Best Greek Islands for Family Holidays
With hundreds of islands to choose from, there really is a holiday for everyone on offer in the Greek archipelago, from clubbers to retirees.
But what about holidays in Greece for families? Monarch.co.uk have a wide range of cheap holidays on the most popular Greek islands, so you don’t need to stress about cost.
The main thing to worry about is choosing an island with plenty of lovely beaches and quiet resorts to suit young children and parents seeking some down time alike. Let’s take a look at three of the best for family holidays in the sun:
A perennially popular destination with Brits, Corfu has many English speakers working in restaurants and hotels, making it easy for families.
What’s particularly nice about Corfu is that the majority of the island is free from large-scale development – with the emphasis very much on enjoying a laid-back holiday, free from hordes of drunken 18 to 30-year-olds that plague some of the other Greek islands.
There are many attractive villages dotted around the coastline where you can eat in welcoming tavernas serving up tasty Greek dishes such as fresh fish and moussaka, often with a side of chips.
A wide range of different beaches are on offer, from pebbly ones with crystal clear water in the north-east that are perfect for swimming, to sandier ones on the more exposed west coast, where the water can be a bit more choppy.
Family attractions include Aqualand, not far from Corfu Town, where you’ll find many water slides and pools for a fun-filled day in the sunshine, while the capital itself is well-worth a visit to check out its shops and museums.
As one of the largest of the Greek Islands, Rhodes offers a number of different types of holiday. While there are plenty of places for 20-somethings to party the night away, such as the resort of Faliraki, there are equally just as many quieter towns where families can relax and enjoy each other’s company.
These include the town of Pefkos, which has a lovely sandy beach and a good selection of bars and restaurants, and the historic town of Lindos, with its cobbled streets and whitewashed stone houses. However, even Faliraki can cater perfectly well to families looking for somewhere more lively, with its long sandy beach and water park. There’s no obligation to go clubbing!
If you thought Rhodes had plenty of choice, wait until you check out the options available in Crete, Greece’s largest and most populous island.
One of the best locations in Crete for families is the small fishing town resort of Elounda on the northern coast of the island. This welcoming destination has a lovely sandy beach for sunbathing, offers boats trips to the nearby island of Spinalonga, is close to a number of historical attractions and is just a 45 minutes drive from the Acqua Plus water park.
Another lovely spot is Amoudara, whose wonderful, clean sandy beach and clear waters are perfect for a family day out, while the town itself has a wide range of dining options. There are also some bars and nightclubs if you’re going with your grown up children and they fancy heading out alone after spending the day with their parents.