Best Family Beaches in Greece for an Unforgettable Vacation!

Best Family Beaches in Greece for an Unforgettable Vacation!

High on the list of essentials for a family vacation in Greece or the Greek islands is a good child-friendly beach with a few key amenities such as sun shades, fun games, and somewhere to buy ice creams. In this article, I’m happy to bring you some of the best family beaches in Greece!

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Best Beaches in Greece for Families

best family beaches in Greece

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Top Family-Friendly Beaches in Greece

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Elafonisos, Peloponnese.

With a 13,676-kilometer-long coast (about 8,500 miles), Greece can easily boast some of the best beaches in Europe. And contrary to what you might think, this is not just because of its many islands!

In fact, there are gorgeous shores both on the mainland and on many islands… some of them are quiet and secluded, some with large sea-smoothed stones, and others with great water sports facilities.

No matter where you decide to spend your next family vacation in Greece, finding the right beach, that’s fun and safe for your kids is key for a relaxing time in full peace of mind, as I always say!

For that reason, I’ve created this post that includes some of the top beaches in Greece for families. They are safe and shallow enough for smaller kids, and some of them even offer activities geared toward kids.

So if you’re still trying to decide where to go in Greece with your kids, the beaches on this list might give you the answer! There you go, then, the best beaches in Greece for families!

Elafonisi Beach, Crete

best family beaches in Greece

Although there is an incredible amount of family-friendly beaches in Crete, the most famous one is, undoubtedly, the pink sand beach of Elafonisi, in the western region of Chania.

This is a well-organized beach, big enough to find the right spot to spend the day and beat the crowds. Along the coast, you will find both areas with organization and solitary places (often with little shadow).

In Elafonisi, the sea is shallow and extremely clean, and the pinkish tone of the sand is one of the most attractive features in this area.

The bay is wide and safe even when it’s windy, there are a few snack bars and a couple of taverns in the area as well. Water sports are also popular in Elafonisi.

Elafonisi Resort by Kalomirakis Family – Probably the most popular place to stay in Elafonisi, located right opposite the access to the beach, this hotel offers self-catered apartments and studios surrounded by beautiful fruit and olive trees. All units open to a furnished balcony, featuring a fridge and a desk. On the premises, guests will find a restaurant, a bar, and a convenience store.
>>> Find out more and check the prices here.

Click here to find more family-friendly accommodations in Chania, Crete.

Avithos Beach, Kefalonia

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Avithos Beach, Kefalonia.

Considered one of the best kid-friendly beaches in Kefalonia, Avithos Beach is a gorgeous, tranquil shore with crystalline waters and golden (almost red) sand.

On the beach, the magnificent cliff backdrop adds an adventurous touch to the overall atmosphere… And kids love it!

In the area, there are enough facilities to make the beach day easy. The beach is safe and shallow, perfect for little swimmers.

There are just a few snack bars and fish taverns only a few meters from the coast, so packing a lunch won’t be necessary.

Leivatho Hotel – Located only meters from Avithos Beach, this family-run hotel offers accommodation with panoramic views of the sea and a beautiful swimming pool surrounded by a furnished sunbathing terrace. Rooms come with a minimalist design, an ultra-modern bathroom, and kitchen facilities. Recreational facilities include a free gym and a sauna while kids love the children’s playground!
>>> Find out more and check the prices here.

Click here for more family-friendly accommodations in Kefalonia.

Simos Beach, Elafonisos, Peloponnese

best family beaches in Greece
Simos Beach.

The best-known beach on the small island of Elafonisos, in the Peloponnese, Simos Beach features waters with incredible shades of blue, impressive natural sand dunes, and a gorgeous natural landscape surrounding the area.

The beach offers a unique combination of Caribbean-like hues that make you think of a heavenly shore more than a place on Earth.

You will find different shores in the area, some of them with organization, including the possibility to rent loungers and umbrellas. Access to the beach is not close to the nearby parking area (otherwise quite spacious), and is done through a sand path.

