Naxos with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: November 27, 2016

Naxos ferry with kids.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Naxos is the most family-friendly Greek Island. Great beaches, good food, fun vibe, and lots of small friendly hotels.
  • The best family hotels on Naxos are Nissaki Beach Hotel (for beach and town) and Iria Beach Art Hotel (for idyllic beach vacation).
  • St George Beach (in Greek Agios Georgios) is an easy walk from all Naxos Town hotels and is the most kid-friendly beach on Naxos. It’s protected on 3 sides and very shallow for a long ways out.
  • The wonderful beaches of Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, and Plaka are all easily reached by bus from Naxos Town.
  • Renting a car makes seeing the wonderful inland villages much easier (especially when traveling with kids).

The 12 Best Family Hotels on Naxos

Large rooms for families are few on Naxos. Book early as they get reserved early.

  • Nissaki Beach Hotel – Naxos Town
    My favorite hotel on Naxos and right on kid-friendly Saint George’s Beach. Family suites sleep family of 4. There’s a nice pool and it’s a very short walk to the restaurants of Naxos Town.
  • Xenia Hotel – Naxos Town
    Inexpensive and cheap rooms are smack in the middle of the Chora. Quadruple rooms have 3 single beds and a sofa bed. Saint George Beach is a 5 minute walk.
  • Panorama Hotel Naxos – Naxos Town
    Triples and quads. Great location for catching the ferry. (One of the cheapest hotels in Naxos Town with large rooms.)
  • Santa Katerina Apartments & Studios – Naxos Town
    Recently refurbished suites with kitchens and lots of room. It’s an easy walk to both Naxos Town and the beach.
  • Kymata Hotel – Naxos Town
    Triples, quads, and suites. (Great budget choice.)
  • Porto Naxos – Naxos Town
    Family rooms are two interconnected rooms each with their own bathroom. Nice pool. Beach and restaurants are a 5 minute walk.
  • Kalergis Studios – Naxos Town
    Good sized family suites come with small kitchens and separate sleeping areas. The hotel is right on the beach. This is a great deal but the family rooms often sell out far in advance.
  • Agios Prokopios Hotel – Agios Prokopios Beach
    Apartments have kitchens, 1 double bed, and 2 single beds. A short walk to one of the best beaches on Naxos.
  • Galaxy Hotel Naxos – Saint George Beach
    Nice pool and a short walk to beach and restaurants. Triples and quadruples are good for families.
  • Hotel Anemomilos – Agia Anna Beach
    Triple and family rooms are good for families and come with a small kitchen. Steps from a great beach. Nice pool too.
  • Naxos Kalimera Hotel & Studios – Agia Anna Beach
    1 and 2 bedroom apartments have kitchens. Nice pool. 10 minute walk to a great beach.
  • Iria Beach Art Hotel – Agia Anna Beach
    The best family beach hotel on Naxos. The Family Suite sleep family of 4, Deluxe Family Suite sleeps family of 5 or 6. Great location for beach and restaurants.

95 questions and comments

  1. Kalergis Studios for Family

    Thanks for all your valuable information.

    I was leaning towards the Kalergis Studios as we need a kitchenette. How is this hotel location compared to the Nissaki Beach hotel. Are quality of the family rooms ok?

    Thanks,
    Aashish

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Family rooms at Kalergis are great. Basically 2 double rooms with a connecting door. Both rooms have small kitchens. It’s less than a 1 minute walk along the beach from Nissaki to Kalergis. The sand in front of Kalergis is nicer than in front of Nissaki. Both are an easy walk to town and restaurants.

  2. What Greek Island with 2 Kids

    Hi David. We have a week to spend in mid July and are looking for an un-touristy, authenic greek island experience with culture, history, good food, a laid back vibe and a good couple of beaches to explore. Children are 10 and 12 so old enough to not necessarily require children’s entertainment. We would prefer to stay in a villa as opposed to a hotel/resort. We were thinking of Crete, but wondering if Naxos (or other?) would be better. Any other islands worth researching? Terry

  3. Two Weeks – Which Greek Islands for Family of 4?

    Hi David
    Thanks for the wonderful reviews of Naxos, I am currently researching a holiday to the greek islands for my 10 year wedding anniversary 2018 probably for 2 weeks, and plan to go there with my husband and two kids who will be 7 and 5. My husband gets very bad motion sickness so he isn’t too keen to travel by boat for long periods of time. So this is a major factor on deciding which island to choose. I would like a family friendly island but that also has some fun things to do, and great eating out as we love it! i would love to rent a villa so that we have room to move and options to cook at home some meals, not sure if i want to drive though (although my husband love the challenge!)…..and we want to be able to fly in and out. I am still deciding weather I want to do two islands and spend a week in each or just choose one and experience a bit of the life and rhythm….I would love to see Santorini because it looks beautiful but have read plenty that is not very family friendly, and think mykonos could be another option? I would also like to have a small ceremony to revisit our vows and have some photos taken? Do you have amy recommendations? I would really appreciate as it will really help me narrow down and make a decision.
    Thanks Viv

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Naxos is exactly what you’re looking for so great choice. But for 2 weeks I would add a second (or third) island. Paros is the closest (if you’re worried about the ferry trip). Mykonos, Ios, and Santorini aren’t much farther. Be sure to travel on the Blue Star ferries (not the SeaJet or Hellenic Seaways) as they are large car ferries and make for the least amount of sea sickness. I think I would recommend flying to Mykonos (3 days), ferry to Naxos (8 days), ferry to Santorini (3 days). Both Mykonos and Santorini have international flights to Western Europe which can save a lot of time as you don’t have to fly via Athens. Most other islands have flights to and from Athens.

