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.
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?
Chania is Crete’s former capital and if food’s your passion this lovely city is one of the best places to indulge. Hunger for heritage is satisfied by a wonderfully atmospheric historic district centred around the ancient Venetian Harbour.
Vamos is the village where agritourism was born in Crete. Visit to see eco-excellence thriving everywhere from graciously restored mansions to charming taverna and award-winning ‘green’ guesthouses.
Let kids be archaeologists for the day at Kasteli where Archaeolab workshops give them a chance to excavate, discover and learn the secrets of the past, for real.
Discover beaches like Balos in the far west - world famous for its lagoon and shimmery white sands. Or go see the pink shores of Falassarna just south of Balos. Or pick one of the family-friendly beaches closer to Chania city, like Chrissi Akti, Troulakis and Paralia Agia Marina.
Chania’s the region for hopping to beachy and beautiful islands and islets like Elafonisi, Gramvousa and Gavdos on the most southerly point of Europe.
For extreme outdoor adventuring, gorge walking, hiking in Lefka Ori (White Mountains) and exploring the untamed and magnificent White Mountain Protected Forest, head to wild, thrilling and totally unique Sfakia in the south of Chania.
Hike the Samaria Gorge (longest in Europe) with older kids and teens. It’s a five-hour trek through impressive scenery and one of the top ‘only on Crete’ experiences for families.