Greece is a stunningly beautiful country with a rich history and culture, making it a great destination for families to visit. One of the best things about traveling to Greece with kids is the opportunity to island hop and experience multiple destinations within the country. But with so many islands to choose from, it can be tough to decide which ones to visit. In this blog post, we'll highlight the best Greek islands for families, taking into account factors such as kid-friendly activities, family-friendly accommodation, and more. Whether you're looking for action-packed adventures or relaxing beach vacations, there's a Greek island that's perfect for your family.
Here are 3 Greek islands I picked for you that are family friendly.
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands. It's known for its beautiful beaches, charming towns, and delicious food. There are many family-friendly activities to enjoy on Crete, including hiking, snorkeling, and visiting the island's many cultural and historical sites. Lets break them down:
For each island we will break down 5 main categories: Museums, Beaches, Hiking, Snorkeling and Parks.
Visit the many archaelogical museums in Crete
Crete is home to a rich history and culture, with many museums and cultural sites to explore. Some popular options include the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, the Historical Museum of Crete, and the CretAquarium.
Crete has many beautiful beaches to choose from, making it a great destination for families who love the beach. Some popular options include Elafonisi Beach, Balos Beach, and Falassarna Beach.
Crete has a diverse landscape, with many hiking trails that are suitable for families. Some popular options include the world renown Samaria Gorge, the Imbros Gorge, and the Elafonisi Beach trail.
Crete has many beautiful clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling. Some popular options include the waters around Elafonisi Beach and the waters around Chania.
Visit a water park
Crete has several water parks that are perfect for families, including Acqua Plus Water Park and Limnoupolis Water Park. These parks offer a variety of water slides, pools, and other water activities for kids and adults to enjoy.
Rhodes is a large island located in the Aegean Sea. It's known for its stunning beaches, ancient ruins, and a bustling capital city. There are plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy on Rhodes, including water sports, boat tours, and visits to the island's many museums and historical sites. Let's break Rhodes down:
Visit the island's many museums and cultural sites
Rhodes also has a rich history and culture, with many museums and cultural sites to explore. Some popular options include the Rhodes Old Town, the Rhodes Aquarium, and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.
Rhodes has many beautiful beaches to choose from. Some popular options include Elle Beach, Lindos Beach, and Tsambika Beach, you can't go wrong with any of these.
Rhodes has a diverse landscape, with many hiking trails. Some popular options include the Butterfly Valley, the Rhodes Waterfalls, and the Rhodes Old Town.
Rhodes has many beautiful clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling. Some popular options include the waters around Tsambika Beach and the waters around Faliraki Beach.
Visit a the butterfly valley park
The Butterfly Valley is a beautiful nature reserve located in Rhodes that is home to a wide variety of butterflies, as well as other wildlife and plant species. Another one to consider are the Seven Springs. A beautiful place for exploration, where you will find springs and waterfalls.
Kefalonia is an island located in the Ionian Sea. It's known for its stunning beaches, charming towns, and beautiful caves. There are many family-friendly activities to enjoy on Kefalonia, including boat tours, water sports, and visits to the island's many natural attractions. Finally, let's break down Kefalonia.
Museums and cultural sites
Some popular options include the Korgialenios History and Folklore Museum, the Drogarati Cave, the Melissani Cave and the Saint Gerasimos Monastery.
Kefalonia is known for the super unique waters that turn a shade of blue that you do not see in other parts of Greece. It's a trait of the Ionian islands, specifically the side that faces Italy. Some popular options include world famous Myrtos Beach, Antisamos Beach, and Fiskardo Beach.
Kefalonia has many hiking trails that are suitable for families. Some popular options include the Enos-Markopoulo trail, the Paliki Peninsula trail, and the Fiskardo-Assos trail.
A spectacular choice for snorkeling in Kefalonia would be Antisamos beach. Quite possibly the best all-around beach on the island for its ammenities. The water has an amazing green and blue mix, and makes for amazing snorkeling.
Visit a Waterpark
Kefalonia has several water parks that are perfect for families, including Splash Fun Water Park and Lassi Water Park. These parks offer a variety of water slides, pools, and other water activities for kids and adults to enjoy.
If you are looking for a family friendly island that offers a lot to do, has the infrastructure in place as if you are on a mainland, then these are 3 of your best bets in Crete, Rhodes and Kefalonia. They are all large islands, and at times you will feel like you are in a mainland city, but the beach will always be close by!
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This article was written by Tony Kariotis @iamgreece.
I have visited over 40 Greek islands, and these 3 are definitely safe bets when looking for a family friendly experience for all the reasons stated in the blog, I don't want to give them all away, I will leave room for discovery.