3 of the Best Greek Islands for Family Escapes

May 11, 2015 Updated: May 11, 2015

Travelling with children sometimes needs some extra planning to ensure activities and amenities suitable for a family vacation. Looking for sandy beaches, organized activities and safe amenities while allowing parents to also relax and enjoy themselves sometimes is a complex task. We have selected three Greek islands, which combine the best of all words, allowing a relaxing family escape.

Crete

Crete (ellobo1, iStock)
Crete (ellobo1, iStock)

Crete is the largest Greek island, cited at the south Aegean and enjoying warm weather and a diversity of landscape. In addition it offers a plethora of cultural (poetry and music) and historical sites while some locations are associated with tales and mythology often familiar to children of all ages. Once the center of the Minoan civilization while according to mythology the God Zeus was born in Psycho cave at Mount Dikti. The island offers a diversity of landscape such as mountains, rivers and lakes while the long sandy beaches and the nearby islets allow daily escapes. Most beaches are organized with sunbathing chairs, umbrellas, restaurants and activities for children such as water sports while a lifeguard is on duty around the clock. The island is also known for art, and a few art schools and camps can be found. Gastronomy and winery is also an important part of the culture and recently we have seen the rising of agro farms and mountain developments. In most of these there are activities for all members of the family from cooking classes to pottery and Yoga for kids.

Skiathos

Skiathos island in Greece (PanosKarapanagiotis, iStock)
Skiathos island in Greece (PanosKarapanagiotis, iStock)

Skiathos is part of the Sporades island complex facing the area of Magnesia and Volos. The island offers rich greenery landscape and more than 60 beaches with turquoise waters while there are a few family resorts on the sandy beach with a dedicated kids club. In the latter there are also activities for the parents such as Yoga classes, water sports, snorkeling, scuba diving, and cooking lessons. Skiathos also offers seafront villages with elevated Greek cuisine with emphasis on seafood but also inner villages with the typical architecture and lifestyle around a central square and of course food. Most families also enjoy island hoping in the nearby islands of Allonisos and Skopelos, where the landscape and the beaches are of equal beauty and tranquility. The summer open-air cinema is an experience often preferred by families in the town of Skiathos. A visit in the old house of Papadiamantis is also inspiring.

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Copyright © 2015 by A Luxury Travel Blog. This article was written by Maria Nikolakaki and originally published on aluxurytravelblog.com.