Greece for Families
Endless stretches of sparkling blue coastline, picture—perfect villages and fascinating history make Greece a fantastic destination for families. There are also activities to suit every interest and age range in Greece, whether you’re a history buff, adrenaline junky, foodie or prefer to laze your days away. We also operate our Explorers kids club in certain hotels which makes the vacation extra relaxing.
At a Glance
Explore the birthplace of western civilization, history and culture in Athens. The city streets themselves are a veritable museum, with sites such as the Acropolis with its iconic Parthenon.
Visit Crete for dramatic beauty and diverse geography, with steep gorges running through spectacular mountain ranges; Europe’s only palm tree forest; isolated beaches and coves; vineyards and olive groves.
For the most picturesque views of Greece’s quintessential cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses dripping with bougainvillea plants, blue-domed churches and spectacular sunsets, head to Santorini.
Get away from the busier beach clubs to relax on the pristine sands, secluded coves and hidden bays of Mykonos.
Step back in time in the Peloponnese, a unique region known for its charming, authentic villages, stunning coastline and its plethora of Ancient Greek monuments.
Discover colorful history in Corfu, with occupations from France, Italy and Britain leaving their mark on the architecture. Beautifully preserved, the landmark buildings, monuments and Byzantine Fortress create a stunning skyline across the east coast.
Continuously inhabited for over 7,000 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is also the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, political science, Western literature, major mathematical principles, and Western theories of tragedy and comedy.
If relaxing at the beach is at the top of your to-do list, head to Elafonisi Beach in Crete and see the beautiful blue waters crash over the contrasting pink tinged sand.
Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country in the world.
For a perfect quintessentially Greek vacation moment head to Giorgos’ restaurant overlooking the island of Spinalonga in Crete. You’ll have the most unbelievable calamari and fresh fish.
Many Greek structures such as doors, windowsills, furniture, and church domes are painted bright blue, especially in the Cyclades Islands. It is used because of an ancient belief that this shade of blue keeps evil away.
Greek island hopping is a great way to see more than one area, and you’ll get a whole new perspective of the region by sea.
Greece has one of the richest varieties of wildlife in Europe, including 116 species of mammals, 18 of amphibians, 59 of reptiles, 240 of bird, and 107 of fish.
Happy children, make happy vacations and in Greece, there are no shortage of things to make them smile. From fun-filled kid-friendly activities and welcoming Greek peoples to specialized children’s menus that will satisfy even the pickiest eater, the youngest members of the family are well catered to in Greece. Many of the resorts offer exceptional childcare programs that keep families returning year after year. You can rest assured knowing that while you are relaxing and enjoying your precious vacation time, your children are creating unique experiences and making new friends.
The Blue Palace is nestled into Elounda's hillside and from each level there are beautiful views over the unspoiled natural surroundings. The facilities at the hotel are outstanding; laze beside one of the many pools or on the beach, relax in the ultra-chic Thalassotherapy Spa, perfect your tennis or whiz around the bay on a wind surfer. Families are very welcome at the Blue Palace. The resort offers younger visitors a children’s pool, a kids playground, babysitting, special menus and high chairs in all restaurants as well as children’s bathroom amenities and bathrobes upon arrival. There is also a kids club catering for children aged 3 - 12 years, activities include painting, Greek dancing and creative play.
Porto Zante Villas & Spa is an elegant award-winning deluxe villa resort on the beautiful island of Zakynthos. Each villa has private beach access making it ideal for families. Parents can leave their children with the entertainment staff, whilst they enjoy some time to themselves. There is a Kids’ Corner (the resort’s playground) and kids' service to entertain their younger visitors from 3 years old and upwards, which can include activities such as trips to the local village, water park, mini golf and the Splash Fun Water Park. The resort's chef has specially created a kids' menu and babysitting can be arranged in the evening or during the day for children under 3. The private sandy beach of the resort is perfect for kids, as are the heated pools in all the villas.
