Greece with kids: Top things to do with the family
Greece with kids: Top things to do with the family
From enjoying your own Percy Jackson type adventure, to playing in sparkling blue waters by the beach, here’s some suggestions to create the family vacation of a lifetime.
Why visit Greece with kids?
Few countries in the world are as family-friendly as Greece. It seems to have the perfect combination of great weather, incredible beaches, history, variety, and outdoor activities. Add in the fact that it’s part of the Greek culture to be welcoming and friendly to kids, and you have the ideal destination for family vacations.
If you’re concerned that there might not be enough to do in Greece with the kids, let us put your mind at ease. Greece really does have it all, and we’ve come up with some great suggestions on the best things to do with the family in Greece below. If you’re still not convinced after reading this, contact the Kids Love Greece team. We’re sure our passion and experience in traveling in Greece with kids will persuade you!
Ancient Greece for kids – The fun way
Whoever said that visiting archaeological sites and museums was boring had obviously never visited Greece before! Do it the right way, and the kids will come away excited at what they have learned during their visit. The key to it all, is keeping them engaged, which is why we have an excellent selection of kid-friendly guided tours to all the major archaeological sites in Greece.
When visiting Athens for example, we would strongly recommend the tour with tablet and 3D app so that the kids can see the Acropolis the way it used to be. The interactive tour of the Ancient Agora in Athens is another must when visiting Athens with kids. With an enthusiastic local guide who specialises in family tours, your children will love discovering Ancient Greece!
The Ultimate Mythological Adventure in Greece
If you want to take your Ancient Greece adventure to the next level, we have put together some great mythological tour packages, which we’ve themed as ‘The Percy Jackson experience’. If your kids are already fans of the Percy Jackson books, then they will love this!
The idea is to weave in the tales from ancient mythology throughout the vacation. They will learn all about the mighty Minotaur, the Greek Gods such as Zeus, important centers such as Delphi and a lot more. If neither you or your kids have heard of Percy Jackson before, we’d suggest getting them into it now. This will really fire them up for their time in Greece!
Top activities in Greece with kids
Whilst the ancient history of Greece is an important factor, it is not the be all and end all of everything. Many people visit Greece with kids and never see an archaeological site at all! They’re too busy enjoying time on the beach, having fun playing sports, or taking part in other activities. There’s certainly a lot to choose from:
● Watersports – With over 6000 islands, there’s a lot of coastline in Greece, and this has opened up literally endless possibilities for watersports. During your vacation, the kids can try water-skiing, surfing, snorkelling, scuba-diving, windsurfing, parasailing or kitesurfing. They could try a different watersport every day, and still leave some untried for the next vacation!
● Outdoor activities – Leaving the sea behind, the varied landscape of Greece is an incredibly inviting place for anyone who loves outdoor activities. Ranging from gentle pursuits such as walking and city bike tours of Athens, to full on multi-day hikes and caving, there is an outdoor activity to match every adrenaline level!
● Workshops – Another way to keep the kids having fun during their time in Greece is to sign up for a workshop or two. You can learn how to bake local delicacies, make your own art, even try your hand at pottery.
● Cultural Experiences – There is a growing agritourism industry within Greece, where locals are keen to share their knowledge and traditions that have been passed down for generations. Take part in an olive harvest, herd goats, learn about medicinal herbs, make your own cheese, or even stomp grapes into wine the old-fashioned way!
Where to travel with Kids in Greece
So, where can you do all these exciting activities in Greece with kids? The answer is really everywhere, but some areas are certainly more suited to specific activities than others. We’ve listed the main areas on mainland Greece and the Greek islands, along with the highlights of each and the most popular activities available. For more inspiration, contact the Kids Love Greece team!
Savour these experiences in Greece with children
The Greek capital is a must for families visiting Greece. It is home to the Acropolis, where the kids will have great fun clambering over the rocks and imagining how life must have been 2000 years ago. The Ancient Agora is another site where they will enjoy themselves, especially if taking an interactive tour where they can get involved in role playing activities. Other kid friendly highlights of Athens include watching the Changing of the Guard, taking some time in the National Gardens, and having a snack in the Little Kook themed cafe.
Kid-friendly activities in Athens – A full range, including guided tours, cooking workshops, kayaking, cycling, sailing tours and farm visits.
If you have an image in your mind of what a Greek island looks like, it is probably one of the Cycladic Islands. White-washed buildings, blue-domed churches, sparkling seas with crystal clear water – you get the picture. The most popular islands are Santorini and Mykonos, but there are a dozen more. One popular destination with families is Naxos, which is a more charming and kid-friendly island than Mykonos.
Kid-friendly activities on the Cycladic Islands – There are plenty of watersports and outdoor activities such as hiking, along with a number of opportunities for cooking workshops. The archaeological sites of Akrotiri on Santorini and the temple at Delos are two important historic attractions.
If there is one island which has it all when it comes to things to do in Greece with kids, it’s Crete. The largest of the Greek islands, it is almost a country in its own right, with its own culture, traditions, and even regional accent. The most famous archaeological site here is Knossos – home of King Minos, the Minotaur, and the fabled Labyrinth. There are plenty of other archeological sites to explore as well, such as Venetian castles and the site of Phaistos, where an undeciphered disc was found. Will your kids be the ones to reveal what it says?
Kid-friendly activities on Crete – Crete has everything such as outdoor activities, watersports, mythological tours and archaeological sites. Perhaps its strongest point though, is that this is an ideal destination for a genuine and authentic Greek experience. If you ever wanted to see how life on a Greek rural farm works, or wanted to meet friendly locals who run cooking classes to show the kids how to make local dishes, Crete is the place to visit.
Many of the ancient Greek myths originated from or were based in the Peloponnese region. The powerful and advanced Mycenaean civilisation is the best example, with Agamemnon launching his war against Troy from the shore of the Peloponnese. Families interested in historic sites will have their work cut out to visit them all even during a 2 week family vacation in Greece! When you also add in the rich Byzantine and Venetian legacy of castles and cities, the sheer depth of what there is to see in Greece with kids becomes apparent. The Peloponnese is a great area to explore by taking a road trip in Greece.
Kid-friendly activities in the Peloponnese – This region again has it all. Watersports are available on some of the best (and non-touristy) beaches in Greece, outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and caving are popular, archaeology and mythology fans will have a blast, and agritourism is booming.
Let’s not forget the rest of the Greek mainland north of Athens! Major centers of Ancient Greek civilization such as Delphi, Thebes, and Mount Olympia are key places to visit on a mythological tour of Greece with kids. The area around Ioannina is popular with people looking for active holidays, the magnificent monasteries at Meteora are a place of wonder, and the beaches on the west coast of Greece are pristine and unspoiled.
Kid-friendly activities in Northern Greece – There are lots of outdoor activities for families available in Northern Greece, in addition to some of the most unique archaeological sites in Greece.
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