Planning your next family holiday is always a task that is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. For many households, this is the only proper getaway of the year – resulting in a heavy burden to get it ‘right.’ With thousands of possibilities – and a relatively tight budget for many, especially this year – there is little room for error. But there is one country where you simply can’t get it wrong: Greece.
Greece is a stunning Mediterranean country comprising over 50,000 square miles of land spread across two mainland peninsulas and well over 1,000 islands. It has a fundamental place in the history of the Western world because of the birthplace of modern philosophical thought, architecture, mathematics, and even politics.
Greece wears this rich history on its sleeve, being a modern nation that proudly wears its past on its sleeve. Contemporary cities incorporate structures from Greece’s various historical ages, while ancient architecture and monuments still standing today mark a mecca for historians, enthusiasts, and tourists alike.
A Family Adventure
Though Greece has many fantastic qualities that make it a uniquely inspired choice for your next family holiday, one of the leading arguments can be found in its climate. Greece’s lowland destinations are sunny and temperate all year round, meaning you can enjoy a holiday of blazing sunshine no matter the date you visit. This makes holiday planning around term times a trifle; even if the spring holidays are chock-full of family visits and events, you can still get your holiday abroad in the autumn half-term!
Logistics aside, though, Greece is nothing short of a playground for your family adventure. The more popular Greek destinations are naturally coastal, from mainland staples like the capital Athens to the manifold Greek islands that each offer their own unspoiled sands. Your holidays in Greece could be spent sailing the azure waters between them, engaging in active water sports beachside, or simply lounging on the sands themselves.
Not only does Greece offer the quintessential ‘sun-and-sea’ family holiday experience, but also adventures and activities galore. While Greece’s lowlands enjoy warm temperatures year-round, Greece is a diverse land – and inland, there be mountains. The Peloponnese is home to Aroania, a mountain range that becomes a veritable mecca for skiers in the winter. Aroania is one of 40 mountain ranges across Greece, many of which enjoy snow cover and bring an unlikely corner of sport to the southern Mediterranean.
Where to Go?
But where specifically should you take your family? The answer to this depends entirely on what your ideal family holiday looks like. If you’ve some budding boffins in your household, a visit to Athens to see the Acropolis and Byzantine Museum would be a cultural trip for the ages. Suppose you are after a visually stunning beachy break; the black sands and idiosyncratic houses of Santorini beckon.
If you can’t quite choose, then perhaps a multi-stop holiday bonanza is in order. You could start your week sailing off the coast of Kos and finish it hurtling down Aroania on skis, two holidays in one!
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