  4. Greek Islands with Family of 4

    Hi David! I did post a comment but it isn’t showing up on the page, for some reason.

    Just wanted to say you’re articles and answers have been a huge help in helping me plan our trip to Greece this summer 2016.

    Just a few questions regarding our itinerary: Does the order of destinations make sense geographically, and, please advise on whether flight or ferry makes more sense between the islands. (I’ve slightly altered our dates since my last comment!)

    Aug 6: Arrive in Athens
    Aug 7: Athens
    Aug 8: Leave for Santorini (flight or ferry?)
    Aug 9: Santorini
    Aug 10: Santorini
    Aug 11: Leave for Naxos
    Aug 12: Naxos
    Aug 13: Naxos
    Aug 14: Naxos
    Aug 15: Naxos
    Aug 16: Leave for Crete
    Aug 17: Crete
    Aug 18: Crete
    Aug 19: Leave for Athens
    Aug 20: Athens
    Aug 21: Fly back to Dubai

    Thanks so much for your help! We have a 5 year old and 19 month old so are looking for a fun but family-oriented trip. We are considering air bnb for Santorini and Naxos, and will probably do hotels for both Athens and Crete.

    Please advise!! 🙂

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      That looks great but do go to Naxos first, then Santorini, then Crete. Ferry is probably best for all routes. That is a very busy (holiday) week for Greece so book ferries in advance.

  5. Itinerary for Athens, Naxos, and Paros

    We love your website and have constructed the following itinerary based on it (traveling with our 2.5 yr old son). Can you advise if it seems like too much/little time in any place.

    May 21 Istanbul – Athens 7:15pm-8:45pm
    May 25 Athens – Paros
    May 31 Paros – Naxos
    June 4 Naxos – Athens 7:15am-8am
    June 4 Athens – Istanbul 10am-11:30am

    Also we are having hard time locating a hotel, on booking.com, that has two connected rooms in Chora or St George’s beach with a view and kitchenette. Happy to spend up to 400 euro/night to find the right place. Most places have just one bedroom. Is there a travel agent you can recommend that knows the lodging?

    Thank you!!!!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      That looks great. You could drop a day from Athens and add it to Paros or Naxos – but otherwise looks good. For a connected family room on Naxos try Kalergis Studios.

      1. Naxos and Paros

        Thanks! We’re booked at Kalergis. Was hoping for a bit more space but it seems like that’s the tradeoff for being on the beach!

        Now to hunt for a place in Paros. Is there an equivalent/better place you would suggest there? Also, we are planning on getting a car to tour around Naxos. Do you recommend this as well for Paros?

        1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

          On Paros I recommend staying in Naoussa or Parikia – both great towns. The best beaches are not close to either town though, so a rental car is nice to have. Also good for getting to the enchanting inland villages.

  6. Guides to Naxos and Paros

    Hi David
    What happened to the Naxos & Paros pages, now I can only see hotel recommendations and not the Guides with all kinds of info.. What did I miss?
    We are a family of 4 and are going to Naxos/Paros/Athens for 2 weeks this summer and your info was good to have for planning. Cheers, Frode Velde

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I have come to the slow/reluctant realization that people are more interested/concerned with booking good hotels in good locations (when they are planning their trip) than they are with Things To Do (which they feel they can figure out after they arrive). Also, some of the Naxos and Paros info was out of date. I will be adding back bits and pieces of current things to do with kids as I have time.

  7. Booking Naxos Ferry Tickets for a Family of 7

    Hi Dave

    1. Am I best booking ferries for 27 June 2016 from Santorini to Naxos now and who through? (4 adults and 3 teenagers)
    2. Similarly am I best booking the ferry from Naxos to Paros 5th July 2016? (same numbers)
    3. After Paros I think you recommend Crete for my family of 3. I see the ferry is only an hour longer? Am I best ferry to Crete or fly?

    Thanks again

    Jenny

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      You can book the Santorini to Naxos tickets and the Naxos to Paros tickets after you arrive in Greece. It’s the large Blue Star ferry and won’t sell out. But I would book the Santorini–Crete tickets in advance as that ferry can sell out – unlikely but still possible.

  8. Luxury Hotel with Kids in Naxos

    Hi David,

    We were planning our trip to Greece for September 2016 and our itinerary was 3 nights in Santorini, 3 nights in Naxos and 2 nights in Athens. We had our heart set on staying at Nissaki Hotel in Naxos, but just learned that they only allow children over the age of 12. Do you have any recommendations for another luxury beach front hotel close in to Chora that allow 3 year old child? Or is there another island instead of Naxos that you would recommend?

    Thanks so much for your help!
    Lani Schuman

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Take another look at the Nissaki as it seems like they’re allowing all kids for summer of 2016.

      Another very nice hotel is Hotel Grotta. Very warm and friendly. Not as luxurious as the Nissaki but people love this place. Good location close to Chora’s shops and restaurants and a short walk to the bus station for other beaches. Unfortunately it’s on the opposite side of Naxos Town than St George’s Beach – so if you want to go to the town beach you need to walk 10 to 15 minutes (not a big deal but certainly not as handy as the Nissaki).

  9. Chora or Beach for Family of 3

    Love this blog! And this post sold us on spending our last week of a month-long Greece trip in Naxos. Thank you!

