If you’re a family looking to get away somewhere with the kids, one option is to go somewhere warm and with most of the expenses already covered. Package holidays to Greece might not seem like the obvious choice, but the Greek mainland and islands have a great deal to offer for all ages.
For a start, you’ll find miles of sandy beaches and clear, clean water for swimming, paddling, and rock pooling. Shallow shores and sheltered coves are safe for water babies, and you may even spot a dolphin, or a shoal of flying fish. Keen swimmers will also enjoy Greece’s many water parks, the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. Sailing trips, surfing lessons or island hopping by ferry are all a welcome activity for kids who love water (which is many!).
The chances are that your kids already know some Greek myths and legends from books or TV. In the museums of Greece, they can try to guess which hero a statue represents, or the story told by a frieze. Ancient ruins, like the site of the ancient Olympic Games, will fascinate children of all ages. For more up-to-date entertainment, try an outdoor music festival or open air cinema.
There’s plenty of wildlife to see as well, from brightly colored birds to bats and creepy crawlies. Aquariums and marine parks let you get up close to sea creatures, while Butterfly Valley on the island of Rhodes is exactly what the name implies. Walks in the hills, or along the coast, reward you with beautiful views, and if your kids need a little encouragement to get some exercise, tempt them along with a picnic of local bread, cheese and fruit. The towns, with their winding cobbled streets, outdoor markets, and little shops are just as much fun to explore.
Greek food and restaurants are kid friendly, with fish and fries on offer as well as more traditional dishes like moussaka, and a selection of cakes and ice creams even the pickiest eater will go for. Bigger hotels or holiday villages will have their own pool, with perhaps a private beach, and even a kids’ club offering activities, while smaller, family run hotels will give your holiday a flavor of the real Greece and will do everything they can to help out with your requirements. Wherever you go, you’ll find that the Greeks love children, since family life tends to be a big part of Mediterranean culture in general. Both you and your family will receive a warm welcome in Greece. It’s simply the Greek way!