Mainland Greece: Galaxidi with kids

Date
Jun, 12, 2018

Galaxidi is a place for families who seek an “island” like atmosphere just two and a half hours away from Athens. It is an all year round destination; suitable for both winter and summer vacation. The small town is a picturesque combination of an island and beautiful mountains. Galaxidi is pleasant and quaint. Galaxidi offers a rich naval history and is a traditional and preserved area. Galaxidi is famous for its stone path alleys, the beautiful homes, picturesque country houses, and harbor. Galaxidi kept its traditional character and is, therefore, a great place to show your family the real Greece. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Galaxidi with young children.

To see & do in Galaxidi with kids

Galaxidi with kids is relaxing and easy to navigate. There are several attractions in this picturesque mainland town. Here are some of my best things to do in Galaxidi with kids.

  • Play at the Mama square playground

The Mama square is the central square of Galaxidi. There is a playground and there are a few restaurants for parents to sit and watch the children play safely.

  • Visit the Maritime Museum & Archaeological Collection of Galaxidi

Working days-hours: daily, 08:00-13:30 (summer period)

  • Make a Walk to Kentri

Follow the coastal road by the forest side and leave behind the village. You will find the ” Wife of the Sailor ” monument at almost the end of the road. Enjoy the view of the town as you will be walking along the small beaches and at the end, you will reach the famous Galaxidi statue

  • Take a boat trip 

A day cruise to the small islands in the Itean gulf is great during a hot summer.

  • The Famous Galaxidi Flour Wars

In a post about Galaxidi, the famous Galaxidi Flour wars have to be mentioned. These happen once a year during Clean Monday – the end of carnival season and the beginning of the Greek Orthodox Lent, 40 days prior to Easter. Galaxidi is covered with more than 1,5 ton of flour which is thrown on the locals and visitors that attend this crazy flour battle, a 200-year-old custom.

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A peaceful Mayday on the beach in Galaxidi

Beaches in Galaxidi with kids

Galaxidi with kids is relaxing because the beaches are ideal for young kids. The beaches of Galaxidi are clear, clean and feature small pebbles. There are sea urchins on the rocks so don’t forget to bring some water shoes. One of the best beaches for families in Galaxidi with kids is Kendri beach: Shortly before the end of the main road and immediately after the before mentioned statue of the sailor’s wife.

Eating in Galaxidi with kids

Galaxidi mostly features family taverns and straightforward eateries. Most taverns are open all year around. Many serve excellent traditional dishes at reasonable quantities and prices. Families in Galaxidi with kids can try traditional pork with quince and kelemia which is a traditional dish with meaty stuffed onions and feta cheese with honey.

Where to stay in Galaxidi with kids

There are no large resorts or luxury hotels in the picturesque Galaxidi. Instead, there are many boutique hotels and authentic and original small hotels and guest houses. I recommend Ganimede Hotel because of its family activities, cooking lessons for kids and kids-welcome vibe. Ganimede is famous for its awarded Greek Breakfast with its home-made flavours and unique authentic Greek hospitality. The hotel has family rooms and some have a kitchenette.

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Flour Throwing Festival in Galaxidi

Each year at Greek Carnival, the little harbour town of Galaxidi in the Peloponesse is covered with more than 1.5 ton of coloured flour. This is thrown on the locales and the tourists who attend the most insane battle. The traditional flour battle symbols the end of the carnival period. The historic legacy and the causes to these fights are unknown. According to local tradition, in the 19th century, when Greece was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, carnivals were forbidden. In spite of the prohibition, the locals danced in the streets with their faces coloured with coal as a protest against the government. later on, they added the coloured flour tossing. The flour battle takes place on Clean Monday. During the holiday, hundreds of people, dressed in plastic cloths, their paces are coloured with black coal and safety goggles on their eyes, fill the streets.

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I am Celeste and this is my Family Travel Blog. The first and only one about Greece in English and Dutch with real stories. This is where I share my experiences on family travel and activities in Greece and tips on how to make wonderful family memories.

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