Drinks and snacks can be purchased on the beach but the organization is, in general, quite minimal.

Coralli Rooms – Featuring rooms for families, the property is situated in Elafonisos, just 500 meters from the ferry port connecting the island with the Peloponnese peninsula. On the premises, some units have views of the sea or the garden and there is also a pleasant outdoor dining area.
>>> Find out more and check the prices here.

Click here to find more family-friendly accommodations in Elafonisos.

Plaka Beach, Naxos

best family beaches in Greece
Plaka, Naxos.

Wide, and calm, with shallow turquoise waters and fine white sand, the long Plaka Beach in Naxos is one of those Greek beaches that conquer you! Personally, this is one of my favorite beaches in Greece!

The beach is really wide and offers organized areas and other more solitary spots (over here, nudism is very common). So you can choose whether to stay on your own or to rent an umbrella and spend the day in a more crowded area.

Opposite the long beachside promenade, there are different restaurants, supermarkets, and even hotels and studios, so there is no need to pack food for the day.

Ploes Seaside Houses – If you ever dreamed about staying in a characteristic whitewashed sugar cube home in Greece, then this is your opportunity! The complex features family-friendly suites and split-level homes only 50 meters from the beach. All units boast Aegean Sea views and have a well-equipped kitchenette.
>>> Find out more and check the prices here.

Click here to find more family-friendly accommodations in Naxos.

Santa Maria Beach, Paros

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Small Santa Maria (or Mikri Santa Maria), Paros.

Although it is one of the most popular beaches on the island, Santa Maria is so wide that it never feels too crowded. However, if you prefer a more secluded beach with organization and facilities for families.

The main Santa Maria Beach is a famous place for windsurfing and other water sports, therefore not as good for kids since the sea can be wavy.

However, there are several coves in the area, such as the one in the picture, Mikri (or Small) Santa Maria, all of them generally known as Santa Maria, which are really idyllic.

In the area, you will find different facilities, including toilets, restaurants, snack bars, and even water activities. Renting an umbrella is also possible on these beaches.

Seven Santa Maria – Pretty beachfront accommodation featuring family rooms, this complex is only meters from Mikri Santa Maria Beach where you can also enjoy free sun beds and umbrellas. At the hotel, the rooms have sea or garden views and come with a minibar and a coffee maker. The property offers free private parking and car hire is also available.
>>> Find out more and check the prices here.

Click here to find more family-friendly accommodations in Paros.

Paleokastritsa Beach, Corfu

best family beaches in Greece
Paleokastritsa Beach.

Paleokastritsa is one of the best family-friendly destinations in Corfu. The village boasts six different shores on the northwestern area of the island.

Most of the beaches are well-organized and offer a variety of water activities for kids and families. The popular Agios Spyridon is probably the prettiest shore in the area.

There are several restaurants, taverns, bars, and shops, so you won’t need to worry about packing a huge beach bag for the day.

Parents enjoy the facilities that also include a parking area and a taxi boat station. This is the only sandy beach in Paleokastritsa, while all the others feature small, white pebbles. For that reason, it is probably the most recommended for families.

Villa Ampelaki 2 – This is a fantastic holiday home only meters from Ampelaki Beach in Paleokastritsa. The semi-detached holiday home features a terrace, a balcony, and a garden with a terrace. It features a well-equipped kitchen and 3 bedrooms, and it can accommodate up to 8 guests.
>>>Find out more and check the prices here.

Click here to find more family-friendly accommodations in Corfu or check out this article with the best family-friendly hotels in Corfu.

Voidokilia Beach, Messinia, Peloponnese

best family beaches in Greece
Voidokilia Beach.

Arguably one of the best beaches on the mainland, Voidokilia Beach is one of the prettiest shores in the Peloponnese.

