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Top 6 Things to Do in Greece with Family

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Sailing the Agean Sea in Greece

By considering the following 5 things to do with kids in Greece, your family is guaranteed an unforgettable experience as you discover the many facets of the ancient landscape and culture that are fascinating, educational, and fun.

Delight in mythology in Delphi, walk the architectural wonder of the Acropolis in Athens, and play on sun-kissed beaches. Take a dip in the warm Mediterranean or sail around an idyllic island to discover more wonders of Greece and its famous islands.

Activities vary from those at sea to trails inland, above ground and below, to tasting Grecian delights. Here are a few key activities you can do with kids on your next Greek adventure.

Overview

  1. 1. Explore Percy Jackson’s Mythological Adventures
  2. 2. Sail the Sun-Kissed Aegean Sea
  3. 3. Uncover Architectural Adventures
  4. 4. Embrace Foodie Favorites
  5. 5. Delight in Hiking and Biking
  6. 6. Kayak across the Staggering Coastlines
  7. Learn More About What to Do on Your Greece Family Vacation

1. Explore Percy Jackson’s Mythological Adventures

View of the city of Naxos (Chora), the embankment and Mount Zeus in the background

Naxos, Greece

Follow the trails of one of today’s favorite heroes, Percy Jackson, as you learn about Greek mythology, Olympian gods, and architectural ruins that are simply mysterious and marvelous.

Envision the battle that took place once Percy and his friends reached Athens as you wander the Acropolis, and let an expert guide take you back in time when you visit historical places such as Delphi, Corinth, and Sounion. For the ultimate Percy Jackson immersion, take a run around the original Olympic Stadium, imagining you are victorious after defeating Nike, the Queen of Victory, as the characters did in “Blood of Olympus”.

Highlights: Acropolis and Parthenon | Temple of Delphi | Epidaurus Theater | The Labyrinth in Crete | Ancient Corinth | The Temple of Poseidon | Ruins of Aphrodite’s Sanctuary | Ideon Cave | Town of Nafplio

2. Sail the Sun-Kissed Aegean Sea

Acropolis at dusk, Athens

Acropolis, Athens

Head for the fishing villages and stroll across seaside promenades to piers where you will board private yachts, ferries, or speed boats to sail the sapphire seas of the Aegean that surround the Greek islands.

Glance across at the rocky headlands and pearl-white coastlines of family-favorites, such as the islands of Naxos, Paros, and Mykonos, taking in the natural beauty of these giant playgrounds. Explore the islands and sunset sails as cotton candy colors paint the sky, and dine in unique settings with the endless sea as your backdrop.

Highlights: Island of Crete | Island of Naxos | Island of Paros | Island of Santorini | Vouliagmeni Beach | Sounio Beach

3. Uncover Architectural Adventures

Santorini is the largest volcano island in the world.

Santorini

Greece is filled with marvelous monuments, ancient ruins, and architectural masterpieces, and exploring these with kids is always fun and educational. From the Acropolis in Athens to the Meteora Monasteries, the captivating theater at Epidaurus, and the over 70 architectural wonders in Olympia.

You can also explore Knossos Palace on Crete, gaze at the blue and white buildings of Santorini, wind your way through the cobbled streets and lanes of Plaka, or take in traditional houses and lively restaurants in Monastiraki in Athens, stepping into the beautiful mansion that houses the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments.

Highlights: Parthenon and Acropolis | Meteora | Delphi Temple | Ancient Theater of Epidaurus | Original Olympic Stadium | Palace of Knossos | Akrotiri

4. Embrace Foodie Favorites

Temple of Athena, Delphi

Temple of Athena, Delphi

Sampling local cuisine wherever you go is a highlight of any vacation and kids love to experience the flavors and textures of sweet and savory delights.

Take your children on a palate-pleasing adventure by exploring the taste of great Greek traditional treats such as loukoumades, Greek donuts, and delicious gyros or juicy meatballs.

Visit local markets, taking in the hustle and bustle of your surroundings, and get to know the key ingredients used in daily Greek cuisine. Partake in cooking classes and discover hidden talents while creating delicious dishes to be enjoyed in destination and recreated once you get home.

Highlights: Varvakeios Market | Cretan Cooking Classes | Vioma

5. Delight in Hiking and Biking

Loukoumades,Greece

Loukoumades,Greece

Discovering destinations by foot offers kids the chance to explore a variety of areas and enjoy views from various angles, as well as being a great form of exercise, of course. Walking trails lined with flowers and trees or sandy pathways weave their way around Greece’s mainland and its islands, some flat, some requiring a bit more effort, but all intriguing and inviting.

Being outdoors in extraordinary destinations is a highlight of any adventure and Greece offers children plenty of opportunities to walk or cycle from one great site to another, whether it be hiking down to a gorge or cycling around Plaka

Highlights: Peloponnese | Fira to Oia | Athenian Plaka | Samaria Gorge Trail | Paros Park | Naxos Island

6. Kayak across the Staggering Coastlines

Sunset, Santorini

Sunset, Santorini

Kayaking proves one of the most popular ways to witness the rugged beauty of Greece. Paddle across the calm, crystal-clear waters past imposing rock formations to caves carved into the cliffs over centuries.

Continue around forested headlands to hideaway beaches, where you may jump off your kayaks into the temperate waters and peek below the surface to see the marine life swimming amongst the coral. You and your family will adore your time freely gliding across the Aegean Sea to castaway shores and dazzling reefs around popular islands such as Milos and Skopelos.

Highlights: Milos | Thessaly | Thrace | Skopelos | Crete

Learn More About What to Do on Your Greece Family Vacation

Mom and daughter walk along the embankment of Paros

Paros,Greece

Greece provides so much more than sun-tanning and water sports, offering a rich history that will captivate your children’s curious minds and allow them to get lost in a mythological adventure as they walk in the steps of ancient gods and ruins.

A fun and fulfilling destination, find out more about what Greece has to offer you and your family with our Greece Travel Guide. To get started on your Greek trip, fill out a Trip Request or call our team at 1-888-265-9707 to speak with a Greece travel specialist.

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