Top 5 Destinations in Greece For A Family Holiday

By Salmah Shahnawaz | 11, Jun, 2018
Top 5 Destinations in Greece For A Family Holiday

Blue sunny skies and even bluer seas, you can’t go wrong with Greece as your holiday destination. Greece is wonderful with its weather, food, culture, and hospitality at any time of the year. If you recall any movie that centered around or took place in Greece, you would realize that for the Greek, it’s all about family, which makes it the perfect family-friendly destination. 

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With a whole range of islands to choose from, you won’t be left wondering what to see and do in Greece. It is not just water sports that are expected to hold your child’s fancy, but a vast array of interests like nature and wildlife, history, the delight of picking their own fresh produce, and of course the many options of water activities that are on offer. In all of the islands mentioned, you will find some of the best family resorts in Greece that takes care of your needs as a parent as well as your child’s.

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1) Rhodes, Dodecanese Islands

One of the best places to go in Greece for families, Rhodes always fall on the top of this list. It is one of the more popular and most-visited islands because it has a little something for everyone. Beautiful golden beaches line shallow waters that are safe for your children to roam in and are well-maintained. Hotels and resorts come with all-inclusive packages that allow you to keep your child entertained, babysitting, and delicious meals at your fingertips in a selection of restaurants and cafés.

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It gives true meaning to the term sit back and relax as everything is tended to. Rhodes also has a UNESCO World Heritage town on the island that gives you a peek at ancient history and brings all those movies to life. Being the largest of the Dodecanese islands, it has a lot of Islamic history so it’s a great place for some Muslim-friendly travel to Greece.

There is a Muslim library opposite the Mosque of Suleiman, as well as a Halal restaurant called Lithos between the two. If nature is more your thing, take your family to Butterfly Valley, the only place in the world where thousands of butterflies come to spend the last stage of their life resting and conserving energy. This happens in later May, so plan your trip around it if it’s a must-visit on your list.

 
Address: Rhodes 851 06, Greece
Opening Hours: 8AM to 6PM (Everyday)
Contact: +30 2241 082822
 


2) Corfu, Ionian Islands

If you want a budget holiday that is still spectacular, head for Corfu. The town is so small that it only takes you 40 minutes to explore it end-to-end by bike, but it is home to amazing olive groves, orchids, cypresses and other flora that gives it its nickname of Garden Isle. Kassiopi Villa allows for the perfect Halal trip to Greece as the dense olive trees that surround it give the place total privacy granting a hijab-free holiday.

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The varied beaches on the coast mean you can go swimming in the shallow sea of Sidari, explore sheltered pebble coves near Paleokastritsa, or take advantage of sandy Glyfada. The Old Town is another UNESCO World Heritage site home to French, Venetian and British monuments that is a popular tourist spot. Summers means open-air cinemas which are a perfect end to a blissful day for adults and children alike.

3) Crete

Home to the longest summer in Greece being in the Southern part of the country, Crete has sun and fun for everyone! Some of the oldest civilizations were present here, remnants of which can still be seen here. Parts of the Minoan’s civilization were reconstructed and is now accessible to children, making it the perfect family adventure. It has many spots of ancient history, but the Palace of Knossos is probably the most popular, so be sure to not miss it.

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Greece’s largest island has some of the best products which mean it has some of the best food! Enjoy the simple pleasures of its many beaches as well as the olive groves from which the best Greek olive oil is sent forth into the world. Daois Cove Luxury Resort has private villas which are perfect for family holidays where you want to be away from the crowd and make all the noise you want.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino was voted one of the best family luxury resorts in the country and is also a great choice if you have children as they offer a playground and activity center, bowling alley, games center, several swimming pools and more. Even if you don’t stay at the Westin, do visit the waterpark in Chania with Disneyland games and huge waterslides.

4) Zakynthos, Ionian Islands

Azure seas, impressive cliffs, and lush vegetation invite you to lose yourself in them. Zakynthos is the perfect spot if you have teenagers as the Peligoni Club offers activities all day long for families with teens. Not as crowded as some of the more popular islands, but still busy enough to make new friends, the most favored spot is Shipwreck bay which can only be reached by boat as sports some imposing cliffs.

Peligoni Club

Address: Άγιος Νικόλαος, Ag. Nikolaos 291 00, Greece
Contact: +44 20 8740 3001
Website: www.peligoni.com



Explore the pine forests away from the beach that is protected from development as it is meant to be a secure area for loggerhead turtles. In addition to discovering how to save the turtles, observe the world underwater at Marine Park. Villa Bozonos is a great selection for a large family as it offers a pool and total seclusion from the outside world.

5) Alonissos, Sporades Islands

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Welcome to some of Greece’s cleanest seas. More natural, rustic and serene than its neighboring islands, Alonissos is brimming with springs, olive groves, orchards, pine forests, and plenty more that make for expert resident herbalists and the island even hosts a homeopathy academy.

If you are looking for a place to take things slow and explore nature at its best, Alonissos makes for the best family holiday. The Marine Parks are always a good spot to take your children – to keep them entertained as well as informed of the world around them. At Alonissos, they can adopt a new-born baby monk seal!

When it comes to Halal travel to Greece, Athens has the highest concentration of Muslims and thus more widely available Halal food, fresh seafood is your best bet when on any of these islands! What better than knowing it came straight from your back door (the ocean) to your plate? Yum! Vegetarian options won’t disappoint you either. Greece family holidays are the best kind because there is something for everyone, and all those blue seas just can’t get you down!

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Salmah Shahnawaz is an avid reader, travel enthusiast, and a busy body in general. Mostly you will find her daydreaming about her next getaway, nursing a mug of coffee; or with her nose in a book when she can spare the chance.