1/9 Crete, Greece

Soak up some sunshine on the island of Crete, with average temperatures in October hovering at a pleasant 20C. Toddlers will love to visit Dinosauria Park, with its huge collection of life size dinosaur models and an opportunity to dig for fossils. Samaria caves is another popular day trip with kids; children love exploring the underground caves and looking out for the resident bats. Acqua Plus, the island’s most popular water park, has an adults’ section with adrenaline-fuelled drops and a gentler children’s area with safe slides and pools. Limnoupolis is another popular water park, with a splash playground and lazy river for little ones. Elafonisi beach is regularly voted as one of Greece’s best beaches and children will love its pink sand and shallow waters.

Stay at: The Elounda SA resort offers three hotels for families to choose from according to their needs. The Kids’ Ark take children’s clubs to another level, with its own pool, vegetable garden and indoor and outdoor playgrounds.

Price: Suites are available from £335 per family per night.