Discover why families are flocking to Greece this summer with our guide to the best places to stay in Greece for families…

Elounda Gulf Villas, Crete
Elounda Gulf Villas, Crete

The Best Places To Stay In Greece For Families

With a plethora of tourist attractions ranging from the historic sites of Athens to idyllic secluded islands, Greece has a lot to offer families. Whilst couples may head for romantic Santorini or lively Mykonos, families are flocking to Crete, Zakynthose, Halkidiki and Peloponnese to savour a summer of fun and to explore a wealth of historic treasures. Discover the best places to stay in Greece for families and plan a summer of Grecian delights with our list of classic treasures…

Crete

The ancient Minoan capital of Knossos is a fitting place to start exploring the great wonders of Greece. As Europe’s oldest civilisation, families can visit Heraklion Archaeological Museum (conveniently complementing the UK primary school curriculum), and the site considered to be the birthplace of Zeus. The Dikteon Cave on the Lasithi Plateau, with its striking stalactites and stalagmites, is bound to fire the imagination of your budding explorers.

Why not stay on the Elounda Peninsula and savour the best of both worlds – old and new. Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is one of the best places to stay in Greece for families since it’s only a few hundred metres away from the historic island of Spinalonga — a national monument, plus it offers a wonderful beach experience. With the mirroring waters of the Cretan Pelagos and small fishing village of Plaka, there is plenty to discover. Within the resort, children aged 3 to 12 years can enjoy Greek dancing, theatrical plays, kayaking, windsurfing and canoeing, whilst cultural boat tours and visits to the nearby Cretaquarium, one of Europe’s largest aquariums, make for exciting day tours.

Zakynthos

Beach Navagio in Zakynthos, Greece
Beach Navagio in Zakynthos

Whilst Venetians once called the land of Zakynthos ‘The Flower of the East’ today’s holidaying guests will still discover an island rich with flora, aquamarine waters and stunning white beaches. During the summer months, Loggerhead Turtles return to the same beautiful shores, whilst families can take the opportunity to explore Navagio Beach, the nearby Tsilivi Waterpark or take to the glittering Ionian Sea for a wealth of nautical adventures.

The award-winning Porto Zante Villas and Spa — voted ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Hotel’ at the 2017 World Travel Awards — is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and provides families with the perfect base from which to sample the island’s treasures. With just eight luxury villas, privacy is assured and families can simply relax in their own private heated pool, or tropical garden, and admire the distant views of Kefalonia.

Halkidiki

Sani Dunes, Halkidiki, Greece
Sani Dunes, Halkidiki, Greece

Boasting spectacular landscapes and beautiful beaches, this northern Greek region is a sublime peninsula that juts into the Aegean Sea. With an array of luxury beach resorts to choose from, Halkidiki is all about the beach! Families are simply spoilt with soft golden-coloured sands, recreational facilities and indulgent pampering.

From exclusive to extensive, Sani Club, Porto Sani, Sani Asterias, Sani Beach, Sani Dunes and Eagles Palace & Villas provide gourmet dining and thrilling sports academies, are are easily some of the best places to stay in Greece for families. Overlooking the exclusive white sands of Sani Asterias Beach, guests can enjoy the crystal-clear waters, private marina and private ecological reserve located on Halkidiki’s Kassandra peninsula. Whilst the boutique-style Sani Asterias offers a relaxing haven, Porto Sani is excellent for families seeking a wealth of activities. With two beaches, a sailing academy, football pitch, snorkelling, tennis and Teen Club and marina close by, there really is something for everyone.

Peloponnese

This rugged peninsula in southern Greece is an untouched gem with a mythical quality. With ancient ruins, untouched sandy beaches, golf courses and citrus groves, Peloponnese is a wonderful location to savour the outdoors, enjoy waterfront tavernas and taste regional delicacies. Considered to epitomise all things Greek, ancient and medieval ruins sit alongside stylish resorts, citrus groves and scenic golf courses.

Families will love to stay at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino — an unspoilt Ionian paradise — or the waterfront development of The Romanos, a Luxury collection Resorts, Costa Navarino with its children’s club, health club and spa. With restaurants, leisure activities and an 18-hole golf course nearby, plus stunning views of the Ionian Sea, guests can savour the fresh local produce and wines produced by the local vineyards. For a taste of culture, guests can take part in philosophy tours, olive harvesting, cooking lessons or trips to Neolithic settlements, Mycenaean palaces, Classical temples, Byzantine churches and medieval castles — this tree-studded landscape is full of treasures.

Athens Riviera

Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens Riviera
Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens Riviera

Close to the Greek capital of Athens, the nearby region of Athens Riviera provides soft-sandy beaches with the bonus of stylish marinas, tempting restaurants and a wealth of watersports.

Families choosing to stay at the exclusive enclave, Grand Resort Lagonissi, are destined to discover a 72-acre private peninsula in the Athens Riviera boasting sixteen private beaches, a diverse dining scene, ThalaSpa Chenot Spa, plus both land and sea sporting attractions. With beach service, tennis, a fitness centre, yacht hire, children’s club and an open-air cinema, families will relish an abundance of world-class amenities within a striking landscape. The dedicated family oasis, outdoor playground, swimming lessons and supervised games ensure all ages will embrace their time under the Grecian sunshine.

Why is Greece Great For Families?

Children Sailing at Sani Resort, Halkidiki
Children Sailing at Sani Resort, Halkidiki

A journey to Greece is one filled with legendary experiences and delicious, family-friendly, cuisine. Far from just the typical Greek salad, souvlaki, tzatziki sauce and citrus fruits, families can indulge with delicious fresh Feta cheese, skewered meats, freshly pressed olive oil, pitta bread and of course, catch of the day. Choose from idyllic islands and sublime resort hotels and villas, plus see our complete list of featured properties for the best places to stay in Greece for families.

Feeling Inspired?

To discover that there’s more to Greece than moussaka and find out more about the best places to stay in Greece for families, or to book your stay in a destination fit for little Gods And Goddesses, please call our expert Travel Consultants or visit elegantresorts.co.uk.