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Top 5 Places to Visit on a Greece Family Vacation

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Mother and son at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Boasting immaculate islands and bustling cities, with plenty of family-friendly activities, Greece is a must-visit country with marvelous destinations suitable for families of all ages.

Dreams of sailing the sparkling Aegean Sea, images of the Acropolis towering over Athens, postcard-perfect memories of the glinting coastline of Crete, and moments spent exploring the culinary delights of Santorini will make your family vacation in Greece memorable.

From the Crete villages to Athens' vibrant districts, you can explore the ancient wonders and modern charms of the following brilliant destinations during your Greece family vacation.

1. Astonishing Adventures in the Ancient Capital | Athens

Whether wandering beneath the imposing stone columns of the monumental Acropolis or perusing the Plaka for a taste of traditional Greek cuisine, Athens is the gateway to the country’s ancient stories and modern culture. You and your family can learn about the myths of Ancient Greece at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, envision the century-old Olympic performances at the Panathenaic Stadium, and view the treasures of the National Archaeological Museum and other museums during your stay. Culinary tours and cultural immersion will complete your family-friendly adventures in Athens.

Highlights of Athens: The Acropolis | The Parthenon | The Temple of Olympian Zeus | The Plaka | National Archaeological Museum

2. Capture the Cycladic Charms of Greece | Santorini

Santorini will delight and dazzle you and your family as you encounter the Cycladic crown jewel of the Aegean Sea and explore its traditional charms, from the seaside to the geothermal caldera. Sensational seafood is served at stylish restaurants overlooking the azure waters, mezze platters are enjoyed alongside views of the cascading vineyards, and evening sails show off the endless beauty of the seas surrounding the rugged island of Santorini. You and your family will explore charming villages, hike the volcanic mountains, and swim in the sparkling turquoise waters of castaway beaches.

Highlights of Santorini: Santorini village tour | Views of the caldera | Hiking the volcanic landscape | Wine tasting | Akrotiri

3. Exploring the Diversity of the Greek Islands | Crete

The fabulous island of Crete boasts ancient wonders, spectacular beaches, and magnificent wildernesses for you and your family to discover during your vacation. The challenging but rewarding hike through the enormous Samaria Gorge is a thrilling experience for families with teens, the white sands and turquoise waters of Elafonisi Beach are a great place to relax with your younger children, and the Knossos Palace is a century-old archaeological site where you and your family will delve into the colorful ancient culture of the Greek islands.

Highlights of Crete: Knossos Palace | Samaria Gorge | Elafonisi beach | Spinalonga Island | Rethymnon’s Old Town

4. Relaxation and Greek Island-Style Living | Naxos

The Cycladic island of Naxos is well worth a stop on your family vacation in Greece as its gorgeous towns are typical of stunning Greek photography, its beaches wrap magnificent coastlines, and historic landmarks pepper the rocky mountain landscape. You will visit the impressive marble frame of Portara and snap up the spectacular seaside scenes, stroll through the colorful lanes of Old Town and shop boutiques for souvenirs, and lay back on the soft sands of Blue Flag beaches stretching for miles along the sun-washed Naxos coastline.

Highlights of Naxos: Portara | Old Town | Agios Prokopios Beach | Mikri Vigla | Museum and culture tour

5. The Bustling and Breathtaking Beach Paradise | Mykonos

One should not overlook the popular and crowded shores of Mykonos when planning the perfect family vacation in Greece. During the spring and autumn months the summer crowds disperse and will give you more freedom to explore what makes Mykonos magical. You will capture scenes of the iconic windmills spinning above the glistening seas, stroll down cobblestone streets in search of sumptuous Greek mezze, visit archeological sites that trace back centuries, and invite the sunlight to wash over you as you lounge on pristine beaches while your kids play in the water. A day trip to Delos will share incredible Olympian Greek mythology.

Highlights of Mykonos: Mykonos Windmills | Delos | Matogianni Street | Old Harbor | Platis Gialos Beach

Find Where Your Family Should Visit

These must-visit family destinations in Greece show off the breathtaking natural beauty of the islands, immense history that unravels from the impressive ancient monuments, and mouth-watering Mediterranean culinary traditions. Our Greece Family Vacations can take you to these magnificent places and beyond as you discover what makes the Mediterranean special. For more information on Greek travel browse our Greece Travel Guide or chat with a Greece travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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