Although there are no facilities or amenities to make the stay easier, the place can be fully enjoyed with a little organization beforehand. So, don’t forget to pack your lunch, cold drinks, and carry sunscreen for the little ones.

The bay has a magnificent shape featuring very shallow waters, often not as cold as you would expect.

The beach has a position that makes it protected from winds, so the water is always calm and virtually waveless, ideal for little kids that are learning to swim.

Petrochori Beach House – Comfy home featuring a garden and a terrace with sea views. It offers 3 bedrooms, a living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and free private parking… Moreover, there’s also a children’s playground, perfect for families! The holiday home is 2 kilometers from Voidokilia Beach.
>>> Find out more and check the prices here.

Click here to find more family-friendly accommodations in Messinia.

Kalamaki Beach, Zakynthos

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Although we are used to the stunning image of Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, the best family beach on the island is Kalamaki.

Featuring a secluded atmosphere and a shallow coast, the place is safe for small children. Kalamaki is located in the southeast of the island, is a more secluded beach, but with fine golden sand.

The beach, on the southern area of the island, is close to the popular Laganas Beach (better for families with older teens and young adults) and is part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos.

This means that kids can be lucky enough to spot the protected sea turtles (Caretta-Caretta) that come to lay their eggs on this shore. Precisely for that reason, water sports are banned on this beach.

Crystal Beach Hotel – The hotel is located in the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. The hotel has a swimming pool overlooking the Ionian Sea, 2 bars, and air-conditioned rooms tastefully furnished. The on-site restaurant serves Greek and international cuisine and overlooks the sea and the islands of Pelouzo and Marathonisi.
>>> Find out more and check the prices here.

Click here to find more family-friendly accommodation in Zakynthos.

Tsampika Beach, Rhodes

best family beaches in Greece
Tsambika Beach.

Rhodes is a great island to visit with children and Tsambika is the perfect family beach too!  

Situated on the east coast of the island about 26 km from Rhodes Town, this large beach has fine golden sand, calm water, and a sandy seabed making it really suitable for families with young children. 

The facilities are really good with free parking right next to the beach. There are sunbeds and umbrellas available to rent, showers, and several beach taverns. 

For older children, there are various water sports such as parasailing and jet-skiing. Views of the beach are dominated by the Monastery of Tsambika which stands 240 meters high on a rocky bluff and is a place of pilgrimage.

Aenaon – A beautiful villa located about 3 km from Tsambika Beach, the house features a garden, a patio, and a terrace. This air-conditioned villa comes with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen with a fridge and an oven, a flat-screen TV, a seating area, and 2 bathrooms. At the villa, there is also a car rental service available.
>>>Find out more and check the prices here.

Click here to find more family-friendly accommodations in Rhodes.

Elia Beach, Mykonos

best family beaches in Greece
Elia Beach, Mykonos.

The atmosphere of Elia Beach is completely relaxing. Besides, the beach is wide enough to allow for different isolated areas. It has soft and fine golden sand and the shore is very shallow, ideal for small kids.

However, it must be said that maybe, not all families will feel 100% at ease since Elia Beach is a gay-friendly beach. I’ve visited with my kids and found it also truly family-friendly

Elia Beach is about 50 minutes from another great Mykonos Beach, Platys Gialos, by boat. To reach Elia Beach, you can catch the boat in Platys Gialos port as well as at the beach of Ornos, or you can jump on a bus in Mykonos Town.

This is one of the many southern beaches on Mykonos where naturism is allowed in some areas. P

Villa Alice – Cycladic-style villa featuring a private pool, set in Elia Beach. The property is 10 km from Mykonos Town. This gorgeous villa opens to a balcony and patio with pool and sea views. The 4-bedroom property includes air conditioning and a fully equipped kitchen with a dining and seating area.
The villa is a pet-friendly property and offers BBQ facilities.
>>> Find out more and check the prices here.

Click here to find more family-friendly accommodations in Mykonos.

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About me:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the island. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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