A handpicked selection of the best Greek Islands for families to inspire your next family vacation!
Greek islands are one of the best destinations in the world for a beach vacation with the kids.
Blessed with beautiful waters, stunning beaches, pretty villages, amazing history and glorious food, Greek islands have all you may dream of when it comes to a family vacation in the sun.
But, when it comes to chosen one: which Greek islands the best for kids?
This was the question we had when we started planning our first family trip to the Greek islands and we discovered there was no one size fit all answer.
Each Greek island has something to offer for families with some islands and areas with beach clubs and entertainment options and others quiet and natural.
Depending on what you are looking for and the age of your kids, each island can be the best Greek island for kids so, to help you pick, we put together a list of those that we believe are best for different kinds of families.
We have focused our attention on the ease of connections and safety of the beaches and have tried to cover different places, so you will find the best Greek island for your family whatever your travel style!
With tons of great beaches to play in, an amazing variety of seafood and lots of kid-friendly activities to choose from, we are sure you will find one that has all you need (and more!).
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The best Greek islands for families – our top picks!
Rhodes with kids – best island in Greece for kids in the Dodecanese
Rhodes is the biggest island of the Dodecanese archipelago and one of the best Greek islands for families with children.
This beautiful island offers stunning golden sands, warm shallow waters and a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for long days in the sun.
It also has pretty villages and towns such as Lindos and Rhodes medieval center that are wonderful for families who want to mix time on the beach with sightseeing – Rhodes castle is fantastic for kids!
The north-western coast has wonderful kid-friendly beaches and it is very well equipped with family hotels, restaurants and kids’ activities.
Basically, no matter what type of beach vacation you are after, Rhodes delivers!
For days when the kids want full-on fun, they will love visiting the Fantastia Luna Park (amusement park) and Faliraki Water Park in Rhodes while, for days when you want a quieter and slower-paced atmosphere, you can spend a day at Agathi and Kallithea Springs.
The best way to visit Rhodes with kids is by renting a car as the distances are rather big here!
Tip for families: Rhodes has many family hotels and resorts in Lindos, Kolymbia, Rhodes town and Faliraki, with options ranging from apartments to boutique hotels to family resorts. Find family accommodation in Rhodes here.
Crete with kids – one of the best Greece destinations for families
Crete is one of the most amazing family-friendly Greek islands and one of the best places in the world for a beach vacation with kids, with a side of culture!
Also known as ‘Megalónisos’ or The Great Island, Crete is home to beautiful, sun-drenched beaches, mysterious caves, gleaming coves and historical ruins, which make is perfect for families who love the beach but also historical sites.
Knossos, home to the Minoans, one of Europe’s oldest civilizations, is located here and it is a blast to visit with kids.
This is the place that gave birth to the story of the Minotaur, the labyrinth and the escape of Daedalus and Icarus and it is not just interesting for kids, it is also breathtaking for adults.
I highly recommend you read all the stories about this place before you go and brush up on your Greek Mythology – it will make the visit extra special!
Top tip: make sure you have good sunscreen, sun hat and lots of water for your visit in summer especially. This place can get super hot.
Make sure you also visit the Archaeological Museum and, if you have small kids, do not skip a stop at the Labyrinth Park, a super fun family attraction in Crete kids are sure to love!
Fabulous family-friendly beaches in Crete are Elafonisi and Stavros (North/West), Frangokastello (South) and Malia, one of the most popular resorts in Crete for families thanks to its facilities and the proximity to Heraklion.
The best way to get around Crete with kids is by car. Favorite home bases to visit the island with kids are Heraklion and Chania.
Choose between many family-friendly hotels and apartments in Crete here
Corfu with kids – best Greek island for kids in the Ionian sea
The island of Corfu is an absolute gem and one of the best Greek islands for families with kids of any age.
This spectacular island features glorious hills, cozy villages, lush greenery and several pristine beaches and it also has fun water parks for those days when the kids just need to let their energy out and have a blast!
Corfu has several shallow bodies of water where kids and even toddlers can enjoy swimming and splashing.
Family beaches not to be missed in Corfu are also Palaiokastritsa and Halikounas, which has beautiful sand and you are also like to enjoy Sidari.
This beach has stunning rock formations and kids of all ages can enjoy building sandcastles and playing an array of water sports.
The town of Corfu itself is lovely and has delightful small alleys that are a pleasure for village exploring with kids.
