your message. Maria G has already sent you an email on Feb 12th asking you for more information. We are delighted to send you all of our ideas for the most amazing adventure in Greece with your kids!
        Katerina (on behalf of the Kids Love Greece team)

    • hello! We are planning to visit Greece in mid April with my toddler. Can you email me with the weather information? will it be beach weather or on the cooler side? I’d also like to know how to get to the islands from Athens. Or which European city would it be best to fly to the island from?

      • Dear Reha,

        Thank you for your message.

        Typically weather in mid-April is pretty good with lots of sunshine. That said, the water temperature will be on the cooler side (for Greek standards at least). It also depends on the destination you will choose to go to. For example, typically Crete is warmer than the Cyclades islands because it is in the south of Greece.
        The port of Athens is called Pireaus and this is from where most of the ferries leave. There is also a smaller port called Rafina. I will email you a document with some useful information about the island hopping in Greece, including transfer time from Athens and between islands.
        Regarding European connections, since it is off-season you will not find too many flights to islands. Typically, you will need to go via Athens. Please check the website of Aegean Airlines for more information.

        Thank you.
        Katerina

    • Hi there.We are a family of 5 persons travelling to Athens for 1 week on June 28th. We have 3 very active boys age 12 years 11 years and 9 years. We all love cycling, swimming, water sports and anything active. We want to go to the islands. What ones do you recommend.

      • Dear Mary,
        Thank you for your message. You cannot get wrong with any of the islands, it all depends on whether you are fine to rent a car or not and what type of accommodation you need.
        Our first choice for active families in Greece is Crete, simply because there is so much to do.
        Hiking is awesome there (think of the Samaria Gorge and a few other fantastic hiking routes in the Southern part.
        If you are into sailing, we do offer some amazing day sailing options i.e. near Heraklion, Chania, Elounda or South Side
        Great biking route (off track) and kayaking as well as other water sports.
        The only downside is that the island is huge, so we recommend that you rent a car. We can help you decide which part of the island is more appropriate for your family (East, central or west).
        I will email you a document with some useful information about Crete and the different options per region.
        Thank you.
        Katerina

     

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