Greece has thousands of islands, although quite a few are so tiny they’re pushing it a bit calling themselves islands at all. But with 277 inhabited ones to choose from, where’s easiest and most fun for a holiday with under fives?.

Picked for their sandy beaches, calm seas, pretty little resort towns, and – most important of all – direct UK flights, here are five of the finest Greek islands to play on with your pre-schoolers in 2018.

1/5  Mykonos

Mykonos might only be 15km long, but it’s ringed round with 25 white sand beaches, has one of the loveliest small island capitals in Europe, and it’s the only Cyclades with direct flights from the UK.

Younger kids fit beautifully in historic Mykonos town: car free, and home to Petros, a pelican who wanders around with the sole aim of enchanting anyone who sets eyes on him. And don’t be put off by rumours of island partying, that tends to be limited to high summer on Paradise and Super Paradise beaches: leaving another 23 free for you and your under fives to paddle, nap and play in peace.

For under fives

  • Direct UK flights take less than four hours, between early April and October. 
  • Warm and sunny from April to September, with highs of 30˚, Mykonos is known for sea breezes, keeping beaches comfortable even in July and August.
  • Only one Mykonos beach isn’t covered in soft, silvery-white sand.
  • The island’s tiny and easy to get around, and the local bus company runs beach shuttles from Mykonos Town in spring and summer.
  • Neighbouring Naxos, Paros and  Delos are just 90 minutes’ sail from Mykonos on the island’s SeaBus.