From playing a farmer for a day in Crete to rafting down the mythical ‘River of Woe’ in Epirus or even volunteering for a sea-turtle conservation project in the Peloponnese, Greece offers a host of original and engaging activities for a family holiday to remember.
We all know about Athens as the original centre of democracy has enough history to keep any child interested. All the stories about the Greek Gods, thanks to numerous children’s novels keep them interested and a guided tour of The Acropolis or a virtual reality tour through ancient Greece in Athens is a must.
But what else? Opportunities for an active getaway, a cultural escape, a relaxing beach break, or perhaps a combination of all three abound
You could horse-ride through the inland villages of Corfu, visit the philosophical theme park in Halkidiki or what about volunteering as a family on a sea turtle conservation project? Find below a selection of family-friendly activities available across Greece to keep kids and adults alike entertained this summer, most of which are on offer all year-round.
Volunteer as a family on a sea turtle conservation project
Parents can apply to be part of a family volunteer programme to assist with turtle conservation with the Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece during July and August. As well as being the only spot in Greece where, aside from the Caretta caretta sea turtle, the lesser known green sea turtle is also frequently encountered, the beaches of Lakonikos Bay stretch 23km and accommodate, on average, 200 loggerhead sea turtle nests every year. Family volunteers stay at the Meltemi camping ground in Mavrovouni, close to Archelon’s Field Research Station and follow an independent schedule assisting with activities such as informing the public on sea turtles, protecting the marine environment and keeping watch on turtle nests. Families cover their own transportation, accommodation and food expenses, while a discount on accommodation at the campsite is available. Participation fee: 30 Euros per parent and 15 Euros per child. www.archelon.gr/eng/volunt.php#6