Greece is well known for its rich heritage, ancient culture and glorious weather. What better way to soak up the sun than to explore one of the Greece’s finest beaches? Here are our top picks of family friendly beaches to make holidays a relaxing and memorable experience.

1/9  Elafonisi Beach, Crete

If it’s Caribbean-esque postcard beauty that you’re looking for, Elafonisi beach will tick all of your boxes. With turquoise water and its famous white and pink sand, it is the perfect place to get holiday snaps that you’ll treasure forever. There are several coves for snorkelling, sand dunes to explore (you may see tiny geckos darting around) and local beach bars to visit for refreshments. There is also a bathroom, changing rooms and a mini market nearby- perfect for families who need to pick up nappies or the forgotten suncream.

Kids will love the adventure of hopping to the next inlet across the lagoon, which requires wading through the warm shallows with bags held above their heads. Bring an umbrella or pop-up kids’ tent to Elafonisi as there is not much natural shade.