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The Best Family Friendly Greek Islands 

.Greece is without doubt a fantastic place to visit with kids. With stunning beaches, wonderful family friendly hotels, locals who welcome kids at restaurants, ancient history and charm, a plethora of fun activities and of course those crystal clear seas with a range of sandy, pebbly and volcanic beaches.

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Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia

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Many people return again and again to Greece, whether its the mainland and the Peloponnese for a Greece road trip or exploring the island.- with so many islands to explore, we have done the same and keep returning as do our extended family.

Whilst we’ve not visited all the Greek islands (yet) we’ve covered a few several times! Read on to discover what are the best family friendly Greek islands in our opinion and what they have to offer for kids of all ages.

crete aquarium, hersonissos
CretAquarium in Crete

Things to do in the Greek Islands with Kids

Shallow beaches like this Alaties beach in Kefalonia are perfect for toddlers

Kefalonia with kids

Kefalonia is so beautiful and unspoilt by tourism, with quaint tavernas, perfect beaches and laid back charm.

We loved the picturesque harbour of Fiscardo, surrounded by Venetian-style houses painted in pastel colours, undamaged by the 1953 earthquake.

FIskardo kefalonia with kids

Dotted along the front are the traditional tavernas, enticing you with fresh produce and welcoming smiles. We visited the island twice – once with a toddler and then again a year later with a toddler and a baby. My parents also kept returning so it is perfect for multi-generational travel with the grandparents in tow!

See Loggerhead Turtles in the Argostoli Harbour

If you’re early risers, which I’m sure you are if you’re parents to a toddler, then head down to the Argostoli Harbour to see Loggerhead Turtles snap up scraps of discarded fish from the fisherman’s catch of the day. 

Alternatively, there are boat tours from Argostoli that you can take part in. The tour will take you out and give you the opportunity to see the turtles as well as dolphins that call the waters surrounding Kefalonia home.

Hiking with kids

Some of the best hikes in Kefalonia include:

  • The ridge of Mount Ainos – Moderate
  • The Cypress Trail – Moderate
  • Antisamos Beach to Koutsoupia Beach – Moderate
  • Mount Ainos Summit – Moderate
  • Fteri Beach – Easy
  • Argostoli Bay Walk – Easy

Visit the animals in the Odysseus Zoo Land

The Odysseus Zoo Land is an adorable little zoo filled with rare animals and birds that are native to Kefalonia. There are also numerous exhibits that depict Greek history making the zoo an informative and fun day out for the entire family.

Where we stayed: We opted for the same villa twice in a row in Chalikeri , near Fiscardo, which had all the equipment for kids and some toys too. The owner Shari was so helpful to us.

Things to do in Lemnos with Kids.

Lemnos island is small and unspoilt by mass tourism, with charming villages and stunning beaches (0ver 30!) Getting to Lemnos will likely mean a transit via Athens, unless you are on a seasonal chartered flight with a package holiday. 

The beaches are a huge draw with lots of watersport activities.

Other activities include:

  • Archaeological Museum of Lemnos – a small museum with artefacts over 1000 years old. Good for a rainy day or to escape the heat.
  • Lemnos Playland – an amusement park for children with playgrounds to entertain older kids too.
  • Myrina – ruins of an ancient castle which is free to enter and offer a magnificent view of the coast.
  • Spot flamingoes at the salt lakes
  • Visit the picturesque Plati Beach located in the Plati resort. It is not considered one of the best beaches in Greece by accident and is shallow for little ones.
Best Family Friendly Greek Islands, Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights 
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights

Things to do in Rhodes With Kids

Rhodes is situated in the Aegean sea and is part of Dodecanese island group. It is easily accessible from Luton, Gatwick, Stansted & Manchester. Package holiday flights also go direct from Leeds Bradford and Heathrow. With numerous blue flag beaches it is a popular choice for families.

  • The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a citadel which dominates the main town and harbour of the island.
  • Aquarium- located in the Old Town of Rhodes – free for under 5’s.
  • Butterfly Valley – A nature reserve with a small river with butterflies ad moths.
  • Water Park, Falkari
  • Ostrich Park
  • Tour the Medieval City – a maze of streets and alleys that transports you back in time.

Things To Do in Kos With Kids

Kos is the third largest island of the Dodecanese. Beautiful white sandy beaches and hidden coves are it’s biggest draw.

It is easy to reach Kos directly from the UK with flights from Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, East Midland and Newcastle.

Some package holidays offer chartered flights with BA from Heathrow and with EnterAir from Gatwick. There are several things to do in Kos Town itself;

  • Asklepion Temple and ancient hospital ruins
  • Kos Archeological Museum
  • Acquatica and Lido Water Parks
  • Thermal Springs (more for older kids)
  • Alice, from Project Wanderlust has a great post on exploring Kos by car with kids which you may find useful too, along with Cathy from Mummy Travels, who explores several of the above kids friendly activities in Kos in more detail here.