    Question — my husband, myself, and a 5-yr old will staying in Naxos in mid-June. We’re unsure of whether to rent a nice beachy place toward the southwest end of the island, or stick closer to the main Hora.

    Is it easy/fast to drive around the island, or is our best bet staying close to town for restaurants/shops?

    Also, any recommendations for fun rural adventures with the littles?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I prefer the Chora – all the best restaurants are there, more lively, and fun to walk around at night – but the beach is nice and some people love staying at a beach town. That said, if you stay near St George’s beach you get the best of both.

      Honestly, the interior of Naxos is beautiful and worth the effort to explore but not at lot specifically for kids. Seeing a herd of goats cross the road and walking around a small village to find a place to eat might be the highlights.

  10. Greece with a 10 Year Old

    Hello David and family, I would like to send you a big HUG from Melbourne Australia. My Daughter age 10 and I have just returned from Greece and to be honest it was on YOUR ADVICE…When I was researching where to go, YOU just kept on popping up in my searches when I searched Child friendly Greek Islands….. with your little Nomads, POP POP POP. you kept coming up…. We were accompanying my older Parents to Malta, my Father’s birthplace for 7 weeks, I had not travelled there since I was 12, I started dreaming at 40 something……..while I’m on this side of the world.. I have to TRY and see Greece… it seemed undoable at first when I went to a travel Agent.. (I came out with a sad face $6000 for 3 weeks)…. I read all your notes (and Matt Barratts) …thank you so much! .I did my homework, I used booking.com and Aegean Airlines and WE DID IT for half the price at least. Santorini 3 days, (Golden Star Hotel – not luxury, clean, small room, but opened onto a good pool for a dip after sightseeing in the late afternoon and 2 min walk to town) Hired a car for a day 55 Euro and went up to the SPECTACULAR, (the driving was a little scary, left hand for me and wrong side of the road for me), We took the old road back and stumbled upon the BLACK BEACH….No Swimming gear with us….We JUMPED in in our dresses, it was amazing and a highlight, truly amazing place, we laid in the water on the amazing smooth black stones. The Corner Restaurant in FIRA we went to each day for breakfast, lovely Male owner who loved kids, what he does with kids crepes is out of this world, made child feel special with squeezed Oranges. the regular breakfasts were also amazing., .. NAXOS NAXOS NAXOS, thank YOU! 10 days – WE LOVED IT! (I think I was Naxian in another life)…It is so perfect for Families or for a Female/Male Sole Parent. We stayed at Alkyoni Beach Hotel at the end of St Georges Beach, (good 10 min walk to town) but plenty to see on the way, they were amazing, and the property is beautiful, better than I expected when I arrived, pretty gardens, flowers and someone tending them all the time I noticed.(the reviews when I booked were on the downside, I’m not sure why, it was lovely…I think it was $650 Euro which included breakfast (superb breakfasts) fantastic pool and staff, and then Booking.com contacted me and REFUNDED ME $150 as there was a discount!…We felt safe and free every day, we loved wandering through the Ancient city, up, up, up. we spent hours there. St Georges beach is perfect, grab a deck chair, book, shallowish waters, kids everywhere to join in with and they bring you a nice Gin and tonic (if you like lol) to you at your little chair, lovely…….We discovered MOUSTACHE a little tiny restaurant nearby and could not believe we were eating the BEST chicken and pork Heros with a glass of wine and a Lemonade for 6 Euro, we kept going back for the yumminess, then the bakery across the road with the most amazing strawberry glazed tarts and triple chocolate Tiirimisu for .80, and I’m not a sweet eater! …We loved Sircocco in the Square also, the food was amazing and we were paying $25 Australian Dollars for amazing Seafood, Lamb, Moussaka for 2 (I felt Guilty) – I found Naxos Very Cheap compared to Australia… Before we went to bed which was always late….yes we fed the pussy cats, nearby….we even bought pussy cat food…. shhhh…..We went to Paros on the Ferry for the day, the receptionist at Naxos said you may like to stay there, and we did, so wandered into a hotel in the Village, Atlantic I think it was, with a pool 30 Euro per night and stayed 2 nights, beautiful for a short stay, very boutique Island, more expensive than NAXOS. We had Dinner with 2 lovely girls from Finland on the water and it was 75 Euro for myself and child who had a bowl of chips, but it was a Special night, shall we say, great little cove beach in the town (have to look for it though) quaint and quiet. We flew from Naxos (teeny weeny airport and plane..aggggh) to Athens for 24 hours to connect to Malta, I was a true traveler by then and jumped on a train at the airport and made my own way – easy! We stayed at Adrian Hotel in the PLAKA – yep fine, right in the heart of it, not amazing or spectacular but fine, good aircon, (IT WAS HOT!) and good WIFI if anyone needs to know that, we used the hop on hop off bus for an hour or so and then nearly died from the heat so went out at 9pm and roamed around the city….Thank you so much David and Family for making my dreams come true and my little girl to yell OOOPA every 5 minutes, still 3 weeks after our retuen to Melbourne (4 degrees overnight- tonight) xx

    Sharon

  11. Naxos in October for Family of 4

    These are some amazing tips. I’m planning a trip in October 2015 (5-15) with two kids. Given the current economic conditions in Greece and upcoming elections, is there any additional risk to traveling as a foreigner? Also, is mid-October still a good time to visit and make the most out of Naxos and other islands?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Traveling is safe and easy in Greece – even during the “turmoil”. (The current conditions are terrible for the Greeks but almost make traveling easier. And when you go, at least you know your dollars are going to support the locals.) Mid-October is usually a good time as long as you’re not expecting hot weather. It should still be warm enough to swim and suntan (on most days anyways) but there can also be some cloud, rain, and cool evenings.

