How to plan Greek island hopping with family

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Greek island hopping offers a unique and adventurous way for families to explore the stunning beauty and rich history of Greece. Travelling with family can come with difficulties, but sharing these getaways with your loved ones is an unforgettable experience. We’ve outlined some key tips to help you have an amazing journey together.

Choose the right islands

Some islands are particularly known for their wholesome environments. Crete, Naxos, and Rhodes stand out due to their mix of beautiful beaches, historic sites, and activities suited to children. 

To ensure a smooth break, you should also opt for islands that are relatively close to each other to minimise travel time.

Night time at Fira - Santorini


Choosing the right accommodation can make or break your trip. Family-friendly villas provide the perfect solution by offering ample space and essential amenities. They typically come with multiple bedrooms, a kitchen, and often private pools, providing a comfortable and home-like environment.

Select accommodation that is centrally located or near essential amenities like grocery stores and medical facilities. This proximity makes your stay more convenient, and therefore more relaxing. 

Echos Retreat at Domes Novos Santorini

Plan your itinerary carefully

A well-balanced itinerary is key to a stress-free holiday. It’s important to blend activity with relaxation, especially when children are involved.

Include beach days, cultural excursions, and rest periods. This ensures that both energetic youngsters and tired parents have time to enjoy the trip.

Make sure to choose your ferry or flight times carefully. Travelling in the early morning or late afternoon can avoid the midday heat, making the journey more comfortable for everyone.

Just be sure to leave some space in your itinerary for spontaneity. Flexibility can help you manage unexpected changes, which are common with this type of travel.

Pack smart

Packing effectively can significantly enhance your experience.

Sunscreen, hats, swimwear, and travel-sized snacks are essential for all. Consider bringing comfort items like favourite toys or books to keep children entertained. Don’t forget to pack a comprehensive first-aid kit that includes motion sickness remedies.

Lightweight strollers, baby carriers, and child-sized luggage can also make moving around easier. Portable cribs or travel beds are useful for little ones too.

Wholesome activities

You could plan beach time and include water sports that are suitable for children, like paddle boarding or snorkelling. Research the local historical sites, museums, and festivals you can visit to engage curiosity about local culture.

For the more adventurous, book boat trips, nature hikes and other outdoor activities that allow you to explore the beauty of the islands as a family.


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