Best Greek Islands for Teenage Families

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

There is no doubt that being a teenager is a strange period of your life. Some have it easy, others have it troubled. But holidays can always be a great time for a family with teenagers, as long as the destination is right. The best greek islands for teenage families have lots of things to do, are fun, very culturally rich and are all super safe locations with great hotels.

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Sometimes you do get feel lonely when being a teenager but this is all part of the process and it’s just a phase. Holidays on a greek island can definitely reverse a bad mood…

The best greek island for teenage families is Crete, with lots of things to do, amazing beaches with fun beach bars and some of the most important archaeological sites in Greece πŸ–οΈ.

But there are definitely more teenage-friendly options than just the island of Crete.

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There are very specific things you might be looking for a teenage family trip to the greek islands, but I honestly believe the following are the most important things that an island must have in my opinion:

  • great hotels
  • lots of available outdoor activities and fun things to do (like watersports, mini cruises, hiking etc); yes, teens get bored easily and you don’t really want your children stuck on a screen while on holidays
  • culturally rich for curious teenagers who love history
  • have fantastic beaches with fun beach bars and restaurants
  • be safe all-day

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Best greek islands for teenage families

VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW:

Which Greek island is most family-friendly?

The greek island that is most family friendly is Crete, as it has the best beaches overall, the best amenities and definitely some of the best family and kids-friendly resorts in Greece. However, Crete is quite a big island and it’s not the typical small and cute greek island you may have in mind, which makes the family holidays logistics slightly different, in my opinion. Crete is also the island with the best family resorts in Greece. If you want a small greek island for families then Naxos is your next best option with endless sandy beaches and shorter distances overall within the island. Naxos island is one of my favourites as well, but it does not have large resorts as Crete. It is ideal for family holidays

Where is the best place in Greece for families?

The best place in Greece for families overall is Crete island and Naxos island as they both are very family-friendly places with lots of amenities, great hotels and beautiful family beaches , overall. There are however other family friendly places in mainland Greece that are equally beautiful. These are Parga, Tolo or Zacharo and Chalkidiki.

Is Santorini or Mykonos better for families?

Santorini is calmer and more relaxing but it does not have the beautiful sandy beaches of Mykonos. However, I would not consider Mykonos at all for a teenage family holiday as it’s now a super expensive island with not the best people on it to be honest (social media influencers, rich kids, socialites and wannabe celebrities in a small island is really not the best sight…). Santorini, Naxos and Crete are much better option and they have more teenage friendly beaches and overall a better atmosphere for teens. You will definitely find families with teenagers having a great time in Santorini (especially places like Kamari or Perissa beach).

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So, let’s see the best greek islands for teenage families:

1. Crete

crete teenages samaria gorge hiking
Samaria Gorge in Crete island is one of the top hiking locations in Europe

Crete is the best greek island for teenage famiies and overall the best family hotels in Greece. In Crete you will find amazing family friendly beaches along with an endless option for things to do, museums, archaeological and historical sites, picturesque towns like Chania and lots of opportunities for water sports, kite surfing or sea kayaking which can be great for older children (Chania beaches are the best in my opinion). The great thing about Crete is that there direct flights to the biggest cities of the island, from pretty much every European capital during the high season (April to October)

2. Santorini

santorini beach bar
Santorini has some of the best beach bars that are great for spending the day and the teenages can literally be by themselves, order food or non-alcoholic drinks

Santorini island is without a doubt the most famous Greek island and eventhough it’s not famous for teenage family holidays, I still think it’s great for families with teenagers. Perissa beach (Black Beach) , Kamari beach, and Vlychada beach are ideal for teenagers of any age with lots of beach bars and restaurants around. Santorini has numerous things for teens to explore such as a visit to the famous volcano or the Akrotiri historical site.

3. Naxos

Naxos with its long sandy beaches and the pieceful and family friendly environment, is one of the best greek islands for families with teenagers

Naxos is one of the biggest greek islands and in my opinion it is perfect for teenage family vacations. Naxos has some of the best family friendly beaches in Greece with soft sand and usually warm shallow waters. Because Naxos is a big islands there are lots of things that even older kids can do and amazing cruises to the nearby less busy islands (such as this one) . The inner villages of the island (such as Apirathos) is considered one of the most beautiful and unique villages in Greece and it is not a secret that local delicacies and food in Naxos is one of th ebest you can find in the Cyclades islands in Greece.

4. Corfu

Corfu has some of the best family resorts in Greece

Corfu is in the west side of Greece in the Ionian islands between Greece and Italy. There are tens of direct flights to chose from all major european cities during the summer (May to October usually) and it’s an island known for its green landscape and its quiet and family friendly beaches. Corfu town is a lovely town with venetian architecture with lots of options for food and entertainment after a long day at the beach.

5. Paros

Paros island is ideal for families as it has beautiful family friendly beaches with golden sand

Paros island is in the Cyclades group of islands and there are many reasons why this is one of the most visited greek islands by families. Paros is a very diverse island with many different and unique sandy beaches and some of the best restaurants and greek tavernas in Greece. It is an island that is also preferred by lots of greeks and that says a lot about the island.

CONCLUSION

So, these are the best greek islands for teenage families. I honestly think that you will have an amazing family trip on any greek island but for teenagers specifically, Crete is ideal with so many things to do and see from beautiful gorges available for hiking to sandy beaches with awesome beach bars. On the other hand, Santorini island with its Instagram and Tik Tok viral landscape along with its wild volcanic terrain won’t let the teenagers in your family to get bored at all. Greece with teens can be an unforgettable experience and on that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

πŸ›οΈ Booking.com is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Athens, Santorini , Mykonos & Crete (more than Airbnb!)

⛴️ Ferryhopper is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Santorini, Mykonos , Crete & all greek islands

🏺 Get Your Guide has the best and largest variety of Tours in Athens and the greek islands (Santorini, Mykonos, Crete etc)

πŸš™ Rentalcars is the easiest way to rent a car or a quad for Greece with thousands of available options

✈️ Booking.com Flights has all the available flights to and from the greek islands

πŸš• Book Your Driver (Taxi) directly with booking.com's large and safe platform of available certified drivers

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