Greece with your teens – Top things to do in Greece with your teens
Traveling with teens can often be a tricky thing, especially when it comes to finding a balance of things to see and do which will please everyone. Fortunately, Greece is a very easy country to visit with your teens! Here’s just a few suggestions of the top things to do in Greece with your teens.
1. Explore the colorful street art
Let’s start off in the Greek capital! Athens is known for its vibrant street art scene, and many travel from far to discover this unique form of art that young people have used for years as a way to express themselves in a climate of economic turmoil. As the art is constantly changing, finding the best street art in Athens is best done on a guided tour. Try our Athens street art walking tour, or even see street art in athens from a bike. You will get to see fascinating and politically-charged graffiti but also colorful designs that will surely interest your kids (and maybe end up on your teen’s phone as a screen saver).
2. Segway Tours
One of the most enjoyable and fun ways of seeing the sites of Athens is on a Segway tour. Following the pedestrianized streets which run through the historic center, you will get to see the heart of Ancient Athens from a very unique angle. You can choose from joining a group tour, or even having your own private family tour. There are also special tours available which include a food tour by Segway, and an Athens Segway Night Tour. Find out more here – Segway Tours in Athens.
3. Opt for a dual destination
You are visiting a country home to between 1200 and 6000 islands and with an extensive coastline, so take advantage of that and include some water fun in your agenda. If you are staying in the Greek capital, Athens, or even the country’s second city, Thessaloniki, both are located by the sea, so you can incorporate some days of fun at sea with plenty of sightseeing and cultural outings. You can even take sailing trips to some of the nearby islands such as Kea.
4. Explore the great Greek outdoors
Greece may be known for its beaches and islands, but it is a mountainous country. With high, rugged peaks covering the territory, it is a country ideal for hikers and trekking enthusiasts. Central and northern Greece, as well as the Peloponnese and Crete are ideal for a mountain biking holidays while exploring small villages and historical sites, such as Meteora and its fascinating boulder-perched monasteries or the mighty mountain of Olympus where you can hike some of the easiest peaks before deciding to relax a few days by the coast the next day. Furthermore, many islands offer visitors the perfect combination of sea and sun with nature and mountain fun.
5. Get sporty
Kids and teenagers have a lot of energy, and being in the country where the Olympic Games were born is an excellent excuse to tap into that overabundance of energy to put it to good use! Make your life easier and pick a family resort with a tennis court, swimming pools or a water park so that your teens can socialize with other youngsters in a safe environment. If club holidays are not your thing, choose a bungalow or a villa by the beach near a surf center where you children can take part in a few windsurfing lessons with trained experts and learn while having fun and making new friends.
6. Get cultural
Visiting museums and archaeological sites can be a bit dull for teens so try to find sites that will peak their interest. Why don’t you include a visit to ancient Olympia so you can show your kid where the Olympic Games started? Or if you are in Athens, make sure to stop by the marble stadium, or Kalimarmaro, where the modern Olympic Games of 1886 were held too and let your teen run the track and be an athlete for a little bit. Find interesting tours with guides specialized to a younger audience, for example, just like our Percy Jackson tours, that take you through the sanctuary of Delphi, the Minotaur’s Labyrinth or to the cave where Zeus is said to be born.
7. Get your hands dirty
A fun way to get your children and teens interested in a new culture is through food. Take advantage of the many culinary tours and cooking lessons available and get your hands dirty while learning how to cook new recipes that you can reproduce once you are home for a fun weekday dinner for example. Don’t be afraid to experiment new flavors and expand their taste buds by exploring the local markets where you will all surely enjoy a moment where all your senses will be heightened.
8. Shop local
A visit to Greece includes inevitably the quick souvenir shopping session. This is your chance to show your teenagers the local craftsmanship. Leather goods, such as leather sandals, for example, are some of the best souvenirs girls can bring home and they don’t take too much space in the suitcase. You will find many artisans in the small boutiques along alleys in the main villages in islands or in the center of major cities. Nowadays, young Greek designers have set up trendy souvenirs stores with modern and innovative souvenirs that will surely seduce teens, such as tote bags, colorful tees or keychains. Forget the big malls or commercial centers and opt instead for smaller boutiques and shops.
9. Rent a villa with some friends on an island
There are many advantages for self-catering accommodation for your holidays. You are free to do pretty much anything you want and can alternate nights out or homecooked dinners (and even barbecues) or start your day whenever you feel like it. If you plan to visit Greece with some friends who have children of the same age, this may be the ideal situation as your teens won’t be bored of their minds and will be able to go to the beach or go on an afternoon shopping spree with someone else while being nearby. Renting a villa in Corfu, Rhodes or Crete is just ideal as you can combine a stay near a bigger city so your teens don’t feel isolated from civilization.
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