Among the many things that make Corfu a great as a family destination is that it is a good base for organized tours and island hopping.
From here, you can easily hop on a day cruise to Paxos and Antipaxos, a walking tour around the pretty city center (perfect to find your feet on your first day) – two lovely options for curious families like ours, who like to mix time on the beach and some exploring!
Paros with kids – best Greek island for families who love sandy beaches and local atmospheres
The magical island of Paros is another great Greek island for families with kids.
In the stunning archipelago of the Cyclades, Paros has picturesque blue-domed churches, pretty harbors and gorgeous sandy beaches, Paros is every tourist’s dream location.
Despite its beauty, Paros is traditionally mostly visited by locals and is not as crowded as the other Greek islands which is a surprise when you see its stunning beaches.
Depending on where in Paros you go, you can find beaches that are suited to windsurfing or family-friendly ones.
Among the best kid-friendly beaches in Paros there are Santa Maria, large and with shallow waters perfect for small kids (one of the best beaches in Paros for toddlers), Kolymbithres (quiet and with lovely, protected coves), sandy Bartselo and the aptly-named Golden beach.
This is our top pick as the best Greek islands for families who want sandy beaches and a small village feel.
When traveling with the family, a good place to stay is Naousa, a small fishing town that is pleasant with kids and has many local restaurants with seafood parents and small foodies are sure to love.
For the days when you feel like taking a break from the beach, you can also go explore the mountainous part of Paros which has lovely trails perfect for active kids.
Do not miss pretty Lefkes, a delightful village full of charm!
Santorini with kids – fantastic greek island for families with older kids
Santorini is known as one of the most romantic and photogenic islands in Greece and it may not come to mind as the best island for families however, you can definitely enjoy Santorini with kids!
Unlike other islands in this list, Santorini is suited for honeymoons and relaxation more than full-out fun in the sun however, it has some fun activities for adventurous kids especially that I believe make it belong in this list.
It doesn’t have to be expensive either! Have a look at this selection of cheap hotels in Santorini: some are excellent for families too.
If your kids are excited to tour this wonderful Greek Island, Oia is the perfect place to start.
Here is where you have the shimmering whitewashed houses and blue roofs you have seen in all the Santorini photos and breathtaking views of the caldera below.
This is a scenic, wonderful area of Santorini and the only issue you may have with kids is accessibility as this area is not stroller friendly.
Bring a summer baby carrier if visiting with a little one.
Children are likely to enjoy the cable car ride from Fira to the beach and history lovers will love Akrotiri and Ancient Thera, wonderful at any age.
If you will like to experience the black volcanic beaches, be sure to visit Kamari or Perissa, usually listed as the best family beach in Santorini.
You can also plan to take your family on a boat tour to see the Santorini volcano up close joining one of the local excursions available, which is exciting especially for primary school kids and tweens.
Skiathos – the best Greek island for families with a baby or toddler
If you are looking for a Greek island to visit with your baby or a small child, then have a look at stunning Skiathos.
Smaller than other islands, Skiathos has a huge number of sandy beaches, many with powdery sand and shallow waters that are simply perfect for a first family vacation.
It is also a rather green island, with lovely trees and confers that make it stand out from others in Greece and means you get lovely shady corners and areas protected from the wind.
Out of the many family beaches here, kids are likely to love sandy Kolios, Troulos and Maratha, all sandy, and lovely Agia Eleni beach and wonderful Mandraki beach and forest.
Kos – the best island in Greece for and all-inclusive vacation
If you are looking for a Greek island vacation to relax in an all-inclusive resort, then you should consider Kos.
The island has the beautiful beaches and historical sites you expect to from a perfect Greece destination and one of the easiest to reach by boat and plane.
Because of this, Kos receives a large number of visitors, which means it offers lots of resorts to choose from, some surprisingly affordable and with all families may need, including beach clubs and kid-friendly swimming pools.
Kos also has water parks, perfect for a day of pure water fun
The main attraction here is the beach but not to be missed are also Kos Town, the pretty village of Kefalos, and the Asklepieion, the most important archaeological site on the island.
What to pack for visiting the Greek islands with kids
A family vacation on a Greek island is a vacation made of sea, sun, beach and sightseeing so your packing list must include the following:
Walking shoes / walking sandals for kids, so they can easily tackle steps and trails – find our favorite travel shoes for kids here.
Water shoes for the many pebbled and rocky beaches of Greece
A rash guard / rash vest for kids, to protect them from the relentless sun