A mosaic of heavenly islands bathed in sunshine, Greece promises you a dream vacation by the sea. Dazzlingly alabaster villages, breathtaking cliffs, clear turquoise waters, sublime beaches and coves, archaeological remains and a rich cultural heritage, Greece is a land of contrasts where you can find postcard settings one after another. A multifaceted destination to explore at least once in a lifetime! From the Cyclades to the Sporades, from the Dodecanese to the Ionian Islands, Little Guest reveals its selection of the most beautiful Greek islands where you can escape with your family for a short or long stay. Each of the islands has a particular atmosphere, so it’s up to you to choose the one that will sweep you off your feet…
The Dodecanese gathers more than 160 islands and islets in the Aegean Sea, including Kos, one of the hidden gems of this archipelago. In addition to its lively nightlife, you can discover its ancient remains (Roman baths, Agora, Asclepion…), hike its beautiful shores or refresh yourself in its translucent waters under a delightful climate. Children will also have the time of their life in the Aquatica Water Park, the water park of the island, located in Kardamena.
Where to stay? At the Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel ***** of course! Built on a certified « Blue Flag » beach, this hotel is the best way to enjoy an unforgettable all-inclusive stay by the sea. The Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel promises rest, serenity and a change of scenery. It is ideally located a few steps from the city center and the archaeological sites of Kos. The children will also find everything they’re looking for at the kids-club and the teens-club where many activities are organized.
We linger a little longer on the Dodecanese to explore the sunny island of Rhodes, the largest island of the archipelago. Famous for having hosted one of the 7 Wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes, it ensures a magical immersion in the past. Between its medieval city registered in UNESCO, its port and its ramparts, the palace of the great masters and the castle of Mololithos, it promises a true journey through time. After a whole day spent discovering the island and its history, the kiddos deserve a swimming break. Located between two cliffs, the beach of Tsambika is ideal with its golden sand bordered by a warm, clear and shallow sea. Rhodes is an island that is sure to have something that every member of the family will like.
Where to stay? Little Guest recommends the Grecotel Lux Me Dama Dama ****! A breath away from the beach, this majestic hotel boasts its incredible outdoor pool and its high-end facilities: local flavoured restaurants, luxury spa and a dream setting in this multiple-aspects island have what it takes to seduce sun-craving families. Designed to please all the members of your tribe, the resort provides a kids-club (4 to 12 years old) and a teens-club (from 13 years old) with activities adapted to all ages (games, crafting, sporting and nautic activities). And if you are in the mood for a romantic getaway, the hotel offers a babysitting service to let you enjoy the island’s beauty.
Take a look at our practical guide to travel to Rhodes with your family.
Known as the « Island of the Gods« , Crete is the largest island in the Mediterranean and one of the largest in Greece. Wild lands, dream beaches and archaeological treasures, it is a destination made to combine relaxation and cultural discoveries. The beach of Elafonisi is perfect if you are looking for an unusual swimming place for the whole family. Indeed, it is a sandy beach with pinkish tones, unique flora and shallow waters. Take advantage of the sunset to enjoy a breathtaking show.
Where to stay? At the Domes Zeen Chania *****, in the old port city of Chania. Nestled in a green setting, it is a luxurious and intimate hotel dedicated to the well-being of its guests. You will find suites and villas with private pools and spacious gardens for the whole family or couples looking for a sophisticated and relaxing stay in Greece. Nursery, kids club, extensive children’s facilities and babysitting services rounds off the perfect package for a successful family vacation.
Take a look at our practical guide to travel to Crete with your family.
Located on the West Coast, the island of Zakynthos, also called Zacynthe, is part of the Ionian Islands archipelago. It is known for the heavenly beach of the Nagavio wreck which is certainly one of the most beautiful coves of all the Greek islands. A beach with a paradisiacal scenery and vibrant colors, this gem that can only be approached by sea. The view is best appreciated during a walk on its cliffs. The beauty of this island doesn’t stop there: you can also discover its deep blue underwater caves, visit its Venetian citadel or its port, cross the small and quaint villages of Zakynthos (Keri, Kiliomeno, Kambi…) and many other things.
