5 great Greek island activity holidays for sporty families

29th July 2021

Greek island activity holidays come in as many different variations as families do, so we asked Visit Greece to share their expertise and gives us a short list of the top five Greek islands best loved by sporty families for this summer and next.

Greek island activity holidays Paros harbour surfing

Paros –  Greek island activity holidays for wind-sport wild families

There’s no getting away from the prettiness of Paros. It’s right at the heart of the Cyclades and if your heart’s set on sugar-cube houses and charming harbours, the island capital Parikia and the picture-perfect village of Naoussa supply all that, and then some. You won’t ever run out of history to explore here. The beaches are beautiful, without exception – a horseback tour of the coast is an amazing way to see them. And sporty families keen on wind or kitesurfing couldn’t pick a better Greek island to pursue their passion. The Windsurfing World Championships  are held at Chrissí Aktí on the south east coast of Paros every year.

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Limnos – myth laden island with the coolest surf beaches

Travelling with surf-keen kids or kids who’re keen to learn? Limnos should  go up top on your family travel wish list. Known as the island of Hephaestus – the mythical blacksmith responsible for forging the weapons of the Gods – Limnos is also where you can see the remains of Europe’s oldest Neolithic city. But for families who prefer fresher legends, the beaches of Limnos are where surf heroics happen on the daily. Keros Beach, with its combo of reliable waves and sandy seabed is the one to beat, both for surf newbies and experts. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are big on Limnos too. And it’s also the island to try Wind Wings – think windsurfing and kitesurfing with a hydrofoil twist and the crystal clear northern Aegean to practice on.

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Greek island activity holidays Kalymnos rock climbing

Kalymnos –  the Dodecanese where the world comes to climb

You might think you don’t know Kalymnos, but you probably do. It’s the Dodecanese that gifts the world spectacular images of rock climbers gracefully suspended in vast stone arches against the bluest of skies. Considered to be one of the best places in Europe for technical rock climbing, it’s also a great island for families to try out less challenging ascents – it could start a passion for life in kids. If you don’t have a head for heights, Kalymnos is well known for diving too – it’s one of the Greek islands where sea sponge harvesting is still a thriving industry. Though you definitely don’t need to be a skilled diver to explore underwater – snorkelling’s just as much fun here and almost as rewarding in the clear, warm waters of the Aegean.

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Greek island activity holidays Naxos walking, cycling, exploring

Naxos – the Cyclades island for walking, cycling and exploring

The largest of the Cyclades, Naxos is amazingly green and lush, as well as warm and sunny. So not much of surprise to find it tops the list for Greek island activity holidays, particularly if the activities you like best are walking and cycling with fun water sports on the side – Naxos also has great beaches. Following well marked hiking trails is the perfect way to explore the island’s famously charming villages. For more ambitious older kids, a climb to the top of Zas Mountain (highest peak in the Cyclades) is an  incredible thrill; don’t miss Zas Cave on the way up, or down. And if you prefer wheels to feet, cycling on Naxos is a perfect balance of challenge and reward.

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Kefalonia – the best Greek island for paragliding

Another giant for Greek island activity holidays, Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionians and home to Myrtos Beach. Not only one of the most beautiful in the world but also a paragliding paradise thanks to its cradle of soaring cliffs and uplifting summer breezes. Skala is another of the island’s remarkable beaches where excellent water sports and lazing on vast swathes of sand are encouraged, except in areas cordoned off to protect nesting Caretta-Caretta Turtles. Ainos National Park is the only national park on a Greek island and great for a day’s hiking with kids, keep your eyes sharp for its famous wild horses. Head to Ai Helis for beach volleyball and more water sports. And if you feel like sailing, take a boat trip to the Cave Lake of Melissani, it’s not an official wonder of the world, but it should be.

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Every sporty family is completely different which is why Greek island activity holidays are made for them? Go to Visit Greece to see more of the glorious family-friendly places to play this summer and beyond.

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