The Best Greek Islands for Beach Vacations with Kids

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If you wish to experience a family beach vacation in the Best Greek islands for kids, combining leisure on the beach, family fun and hands-ons activities for your little ones, here is a customizable family trip itinerary in the highlights of the Greek islands for families! This itinerary includes a short stay in Athens, and the islands of Paros and Santorini and is particularly designed for families with toddler and kids, who are interested in spending their Greek vacation by the water, on sandy kid-friendly beaches.

Highlights of the Greek Islands for Families 

Here is your chance to discover the best places to visit in Greece for a relaxing family beach vacation! Wind your way through the bustling destinations of Athens, Paros and Santorini with the best Greece trip itinerary for both adults and kids. Explore the cultural face of Athens and indulge yourself in the titanic ancient history that your expert kid-friendly guides will introduce you to. Discover why Greek islands are so popular and enjoy the must-have family activities in the best Greek destinations for a relaxing family vacation in Greece!  

In this family trip itinerary in the Greek islands’ highlights for kids, MAMAKITA family travel designers propose a family-friendly itinerary ideal for toddlers and school age kids that includes the Cycladic Islands of Paros and Santorini, as well as the best activities and experiences to enjoy during your stay in Greece with kids. Make your request for this 10-day family-oriented itinerary and explore the kid-friendliest Paros, the famous & cosmopolitan Santorini, as well as the mythology gems of Athens. 

Need some help in trip planning by the best family travel agents in Greece? MAMAKITA family travel specialists can customize this Greek islands highlights for families itinerary according to your preferences, age of kids, travel pace and budget. Enjoy your family trips in Greece without worrying about family friendly accommodation or kid-friendly tours and activities by making your request here. 

In Brief

  • Day 1: Arrive in Athens & explore Plaka district 
  • Day 2: Athens Private Mythology Tour for Families & Walk in the Ancient Athens Hills  
  • Day 3: Be an Olympic Athlete for a Day, Afternoon Walk in the National Garden with Kids 
  • Day 4: Travel to Paros, Free Day on the Beach
  • Day 5: Boat trip to Panteronissia Islands & the Blue Lagoon 
  • Day 6: Naxos Day Trip from Paros 
  • Day 7: Explore Paros Villages & Farm-to-Table Lunch on Paros
  • Day 8: Travel to Santorini & Trace the Best View Spots in the Caldera
  • Day 9: Private Tour of Santorini for Families 
  • Day 10: Santorini Fishing Day-Trip 

Detailed Family Trip Itinerary in the Greek Islands for kids 

Day 1: Arrive in Athens & explore Plaka district 

Land in Athens, the capital of Greece, a city with 3-thousand-year history and allow some time to align with its cultural vibes.  After settling into your hotel, ideal for your family, located downtown with all of the city’s comforts, enjoy the generous Attica sun with a walk in the oldest and most charming districts of the city: Plaka. Indulge yourself in a vibrant neighborhood with beautiful neoclassical architecture, where the combination of the old with modern comes to its best expression. If you are in the mood, you can enjoy a “treasure hunt” in Plaka and wander “with a purpose” in the cobbled streets with the artisan shops and discover the Mediterranean cuisine in one of the many good restaurants offered, in the shadow of the Parthenon.

Day 2: Athens Private Mythology Tour for Families & Walk in the Ancient Athens Hills  

Discover the highlights of Athens’ ancient history the Acropolis Hill and the Acropolis Museum, on a private guided tour especially geared towards families. Together with a kid-friendly guide and while listening to myths and stories, view Parthenon complete with its decorations and even step inside to see the giant golden ivory statue of the goddess Athena! Using an AR tablet or VR goggles, you can visualize all Acropolis temples and statues as they were 2000 years ago. As you walk around the heritage site you can enjoy the temples that has not survived through the centuries, like the temple of Zeus, the temple of Diana the 9m statue of Athena Promakhos and many others. Stand by the Parthenon Priest or the Priestess of Nike temple while she is pouring olive oil on the altar!

As it gets warmer, it’s time to visit the Acropolis Museum! With the guidance of an experienced educator, toddlers discover the Acropolis Museum with drama games, educational material and crafts. They listen to Greek myths, explore the city’s past, meet the Karyatides, draw their observations and indulge in a role-playing game with Goddless Athena and God Poseidon, while parents enjoy their guided tour or free time in the Museum or the terrace restaurant.

After the mythology tour, enjoy a delightful walk in the Ancient Athens Hills, Areopagus (Mars Hill), the Hill of the Muses (Philopappos), Pnyx Hill and the Hill of the Nymphs (where the National Observatory is located), to immerse your senses in the amazing views, the serenity of nature and the harmonious co-existence of the modern city with ancient marbles. End your stroll at a themed pastry shop in Psirri neighborhood that your kids will love.

Day 3: Be an Olympic Athlete for a Day, Afternoon Walk in the National Garden with Kids 

Try your skills as an Olympic athlete at the very venue where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896, a worldwide symbol of noble competition and fair play, of mind and of body, since Antiquity. After you warm up, you will race around the arena in the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro meaning fine marble, as it is the only one in the world made entirely of marble. 

