Greece Family Vacations
Best Time to Visit
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Best Time to Visit
Best Time to Visit Greece for Families
The best time to visit Greece for families is generally between late May to early September. During this window, you can enjoy Greece’s most ideal weather, including plenty of sunshine and very little rain. Traveling between May and early September will also allow you to make the most out of your kids’ vacation from school.
It is important to note that July and August are the peak summer months for Greece, so you can expect larger crowds during this time, especially in the most popular and frequented destinations, such as Mykonos, Santorini, and Rhodes.
Extreme heat can be a factor as well, especially when traveling with children, so you should be advised that Greece can get fairly hot during July and August. During this time Greece reaches temperatures between the 80s and 90s °F on a daily basis.
In addition to the summer heat, August 15th is a religious holiday in Greece, which means that everyone is on vacation, and crowds can be a factor. Therefore, a wise option might be to stick to traveling to smaller and less frequented islands during the peak seasons.
Greece is a versatile country that provides a plethora of educational and exciting experiences for families with small children and teenagers, such as nature hikes on an active caldera or kayaking.
Visit Lake Vouliagmeni
Witness this natural wonder located on the outskirts of Athens amid some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Lake Vouliagmeni is a well-known, natural phenomenon within the area, and its warm water is constantly being filled by thermal hot springs that bubble beneath it.
Sail around the Cycladic Islands
Spend the day with your family gliding along the ocean while discovering some of the world’s most secluded beaches. You can also snorkel in crystal-clear waters and bask in the Greek sunshine.
Be Captivated by the Kleftiko Caves
Explore the iconic Kleftiko Caves as you and your family are whisked away on a pirate-themed sailing tour that is suitable for all ages.
Travel Considerations for Families
When you are traveling to Greece with your family, the following list shares some helpful information regarding what to consider before your departure to ensure a stress-free trip.
The best way to avoid the intense heat of Greece’s summer months is by planning your trip between April and June or during September. This is also the best time to visit popular islands, such as Mykonos and Santorini, to avoid the throngs of tourists and crowds.
Greece does have bus and tram systems, especially in the larger cities like Athens. There are also a variety of ferries that regularly travel back and forth between most islands; however, such modes of transit may be stressful to navigate with things like strollers and small children. The ferries also provide limited services between October and March, especially to the smaller islands.
Renting cars is another option that is widely available in Greece. When traveling mainland Greece or on larger islands like Crete, renting a car provides the family with flexibility and the ease of traveling long distances at your own pace. The highways and roads are well-marked and maintained.
Luckily, when traveling to Greece on a family vacation, Zicasso eliminates every one of these possible hassles by handling your family’s transportation needs for you. Zicasso ensures that you have private transfers between all hotels, airports, and train stations at each destination.
Greece’s weather can vary, but the winters are quite mild and rarely get very cold. A pair of light pants, jeans, a light jacket, a few pairs of shorts, and an assortment of shirts or sundresses should be adequate to keep you warm on cooler nights and cool enough during the warmer days.
Greece’s most commonly used sockets are type C and F. You should not need an adapter, but purchasing a universal adapter is always handy. Bear in mind that Greece’s standard voltage is 230 V, so you may need a voltage converter for appliances that fall under this standard.
Greece has an abundance of pharmacies in most regions of the mainland, so you will have seamless access to your basic pharmaceutical needs should you forget something before flying. If you are traveling to a smaller island, access to such facilities may be more limited. It is best to research and plan ahead if traveling to these destinations.
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Making sure that you are carrying the appropriate travel documents is essential for any traveler when visiting Greece. For this reason, you should be sure to pack the proper paperwork to ensure the most pleasant and problem-free travel experience. Listed below are some of the most important documents to have on you while traveling as a family to Greece:
- Personal medical information (either on paper or on a smartphone app)
- Pertinent information regarding medical condition(s) from your doctor, especially including any medication that you are currently taking
- Emergency contact information
- Proof of airline tickets and reservations
- Customs forms and documents
- Hotel or accommodation reservations
- Travel and medical insurance
Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to provide requirements that are specific to your trip, although responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can change often with little to no notice, so it is wise to stay updated as your trip nears.
Finances & Tipping
Throughout Greece, traveling families should easily be able to find ATMs that readily accept a wide range of debit cards. Likewise, euros are accepted by vendors throughout the country. A good rule of thumb is to go to an ATM and withdrawal currency with your debit card, and then use that money for the majority of your purchases. Preferred cards in Greece tend to be Visa or Mastercard. As always, be sure to pay close attention to any fees that your home bank may charge at the ATMs for each withdrawal/transaction because these can add up if not monitored. It is also very important to contact your credit card company and inform them of your travels and to confirm that your card will indeed work overseas.
Regarding shopping, many vendors in Greece welcome haggling, so if you are feeling brave, take your shot at bartering for the best possible deal, especially at open markets. Be sure to pay attention to the prices that other people, especially locals, are paying to ensure that you are being given the same or similar prices. It should be noted that it is not customary to barter at reputable retailers.
Tipping in Greece is becoming a customary practice and is certainly appreciated but not obligatory. For further specifics on appropriate amounts if you want to tip hotel staff, waiters, guides, etc. on your Greece family tour can be provided by your Zicasso travel specialist.
Safety & Accessibility of Resources
Safety and Accessibility of Resources
Families with children and teenagers can feel confident when traveling to Greece because it is known as being a safe European country. As with any travel destination, it is important to exercise precaution, especially when taking the metro or public transportation system or visiting public marketplaces.
Despite occasional periods of unrest, as of July 2018, the United States Department of State does not discourage travelers from visiting the country. Greece does have instances of pick-pocketing and purse snatching, but these crimes most commonly occur in popular tourist areas and on public transportation.
Medical & First Aid
Although pharmacies are plentiful in most parts of Greece, and you will most likely be able to purchase first aid or medications during your family vacation. It is always wise to pack all of your necessities, including any and all specific medications that you and your children have obtained from your doctor. A sample of specific items that you should bring include:
- All prescription medications
- Specific or required over-the-counter medications
Water & Food Safety
As Greece is predominantly a modern European country, there are no specific precautions regarding food and health safety that should particularly concern families while they are traveling, such as clean water, etc. If you are traveling to the remote Greek Islands, researching the water and toilet facilities may be advisable. Otherwise, there is no need to worry about such details.
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