We are flying to Athens in mid August with DS aged 7 and DD aged 4. We have two weeks in Greece and would love to head to an island. We like: a good base so we can tour around, markets, cultural sites eg ruins (though the kids are a bit young to appreciate it) variety of tavernas, beautiful beaches and clean water. We don’t like massive resorts and too many ‘organised’ activities but are definitely up for the odd day out on a boat and a bit of island hopping especially if it can be done as a day trip. Our ideal holiday was island hopping around Croatia pre kids. Sigh. But guess we would opt for more comfort and less upheaval now. Any tips for islands and accommodation would be gratefully received. Should we book car hire to be picked up from the island as I understand many agencies don’t like you to take their cars off the mainland? The Peloponnese is also an option but would it be too hot in August? Thanks so much in advance.
Everywhere will be very hot in august. I suggest spetses, lovely beaches near the main town. There should be trips to epidavros etc going. Ermioni on the mainland has a market although tat is tat anywhere.
I spent time in Naxos a few years ago and loved it. The town is great, lots of shops, restaurants and the portara. We stayed in Naxos town next to St George beach, but went to plaka beach further down which is beautiful. Agia Anna looked very child friendly too. I have a 3 year old and plan on taking her in next couple of years.
Only changed ferries in Paros, we stayed in Antiparos instead. Beaches not as beautiful but charming Island. Lovely atmosphere and very popular with Scandinavians.
If you do choose to go to the Cyclades, check out the tripadvisor forums. There is a few regular posters with loads of knowledge.
Hotel Finikas on Naxos is lovely. They have kids and adult bikes so you can explore local beaches and tavernas. They also organise occasional day car hite (we didn’t want one for whole week). Faros is also a wonderful place to stay on Naxos (small family run hotel with pool and taverna).