The Best Places in Greece for Family Holidays

Greece is a popular holiday destination for all kinds of travellers. It’s unsurprising that such a wide range of people choose the country for their travels. With such a diverse landscape and variety of things to do, there really is something for everyone. Greece is particularly popular with families, since there’s so much to do on the beaches, in the sea and on land. Whether you choose to visit the capital of Athens or stay on one of the islands, children and families are well provided for.


Heather Cowper


The island of Rhodes is one of the most visited in Greece. It’s beautifully clear waters are award winning, and the island is teeming with history, like much of Greece. You can easily find family-friendly resorts. They have pools and open-air theatres where your family can catch daily performances of dance and music. See beautiful Rhodes Town and try some windsurfing at Prasson√≠ssi.


Like many other countries in Europe, Greece is great for waterparks. You’ll find them up and down the country. They’re great for families, many with facilities for both children and adults, like the¬†Gelina Village waterpark situated in Greece, on the island of Corfu. Corfu has several other waterparks, but there’s plenty to do beyond them too. You can learn to do anything from windsurfing to jet skiing in the waters around the island. For families interested in history, there’s lots to see, including cool fortresses and castles.


Another treasure for history lovers, Europe’s earliest civilization is on Crete. Not to worry if history isn’t your thing though, because the beaches on Crete are ideal for families. As the largest Greek island, it’s got something for everyone. Lovers of marine wildlife will enjoy the AquaWorld Aquarium in Hersonnisos. There you can see everything from alligators to stingrays. Seek out one of Crete’s waterparks if the heat is too much.


Paros might not be as well known as Rhodes, Crete or Corfu, but if your family loves the outdoors then Paros is for you. As well as beautiful beaches, you’ll find horse riding at Kakou Riding Centre. Join sailing and swimming lessons at the Paros Sailing Club and find splish-splashy fun at Aqua Paros Water Park. Take a day trip to the small neighbouring island of Antiparos to visit its top-class beaches.


Naxos belongs to the Cyclades group of islands and is popular, but doesn’t get as swamped as some of the other islands do in the summer. The island has several stunning beaches, plus a waterpark for a less sandy dip. The Chora, or Naxos Town, is not only a beautiful place to explore, but also has several children’s playgrounds so the kids can run off some energy.

There’s no shortage of family-friendly places to visit in Greece. If you’re unsure, pick a family resort, and you know they will cater for you. Wherever you are, if your children enjoy the beach you’ll be able to please them easily.