  12. Agia Anna in Naxos with Kids

    Hi David,

    Awesome information! We chose Naxos in large part due to your website. We’re going to be staying in an apartment on Naxos (in Agia Anna) for about 25 nights. We’re bringing my parents, our 7 month old and our 3 year old.

    Naturally, we have a few questions:

    Do you know of any laundromats in or near Agia Anna? We’d like to be able to pack as lightly as possible.
    Are there any island-hopping day trip(s) that you’d recommend for kids?
    Do you know the rules for car seats in Greece? We will be travelling with a toddler seat and an infant seat.

    Many thanks!

    Sean (from Canada)

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      1) I don’t think there is a laundry mat in Agia Anna but there is in nearby Agios Prokopios (and obviously in Naxos Town as well).
      2) A day trip to Paros is easy and would be great. I’d recommend getting a cheap hotel and staying the night. Like all Greek islands, Paros really is magical at night.
      3) To the extent there are rules they’re not enforced. Do what you think is best.

  13. Athens, Naxos, Crete for Family of 5

    Hi! Thanks for the amazing website and information.

    We are a family of 5 and want to take our children to Greece (4,6, and 8 years old) probably at the end of August of next year. We would like to stay 17 days. We have never been to Greece and would like a family friendly vacation. We mostly want to relax on the beach, do a little exploring, and visit some museums. I’m thinking that I’d like to stay in Athens for maybe 3-4 days, stay on Naxos for the majority of the time, and then maybe head out to Crete for the final 3 days? However, I’m worried about the travel time and having our vacation turn from relaxing to stressful due to traveling with 3 small children? What would you recommend for our young family?

    Thanks
    Tasha

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Athens and Naxos parts sound great. Crete for only 3 days is probably more than you need to do. I would choose a nearby islands instead (Paros, Ios, or Santorini) which means the ferry ride is shorter and the island is smaller and much easier to get around.

  14. Which Greek Island with a 2 Year Old

    Hi David

    So glad to have found your website! We are a group of three adults and a 2 year old hyperactive toddler planning for a Greek visit in the middle of October. We are contemplating a few days in Athens and the rest on one of the islands, but can’t decide which one would be the most suitable where we could find something for the little one and have a relaxing time for us as well. Also we would be flying into Greece from different places, myself from Ireland and the other three from Germany! What would be the best way to chart this trip out? Thanks!
    Aritu

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Athens then Naxos would be a good choice. Naxos has a very kid-friendly beach near the Chora (main town) and even a small water park (but not sure if it will be open in October).

  15. Greek Beaches in December

    Hi David,
    We’d like to plan a trip to Greece in December with our three children, ages 10, 9 and 7. We’d love to be able to swim, is there any island that will be open for tourists, and have swimmable beaches in December?
    Thanks,
    Sue

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      No beaches in Greece are swimmable in December. On rare years if unseasonably warm weather hits southern Crete you can find people jumping in the sea for a swim but even that would be for the bold.

  16. Athens and Naxos with Kids

    Hello,

    I’m looking at holidays for July/August 2016. My husband and I will be taking our three children – by then, they will be 5, 3 and 18 months old. We’ll be coming from England. Would it be worth splitting the holiday to spend a week in somewhere like Athens and another week in Naxos? Or is Athens not great for children?

    Open to any other ideas 🙂
    Thanks!
    Sam

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Athens is great for older kids (say, 6 and up) but not so great for younger ages. And if you did do it, 2 or 3 nights would be plenty.

  17. Mykonos or Naxos for Teenagers?

    We are planning 7 days in the islands with my parents who are 70 and my two teenage daughters ages 15 and 17. We would like to visit 2 islands and were thinking of Mykonos and Santorini. Do you recommend this, or would Naxos and Santorini be better? We would like to stay at an airbnb, we like strolling through villages, beaches and water sports. Any recommendations and what locations should we look at to stay?
    Kris Tsitsis

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Naxos would be better for the mix of ages you’re traveling with.

  18. Tour to Delos

    Hi, I plan to go to Naxos on 26 April, and stay till 29 April. I wonder if there is any tour available to Delos during that time. Thanks.
    Lili

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I can’t say for sure but I doubt there will be any tours this early in the season. But if there are it will be fine to book after arrival (no need to do it in advance).

  19. Villa in Naxos for Large Group

    Hello there. we plan on coming to Naxos on 22/9 and leave by 29/9.
    We would be 14-16 people and we are looking for ONE big villa to accommodate EVERYONE for the entire 7 days. do you know of a specific website that would offer such big villas or perhaps do you know OF a specific such villa?

    preferably on the southwestern side as you recommend.

    Many Thanks, and happy holidays.
    Gil Regev

  20. One Month in Greece

    Hi David,

    Excellent website. Lots of very useful trips.

    We’ve got two kids, live in northern Italy and we’re looking to take a month-long family vacation in the Greek islands.

    Our kids are 5 and 3. We’re trying to decide if Naxos is indeed the best island to visit. Our ideal choice would be an island with good beaches for the kids, where we could rent a small house at a good price (we’re even thinking of taking the car by ferry), where we could enjoy some good scuba diving and biking.

    Do you have any suggestions? We’re looking to spend there the entire month of August.

