A guide to planning family holidays in Crete with kids

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25th February 2021

Family holidays in Crete take you to the most southerly and largest Greek island. And with the UK in talks with the Greek government about COVID-19 vaccine passports, we thought it might be a good time to take a closer look at why Crete is so popular with families,  and where’s good to go on the island when we can start travelling again.


family holidays in Crete

1/4 Chania

Chania is Crete’s most westerly region, home to the White Mountains Protected Forest, incredible gorges and some of the loveliest beaches in Greece. With all this natural splendour going on, it probably won’t surprise you much to discover that Chania’s also where Crete’s agritourism industry began; way back in 1994 when responsible travel was still considered quirky. As far as family holidays in Crete go, one of the advantages of an historic commitment to environmental and cultural stewardship is the wide range of activities and experiences which combine eco-friendly with fun – good news if you’re travelling with older kids and teens.

Why choose Chania for family holidays in Crete?

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family holidays in Crete

2/4 Rethymno

Tucked between Chania and Heraklion, Rethymno is Crete’s smallest region which only makes it easier to explore its gorges and mythical caves, lovely beaches, historic villages and romantic Rethymno city itself; home to one of the best preserved medieval old towns in Greece.

Why choose Rethymno for family holidays in Crete?

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family holidays in Crete

3/4 Heraklion

Tucked between two impressive mountain ranges with a magnificent stretch of coast and the largest, liveliest city in Crete at its heart, Heraklion is the region where family waterparks contrast with ancient marvels like Knossos. It’s also where you’ll find delightful eco-villages, thriving artistic communities in the lovely countryside and a coast lined with family-friendly resorts,  water sports, shops and restaurants.

Why choose Heraklion for family holidays in Crete?

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family holidays in Crete

4/4 Lasithi

Crete’s eastern region isn’t the one for mountain ranges or gorges, but it’s great for unusual beaches, interesting towns and villages, and historic sites like UNESCO World Heritage Spinalonga Island. Lasithi’s well loved by families looking for fewer crowds, luxury resorts and authentic atmosphere, but all within easy reach of Heraklion.

Why choose Lasithi for family holidays in Crete?

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