Top family-friendly Islands across the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean has it all - great culture, yummy food, gorgeous beaches and plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied. With so many great destinations to choose from, it can be hard to make a decision.
To help you out here are our top Mediterranean islands to visit with your family.
Best for: Inspiring a Love of History / All Inclusive Breaks
There are two very distinct sides of Rhodes - the incredible ancient monuments, grand Old Town and many natural wonders, and the fantastic all inclusive sprawling hotel complexes you can stay in while there. Luckily for us, it's easy to visit Rhodes and make the most of both sides!
To learn more about what there is to do out and about in Rhodes, give this a read.
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Best for: A bit of everything
Majorca is a pretty perfect holiday destination for any family. With large family-friendly beaches, calm clear water, a quiet countryside and loads of activities, it's hard to beat for access to everything.
In Majorca, you'll find major resorts, picturesque rustic hotels and everything in between. For younger kids, you've got super safe family-friendly beaches and waterparks. For the older ones, there's rock-climbing, water sports and adventure parks. Majorca really is a great all rounder.
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Best for: Winter Sun
With year round sunshine and great winter pricing, Cyprus has always been a favourite for winter travellers and families are no exception. In December, expect temperatures to peak around 19C - not bad compared to home! Plus, you'll find everything from spas and ancient ruins to trekking and waterparks here so there's something for everyone.
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Best for: Active Families / Making Miniature Foodies Happy
Sicily is fantastic when you're travelling with kids. Not only do they get made a fuss of everywhere you go, but some of it even rubs off on you! Wherever you visit in Sicily, everyone will go above and beyond to make sure your little ones are enjoying themselves and this goes doubly whenever food is involved.
Sicily also has a ton of activities perfect for an active family from zip-lining to horse riding to trekking up Mt. Etna (donkey rides are available for the kids), there's something for everyone.
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Best for: Having a Family City Break by the Sea
A beautiful beach destination in its own right, Malta is on our list today because of its stunning Capital City - Valletta. A city built for wandering, Valletta feels so wonderfully different to other European cities. It's built right on the water and is fantastic value compared to many cities. It's easy to reach the beach from Valletta and boat trips depart from the City's marina regularly. You can also explore the city from a horse-drawn carriage or hop on the "Fun Train" when any little feet get too tired.
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Best for: Getting your Teenagers involved
The posterchild for gorgeous Greek beaches (it's even been called the Caribbean of Greece), the island of Lefkada has so more than just sparkling waters. Lefkada is one of the best places in Europe for water sports and your teens will love it. With large beautiful bays and consistent winds, windsurfers, sailors and other water sports fanatics swarm to Lefkada every year. There's plenty of rental companies to cater to everyone so why not pick up a new family hobby in-between sunbathing sessions.
To reach Lefkada, fly to the nearby Preveza airport. Direct flights are normally available from London, Manchester and Bristol. Alternatively fly to Kefalonia where you can reach Lefkada by ferry (2 hours) or domestic flight.
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Best for: Beach Breaks for Young Families
Naxos is a wonderful family-friendly island. You won't find the major all-inclusive resorts of Rhodes here, but you will find some of the nicest, safest beaches in Europe. Many beaches on Naxos have extremely calm, shallow waters - the perfect environment for all members of the family to relax and just have fun. There's plenty of space too as Naxos has the longest stretches of beaches in the Cyclades. If you need help picking a beach, check our blog on Naxos' beaches.
To reach Naxos, you can fly to Santorini or Mykonos then take a short ferry (It's around 40 minutes from Mykonos and at least 70 minutes from Santorini) or fly to Athens to take a domestic flight (40 minutes) or ferry (minimum 3.5 hours) to Naxos.
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Best for: Getting off the Beaten Track / Nature Lovers
An unusual island, Vis was once a Yugoslav military base closed to foreigners for years. An absolute paradise for nature lovers with stretches of wild and untouched scenery, you'd never guess its history when visiting Vis today. Although its still off the beaten track, Vis has plenty of gorgeous coves and beaches, excellent authentic Croatian food and stunning scenery that wouldn't look out of place in any travel magazine.
Fun Fact: The film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was shot here rather than in Greece!
It's a perfect spot if you're looking for something a little different and there's loads to explore from charming towns to natural caves. You can reach Vis from Split by taking a 90 minute catamaran - there are also ferries available but these typically take an hour longer.
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