    Thanks!
    Vlad

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Naxos is great – lots of beaches and an interesting interior and hill region to explore. Also look at nearby Paros (better snorkeling, fewer beaches) and Antiparos (much quieter). There is very little good scuba diving in Greece so I would not focus on that.

  21. Naxos or Crete

    Hi David,
    Really enjoying your site. Finding a lot of useful information in planning our family vacation. This will be our first time to Greece. Our children are 15 & 12. We are planning for 10 days and will definitely plan on touring Athens, Santorini and adding another island. Thinking of either Naxos or Crete. Which would you suggest as far as offering more activities. Aside from those (or also including) which are great for snorkeling and other water activities? (No water parks.) Thank you!
    Velika

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Naxos is better for a 2 to 4 day visit. Smaller and easier to get around. Lots of great beaches just 10 or 15 minutes (or less) from the main town and port. Both have lots of water activities but neither is great for snorkeling as there isn’t much to see (the water is clear though).

  22. What Other Island with Kids

    Hi David,

    Wealth of information on your website, thank you. We are planning to travel to Greece middle of August for 10 days with two kids (18 & 15 year old). We are not into nightlife and clubs, more into nature, adventure and history. Boys would love snorkeling, scuba diving.. I am planning to spend 3 days in Athens, 3 days in Santorini and I am debating about the last 4 days. Would you recommend Crete, Naxos or Mykonos? We would also like to go to Mycenae, Delphi. Am I overstretching?

    Thank you.
    KT

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Of those 3 islands and considering your time constraints then definitely Naxos. Can’t see how you’d fit in Mycenae and Delphi – yes, too much.

  23. Greece with 3 Boys in July

    Hi david,
    Great website. We are planning to travel to Greece with our three boys aged 6,8,10 in mid July. My parents want to go to an island where they can meet us on their yacht. (They live aboard) unfortunately my family gets really seasick so we need a land base for us. Any ideas of where might be a good island to go to. It would be great if there was a bit to see, we live in Sydney so spend a lot of time at great beaches so that’s not as critical a priority although the kids will want to swim. We have done a cruise a couple of years ago with a day excursion to Corfu/Santorini and Mykonos so something new would be great.
    Thanks
    Helen

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Lots of places would work but Naoussa on Paros is the first place that came to mind for you. Great town.

  24. Which Greek Island in April?

    We will be traveling to Athens on April 4th for 2 weeks. We’ve decided to spend about 3 or 4 days on one island. What would you recommend for that time of year? Our kids are 5, 10, and 11 years old. (Fantastic info on your site – thanks!)

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Crete is a good island in April as it’s the farthest south and the warmest. It’s also a large island and 3 or 4 days will only give you a chance to skim the surface so you’ll have to choose your spots wisely.

  25. Naxos with 3 Kids

    Hello David,

    What a find your website is!

    We are a family of five, (kids are 10, 8 and 6), thinking of going to Greece towards the beginning of July for a total of 9 days. The plan is to spend a couple of days in Athens taking in the sights and then travel either to Naxos and possibly another island from there, which would you recommend or travel to Crete. A Greek colleague is really trying to persuade us towards Crete. So we are now quite torn! We are looking for relaxation but also some adventure and water sports.
    Would would you suggest.
    Many thanks.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Naxos and Crete are both wonderful so you can’t go wrong. Naxos is smaller and easier to get around. Crete has more to see and do (if you have the time, of course). Naxos is also much easier and quicker to get to by ferry but there are flights from Crete back to Athens. Don’t stress – either island will be great.

  26. Sea Temperature in June

    Wonderful site!
    Question: Will the water at St.George beach be too cold during the 1st week of June?

    Sash

  27. Paros or Koufonisi

    Hi David –

    Your site is helping me tremendously in planning our trip to the Greek Islands.

    Quick question – do you recommend Paros or Koufonisi? I will be traveling with my very active & inquisitive 9-year old daughter, and will definitely be staying 2 nights in Athens, and several nights in Naxos. But wasn’t sure which of the 2 (Paros or Koufonisi) would be the best to round out our trip.

    Many thanks for all of your helpful information!

    Terry Doyle

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Paros and Koufonisi are very different islands. Paros is busy, lively, and a bit of a party vibe. Lots of shops, restaurants, and activity. Koufonisi is very quiet with just a couple of beaches and few small villages. It gets “busy” during the summer but no where to the extent of Paros. So it depends on what you’re looking for. Here’s an interesting trip report from Koufonisi.

  28. Naxos in February

    Hello

    @hat a wonderful site.

    We have the chance to head over from Australia in January or early February. Will anything be open? We have an 8 year old, plus three adults and would love to see some of the islands

    thanks
    sophie

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      On the islands it will be very very quiet. The larger islands (Santorini, Rhodes, Crete) will still have things open. The smaller islands will be completely shut down. Athens, of course, will still be humming.

  29. Naxos for Family of 5

    Hi David,

    Thank you for such an informative site. We used your site on our vacation to Crete 2 years ago and found your tips invaluable. It has been our favorite vacation thus far and we are ready to return to Greece.