Next, wander through the National Garden, a vision of the first Queen of Greece Amalia who loved trees and flowers to explore the city’s verdant corners! A family walk at the National Garden amidst palm trees and the sounds of birds – mainly peacocks, as you will soon realize- is refreshing and educational all year round! There is a children’s playground, a small zoo and a traditional coffee shop where you can grab something to drink or eat.   

In the afternoon, you can opt for a family interactive visit to Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek technology, where you can explore the “Smart Home” of Ancient Greeks. Were there ecological alarms or automatic clocks? How did they measure time? Was it possible for a mirror to move up and down and play the music? Was there an ingenious jug that could serve water, wine or both?

From Kolonaki, Lycabettus hilltop, the highest point in Athens, is only 7 minutes away with the cable car.

Day 4: Travel to Paros, Free Day on the Beach

Travel to Paros, one of the most popular island destinations in Greece for family trips, where pretty blue-and-white houses and steep, narrow cobbled streets in the villages and towns are never far from a fantastic stretch of a golden sandy beach. After settling in at your beachfront hotel, enjoy a leisurely day with your family soaking up the sun and swimming in the beautiful Aegean sea’s waters. Pick one of the child-friendly beaches, relax and lay back and savor a day under the sun. 

Day 5: Boat trip to Panteronissia Islands & the Blue Lagoon 

Embark on a boat trip to Panteronissia Islands and the Blue Lagoon between Paros and Antiparos. Dive along with your kids in the crystal-clear waters and create unforgettable memories. When it’s time to gratify your belly, indulge in some fresh fruit and drinks that will be served onboard. When you return to the picturesque harbor of Alyki, enjoy your seafood dinner from the catch of the day!

Day 6: Naxos Day Trip from Paros 

Naxos is an impressive island known for its archaeological findings, beaches, endless fine marble, and lucky enough it’s the closest island to Paros! Take one of the frequent ferries that run between the islands and discover at your own pace Chora, Naxos’ Old Town, its old Venetian quarter and Portara, a marble gate from an unfinished temple dedicated to Apollo. Next, take a dip in the turquoise-hued waters at one of Naxos’ sandy beaches or drive through the authentic mountainous villages.

 Day 7: Explore Paros Villages & Farm-to-Table Lunch on Paros

Relish the most breathtaking view of the world renown Paros beach Kolymbithres from up the hill and the serenity of an organic farm overlooking the coast of Naoussa. Get acquainted with the sustainable agricultural practices, learn about the distinctive microclimate where the Mediterranean corps of this land are produced and taste some of their scrumptious products in a farm-to-table meal such as olives, capers, oregano, lavender, figs, grapes and more, which embody the flavors of Greece through their taste and aroma 

Enjoy your afternoon in Naoussa and the charming villages of Paros, Lefkes, Prodromos and Marpissa to explore the lesser-known side of an island that has managed to hold on to its traditional character. Discover scenic villages, savor the smells of Cycladic nature and enjoy stunning sunset colors.

Day 8: Travel to Santorini & Trace the Best View Spots in the Caldera

You may feel like you’ve already seen Santorini and its postcard-perfect white cliffside houses, but nothing compares to the breathtaking feeling when you first encounter Caldera. Prepare to savor the most scenic landscapes, taste unique flavors, and relax at your family-friendly beachfront hotel, away from the buzzing crowds. On your first day on the island, experience a unique Santorini sunset and find out soon why it’s so renowned, while walking from Imerovigli through Firostefani to Fira.

Day 9: Private Tour of Santorini for Families 

Santorini is the most famous Greek island and can be challenging to visit with young children, but with this family-friendly tour, you will have the chance to take in the stunning panoramas, explore the island’s best spots and cherish some downtime at the beach in the family-friendliest way.

Get to visit Akrotiri together with a kid-friendly certified guide, and the interactive museum of “Lost Atlantis”. After your educational tour of the day, your lunch will be at a local farm where you will get acquainted with authentic products and local culinary traditions. Learn about the characteristic flavor that Santorini’s volcanic soil gives its produce. In the afternoon, enjoy some leisure time on the beach or head towards Oia to admire its beautiful white houses, blue dome churches, and one-of-a-kind view. After a full first day, seek your comfort at your family-friendly hotel with excellent facilities. 

Day 10: Santorini Fishing Day-Trip 

Experience Santorini’s famed seafood aboard a traditional fishing boat while eating the catch-of-the-day for dinner with a boat tour that kids love! As you head to one of the deepest and most diverse spots in the Aegean Sea, your boat will release nets and creels in hopes of catching shrimp and octopus. After fishing, you’ll dock at a gentle harbor where the crew will prepare your local seafood dinner. While you wait, enjoy swimming or snorkeling in the sea. If you haven’t snorkeled before, your guide will be happy to help you learn some diving and breathing techniques. After dinner, you’ll return to the open sea and watch a famous Santorini sunset. Enjoy views of the caldera as the sun melts into the sea!

Need some help in trip planning by the best family travel agents in Greece? MAMAKITA family travel specialists can customize this Greek island-hopping family vacation itinerary according to your preferences, age of kids, travel pace and budget. Enjoy your family trips in Greece without worrying about family friendly accommodation or kid-friendly tours and activities by making your request here. 

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