Riding Academy of Crete

The horse riding club of Heraklion - just a few km away from the city - is an ideal daytrip for the whole family. Your kids will definitely enjoy the horse riding lessons, while you can relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

  • Riding Academy of Crete
  • Riding Academy of Crete
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  • Riding Academy of Crete
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  • Riding Academy of Crete
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  • Riding Academy of Crete
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Families should know

  • The riding club is very large and therefore rarely gets crowded. However, before visiting you should check that there is no special cultural event taking place: at these times it gets very popular among locals
  • The horses are well trained, but if you have younger children you will need to keep an eye on them if they wish to stroke or feed the animals
  • Avoid visiting the place around noon. The intense heat and lack of shade might make your visit unpleasant
  • The establishment is spread out over a vast area, so you may need to keep a careful eye on your children
  • Rent high quality baby & toddler travel gear such as car seats, strollers, baby carriers, trikes, booster seats through our partner My Baby in Greece for stress-free & fun family activities in Greece

Kids will love

  • Playing outdoors
  • Feeding the horses with carrots
  • The heroes of the Minoan play

Parents will love

  • The Minoan play at the riding club theatre
  • The cafeteria veranda with its view of the running track

Best season to visit

  • Open during Spring Spring
  • Open during Summer Summer
  • Open during Autumn Autumn
  • Open during Winter Winter
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The Minoan play takes place every Saturday at 16.30


The entrance fees for the Minoan play is 10 Euro for adults and 5 Euro for children

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Other parents say...

  • For my young daughter, the pony ride is always a really fun experience.

    Marika L.
  • The feeling of freedom that horse riding gives you is incredible. Sign up for the horse riding day trips at the beach – the experience is really unique.

    Haroula N.
  • We watched the first trial performance at the Minoan Court theater with our kids. Our daughter was enchanted by the imposing presence and beauty of Minoans, while our son was impressed by the performance.

    Rena T.
  • Took my 2.5yr old to the Minoan evening. We arrived a lot earlier so that we could visit the Equestrian centre. Without fail, it was one of the best (if not THE best) outing we made. My daughter is very very fidgety but she was an absolute angel for all of this. Thank you

    • Dear Kate, thank you so much for your kind message. It is our absolute pleasure that you really liked our recommendations. We are trying our best to help families visit nice places during their stay in Greece.
      We wish you all the best.

      Katerina Makatouni

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