    Our family of five (kids ages 5, 7 and 8) will be visiting the Cyclades (Paros, Naxos, Santorini, Crete) late August for 17 days. We will be flying into Athens and spending a couple of days there before we head to Paros. We will be flying our of Chania. I am in the process of fine tuning our itinerary and am wondering if you can help with the following:
    1. I currently have us staying in Paros for 5 nights, Naxos for 4 nights, Santorini for 2 nights and Rethymnon for 3 nights. I am struggling with whether or not we should spend more time in Paros or Naxos or both…(adding more nights to Naxos vs. Paros) or in the alternative doing away with Santorini altogether. All of our kids are great travelers, but we want to be able to enjoy each island, the beaches and relax a bit before traveling on to the next.
    2. We have accommodations reserved for each place we will be visiting (with options to cancel) but we have not yet booked any ferries. Do you think we will be okay with buying tixs when we are in Greece? I am primarily nervous about tixs from Athens to Paros and Santorini to Heraklion.
    3. We currently plan to arrive in Crete 3 days before we fly out of Chania to allot some time for ferry schedule changes due to weather. Do you think 2 days, instead of 3, is sufficient (thus allowing an extra day to spend on one of the other islands)?
    We are so excited for this trip and your site has definitely made the logistics of planning it less daunting. Thanks again!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Your itinerary sounds good. Stopping in Santorini on the way to Crete makes a nice break. The stretch of sea from Santorini to Crete can have some rough seas so having a shorter leg to deal with is wise. If you’re traveling near August 15 (a huge national holiday) then it would be good to book ferries in advance. The following weekend, August 17 and 18, will likely be quite busy too. That said, booking in advance is a pain. There is a travel agent in the Athen’s airport where you can book as soon as you arrive. If you’re in Athens for 2 or 3 days that should be enough in advance to ensure a seat. And yes, 2 days in advance for Crete is plenty. Ferries are almost never canceled for that many days in a row. Good luck.

  30. Paros in August with 2 Kids

    Hi David,
    Am so glad to have found your site, just what I needed to plan my trip to Greece.
    You have so much information that it will take me ages to get through it all.
    We will be traveling July with 2 kids (9& 12) from Australia and may meet up with another family of 4 based in Europe.
    So far I have narrowed it to following;
    Arrive Athens 2 nights ( or connect to an island on same day depending on final itinerary.
    Athens
    Naxos

    You have also sold me on the Island of Ikaria however it seems very complicated to reach -as it seems last year it could be reached from Mykonos but not this year. Any tips?

    Ideally if we start in Athens and I would like to finish on an island from which I can either fly into Paris or Lyon.
    I also don’t want to do an overnight ferry or hire a car whilst in Greece.
    What suggestions would you make and how to organise these options into a logical itinerary:
    Athens
    Naxos
    Ios?
    Ikaria
    Mykonos/Santorini fly out to France?

    We will probably only have a short time in Greece total of about 6-7 days.
    Want simple accommodation but must be child friendly and must have a pool as will be hot in July.

    Any tips and ideas will be welcome. I will keep researching using your site though.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      It will be easiest if you have some flexibility with your days – though that might not be possible. I think I would start with a ferry ride from Athens to Mykonos or Naxos (Ios and Santorini are out of the way for getting to Ikaria). Mykonos will often have direct connections to Ikaria during July and August (you won’t know until a month or two before your trip). If there’s not you’ll have to go via Syros which has lots of connections with both islands. From Ikaria I’d think about going to Samos as there’s at least one ferry a day and Samos has flights to western Europe. Hope that helps. Good luck.

  31. Naxos in September

    Hi Dave we are getting married on Naxos in September I’m putting together some information for our guests and have found your website most useful so thank you. We have been to Greece many times before but always back packing. I was just wondering as I can not recall , on the ferries do you carry on your own luggage and do you keep it with you where you sit on the slow ferry? Strange question Im sure but Im just trying to imagine my mother & grandmother getting on and off the ferry and how they will manage? Thanks
    Bree Clark

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Each ferry is different. But most slow ferries will have luggage racks near the entrance. You walk on board on the car ramp with your bags and place them in the racks. Then take your valuables upstairs to the seating areas. But some ferries will have the racks upstairs which will require you to carry your bags up narrow stairwells (that’s when backpacks really help). Flying Cats and Highspeed Ferries will usually have the racks outside as you board. Sometimes an attendant will take your bags, place them in the racks, and then return them as you leave. Regardless of the ferry some people choose to take baggage on board and keep it near them at their seats. As a basic rule: be prepared for anything.

  32. Paros or Naxos for 1 Week

    Hi David,

    Thank you, this is a very helpful site you have put together!
    I think we have narrowed it down to Paros or Naxos for a week or 5 nights at the end of June. Are both islands easy enough to get around w/ out a car? If we can avoid having to get a car, we’d prefer to do so. Our children are nearly 6 and nearly 3, so not yet ready for water sports, but good for pools and protected beaches.
    Any suggestions you have would be most welcome.
    Thanks!
    Denise

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      For settling into one spot and having access to a great beach and restaurants nothing beats the main town of Naxos. St George’s beach is right there and the town is fun to explore. No one spot is quite so convenient as it. The buses on Paros and Naxos are both good but with the caveat that the buses of Naxos are geared more towards the locals and thus don’t always run with the schedule that you’d hope for. The buses of Paros run more with tourists in mind and thus are slightly easier to use to get around the island – but this isn’t a huge difference.

  33. Naxos with 3 Kids in June

    Hi David!
    We have a family of 5, 3 kids ages 8-13, heading to Naxos for 5 nights in the end of June. Would you recommend renting a car and staying a bit outside of town? We want to be walking distance to a beach, but have access to get around and see the island as well. We are considering staying near Plaka at the Horizon.
    Also, the ferry we anticipate taking to Naxos gets us in around 11:30pm. Do hotels expect late arrivals and are typically able to accommodate for that?
    Thank you in advance for your help.

