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Greek beaches with a 6 year old

We are planning a trip to Greece. We will spend a couple of days in Athens then head to the beach. We don't want to move a lot, but we do want a nice beach with good access to local food. Ideally we would like a place that has access to a pool for our 6 year old. We were thinking an All Inclusive Resort on Crete, but I'm worried we will miss the Greek experience and food.

We are thinking Crete, Corfu or the Peloponesse. We would so appreciate any suggestions; the more specific the better.

Edit (for specifics): We will be in Greece the first two weeks of August. We plan to spend a couple of days before moving on to the beach. The all inclusive resorts seemed to run about $600/night. That would be a total hotel/food budget if the two were separate. A balcony would be great for enjoying morning tea/coffee. We would prefer a sandy rather than rocky beach. Ideally the room would have a separate sleeping and sitting room (so we don't have to go to bed as early as our son).

Posted by
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The Grecotel chain is good for kids but you’re spoilt for choice really in Crete or Corfu as both are very popular family destinations. You can go half board or even B&B if you want to a combination of resort amenities and local food.

Posted by
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Whether on the mainland, in Crete or on any other Greek island, it is not by going to an all-inclusive resort that you will experience authentic Greece. Anyone used to going to Greece will tell you this.

There are tens of thousands of possibilities in small structures, often family-run, which will introduce you and your kid to true Greek hospitality.

Traditional Cretan food has the reputation of being one of the healthiest in the world, it is not by going to these all-inclusive resorts serving so-called Greek meals straight from the freezer. that you will discover it.

https://greeking.me/blog/greek-food/greek-food-guide

Posted by
3328 posts

You ask for specifics, but we can't oblige ulntil you supply your own specifics. WHEN you plan to go? Advice can differ drastically, if it's early June vs mid-August. (May-JUne or Sept = best). How long will your visit be? (aside from arrival & departure days)... if you plan on July-August, hugely crowded in popular destinations, you can partly escape by going to a large island like Crete, or less-known places in the Peloponnese... I'm a great fan of both, but not willing to spend time/effort on scenarios unless we know more. When wishing for a beach-adjacent place with pool, in high season, what's your per-niight budget, and your lodging requirements (OK with room w. balcony & kitchenette, or need 1-br apt?). Details, details, bring answers answers.

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11269 posts

She said first two weeks of August in her post. Not a great time, most crowded of the year.
Look at Paradise Beach Resort on Mykonos. l

Posted by
15612 posts

Look at Naxos. Agios Georios beach is like a kiddie pool and, thus, very popular with families. It's walking distance from the town center and lots of B&B's and small hotels, good restaurants. You have to wade out really far to get past knee-level water for an adult. No need for a pool. And it will be crowded in August, like most of Greece, especially the beaches. I rented an apartment from Studios Naxos. . . .2 flights up, no elevator, 2 rooms, kitchen/salon with a sofa and bedroom with twin beds, tiny balcony facing the beach, lovely for watching sunsets. There are other balcony rooms/apts for vacation rental as well.

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I love the Akrotiri peninsula near Chania on Crete, assuming you will rent a car. There are several small locally owned hotels in that region including Kavos, Blue Beach, and others, and excellent local food in Chorafakia. Importantly for you, there are multiple excellent beaches not right at the hotels but a short drive away, including Stavros and Kalathas and Tersanas which are particularly nice for young children because they are in somewhat connected coves and have very gradual sloping entry into the water. It’s about a half hour to Chania if you want to enjoy the city, there is a local monastery or two nearby with wine tasting etc, a British war cemetery within a half hour, so plenty to do if you don’t mind missing the larger more famous sites like Knossos (although that can also be done in a long day trip from Akrotiri). The hotels in this area tend to attract mainly European travelers, not many Americans. There is a significant expat population in this area but otherwise it is very local, very chill, very cheap, and the food is good. I go back for a week at a time every few years if I can swing it :-).

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Akkk not connected coves; I meant to say PROTECTED coves.