The people are friendly, the sea is warm, the sunshine is guaranteed and the food and accommodation won’t upset the contents of your wallet or your children’s stomachs. No wonder Greece and Turkey are such popular family holiday destinations. You probably went there as a kid yourself and know just the place with that perfect toddler-friendly beach or laid-back taverna. The Greek Islands are the undisputed stars of the region, spattering the azure Aegean with over 2000 irresistible reasons to pack your bags and go Greek. Only a few dozen islands are holiday hotspots, but such is their diversity that you could easily spend a lifetime sampling them. Well-established favourites include Corfu, Rhodes and Crete. Then there’s Cyprus and the coasts of Turkey and the Peloponnese – all with enough sandy beaches, ice-cream kiosks and banana boat rides to satisfy most kids. There’s also a lot to be said for combining beach bliss with a little culture. The Greeks practically invented the stuff, so it would seem rude not to spend a day or two exploring the historical wonders of Athens or strutting your stuff in Ancient Olympia. Istanbul, meanwhile, carries more ’shock’ with its culture, but its hectic bazaars and flamboyant architecture will leave most children wide-eyed with wonder.
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