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Greece with your teens – Top things to do in Greece with your teens
Greece is an easy country to visit with your teens - There's plenty for everyone to see and do, which means everyone can have fun and enjoy their vacation! From adrenaline-fuelled activities to mind-expanding cultural visits to relaxing down times, here are the top things you can do in Greece with your teens.
Traveling with teens can often be a tricky thing, especially when it comes to finding a balance of things to see and do which will please everyone. Fortunately, Greece is a very easy country to visit with your teens! Here’s just a few suggestions of the top things to do in Greece with your teens.
1. Explore the colorful street art in Athens
Let’s start off in the Greek capital! Athens is known for its vibrant street art scene, and many travel from far to discover this unique form of art that young people have used for years as a way to express themselves in a climate of economic turmoil. As the art is constantly changing, finding the best street art in Athens is best done on a guided tour. Try our Athens street art walking tour, or even see street art in athens from a bike. You will get to see fascinating and politically-charged graffiti but also colorful designs that will surely interest your kids (and maybe end up on your teen’s phone as a screen saver).
2. Biking Tour in Athens
One of the most enjoyable and fun ways of seeing the sites of Athens is on a bike tour. Following the pedestrianized streets which run through the historic center, you will get to see the heart of Ancient Athens from a very unique angle. Our private tours include several food stops. Find out more here – Private Biking Tour for Families.
3. Photo Adventure & Instagram Tour
Are your teens – like all teens – into photo taking for Instagram or VSCO? Tell them to get their hashtags ready, because Athens is #instaworthy. Your guide will take you to those places where you will take #instaworthy photos. Stroll through the iconic Plaka area and with the Acropolis in the background, it is guarantee that your feed will be impressive!
4. Opt for a dual destination
You are visiting a country home to between 1200 and 6000 islands and with an extensive coastline, so take advantage of that and include some water fun in your agenda. If you are staying in the Greek capital, Athens, or even the country’s second city, Thessaloniki, both are located by the sea, so you can incorporate some days of fun at sea with plenty of sightseeing and cultural outings. You can even take sailing trips to some of the nearby islands such as Kea.
5. Explore the great Greek outdoors
Greece may be known for its beaches and islands, but it is a mountainous country. With high, rugged peaks covering the territory, it is a country ideal for hikers and trekking enthusiasts. Central and northern Greece, as well as the Peloponnese and Crete are ideal for a mountain biking holidays while exploring small villages and historical sites. Furthermore, many islands offer visitors the perfect combination of sea and sun with nature and mountain fun.
6. Obsessed with sports and Olympic Games
Kids and teenagers have a lot of energy, and being in the country where the Olympic Games were born is an excellent excuse to tap into that overabundance of energy to put it to good use!
One of the favorite activity for teens in Athens is the Olympic Games Workout. During this fun activity in Athens, you will learn about what the Olympics were really about, how ancient Olympic athletes trained and learn some techniques used. At the end, you will visit the marble stadium, or Kalimarmaro, where the modern Olympic Games of 1886 were held. Let your teen run the track against the parents … who do you think will be winner?
For those families who wish to travel further and extend their visits to the Peloponnese, you can include a visit to ancient Olympia so you can show your kid where the Olympic Games started?
7. Do a Mythology Tour
Visiting museums and archaeological sites can be a bit dull for teens so try to find sites that will peak their interest. Find interesting tours with guides specialized to a younger audience, for example, just like our Percy Jackson tours, that take you through the Acropolis in Athens, the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion, the sanctuary of Delphi, the Minotaur’s Labyrinth in the Palace of Knossos or to the cave where Zeus, in Crete, is said to be born.
8. Get your hands dirty
A fun way to get your children and teens interested in a new culture is through food. Take advantage of the many culinary tours and cooking lessons available and get your hands dirty while learning how to cook new recipes that you can reproduce once you are home for a fun weekday dinner for example. Don’t be afraid to experiment new flavors and expand their taste buds by exploring the local markets where you will all surely enjoy a moment where all your senses will be heightened.
9. Shop local
A visit to Greece includes inevitably the quick souvenir shopping session. This is your chance to show your teenagers the local craftsmanship. Leather goods, such as leather sandals, for example, are some of the best souvenirs girls can bring home and they don’t take too much space in the suitcase. You will find many artisans in the small boutiques along alleys in the main villages in islands or in the center of major cities. Nowadays, young Greek designers have set up trendy souvenirs stores with modern and innovative souvenirs that will surely seduce teens, such as tote bags, colorful tees or keychains. Forget the big malls or commercial centers and opt instead for smaller boutiques and shops.
10. Rent a villa with some friends on an island
There are many advantages for self-catering accommodation for your holidays. You are free to do pretty much anything you want and can alternate nights out or homecooked dinners (and even barbecues) or start your day whenever you feel like it. If you plan to visit Greece with some friends who have children of the same age, this may be the ideal situation as your teens won’t be bored of their minds and will be able to go to the beach or go on an afternoon shopping spree with someone else while being nearby. Renting a villa in Corfu, Rhodes or Crete is just ideal as you can combine a stay near a bigger city so your teens don’t feel isolated from civilization.
11. Get social and consider a bigger hotel/ resort
Make your life easier and pick a family resort with a tennis court, swimming pools or a water park so that your teens can socialize with other youngsters in a safe environment. If club holidays are not your thing, choose a bungalow or a villa by the beach near a surf center where you children can take part in a few windsurfing lessons with trained experts and learn while having fun and making new friends.