Mark Warner – Lakitira, Kos

  • If you are looking for somewhere to stay with lots of activities for kids, Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog, writes a detailed review of her Mark Warner  holiday accommodation in Lakitira, Kos. whilst Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos explains all the activities available for teens here.
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Dinosauria Park in Crete

Things To Do In Crete With Kids

Crete has so much for families of all ages, from toddlers to teens. I have written a very detailed post here which covers:


corfu town with kids

Things to do in Corfu With Kids

Corfu is an idyllic Ionian island where there is plenty more than just beaches to keep the children entertained.  

petrino restaurant corfu
We loved Petrino restaurant in Corfu – book the balcony sea view!

With winding alleys meandering through the old town, ancient history brought to life in museums, and waterparks, aquariums, watersports, open air cinemas,  horse treks and more. Getting there is easy with plenty of direct flights from the UK.

Palaiokastritsa Beach Corfu clear water with toddler in red top in shallows walking out onto the beach with beachfront café beside the cliff behind him
Palaiokastritsa Beach Corfu
  • Aqualand Water Park – a huge water park with 36 water slides and 15 adventure pools with shallow pools and miniature rides for little ones, and for older dare devils, some thrilling high-speed rides.
  • Horseriding treks
  • Corfu Aquarium – a perfect place to escape the midday sun or the odd rainy day.
  • A glass bottomed boat ride
  • The beautiful sandy beach at Saint Gordios, which is also not to  long a transit from the airport.
  • Visit Kerkyra with traditional buildings and winding pathways.

Things to Do in Santorini with Kids

Santorini is more thought of as place for couples, but when we visited, we still saw lots of children. Older kids will love visiting the caldera and the volcano tour plus all the water sport activities.

Halkidiki with Kids

Halkidiki is another popular island. I have not visited but I would recommend reading this family review of the Sani hotel. It is on the luxurious end  but looks incredible!

Why visit the Greek Islands for your family holiday?

Greece is very easy to get to from the UK, with many flights from regional airports as well as the larger Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Luton etc.

With flight times of 3.5/ 4 hours a lot of Greek islands can be accessed directly.  Getting to the Greek islands from the U.S. will currently require two flights (usually connecting in western Europe) or changing in Athens.

When is the Best Time To Visit Greece for a Family Holiday?

The best weather in Greece for kids, families, swimming, and beach time is from late May to early September.  There is very little rain and temperatures average at 27 degrees in July/August.  

If you don’t need to worry about school holidays and are holidaying in Greece with a baby, toddler or preschooler, then mid-September is a good bet. The weather is essentially the same as late June but while the water can still be chilly in early summer, by September it’s perfect. The crowds have dissipated a bit so there is less of bustle around streets, ferries or at your favourite restaurant.

May and October can be great, but plan for some rainy day activities – just in case.  However, this slightly cooler weather can be much better if you are planning an activity based family holiday, especially for cycling or hiking or exploring ruins.

How do I get to the Greek Islands?

There are several ways to reach the Greek islands. The easiest way is obviously to fly direct, especially with a young family.

Fly directly to a Greek Island from Europe

The main travel hubs are London, Paris, Berlin, Milan and Amsterdam – although low cost carriers such as Norwegian, Ryan Air, Whizz Air etc  often fly from smaller, regional airports. Do check if you are flying from out of Europe as  you may fly into one of the major airports but need to make a connecting flight to another airport, even if in the same city.

Also, only a handful of islands have direct flights from outside of Greece. Currently, the Greek islands that have scheduled international flights are Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu, Zakynthos, Crete, Lesvos, Samos, Kos, and Rhodes. Some package holidays offer direct chartered flights from the UK.

Fly to Athens, then fly to the islands.

This is what I did when I lived overseas. I flew internationally directly to Athens and then made a smooth transfer to Mykonos. It was easy to do and the airport is easy to navigate. Flying from Athens opens up some further islands to explore- which don’t have international arrivals.

Fly To Athens and then catch a high speed ferry

Go to the port and hop on a ferry as to make your way all the way back to the airport, go through security, and wait for your plane. When you factor in the extra time that taking a flight involves, a highspeed ferry will get you to some of the Cycladic islands nearly as fast as a flight.

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Priya Vin

Monday 16th of March 2020

Great list of recommendations of things to do with kids in the Greek Islands. Crete and Santorini are on top of our list.

Family Travel Pro

Saturday 20th of July 2019

Great advice on when to travel to the Greek Islands! This can be such a minefield with kids - warm, but not too warm! I think Crete would probably be top of our list - looks like there's loads to do with kids. Many thanks for such a comprehensive post (as always!).

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