Nobody said it was easy travelling with children. In fact nobody said that visiting a local supermarket with children was easy, what with navigating strollers while preventing tears and keeping everyone entertained. Now that you have braved the short flight to the Greek islands, successfully settled into your hotel and unpacked your suitcase, you may find yourself scratching your head with the realization that you have no idea what to do with the kids when they wake up!
That’s where we come in at My Destination Crete. Below is a taste of the many activities to be enjoyed by the whole family.
Crete is a very child friendly island, with many activities for your children to enjoy from the usual to the unusual Crete has the facilities and activities that will keep the whole family entertained for the duration of your stay.
Crete offers many of the activities that you would expect to get in your home country, from watching the latest Disney blockbuster at one of Crete’s many cinemas/playgrounds to a night of enjoyment spent at the bowling lanes of the Heraklion city.
Why not visit Aqua plus or watercity waterparks, situated east of Airport Heraklion, it is easily accessible from most tourist resorts. This waterpark is a water world of fun for both children and adults.
Situated just next to it is the Lassithi plateau Lassinthos park for the whole family to learn and interact with many animals.Ride a horse-touch a goat, play with the dogs.
A place Must to visit is the Aquarium of Heraklion which hosts the rare Meditteranean species of fishes , admire Sea Lions and Sea Turtles. Hang out with parrots and reptiles all within an environment of combined entertainment and education (see video below).
The impressive star-shaped domed Cretan Aquarium is an international quality family attraction in Gournes pediados. A must-visit with all types of sea creatures on display and underwater tunnels walking under sharks and other exotic fish.
With Crete being situated in the heart of the beautiful Mediterranean and the endless days of summer, it’s no surprise that you can find such an array of watersports on the islands. Depending on the age of your children you may choose from and array of active watersport activities…. fast powered boat rides, water skiing, wave boarding or parakiting to mention but a few. Platanias-Chania water sports center-Elafonisi water bike hire hersonisos Water sports center with two reputable operators who offer such facilities.
Alternatively a more relaxed day with a spot of snorkelling, fishing, canoe hire or why not take a Made-Agia Pelagia to the unique Blue Lagoon in Agia Pelagia gulf.
A great opportunity for a photo shoot moment. Admire the coastal sunsets or take a day trip overlooking the sandy beaches of Crete. This is a wonderful activity for you and your family to enjoy. Suitable for all levels of ability, be it beginner or advanced, as an instructor will be accompany you at all times. The Ippikos omilos Grammatikakis horse rescue operation) and Therapy horse riding school for a couple of good options.
Enjoy a day at Rethymnon Municipality garden a true oasis”. Adults and children love this place while roaming around freely is just as entertaining, joining a tour is great for some background information on each species…birds and animals alike. It is actually not just a bird park; it is also home to many animals such as goats krikri , dogs and meerkats to name a few.
For the older kids (12 and over), this cannot be recommended highly enough. Whether touring the countryside around Dingli or the historic streets of Psiloritis withCretan cycling tour Babis you are guaranteed to have a smile plastered across your kid’s face for hours after the fun-filled trip.
- Child friendly restaurants – If uncertain when picking a restaurant if it’s suitable for children, one can assume that most establishments that fall under the “Pizza, alaPasta & Grills” category are child friendly and widely available.
- Avoid Paceville (the nightlife capital of Hesronisos) in old port during evenings and weekends, if with small children.
- Availability of baby supplies – both local and international brands of nappies, baby wipes, baby food etc. can be found easily in local supermarkets and pharmacies.
Crete is not the first destination that pops to mind when mentioning ‘Carnival’, but the festival is well entrenched in the island’s cultural calendar and is undeniably one of the best events in Chania. Tourists usually stumble upon the festivities by chance…and boy do they enjoy it. Most are simply swept off their feet with all the colourful floats, elaborate costumes, children dancing routines, merriment, spontaneity and downright silliness.
Carnival in Rethymnon has a long history dating back to the times of the Turkish occupation . The increasingly wild festivities throughout the years made several Grand Masters unhappy with its unruliness and quite a few tried to curb the events. But Carnival in Rethymnon withstood the test of time and today enjoys massive popularity with locals and an increasing reputation with foreigners.
Even though celebrated across all the Greek islands in town squares, schools, homes and private parties, today the main organised Carnival activities take place in Crete’s Rethymnon-Malia-Arkalochori .
Rethymnon Pompous and Spectacular Carnival
Local aficionados spent a whole year in secrecy preparing for the four days of events to participate and compete in the Carnival parade. Eerily beautiful and colourful floats which depict all sorts of people, animals and mythical creatures, throng the streets of Rethymnon with dancers in elaborate costumes partying aboard (costumes are more family friendly then their Cretan counterpart). Carnival float building in Crete is an art inherited through family generations and enthusiasts take great pride in their work with more than a touch of rivalry amongst participants.
Carnival days in Rethymnon also host a number of marching bands, costumed children and youths enjoying the merriment along the historic streets, whilst various costumed dance groups perform in rethymnon main square with families enjoying the show from purposely set-up stands.