Africa gets even more exciting for older kids. Over the age of 12, more activities and a greater freedom in game drives become available. Children of this age aren’t required to stay in their parent’s tents creating a private, yet fun vacation for everyone. From elephants to lions and meerkats, Botswana is an excellent choice for family safaris.
Traveling with teens and tweens can bring new challenges for parents. Older children are less excited by resort’s kids clubs, playgrounds and shallow pools, but that’s also the beauty of traveling with teens. They are more interested in exploring the history and culture of their destination, and Greece offers tons to keep them entertained. Teens will appreciate the ancient sites that they’ve previously only learned about in school, the country’s fun culture through cooking classes (and maybe a little plate smashing), and of course, the pristine sandy beaches with unbelievably blue water lapping at their toes. Greece is a social and exciting country for teens, and one that will make them beg to go on another family vacation.
The Mykonos Grand is a wonderful beach-side boutique resort, known for its fabulous views of the sparkling Aegean Sea, exceptional service and excellent location. The resort has been designed to enhance the beauty of the natural surroundings while providing ultimate luxury. There is a large range of room options to choose from including interconnecting rooms, which are perfect for families. During your stay at Mykonos you can enjoy relaxing by the pool and soaking in the breathtaking Aegean views. The pool is surrounded by shady cabanas and sun beds, making sure every member of the family is well protected from the sun. During the evening a film screen is often erected, and a selection of well-known films are shown, providing excellent family entertainment in a beautiful setting.
Escape the crowds of the Greek mainland on board your very own luxury yacht charter. Sailing through the Aegean Sea, passengers will have the opportunity to discover the peaceful islands and hidden coves that larger ships do not have access to. Our boats are spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned catamarans, with an expert crew on board to care for your every need. Ideal for families, the common living areas make for the perfect locations to relax with a meal, or unwind in the evening. As well as tailored meals, each itinerary is bespoke, and your skipper will be happy to sit down and discuss your route, according to where and when you would like to travel, which is a great way to get your kids involved with your vacation. These experts know the local area inside out, and can recommend the calmest waters and Greece’s best-kept secrets.
Vedema offers a rustic getaway with a secluded location in the medieval village of Megalohori. This spacious hotel boasts large suites and villas as well as transport to a local beach, making it an ideal choice for families. With a central location towards the south of Santorini this is a fantastic base with a homely feel from which to explore with authentic, quaint Greek tavernas on your doorstep. The surrounding medieval village is reflected in the hotels own design, which also emulates a traditional Greek village, making this a spacious option with plenty of room for younger guests to explore and quiet raised patios to relax and enjoy Santorini’s endless sunshine. For families, we recommend the Athenian Suites which feature two bedrooms and two bathrooms allowing for space while still maintaining proximity.
Multi-generational travel is an excellent way for families to reconnect and there’s no more stunning place to do this than Greece. Many of the resorts and villas offer luxurious, expansive, private accommodations to comfortably house every member of the family, while allowing for the utmost flexibility. There’s also activities to suit every interest and age range in Greece, whether you’re a history buff, adrenaline junky, foodie or prefer to laze your days away.
Set on a private beach on the island of Mykonos, is Santa Marina, this secluded resort has the look and feel of a traditional Greek village and is ideal for families. The resort is very family oriented with good children’s facilities. A children’s club operates daily during the summer with a varied activity program suitable for all ages, including arts and crafts, legend and storytelling, theater games and treasure hunts. There is also a great outdoor kids playground. Children can also eat at the kids club, giving parents more flexibility with their day. The Spa has an extensive range of treatments and therapies to enjoy some peaceful alone time. The resort has a floodlit tennis court where the pro team are happy to arrange lessons for both adults and children. There are two swimming pools, including a beautiful infinity pool and a saltwater children's pool.
