There is probably no safest place in the world for family vacations than the Greek islands! In fact, many families come to the Greek islands every summer to enjoy a relaxing holiday by the sea, visit new places altogether and create nice memories. Here are our top 5 Greek islands for family vacations.
Crete is so large and so different. Conveniently accessible, there are many flights and ferries to Crete from Athens. In the summer season, direct flights from abroad also arrive in the local airports. Many family resorts are found all around Crete, both on the northern and the southern side.
The northern side of the island is more developed with luxurious hotels by the sea, family accommodation and better local transportation. Lots of family tourist places line up the northern coasts of Crete, especially concentrated around the main towns. Elounda, Hersonissos, Agia Pelagia, Bali, Georgioupolis, Agia Marina are only few of the most popular family places in Crete.
One of the most popular Greek islands for family vacations is Rhodes. This is the largest island of Dodecanese, geographically located on the southeastern side of the country. With an intense Medieval style, green nature, and fantastic beaches, Rhodes will be a cheerful place for your family holiday.
Kids will love the long sandy beaches and the water sports, while nice places to visit all together are the Waterpark in Faliraki and the Aquarium in Rhodes Town. Rhodes can be easily accessible by plane from Athens or abroad. There are also ferries to Rhodes from Athens, Crete and other islands.
Although Kefalonia receives thousands of visitors every summer, tourists are spread in various locations due to the large size of the island. This is why tourism in Kefalonia is not mass but controlled, even in high season. The island is dotted with many family resorts, where you can find studios and apartments just few steps from the beach, restaurants and mini-markets.
Skala, Lourdas, Lassi, Svoronata, Assos and Xi are few of the most popular family places in Kefalonia, where you can enjoy long days playing at the beach with your children. In particular, many Italian families come to the island as there are direct ferries to Kefalonia from Italy in high season.
Naxos is probably the best family island of the Cyclades. It does not get as busy as Santorini or Mykonos, but busy enough to have organized tourist villages along its coasts. The western coasts of Naxos are the most developed, still always keeping a quiet relaxing atmosphere. The organized beaches in Naxos, like Agios Georgios, Agios Prokopios, and Agia Anna, are lined up with family apartments, restaurants, mini-markets, and have a good connection with the main town. For a nice family tour, rent a car and explore the impressive countryside of Naxos, with the traditional villages and the historical sights.
If you are arriving in Athens and your children cannot stand long hours of ferry traveling, then think about Aegina, this small island just a few miles from Piraeus, the main port of Athens. Ferries to Aegina from Athens depart daily and very frequently, almost every hour. The ferry trip is short, from 30 min to 1 hour, depending on the vessel.
Upon arriving there, families will find organized beaches, self-catering studios, nice restaurants, and mini-markets. Agia Marina, Marathon, Perdika, and Vagia are nice family places to stay in Aegina, one of the best Greek islands for family vacations, allowing easy access to a safe, shallow beach. Do not miss out on taking the ferry to the beautiful Agistri once in Aegina.
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