Flight times vary depending on location. Dublin to Athens is 4 hours. Dublin to Corfu, Rhodes or Crete is around 4.30hrs. You can fly direct to the islands or fly to Athens and travel down and take a ferry from many of the port towns.
The weather is hot in the summer months with June and September an ideal time to travel. Average July temperatures are very hot with around 27/33 degrees, with 10 hours of sunshine, little rain and average 24 degree sea temperature.
Children are welcome everywhere, and as with Mediterranean lifestyle, kids often stay up late with their families at night. The country offers everything from ancient mythology and philosophy, with famous ruins and historical sites dotted all over the mainland and islands. It also has a vibrant water sports scene, tons of child-friendly beaches, caves for exploring, water parks and swimming pools to relax in.
There are literally thousands of greek islands to see but here we have chosen the most popular and family friendly places to visit.
The island of Corfu is just off the west coast of Greece and is home to amazing sandy beaches, holiday resorts, lush vegetation and marine life. It’s Old Town is a UNESCO Heritage Site filled with Venetian, British and French monuments and architecture. Besides lazing on the beach, families can enjoy visiting Mount Pantokrator, which is over 1000 meters high, offering bewitching views across to the Island of Paxos.
Families with older kids can go hill-walking, visit the many little villages, try horse riding, visit the historical sites, explore the beaches and resorts, or take in the exciting nightlife. Corfu’s holiday resorts offer all the expected children’s activities and services with open-air cinemas in the city especially for kids. Plus, check out Aqualand, Europe’s third largest water park!
Located in the Aegean Sea, Rhodes is known to be the most visited of all the greek islands. It’s medieval city and ancient towns are filled with historical relevance of famous eras including the Byzantine, Ottoman and Trojan wars.
Most visitors hit the beaches as many are awarded with the environmental standard Blue Flag. If the crowded summer resorts get too overwhelming there are plenty of day trips or guest houses available near smaller secluded beaches and towns. For kids, there is water parks (Faliraki), an aquarium, and a Butterfly Valley in the beautiful and lush forest on the island.