Top 10 family vacations in Greece

Want to take the children to Greece, but not sure where to begin? Have a look at our best family vacations in Greece. There are a lot of activity vacations here – but that doesn’t mean things have to be high speed. Choose a multi activity adventure led by instructors who will keep everyone (and the environment) safe, sound and happy. Or dial things down with a kid-friendly cooking vacation, sailing trip, or retreat by the sea where you’ll get a chance to really relax into island life… al fresco movie nights included.

Read on to discover our top family vacations in Greece.

1. Luxury family-friendly villa, Ithaca

We were going to wax lyrical about this family-run island estate on Ithaca (infinity pool and outdoor cinema included)… but this rave review from our traveler Francesca says it all, really: “There were a lot of memorable things: from the beautiful scenery to the walk up to Odysseus’ palace, from the marine biology trip to the morning waffles, from the morning Pilates by the pool to the lovely ice cream in Frikes. But having asked all the family members, the most exciting thing was hiring a boat and exploring and discovering deserted coves on this beautiful, unspoilt island.”

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2. Active family vacation, Peloponnese

Pack your sense of adventure for this family activity vacation in the Peloponnese. It takes on gorgeous gorges, the white waters of Lousios River, kayak-friendly Kalamata and adds in a dash of free time for wandering around Tripoli or one of the myriad mythical sites crumbled throughout the countryside. Travel on a small group tour with other families or opt for a tailor made trip with just the right mix of activities for your squad.

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3. Scuba diving with the kids, Ithaca

Team up with the kids and earn your PADI diving qualifications off the island of Ithaca. Shipwrecks and a bevy of sea life, including octopuses, neon anemones and giant clams, can be spied in the glassy seas. Instructors are supportive pros well used to working with children – and pretty excited to share their love of scuba diving and the ocean with the next generation. Children must be 10 years old and up.

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4. Multi activity vacations for families, Cyclades

Spend a few days exploring Athens, where a local guide is on hand to reveal the hidden treasures in the shadow of the Parthenon, before voyaging to the Cyclades Islands just over the horizon. Go windsurfing, cycle sandy beaches and climb Venetian towers on Naxos, the biggest island in the Cyclades. Spending time amongst the medieval lanes and natural bays of laid-back Amorgos Island is another option (or even an ‘as well’ option, if you have a few extra days in hand).

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5. Vegan cooking & food vacation, Peloponnese

A cooking vacation for families doesn’t come along very often, let alone a vegan cooking vacation for families. But that’s Greece for you. The hosts of this Greek cooking vacation will welcome you like extended family. Expect relaxed cooking classes that can be tweaked for children, dinner under the olive trees, and mouth-watering masterclasses in how Greek food isn’t all moussaka and meatballs.

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6. Tailor made family vacation, Crete

There’s plenty of sun, sea and sand on this family vacation to Crete, including the chance to wade across the lagoon to see the sand dunes and loggerhead turtle breeding grounds of Elafonisi Island. But you’ll also have the chance to head further afield. Look beyond the coast to see griffon vultures wheeling above Deliana Gorge and seek out the best souvlaki in town on a trip to Chania.

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7. Family activity vacation, Rhodes

Spend quality time with your nearest and dearest in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Activities like scuba diving, watersports and horse riding are all run by local people who are experts in their craft – and who know exactly where the best sea-view paths and most peaceful beaches are. Happy memories (and faces) come as standard.

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8. Sailing vacation, Evia

Evia, the second-largest island in Greece, is your playground for this family sailing vacation. You’ll voyage with Captain Thanos aboard his caique, a traditional Greek fishing boat now decked out with eight cosy berths. The captain has sailed these waters since he was a child, so he’ll moor up in the best bays and reveal secret ruins and desert islands. There’s never far to go for a swim or snorkel, either – just take a leap off the prow.

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9. Sailing in a catamaran, Ionian Sea

And why not charter a yacht? It’s not the preserve of the uber-privileged when the yacht in question is a four-cabin sailing catamaran. These are more roomy than boats with a single hull, so there’s a bit more space for your family to spread out – though, realistically, everyone will probably want to spend as much time as possible in the water. The clear Ionian Sea is beckoning, and you can dry off on the islands: wine tasting, trying a spot of archery, and skimming white pebbles from little secret beaches. An experienced captain and crew will do the sailing, so you can do the sunbathing.

Our top trip: Family yacht charter sailing vacation in Greece
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10. Holistic retreat, Corfu

The whole family (furry friends too) is welcome at this peaceful retreat on Corfu, where you’ll embrace the simple life in excellent company. There’s a long line-up of wellness activities and art workshops. Alternatively, simply spend time as a family by the garden pool or in the flower-bedecked cottages lovingly restored from an old Venetian olive press. And thanks to your central spot in Corfu, the whole island is at your flip-flopped feet.

Our top trip: Corfu self catering cottages in Greece
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Photo credits: [Page banner: Alex Antoniadis] [1. Luxury family-friendly villa, Ithaca: Levendis Estate] [4. Multi activity vacations for families, Cyclades: Mystic Blue] [7. Family activity vacation, Rhodes: Arcas Travel] [10. Holistic retreat, Corfu: Casa Lucia Corfu]