Things to do in Crete for families


The Greek island of Crete is an ideal destination for a family vacation. With a wide variety of activities, beaches and areas to explore, here’s the best things to do in Crete for families.

What to do in Crete

Crete is the biggest of all the Greek islands, and as such is a great destination for families. It’s possible to spend an entire two week family vacation on Crete, and still leave plenty to see and do for the next year. In fact, many of our clients fall so in love with Crete, that they return year after year!

Whether planning a 2 week road trip around Crete, or simply spending a few days there as part of wider travel itinerary in Greece, include at least some of these suggestions of things to do in Crete during your next family vacation.

Visit Knossos

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The palace of Knossos is so famous, it doesn’t really need much of an introduction. What perhaps does need mentioning, are our special family tours designed with kids in mind. Our carefully chosen guides use interactive games and puzzles to make visiting Knossos an experience your kids will always remember. They’ll come away having learned a lot, and most importantly, having had fun!

Find out more: Private family guided tour of Knossos and pottery workshop.

Spend time at the beaches in Crete


Whilst some families are content to spend their time in a family resort in Crete, others venture out and check out some of the other beaches on the island. Perhaps the most famous beach on Crete is Elafonisi beach. It is a truly remarkable beach, with clear waters and pink tinged sands. It’s a great place for kids of all ages as well, and the little ones will have endless fun splashing in the water!

Outdoor activities in Crete

River trekking in Crete with Kids

If you are a family of outdoor adventurers, then Crete will be perfect for you! The varied landscape includes deep gorges, mountains, and rivers, meaning that cycling, hiking, paragliding, canyoning, river trekking, diving, and kayaking are just some of the activities you can enjoy. Perhaps not all in one day though! Take a look here for our guide on outdoor activities in Crete.

Get hands on

Looking for a way to get the phone out of your kid’s hands? Try one of our creative cultural activities. We offer all types of workshops, including pottery making, silk printing, and cooking classes. This provides everyone with the chance to perhaps learn a new skill, but to also connect with the history and traditions that have been passed down for generations in Crete.

Sailing in Crete

Our final suggestion of things to do in Crete for families, is to take a sailing trip. This type of shared experience is one everyone will remember, as they see parts of the island otherwise inaccessible, enjoy diving off the boat, and generally having a good time!

Want more inspiration for a family vacation in Crete? Talk to our team today, and we’ll happily share our expertise to help you plan the perfect family vacation.


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