The southeastern European country of Greece has been a much-loved travel destination among travellers from all around the globe. The beautiful islands, the enchanting history, the ancient monuments, the iconic sites and the long stretches of beaches make Greece into a country where people visit again and again to explore all of its beauty. There are simply a ton of visit-worthy places in Greece and a lot of things to explore. Along with the historic sites, it’s the seaside cities and beaches which make this country truly enticing for people. These coastal towns and cities are perfect for visiting with your family members and have a great family beach holiday in Greece. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to plan your vacation to Greece with your family. Don’t forget your beach gear!
When to visit
Greece is a country with almost impeccable weather throughout the whole year. The country enjoys a lot of sunshine and moderate temperature almost all the time. However, the summer months are probably the most popular time to visit this country. Tourists from all over the world flock over to Greece during the summer months to enjoy a lovely vacation by the beach. And this popularity is the exact reason why you should avoid coming to Greece during the summer months. Starting from the beaches to the tourist attractions, all the places remain way too crowded during the high season from this huge influx of tourists. Prices also tend to stay way too high during this period, i.e. the months of May to August. The Easter period is also considered as high season, so you should avoid that time too if you want to experience the true beauty of Greece.
In our opinion, as the weather remains pleasant during the whole year, it is best to avoid the steep prices and crowds of the peak season, and head to Greece with your family during the shoulder season. The months of April, September and October are considered to be the shoulder season in Greece. During this time, the number of tourists is relatively less and thus the prices of accommodation are cheaper too. You will get to wander around the beautiful country of Greece at your own pace when you visit this country during these months. That is why this is the best time when you can travel to Greece for a vacation, in our opinion.
Where to go
Athens, the capital of Greece, is a city which is mandatory in every Greece itinerary. No matter if you are travelling to the country alone or with your family, whether you are interested in history or you are interested in a beach vacation, you simply cannot miss this city of wonders when you visit Greece. The city is full of historic monuments and landmarks dating back to the 5th century. Starting from iconic sites like Parthenon, the Temple of Poseidon to the museums and the neighbourhoods filled with history, Athens will awe you will all its glory in every step of your way. There are a lot of beaches in and around Greece as well where you can spend some relaxing time with your family as well.
Being the largest island of Greece, Crete is a place which is perfect for a family seaside vacation. It is one of such island destinations where you will find many other things to do apart from spending time on the beaches. Once home to the ancient Minoan Civilisation, Crete is full of historic sites. The island also houses some really important Greek mythological sites. Starting from y white beaches to the White Mountains, the varied landscape of Crete will sure make your family vacation fun and delightful.
One of the best places to spend a seaside family vacation in Greece is the Santorini Islands. It is certainly the most recognised seaside destination of the entire country of Greece. Santorini will blow you away with its unique landscapes, romantic sunsets and magnificent volcanic features. The water is home to numerous multicoloured reefs full of colourful marine animals which make it a great place to try out watersports like scuba diving, snorkelling etc. You can carry your own equipment, or you can easily rent them at the beach itself.
One of the most popular Greek island destinations among families and couples, Mykonos is a place which you must visit when you are travelling to Greece with your family. The prices on this island are on a bit steeper side, but the peace and calm, the breathtaking views, the lovely restaurants and the awesome beaches do make up for it.
Another awesome place which you can visit in Greece for a lovely seaside vacation with your family is Corfu Islands. The island is popular as a beautiful beach destination among almost every kind of people, starting from backpackers to luxury tourists to romantic couples. Although Corfu is particularly popular for its nightlife, there are a lot of places inland where you can spend some quiet and relaxing time with your family.
What to do
Explore the beaches
When you are travelling with your family to spend some time by the sea, it is obvious that you will be spending a lot of time on the beaches. And the beaches of Greece will not let you down. No matter where you visit, you will be flooded with options in regards to beaches. Starting from really popular, busy stretches to secluded, hidden beaches, Greece has it all. You can also enjoy a lot of watersports while you spend your time on these beaches.
Even if you visit Greece particularly to spend a seaside vacation, it is highly advisable that you explore the city of Athens and its historical wonders. Do not forget to visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Temple of Poseidon while you are here. You can also take a day trip to Delphi from Athens. A trip to this UNESCO certified World Heritage Site will surely blow you away with its magnificence.
Experience the party in Ios
The island of Ios is said to have the wildest nightlife in Greece, and it will be a shame if you don’t experience it. Keep your kids in the room and head out to experience the best party you have seen in your life. The island is also full of Instagram-worthy places which you can explore with your family.
Eat some Greek food
The Greek cuisine is popular all over the world for the beautiful dishes they produce. You have to experience some of the authentic Greek dishes while you spend your time in this country. Walk down the streets and indulge in a journey through the Greek food trail. Eat your heart out at the various cafes and restaurants you can find beside the streets, and taste some of the local delicacies to truly experience the Greek culture.