Best area to stay in Crete for families


As the largest of the Greek islands, Crete is a great choice for a family vacation. Almost every part of the island is suitable for families, but we’ve chosen a few special areas which make a good base for your vacation in Crete.

Where to stay in Crete

Crete, much like the rest of Greece, is a very family friendly destination. As such, you can’t really go wrong when choosing somewhere to stay with your family in Crete. We’ve come up with a few suggestions below that we believe covers the vast majority of visitors planning a trip to there. If you want to venture off the beaten path a little, contact our team through the chat box and we’ll help!


If you’re only visiting Crete for a few days, then it may make sense to stay in Heraklion. As the capital, it has connections to other areas of the island, and also has a good choice of accommodation. Most first time visitors to Crete will want to visit Knossos of course, but there are also numerous other things to see and do in the immediate area. We’ve got a lovely article here which lists 8 places for kids to visit around Heraklion. We also offer tours and activities to other parts of the island that can start and finish in Heraklion.


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Whilst Heraklion may be the capital and does have its charms, there is no doubting that Chania is much prettier. It does become very busy with tourists during the peak months of July and August, but outside these times, it is a very pleasant place to stay, especially in the autumn. In addition to simply enjoying the town itself, there are ample day trips from Chania you can take in order to see more of the countryside and experience a little of Cretan life. Even if you don’t stay in Chania with your family when on vacation in Greece, you should consider making a trip here.

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The town of Rethymnon is situated halfway between Heraklion and Chania on the northern coastline of Crete. As such, it is ideally placed to access all part of the island relatively easily, meaning all types of day trips are possible. From here, you can take a trip to the Samaria Gorge, see the Matala Caves, or simply hang around on the beach. Accommodation here is in plentiful supply, and we have a good selection of family villas in Rethymon to choose from.


Our final suggestion of an area to stay in Crete for families, is Elounda. The luxury resorts here cater to guests who want to relax in comfort, and have access to facilities such as kids clubs and sports activities. Whilst staying in Elounda, you can also choose one or more day trips to other parts of Crete through the Kids Love Greece website.

Are you thinking of visiting Crete soon with your family, and would like more travel information? Contact our team today or sign up for our newsletter. We’d love to help you organize your family holiday in Greece!


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