5 Amazing Greek Beaches You Should Check Out With Family

One of Greece's many off the beaten path islands
One of Greece's many off the beaten path islands

Vasiliki, Porto Heli and Pelion are all great destinations if you want to enjoy a hot summer holiday on a great beach with your family. They are also excellent places for enjoying plenty of different outdoor activities. From golden sandy beaches to pebbly secluded coves, charming mountain paths and pine forests. There are some amazing natural places to explore.

Mix this with quaint traditional towns and villages to give you a perfect place for a family holiday. Find out some more about these amazing places and more destinations for your next family beach holiday in Greece.

Vassiliki Beach

This beach on the island of Lefkada is an excellent location for water sports enthusiasts and families wanting to try out some activities on the water. Found on the southern shore of this beautiful and exclusive island, the surrounding waters are green and inviting and have the perfect conditions for sailing. The pebbly beach curves in a lovely bay and the location is around 37km from the main Lefkada town.

The resort centre is a traditional harbour side village which offers its guest plenty of shopping and friendly bars and tavernas. The bars and restaurants stay open late and become livelier later on in the evening.

The beach itself is famous for its windsurfing and dingy sailing as well as other activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. Windsurfers are well catered for here and there are plenty of places to rent everything you need or book local lessons.

Beach side hotels are very family friendly and offer active kids clubs which will keep the young ones entertained all day. If you are looking for active style family beach holidays in Greece then Vassiliki is a great choice. The destination also offers other activities and excursions such as mountain biking, hiking and exploring the local area.

Porto Heli

You will find Porto Heli on the Eastern side of Peloponnese, a small seaside town with large port. The destination is a popular mooring place for both fishing boats and yachts in summer.  Beaches here mostly consist of small secluded coves with relaxing and family friendly atmosphere. The area around the Argolis Penninsula is especially lovely and can be reached by bike or kayak.

There are two main beaches in Porto Heli are long and sandy and organized with some water sport options nearby. However, many families love the idea and adventure of the plentiful small coves and bays available to explore here.

Day yachting is a popular activity where you can enjoy a day sailing and exploring the surrounding areas. The area has great snorkeling in the surrounding waters, excellent paths for walking and cycling and also the popular family activity mountain biking.

Eating out in Poro Heli is easy as a family. The local tavernas offer a great dining experience as the food is so good and also very inexpensive. Beach club hotels are the best choice for families in this location where you will find lots of family friendly activities and facilities.

Pelion

The Pelion peninsula is often described as one of the most naturally beautiful regions in Greece. The location offers beautiful views across the Pagasetic Gulf. You’ll find this destination traditionally Greek with lots of pretty villages and plenty of Greek culture.

The beaches here are absolutely fantastic for families. The destination has won awards for beach cleanliness and beautifully clear waters. Also, the winds here are perfect for water sports too. Those who enjoy sailing and windsurfing come here for the areas warm and reliable winds.

If its plenty of activities on your doorstep that you are looking for then Pelion won’t disappoint. Choose from mountain biking, horse riding and miles of natural hiking paths. There are small traditional villages, cultural sites and lots of natural coves and beaches to explore across the region.

The quaint village of Horto offers a perfect traditional Greek dining experience. You can enjoy freshly caught fish, delicious mezzes and local specialties such as beef stifado and lamb lection. There is also the town of Milina which has a livelier atmosphere and a greater selection places to eat and drink.

The best-organized beaches for families here are Milopotamos Papa Nero beach and the sandy beaches of Agioi Saranta and Horefto.

Halkidiki

This peninsula is one of the best places in Greece for a family holiday, especially if you love the outdoors. There are plenty of amazing paths for mountain biking and walking within the areas forests. When it comes to the coast there are more than enough beaches for every type of holiday maker and most of them are blue flag winners.

Popular beach activities here include windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and water skiing, most notably at Kassándra and Sithonia. So, for active families there is plenty to keep you entertained.

The wind conditions are perfect for these kinds of things to try. For culture and history lovers you’ll be interested to know that Stageira, Aristotle’s birthplace can be found here. You could also take a boat trip from Ouranoupolis to Mount Athos.

Choosing hotels in the area is easy when looking for family friendly properties. There are hotels and beachside guesthouses that offer specially organised activities for children of all ages and also specialist child minder services to give the adults a break. Eating here is a delight too, lots of local dishes served in the many restaurants and bars dotted along the peninsula.

Alonissos

This Aegean island is probably the most peaceful and serene of the Northern Sporades. It is a place famous for its natural landscapes and resident herbalists and a homeopathic academy due to the abundance of herbs and plants growing here. If you want a relaxing family holiday in Greece then this is the place to go.

There are lots of beaches to choose from on this island but a particular favourite with families is Agios Dimitrios, which is also the most photographed.

The beach stretches around a pointed headland which makes it a unique and interesting place to visit. Chrisi Milia is also great for children, as the shallow waters are perfect for paddling. There are also plenty of places to eat in the surrounding area and facilities at the beach.

As a popular destination there’s lots of choice when it comes to family friendly accommodation. You could stay anywhere on the island if you have access to a car. And hiring a car is not a bad idea if you wish to explore. However, if you want to stay in one place, you can find some great beachside hotels that provide everything you need for a great family stay.

Will you be visiting Greece for a family holiday?

There are so many places in Greece that are just perfect for an amazing summer family holiday. The temperatures are warm, the winds are great for water sports and the food and local welcome are fantastic. Here we have mentioned just 5 destinations with lovely beaches great for family relaxation and activities. Which would you choose? Or are there other places in Greece that you think are the best for a great family beach summer holiday? Share your thoughts.

One of Greece's many off the beaten path islands
One of Greece’s many off the beaten path islands