The islands of Greece have such allure. Choosing the right island for your family holiday on one of those islands, however, takes a little thought and planning. For example, some of the islands, such as Santorini and Mykonos, are more geared towards entertainment for grown-up holidaymakers.
If you’re planning to take a holiday to Greece this year, the islands of Corfu and Crete have a wealth of family-friendly offerings, guaranteeing that your time together will be unforgettable.
Corfu is one of Greece’s most popular islands and while there is plenty to keep adults entertained, it has a distinctly family-friendly feel.
The stunning beach of Agios Gordios is teaming with family-friendly restaurants and the town even has a small playground in its centre. If however, your children are a little older, Paleokastritsa could be a great bet, with the nearby Corfu Aquarium offering kids the opportunity to see some amazing marine life, as well as hold snakes and lizards.
Aside from spending family time together on the beach, Corfu is packed full of opportunities for kids, with jet skis, pedalos, banana rides and parasailing for your older children. Pony, donkey and horse rides are also available for the little ones on the beach in Avlaki, Kassiopi.
No family trip to Corfu would be complete without a day out at Aqualand Park, considered one of the premier water parks in Europe. It’ll make for an adrenaline-packed day out that your kids will never forget.
While the weather in Corfu is, on the whole, conducive to playing in the outdoors, if you have young children, it’s imperative to book your holiday through a high-quality travel agent such as Co-operative Travel, which will ensure that your hotel offers an excellent kids club, to keep your children entertained should the weather take a turn for the worse.
Crete is the most diverse of the Greek islands, offering families a wealth of opportunities, from relaxing on the island’s sweeping, sandy beaches, to discovering the rich history of the island; it is the perfect hybrid holiday destination that combines relaxation and adventure.
The resorts of Hersonissos and Agios Nikolaos provide the perfect setting for any family holiday. Away from the beaches, families can take a pirate ship day cruise from Rethymno, enjoy a wide range of water sports, or take a trip to the AquaWorld Aquarium in Hersonnisos, where you children will get up close and personal with snakes, alligators, stingrays, and turtles.
Once you’re done with all the adrenaline pumping action, discovering Crete’s rich history is another adventure in itself. If you’re taking your family to Crete this year, Knossos has to be an integral part of your historical tour. The cobblestoned streets and striking ruins are awe-inspiring in themselves, but hearing the legend of the Minotaur, who is said to have lived in the Palace, is a tale that will captivate children of all ages.