Who’s with me in fighting the holiday blues by dreaming about Greek destinations for family holidays? Because it’s that time of year again: Christmas. If you are anything like me, you are not excited at the prospect of this holiday hanging over you. Let’s face it, Santa Claus is a just lazy old man who gets all the credit for parents’ efforts!. Other than that, the endless festive cooking (and cleaning), the ongoing pretense to be jolly… etc! I could go on but I will make a decision to stop myself right about here and get back on track. So, let’s dream about Greek destinations for family holidays.
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Where to stay in Greece
If you’re looking for accommodation in Greece, compare hotels, BnBs, and home rental offers on Booking.com and Hotels.com. If you prefer to stay in an Airbnb, here you can find great deals. You can also check alternatives directly on Tripadvisor.
Top-rated tours in Greece
Athens: Acropolis Small-Group Guided Tour with Entry Ticket (Top pick from US$ 71.23).
Crete: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa from Kissamos (From US$ 29.65).
Santorini: Guided Winery Tour (From US$ 72.50).
Mykonos: The Original Morning Delos Guided Tour (Traditional best-seller from US$ 65).
Kos: Full-Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands (From US$ 35).
Corfu: Day Cruise to Paxi Islands & Blue Caves (From US$ 35.50).
Zakynthos: Navagio Shipwreck Beach & Blue Caves Tour (From US$ 53.25).
Value for money
Athens: Combo Ticket Pass for Museums & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus (City card from US$ 65).
Athens: Athens Airport: Private Transfer to or from City Center (From US$ 49.79).
Chania: Pre-Booked Dinner Card Menu at 4 Restaurants (Pick up included, from US$ 127.97).
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For complete peace of mind, it’s always better to have travel insurance. Check quotes on World Nomads.
Porto Heli: Resort town just a short drive from Athens
If you want to discover a place that has been a long-time favorite of Athenians, head to Porto Heli. A seaside town in the Peloponnese, only 2,5 hours from Athens, Porto Heli awaits to give families a wonderful holiday experience.
One of the best Greek destinations for family holidays in the Peloponnese is situated on a private bay, that of Hinitsa, with the island of Spetses in the distance.
Children have an entire world of their own, ample facilities will keep them entertained and engaged. Playground, cinema, and sports are available, all under expert supervision thus giving a new meaning to their holidays.
The added advantage to this is that parents can enjoy much needed alone time. Day trips to nearby attractions for the entire family to enjoy include the islands opposite, such as Spetses and Hydra by boat. By car, the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, built in 4th century BC, is less than an hour away.
Folegandros: An off the grid island for a family retreat
If your family wishes to vacation in a place that has been least affected by tourism, that is Folegandros. This Cycladic island has somehow managed to retain its traditional character charming visitors with its frugal and demure personality.
It is a laid-back island with a carefree attitude that most visitors find refreshing, especially families with young children. Upon arrival, it is not unusual to see the locals riding their donkeys, welcoming you with a heartfelt “Kalimera”!
To stay somewhere that is as much suited to adults as it is to children, then a luxury hotel in Folegandros port may be the perfect fit. It has all the facilities families could want from a hotel in Greek destinations for family holidays.
Folegandros has many beautiful beaches and loads of beautiful churches. Landscapes are incredible too. And as dramatic as those of the more popular Santorini.
Santorini: The iconic island that is not just about romance
Despite popular opinion, Santorini is not an exclusively romantic destination. And thankfully, because this way children can also become bewitched by this majestic place. They will probably never forget it!
When visiting Santorini with children opt for a central location, like the main town. This way you can saunter in and out by foot, any time you desire.
You can avoid staying in the crowded area of Oia since the sunset can be enjoyed from every spot facing the volcano.
Another thing to consider is staying somewhere which is family-friendly and has facilities everyone will enjoy.
Centrally located hotel & suites in Fira Santorini feature a large, main swimming pool in contrast to the endless array of private pools for only two. As for experiences for the family, horse riding on the beach (no donkeys), exploring villages, or a day at the water slides in Perissa.
Are you ready to explore Greece? It can be the trip of your lifetime. Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your itinerary. If you happen to also tour West Crete, check this guide. You’ll find detailed info about where to go, what to see, where to eat, and more!
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Coming to Greece any time soon? These resources will help you organize the trip!
Probably, you’re planning to experience the thrilling island-hopping experience. Head to this article and read about the best cruise ports in Greece.
To have updated information about the island of Crete, as well as about the rest of Greece, join my private group on Facebook about Crete and download a copy of my West Crete Travel Guide to have it always with you if you visit Crete!
Finally, make sure you’ve got everything you for a hassle-free trip!
I never move around the islands without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy, light, roomy, and super comfortable travel partner I just love. To visit villages, sites, and museums instead, I carry this little crossbody bag.
When driving around, I pack my Nikon D7200. In Summer I also carry good sunscreen lotion, the sun on the island can be pretty aggressive. Always bring with you a good travel guide! Lonely Planet’s Best of Greece & the Greek Islands.
Airfares to Greece can change from one airline to the other, make sure to compare prices with a powerful search engine. Planes are fast, but nothing like the romantic experience of traveling by sea in Greece. Direct Ferries has great ticket deals.
Sometimes, the best way to get to know a place and make the most of your time is to join an organized tour. GetYourGuide has top-rated tours to save time and money. From cooking lessons to archaeological site tours, skip-the-line attractions, and even airport transfer!
Do you have everything you need? Then you just have to get ready to discover Greece!
These articles about Greece have been thought just for you!
If you’re curious about traveling the Greek islands, check the most amazing places to visit in Greece. Crete is my favorite island of all, and these 50 unmissable things to do in Crete is a great article from where to start planning a visit. Greece is also an ideal place for scuba diving, here you can discover where to do in on the islands.
Head to this article to check the best ports for cruises in Greece. This guide, instead, shows you the best things you can do in Athens if you visit for three days. If you have less time in the capital of Greece, find inspiration in this article describing all you can do with one day in Athens.
What is your ideal destinations for the Holidays with the family?
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About the Author
Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!