Dreaming of a Grecian holiday? Mainland Greece and the Greek Islands are incredibly popular family holiday destinations. To list just a few of the country’s attractions which make a family holiday to Greece a great choice, we would have to mention the gorgeous weather, the stunning beaches, the fascinating history, the beautiful natural scenery, the delicious food and the welcoming culture.
Greece truly has everything a family could want from a holiday destination. Whether you choose to explore the cities, stay in a luxury resort, or do some island hopping, Greece has something to offer everyone in the family no matter their age or interests. Here are some handy hints and tips to help you plan a great family holiday to Greece.
Which are the best Greek islands for accommodation?
There are lots of hotels on the Greek islands, but many families prefer to book a villa for their Greek holiday. This provides more living space, kitchen facilities, private bedrooms and sometimes a private pool. There are several Greek Islands that are particularly family-friendly, but Paxos, Rhodes and Crete are the best choices for villa holidays in Greece. All offer fantastic beaches, towns with plenty of family-friendly attractions, and a welcoming atmosphere.
Which islands can you fly to directly from the UK?
There are direct flights from London and Manchester to several of the Greek Islands including Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos and Santorini, so travel is simple.
When is the best time of year for a family holiday to Greece?
The hottest time of year is between the end of June and the start of September, but from the end of May, the weather is often very comfortable and there is minimal rain. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for fun on the beach and swimming in the pool.
Which are the best beaches for families?
It’s a matter of opinion. Elafonisi Beach in Crete is one of the most child-friendly beaches, but there are also fantastic beaches in Lesvos, Paxos, Paros, Mykonos, Corfu, Rhodes and Skiathos. Santorini has volcanic rock beaches, but they become very hot.
Where are the best restaurants for families?
Restaurants in Greece are generally family-friendly by nature and kids are often treated like guests of honour. The islands of Mykonos and Santorini are more well known for nightlife, so there are some restaurants which may not be suitable for children, but generally, you will find a warm welcome wherever you go.
Which islands have the best sites for history and culture?
If your family is interested in learning about Greek history, mythology and cultural heritage, you will find Knossos near Heraklion on Crete and the Medieval City of Rhodes. Athens is a big attraction for many tourists as the capital city, but it’s certainly possible to see the main sites such as the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and Plaka in one trip, although admittedly it will make for a very busy day. It’s worth knowing that by law, all historical tour guides need to have degrees in Greek history so you’re more or less guaranteed a high-quality experience. In theory, you could fly into Athens, spend a day or two in the city and then take a ferry over to the islands.
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