    BMalone

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I personally like staying in the town or at St George’s Beach (walking distance to town) as I love the vibe of walking around the town and port at night. (Full disclosure: I’m not a big fan of cars, parking, and the associated headaches.) But you do get some freedom with having a rental car – so there’s a tradeoff. Arriving late should be fine but I’d let them know in advance.

  34. Santorini and Naxos with Baby

    Hi David,

    My husband and I (with our 3 month old in tow) are visiting some friends in Geneva this May and we all want to fly down to Greece together for about a week. We’d like to definitely see Athens and Santorini, and likely have time for one other Cycladic Island. What would you recommend? I was thinking Naxos based on much of what I’ve read. Will we have any trouble at that time finding ferries between Santorini and Naxos? Do they typically run every day?

    Thx
    Amanda

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      There is a Blue Star ferry everyday that leaves Santorini at 15:30 and arrives in Naxos at 17:30. There could be earlier ferries as well but that one runs 7 days a week, year round. There could also be a catamaran that will be 15 or 20 minutes faster but will cost twice as much. Naxos is great. Good luck.

      1. Amanda

        David,

        Thanks for your response.

        One more thing–how cold are the beaches there in Naxos? If we’ll be there over the third weekend in May, should we be concerned about staying at a hotel on the beach, especially with a baby? Or, would you recommend staing right on Naxos City instead? I’ve seen the weather predictions of highs in the low 70’s during that time of the year, but I’m curious what that means in the beach areas where there might be a breeze. Does it tend to be windy then?

        Thanks again in advance–

        Amanda

        1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

          The winds tend to come from the north in the Aegean. So the town gets a bit more wind than the beaches which are on the southwest coast and more protected from the winds. But I wouldn’t worry about it much in any case. (August tends to be the windiest month in Greece.)

  35. Greece for 2 or 3 Weeks

    HI David,

    We are planning to be in Greece for 2 weeks, maybe 3 weeks. We are hoping to find an Island where our two boys (9 and 7) can make friends and really get a sense of local life. They are part Greek, so this will be a fun trip for them.

    Michael Heinstein

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Naxos is a great place to see local life. So are some of the towns and cities of Crete. Syros as well. Typically it’s the larger places that have more Greek life and are less dominated by tourism where you’ll find Greek culture and community.

  36. 2 Weeks in Greece with 2 Young Children

    Hi David

    I am planning a two week holiday to Grecce with my wife and two girls aged 3 mouths and 2 years we are looking for some where to keep the two year old occupied and some where we can relax and but still have fun for all the family where do you recommend?

    Charlie Zumeris

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I think the best towns are the Chora on Naxos, Parikia on Paros, and Rethymno and Chania on Crete. All are very walkable with nearby beaches and “some” kid friendly things to do. The island of Antiparos is a great quieter option. Good luck.

  37. Which Islands for Early June

    Hi David

    I was planning to go to the islands in the beginning of June with my wife and 18 month old son. I am looking to fly from UK and planning to do 2 islands at the most…Can you please advise us which itinerary would suit us best considering we have an 18 month old with us?

    Pardeep

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      It will take a bit of looking (use the airline links above to find flights) but I’d recommend flying into one island and out of another – so you won’t have to retrace your steps. Good combos would be fly into Paros, fly home from Naxos; fly into Crete, fly home from Santorini; fly into Chios, fly home from Lesvos. Good luck.

      1. 1 Week in Greece in Late September

        Hi David
        We are planning on spending 7 nights in the islands in late September and are looking for the better islands to visit, we are not really into the nightlife stuff and will have a 14/16 yo with us. we love sun and beaches and really want to get into the culture history. It has been suggested that Santorini, Rhodes and crete however I feel based on what I have read that this may be overkill for the time we are there? Your thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.
        Glenn

        1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

          Santorini, Rhodes, and Crete would be a lot in 7 days. There are no easy ferry routes between Rhodes and Santorini. You’d probably have to do Rhodes to Crete which is a longish ferry ride on a slow ferry. There are fast ferries between Crete and Santorini but it’s still one more hop in what would be a very busy week.

          I’d suggest 4 or 5 nights in Crete and then your last nights in Santorini. You could fly from Santorini to Athens to save some time.

          Or you could do the same with Naxos and then Santorini.

          Good luck.

  38. Greek Islands with 2 Children

    Hi David
    We are looking to go to a child friendly Greek Island, with some night life, we have two children 8 and 2 years.
    We are flying from Australia – probably flying into Athens, my husband has a conference for a few day, so i will be travelling to a Greek island on my own with the kids from Athens, which is the best way or closest island?

    Thanks,
    Alison

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The closest islands are the Saronic islands (Aegina, Hydra and the like) are not the best for kids or beaches. Naxos is the best island for a mix of kids and culture. Serifos is the one of the closes one and is very nice too. It’s about 4.5 hours from Athens and a bit over 2 hours by high-speed ferry. Both are good choices as are Sifnos, Paros, and Anti-Paros – all fairly close to Athens by ferry. If you wanted to fly then that opens up some other great islands like Crete (go to Hania), Corfu, Rhodes, or Lesvos.

