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.
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
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!Check availability
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.Check availability
For more activities in Corfu: What to do in Corfu with kids
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.Check availability
For more activities in Naxos: What to do in Naxos with kids
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.
A great way to explore the island is by boat with our Private Family Sailing trip from Mykonos!Check availability Check availability
For more activities in Mykonos: What to do in Mykonos with kids
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.Check availability
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.Check availability
For more activities in Santorini: What to do in Santorini with kids
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.
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.Check availability
For more activities in Milos: What to do in Milos with kids
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.
From Athens, Kea can be reached during our 2-Day Family Sailing Trip to Kea Island.
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 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!
You can also opt to visit Hydra with our Family sailing adventure from Athens.
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.
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