If you have small children and want to go on holiday with them, it’s important that you learn a few simple secrets that will make your holiday comfortable, safe and, most importantly, pleasant for you and your little treasures.
There is no doubt that a trip to a foreign country with a baby or small child is not a simple affair. Just the thought that – in addition to all the luggage – you have to carry all sorts of things for children (prams, baby carriers, etc.), makes the trip feel like an odyssey!
You’ll be happy to know that there are solutions to all these matters that will turn going on holiday with children into child’s play. Through its website (www.mybabyingreece.com), My Baby in Greece allows people travelling with children to have carefree holidays by offering rentals of any infant or children’s gear they may need (name-brand prams, car seats, baby carriers, baby monitors, etc.), as well as other necessary infant and children’s items (such as swim vests, drinking bottles, sunscreen, nappies, wet wipes, etc.). The above gear meets all European safety standards and high hygiene standards.
The items you wish to rent will be delivered to you upon arrival at the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, at the Port of Piraeus or at your hotel, depending on what suits you best. This way you can avoid the hassle of carrying the gear around, as well as the risk of damage and excess-luggage charges. This service makes family holidays in Greece a veritable piece of cake.
If you’re on holiday in Attica with the children...
• Choose a beach with shallow water and with sand so the children can play, and make sure the beach is easily accessed by car. This way you and your treasures will have a great time... and so will the other bathers! Attica has many such beaches, including Schinias, Anavyssos, Varkiza, Kavouri and Sounion.
• Choose to stay at a good family hotel on the beach, so you don’t need to travel by car every day to take a swim. Be sure the hotel you choose has all the necessary facilities for children (a play centre with skilled personnel, a playground, rental of infant and children’s gear, babysitting services, a children’s pool next to the adult pool, activities for children, etc.). You can find detailed information in the accommodation section of the website.
• Plan some outings that will give your children something to remember. Some good ideas are the Attica Zoological Park in Paiania (eastern suburbs), the Tritsis Environmental Park at Ilion (western suburbs), the National Gardens at Syntagma Square (Centre), the Marina Floisvou play centre (southern suburbs), the Allou Fun Park amusement park (Piraeus), the model playground on the Palaio Faliro waterfront, and finally a walk on the beautiful seaside path along the Palaio Faliro coastline (southern suburbs).
Experience a camping holiday…
Large, organised camping sites make for a great holiday, provided you enjoy this sort of thing and your children are above the age of four. Attica has many camping sites that are ideal for children, including at Sounion, Marathonas, Schinias, Limanakia in Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Kokkino Limanaki in Rafina, Nea Makri, Kinetta and Alepochori.
Information on camping sites in Attica and throughout Greece: tel.: (+30) 21036 21560, www.greececamping.gr
Creative activities for children on Poros island
If you happen to visit the lush and beautiful island of Poros this summer, keep in mind that the Children’s Creative Activity Centre organises many programmes. In one of these programmes, children learn the art of the mosaic, weaving and tapestry. Many other creative activities are also on offer depending on the children’s ages. These programmes are taught by experienced educators and artists who are distinguished and well known around the world. Contact: (+30) 22980 22760.