I don’t think I’m alone when I say that the winter seemed to be a long one, and so as the first signs of warmer weather return, it’s time to start thinking about a family holiday. When you have a young child, you don’t really want to be subjecting them, and yourself, to a long-haul flight, but the good news is that there are lots of destinations in Europe where sun and fun are virtually guaranteed. I’ve found that the Greek islands are perfect family holiday destinations, and here are three of the very best.
Crete is the largest Greek island, and in fact the largest in the whole of the Mediterranean, and so whilst it may lack the intimate charm of some of the smaller islands, it has a huge amount to offer visitors of all ages, including kids. For a family holiday, you’ll want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Malia in summer, but smaller resorts such as Elounda and Bali make perfect places to relax. Crete is a particularly great choice if your children are interested in history, as they’ll love to visit the ancient ruins of Knossos and hear the tale of the fearsome Minotaur whom legend says once stalked its maze.
Mykonos is another Greek island with glorious beaches, warm sunny weather, and plenty of family friendly places to go, including sailing trips, a petting zoo and farm, and the spectacular historic site of Delos. Another great advantage of holidaying in Mykonos is the availability of affordable yet superior quality accommodation from companies such as Loyal Villas Luxury. They’re specialists in family friendly accommodation in Mykonos, Paros and Santorini, and they have villas to suit all sizes of party. Their bespoke service also includes a concierge service, meet and greet at the airport, and the services of local experts who can help you make the most of your family holiday.
Naxos is perhaps the most beautiful of all the Cyclades island, to the east of mainland Greece, and its golden sandy beaches are sure to be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Kastro castle in Naxos Town is one of the most incredible sights in Greece, filled with history and yet with an emphasis on both fun and education too. It dates from the 13th century, and inside is a beautiful cathedral, an ancient architecture museum and a Venetian museum which tells the story of how the island was once under the rule of the Italian city state. One of the greatest things about Naxos is that whilst its beaches are spectacular, they’re rarely crowded, so they’re ideal places to lounge about or build a sandcastle.
When you holiday in the Greek islands, you’ll find beautiful weather, gorgeous food and drink, and a people who love tourists and children. Whether you stay in hotels in Crete or Naxos, or hire a luxury villa in Mykonos, you’ll soon feel at home and forget the stresses of everyday life. A Greek island can create happy memories that your child will remember forever, and that truly is a priceless experience.
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