Kid-friendly Spring Breaks in Greece

Family destinations that combine fun, culture and pleasant weather.  Thessaloniki and the surrounding area It’s a delight to perambulate around this lively seafront city, with its numerous parks, sculptures, landmarks and refreshment stops. The colorful city and its scenic promenade offer plenty of opportunities for fascinating museum visits, leisurely strolls and fabulous food, and, not least of all, the kinds of desserts children will remember forever. Thessaloniki: Science Center and Technology Museum Apart from a giant 3D Cinema Screen, a Digital Planetarium and Motion Simulator, the hands-on, interactive science center offers hours of geeky fun for kids and adults at its exhibition areas. Magic Park You can buy a general entry ticket at this ride-filled fun park for kids of all ages (it even has a ‘Babyland’ area). Mediterranean Cosmos On a cooler day, escape into this giant mall to watch a film (there are 11 cinemas to choose from) and play at the Village Arcade Center or PaidoCosmos. Dinosaur Park Not to be missed, the giant parkland features around 40 real-size dinosaurs, some even making realistic sound effects and motions. The multifaceted park also includes a Mammoth Museum, Ancient Greek Farm, Botanic Garden, the Cave of the Human Species Evolution, a Sea Life Park and a Park of Reptiles. PXP Climbing Wall With 145m2 of climbing walls, this urban spot is a great place for restless children; trainers are available for assistance. Outside Thessaloniki: Glorious Lakes A man-made lake created in 1932 and part of the Natura 2000 network, Lake Kerkini and its scenic surrounding areas are ideal for relaxing family fun in nature. Florina, 150k from Thessaloniki, is a region of lakes like Vergoritida and Hermotitida and picturesque villages such as Nymfaio, considered one of the most beautiful in Greece. Pieria Around 100k southwest of Thessaloniki, the Pieria prefecture in Macedonia is ideal for hikes among stunning forests and mountain landscapes. Stroll around quaint traditional villages such as Palaios Panteleimonas, on the slopes of Mount Olympus (there are numerous refuges to stop at on the mountain),which has a 180-degree view. Visit nearby archaeological sites such as that of Dion, a sacred ancient Macedonian site. Bordering the Aegean Sea to the east, it also has a beautiful coastline where you can eat at a seafront taverna. Vergina If you’re in Thessaloniki for a few days or longer, it’s well worth taking a day trip to explore Macedonia’s incredible ancient sites. see full article here