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Best Family Day Trips in the Ionian Islands
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When you are thinking of family holidays you need to look for destinations that would offer you excellent value for money experiences. Greece has always remained one of the popular family holiday destinations. With a variety of accommodations, sunny weather, pristine white beaches, clear blue waters, vibrant culture and history, delicious food and excellent connectivity, Greece is a paradise for families looking to spend quality time together.

The Ionian Islands are ideal for family holidays. Hence, you can always look for accommodations that would suit your preferences and budget. With this, you can ensure that you can have all the comfort and convenience when you stay in Greece. If you are still looking for hotels and villas in the Ionian Islands you can visit to find the best accommodations for your Ionian Island family trip.

However, if you plan to do more outdoor activities you can focus on family day trips which allow you to explore these islands daily. Here are a few options for family day trips in the Ionian Islands.

A Day Trip to Aqualand Corfu

When you are holidaying with your family in Corfu you can head to the Aqualand Corfu which is one of the best places to enjoy water slides. This is one of the biggest water parks in Greece and in Europe as well. This is one of the best places where you can spend your day with your family and loved ones. With more than 51 slides, pools and a variety of games, this place is a perfect family day trip offering fun and entertainment to adults and kids alike. You can enjoy meals here which would add to your overall family holidays in Greece. If you are going to spend a full day at the park you can opt for a full day pass to make the most of your time at the park.

Corfu to Paxos Boat Trip

If you are staying in Corfu a day trip to Paxos would also make a great experience. You can find many boat trips that allow you to enjoy a day cruise from Corfu to Paxos. This allows you to experience and witness both Corfu and Paxos from the sea. The ferry trip from Corfu to Paxos can take an hour. When you alight in Paxos you can explore Gaios. This is the main port of the island where you can explore the town buildings that have Venetian influence. You can also explore the Analipsi Church and the Bell Tower. Gaios also have ample bars, restaurants and cafes which provide you with excellent local Greek food and coffee. You can also visit the Olive Press Museum which educates you on the history of olive-pressing in the 18th century. Similarly, you can also visit the villages of Langos, and Lakka or travel further to Antipaxos where you can enjoy some gorgeous beaches.

Explore Lefkada Town and Historic Structures

When you are spending family holidays in Lefkada you would also want to enjoy a day trip where you explore the history of the island. Lefkada Town also known as Lefkada City is the main area where you can begin. This place is home to some of the popular restaurants, cafes, bars and tavernas. You can take a walking tour of this area which allows you to walk the winding cobblestone streets and alleys that lead to the harbor. Also, you can visit the Faneromeni Monastery which holds a special place in the hearts of Christians from around the world. The Castle of Agia Mavra is also one of the fascinating spots on the island. This castle was built in the 14th century to fortify the island from potential invasions. Also, you should not miss exploring the Church of Agios Ioannis Antzoussis which is the oldest church on the island.

Discover Zakynthos Beaches and Blue Water Caves Tour

If you are settled on Zakynthos you can also look out for a day trip where you get to explore the beaches and the blue water caves. Zakynthos has ample beaches where you can make the most of your day trip. If you are looking for a family day trip in Zakynthos you can look for a boat trip which allows you to explore multiple beaches at the same time. You can explore some of the finest beaches in Zakynthos like Xigia Sulfur Beach, Makris Gialos Beach, and Shipwreck Beach and enjoy some time at each beach. This is one of the best ways to cover multiple beaches in a single day. Apart from the beaches, you can also take a boat tour to Blue Water caves.

A Road Trip to Myrtos Beach, Assos and Fiskardo

When you are in Kefalonia you can head out together on a road trip which can take you across different locations on the island. Road trips have a healing power and therefore you should take one when you are holidaying in Greece.  The first spot on the list is Myrtos Beach. This is one of the finest beaches in the Ionian Islands. Hence, you can spend some time here swimming and sunbathing. When you are done you can get into your car and head to Assos which is the capital city of Kefalonia. This is where you can take a break and enjoy some delicious Greek meals. You can also walk this picturesque town and shop here. You further continue your trip to Fiskardo which offers you the tranquility you need for your family holidays. With its charming Venetian architecture, natural landscape and clear waters you can spend a few days here.

Exploring Ithaca from Kefalonia

While you are in Kefalonia you can also enjoy a day trip to Ithaca which provides you with a great family outing. This is where you can experience the history and culture of the Ionian Islands. Probably, one of the most laid-back islands of all, Ithaca is ideal for those who can do without any fancy beaches. You can take the early ferry which takes 45 minutes to commute from Kefalonia to Ithaca. The boat tour can take you across Gidaki Beach as well where you can spend time with your family. Vathy is the capital city of Ithaca and this is where you can spend the majority of your time with your family. Kioni is also one of the places where you can enjoy meals and spend quality time with your family. This is a perfect place when you have teenage kids who want to enjoy good food, enjoy the empty beaches and unwind. A trip to Ithaca from Kefalonia is a perfect day trip for families who want to enjoy the day rather than being busy hopping on several local attractions.

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Ashley Pugh

Ashley Pugh is one of the Co-Founders of and has been committed to writing family related content since 2008. There isn't much about family attractions that Ashley doesn't know, after visiting hundreds of them worldwide over the last 20 years.

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