Where to stay? Little Guest invites you to the Lesante Classic Luxury *****, a hotel located only a few meters from a long white sand beach. The rooms and suites are comfortable and elegant, and the Deluxe Family Room at the Lesante Classic Luxury is perfect for families with children. As for the staff, they guarantee their guests a smooth stay (concierge, free kids-club, swimming pool and pool for children, spa center accessible to adults and children…). A sublime setting for a luxurious, intimate and entertaining vacation with your family.
For an idyllic vacation in the Ionian Islands, head for the prettiest of islands: Corfu! Between the breathtaking panoramas, the Caribbean-like sea, the scattered whimsical villages or the small discreet coves, there is plenty to see. One thing you can’t miss during your time in this magnificent place, is a visit to the majestic rocky peaks of Meteora. A swim on the beaches of Paleokastrítsa and a visit to the historical center are also required to truly enjoy the Greek culture of Corfu.
Where to stay? Head to the MarBella Corfu *****, a charming hotel built near the shimmering Ionian Sea. Freshly renovated, it is surrounded by lush greenery and provides all the necessary comforts for a perfect stay. At the MarBella Corfu, families are spoiled for choice with kids’ clubs for all ages, a cushy wellness center, and plenty of fun with free family entertainment organized by the hotel. With the resort’s outdoor pools and private beach nearby, you can easily alternate between fresh and saltwater.
Take a look at our practical guide to travel to Corfu with your family.
Head to the Cyclades archipelago, a myriad of islands bathed in sapphire waters, to discover the beautiful Mykonos. Best known for its festive atmosphere, this destination has much more to offer than just wild parties until dawn. Explore its emblematic monument: the famous row of windmills then, get lost in the blanched streets of the Chora village. Visit the maritime museum of the Aegean Sea to learn more of the sea life, and end your day relaxing with your family on its heavenly beaches where snorkeling awaits the more adventurous.
Where to stay? At the Archipelagos Luxury Hotel *****! This luxurious hotel blends perfectly into the environment and offers a peaceful location facing the sea. From your room or suite, enjoy the fantastic view of the bay of Kalo that reflects in the decor inspired by the Cycladic architecture. A multitude of facilities are at your disposal: playground and baby-sitting service for children, wellness and fitness center for Mom and Dad…
An island naturally shaped over time by volcanic eruptions, Santorini is famous for its impressive cliffs, whitewashed houses and blue-roofed chapels. It is one of the most magical places in the Cyclades. Villages take root right by the water or on the side of the cliffs. Stroll through these postcard sceneries for an exotic vacation. When the sun sets, enjoy a splendid sunset that ignites the horizon. Diving enthusiasts will discover the translucent waters while gourmets will enjoy fresh fish in the Greek taverns. To better understand the origins of this island, don’t hesitate to visit the prehistoric museum and the archaeological museum.
Where to stay? Little Guest recommends the Andronis Arcadia Hotel *****, a quiet and intimate establishment, ideal for families. Built on the edge of the Oia River, the guests can enjoy about 50 suites with unparalleled comfort as well as a private pool and a beautiful living space. At the end of the day, marvel at the sunset from your room for a breathtaking spectacle. It is also a paradise for children who are spoiled upon arrival with a welcome gift, equipment and games.
It is in the Sporades archipelago that we discover the small island of Skiathos, a hidden gem with dreamy landscapes and an extraordinary coastline. Covered by a luxuriant nature where valleys and caves are hidden, incredible walks and bike rides await you. Excursions, sports, cultural discoveries, nightlife, swimming, relaxing… Whether you come for an active or peaceful vacation, Skiathos adapts to the tastes and desires of everyone.
Where to stay? Little Guest recommends the Princess Resort *****, a resort with a superb seaside location between green hills and long sandy beach. A sunny address where the rooms and suites offer a breathtaking view on the turquoise water. The many beaches around the resort will delight families who wish to practice water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, kayaking… While parents unwind at the spa, children can have fun during all of the fun activities offered by the two children’s clubs of the hotel.
And if you are traveling with baby, don’t forget to take a look at « Where to travel in Greece with your baby? ».
Enjoy your trip to the islands!
Mathilde, 22 years old, travel & writing lover, from Montpellier