- Browse the Central Market, Athens: Big, noisy, smelly, and fragrant, this market’s indoor and outdoor stalls bring together all the food of Greece, from exotic denizens of the deep to country cheeses and swinging meat carcasses. Just looking at all these riches is one of the city’s top culinary experiences. Your kids might never settle again for that boring old stuff you pack in their school lunches.
- Sail through the National Marine Park of Alonnisos Northern Sporades: Dolphins will escort your cruise through pristine waters off an archipelago that is home to creatures as diverse as the shy Mediterranean monk seal and the mythical Cyclops—the cave where the one-eyed monster was blinded by Odysseus, according to Homer, is in the park. A swim in a secluded cove tops off the experience.
- Romp in Syntagma Square, Nafplion: No matter what’s happening in the world, life seems pretty good from a table on this café-lined, tree-shaded expanse at the heart of the Old Town. Nafpliots and their visitors linger for hours, and kids have free rein to run and jump across the smooth marble paving stones. No one complains when it comes time to leave, because no matter where you’re going, the only way out is along similarly enticing lanes.
- Squeeze into Spilia Skotini (Dark Cave), Skiathos: Even in the company of a boatload of camera-clicking fellow explorers, you and your young companions may feel an almost Robinson Crusoe-like sense of discovery as you float into this spectacular sea grotto. The splash of waves, the shimmer of the sea, and the luster of the light all conspire to transport everyone aboard into a watery fantasy world.
- Hike the Samaria Gorge: Yes, it will seem that you share the trail with just about every other traveler of all ages on the planet, but finding yourself in canyons only 3m (10 ft.) wide and 600m (1,969 ft.) deep is a profound experience nonetheless. It’s all the more exhilarating when an eagle soars overhead and a kri-kri, the shy, endangered Cretan wild goat, makes a rare appearance.
- See Athens from atop Mount Lycabettus: Of the many heights in the capital, this craggy, pine-covered rise—Athens' highest hill—provides the best vantage point. You don’t have to be a kid to think the ride up on the Teleferik (funicular) is a heck of a lot of fun, and the walk back down into Kolonaki is an invigorating adventure. You’ll surely get a kick out of being so high above Athens, catching the breeze, and seeing the spectacle of the city spreading out at your feet and the Aegean glistening in the distance.
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