Situated on the small private Petrochori Estate, Villa Omina boasts some of the best views of any villa in Corfu. The villa has five bedrooms and works well for families or groups traveling together. Set on three floors, the ground floor features an open plan living/dining room and a separate king/twin en-suite. On the top floor, there are two en-suite, twin-bedded rooms, perfect for children, which are coupled with a shared lounge area. The TV, DVD and fridge, make this an ideal space for kids to relax and play. Villa Omina provides a warm welcome on arrival and everything is provided for to make your stay as easy as possible, including beach, pool towels and bathrobes, plus some basic initial supplies. There is the option to upgrade to a more traditional catered villa service, with a local cook providing meals.
Costa Navarino is an excellent family option, with an Explorers kids club on site and accommodation to suit families, with many rooms with interconnecting options. There are extensive facilities and activities for the whole family to enjoy, including a fantastically designed aqua park, an adventure playground and child friendly swimming pools. The main hub of the resort is full of boutiques, restaurants, cafés and bars. The sports facilities both on land and water are outstanding. There's a vast selection of equipment available for guests to use, from surfing to kayaking, golf or tennis. Our fully qualified childcare experts and Rangers run fun-filled and action-packed days that ensure your children have a truly memorable vacation and making new friends along the way.
The view from the Hotel Grande Bretagne’s rooftop offers a panoramic vista of Athens' historical landmarks, including the iconic Acropolis. At Hotel Grande Bretagne, there is plenty on offer to keep all ages entertained. Facilities include an outdoor rooftop swimming pool, and a gym with personal training for those looking to keep active during their vacation. The majestic city of Athens also has plenty to keep the keen culture vulture satisfied, with an enormous array of historical sites, National Gardens and local markets. The various restaurants at the hotel offer a wide selection of meals for younger guests, as does the hotel's room service. Professional babysitting services are also available upon request through the hotel concierge.
Time to unwind
There’s a reason why sunsets over idyllic white-washed buildings, leisurely strolls down cobbled streets and lounging on striking beaches comes to mind when thinking of Greece. It’s the perfect haven to escape and unwind. Pampering, award-winning spas, gourmet restaurants, miles of sparkling coastline and a laid-back vibe are all part of what makes a trip to Greece a rejuvenating experience. And many resorts and hotels offer private chefs, nannies and butlers to ensure that you won’t have to lift a finger. Complimentary babysitting and kids clubs make relaxing even easier, providing you with some quiet alone time to explore and enjoy Greece while your children are being entertained and well cared for. It’s time to embrace the slow-paced culture of the Mediterranean.
Cape Sounio sits in a peaceful location on the edge of a national park, it is hard to imagine that you are just an hour from the bustling, historic city of Athens. The gardens at Cape Sounio are beautiful, and make for the perfect place to relax in the sun, lying next to the large seawater pool. The hotel also opens onto two secluded beaches below the Temple of Poseidon. For those looking to truly unwind, the Elixir Spa Retreat at Cape Sounio offers a large range of natural therapies, using traditional Greek methods and ingredients, as well as Ayurvedic treatments. For children aged 3-12 years there is an entertainment program. There is also a children’s paddling pool next to main pool, children’s menus are available in the restaurant and babysitting can easily be arranged.
Greeted on arrival by your hosts Eleni and Paul, you can't help but be overwhelmed by the friendly and helpful service at Paradise Island Villas. Guests of all ages are made to feel welcome and part of the family. Discreetly tucked away in Anissara, the resort is an ideal retreat from which to explore the rest of the island and some of its beautiful beaches. Clad in bougainvillea, the 12 villas are all individually designed with their own private garden and heated pool. Ideal for families looking for peace and seclusion, they have fully equipped kitchens and terraces for eating alfresco. Guests can enjoy an extensive range of spa treatments, all of which are based on traditional homemade recipes, with local herbs and olive oil, developed exclusively for the hotel. There is a playground shaded by trees and the shallow end of the pools is ideal for smaller children.