  39. Naxos in June or July with Kids

    Hi David, I am planning a trip to Greece for June or July. We have two boys who by then will be 8 and 10. If we are planning to spend 3 weeks plus a bit and want to go to Rhodes, Naxos, and where else would you suggest?How would you do this? Also I get seasick at times anysuggestion on particular ferries? The boys love the boats and I really want to them to experience the island hopping thing. You have suggested hotel reservations on Santorini, should we makes reservations at any of the other islands like Rhodes? I know this is well in advance but I am really attempting to use miles for this one….love all your info..thanks so much.
    Cynthia

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I’d probably make reservations for Rhodes too. Regardless of the island it’s nice to have the first night or 2 taken care of and then look for a different place once you’re there. If you get seasick then best to avoid the hydrofoils and flying dolphins. The bigger ferries have a smoother ride. Santorini, Crete, and Ikaria are good choices that fall somewhere between Rhodes and Naxos. You can also try SkyExpress (http://www.skyexpress.gr/) if you want to take a break from the ferries for a leg of your journey. Good luck.

  40. 5 Weeks in Greece

    David- your posts are very helpful so I wanted to see what you would suggest for a 5 week Greek vacation starting mid june this summer. My Wife and I have 6 and 8 year old children so looking for a child friendly Island with some diversity in attractions too. Here is the challenge, is in all likelihood I will have family in Europe that will join us and so I will need to maybe pay for an additional hotel room or some villa but need to get total lodging to no more than $500 a night. Oh yea the family visiting likes a night life too as do when family is watching the kids. Anyways- what are your thoughts?

    Chris

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Hey Chris. Go with Naxos. There are quite a few moderately priced hotels and extended-stay accommodations very close to the wonderful Agios Gordios beach. The town and nightlife is a short walk over the hill from there. $500 night should be no problem even with a nice swimming pool. Have fun!

  41. Hotels for Families on Naxos

    Are you able to recommend any other hotels on Naxos for families. (These are fully booked.)

    1. Kostas

      We stayed at Litsa Studios in Agia Anna Beach in Naxos. It was very close to the beach and we choose to a room with access to the small yard to let the child play around

  42. Greek Islands in September

    Hi again David,
    Thanks so much for your tips on this site. I check it regularly, and now that we’re in the Greek Islands I have one more question for you. We are currently on Antiparos, me my husband, and 2 1/2 year old, and are here for two weeks, until September 16. We have two weeks left in the islands but haven’t planned what to do next. Our original thought was to split one of our two remaining weeks between Naxos and Santorini (both must-sees) and then come back to Antiparos because we like the small town feel of it. The problem is that it is now only early September and things here on Antiparos seem to be preparing to shut down. It’s fine now, but I fear that by the end of September it might be a bit too desolate. I figured the larger islands may not have that problem. Is it worth a week in each? We’ve just come from London, Rome and Barcelona and are still a bit worn out with cities and walking, as is our daughter, who has started insisting on being carried after a few meters of walking, not fun. We have a good stroller but some islands aren’t stroller friendly. Suggestions?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Hi Ashley. Yes, the bigger islands will still be fully running until late September (at least – likely well into October) but Antiparos will be slowing down. I think a week on Santorini might be a bit much with a 2 1/2 year old. I’d split the time between Naxos and Paros (with an overnight trip to Santorini) or a week in Naxos, a stop in Santorini, and then onto to Crete for another week. There are lots of flights from Crete back to Athens or even Western Europe if that suites your plans. Good luck.

  43. Paros, Naxos, Santorini and a day trip to Delos and Mykonos with Kids

    We took our kids (ages 6 and 2) to Paros, Naxos, Santorini and a day trip to Delos and Mykonos. I had heard that Santorini was not a great for kids but we found it one of the best places. We stayed in a great place in Imerovigli with a pool and amazing view. There are easy walks from there to Fira and around the area. We did a day trip to Oia which was amazing. I would recommend that people travelling to Greece with kids make sure that they introduce their kids to some of the basic Greek foods such as tatziki, olives, spinach pie if they will eat it and fetta cheese. Greece is also good for kids as there are lots of affordable trinkets they can buy.

    Johanna

  44. Naxos Has the Best Beaches for Families

    Naxos indeed has the best beaches for kids. Maybe the best beaches in Greece. I guess I haven’t seen 1/10 of them but of the ones I’ve seen Naxos is just as good or better. And great for kids. Naxos seemed a little cheaper than the other islands too. But the beaches are the big attraction and the main reason we went to Greece.

    Length of trip: 2 weeks
    Where we went: Crete (very briefly, just landed and left the next day on the ferry), Santorini, Mykonos and Naxos.
    Favourite spot: Naxos and Oia in Santorini
    Least favourite: Ferry port in Heraklion and Santorini when a couple cruise ships had pulled into port
    Time of year: last 2 days of august and into September.
    Food: Really good. Tried to eat mainly greek stuff, though I was a little tired of it by the end of 2 weeks.
    Favourite activity: uhmm, beach, swimming, walking around the little towns and villages
    Hotel price and quality: decent. Got an very nice place in Santorini that was way over our usual budget. The hotel in Heraklion was a bit of a dive but very cheap and friendly. The other places were moderate budget places. Nice but nothing special.
    Advice: Take your time getting around, don’t hurry, If I could do it again I’d probably cut at leat 1 island off our itinerary
    Pack light. I took 2 sweaters and 2 pair of pants (some friends said it could get chilly at night by mid-sept) but didn’t where any of it, even on the plane. If you’re really looking to save money get your hotels when you get there. We did book in advance and it was nice to have a place lined up before arriving in an island but I checked around a couple of times out of curiosity and the hotels were giving out big discounts. Or cheaper than what we were paying anyways.

    Heading back this year I think. Haven’t booked anything yet. Same time of year. Probably do some of the same islands, Naxos for sure, and some new ones.

    Great site. Thanks.

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