Take your pick from these kid-friendly activities to do when visiting Crete during your next family vacation in Greece. Here’s the best things to do in Crete with kids.
Crete for Kids
Crete has a very different approach to catering for kids than other countries do. Instead of kid-friendly menus, you can expect tasty home-made cooking. Instead of fake theme parks, there’s cultural experiences, and there’s a general sense of social inclusion simply not found elsewhere.
This is the Greek way of life, and of course just one of the many things that attracts people to Crete each year.
Top things to do with kids in Crete
Everyone needs a starting point when it comes to choosing the best things to do in Crete with kids. Here’s our top suggestions.
1. Take a Percy Jackson tour of Knossos
Knossos is the most well known archaeological site in Crete, and the base for the ancient Minoan civilisation. Whilst a must-see for adults, kids may not always share their enthusiasm. Unless, that is, they take our unique kid-friendly Percy Jackson Tour!
Crete is a veritable playground for family outdoor activities. From sailing and wind-surfing, through to mountain bike riding and river walks, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for outdoor activities for kids in Crete, take a look here – Family outdoor activities in Crete.
3. Greek National Football Museum in Chania
Are your kids football, or should we say soccer fans? If so, they will love the Greek National Football Museum in Chania! Whilst Greece have yet to win a World Cup, they have appeared in 3 finals, as well as numerous European competitions. This interesting museum documents the history of the national team, and contains shirts from the players, balls from significant matches, and more. A must for soccer fans, especially for families of Greek heritage!
4. Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary
Located at the South West of Moires between the villages of Petrokefali and Sivas, the Donkey Sanctuary is on the road to Matala. This means you can visit here on the way to seeing the amazing Matala Caves.
This is a wonderful project that supports rescued and abandoned donkeys. Your kids will have the chance to enjoy time with the animals, and of course any donation would be welcome in order to continue funding the sanctuary.
No family vacation in Crete would be complete without spending time on some of the incredible beaches! You can check out our top recommendations for family friendly beaches in Crete for inspiration, but make sure to visit Elafonissi beach – your kids will love the fabulous pink sands!
Would you like more information on planning a family vacation in Crete? Contact the Kids Love Greece team today. Our local experts are always on hand to answer questions, and we also create bespoke itineraries so that you have the most memorable vacation in Crete imaginable!
Greece has some of the best museums in the world, documenting it’s rich history and ancient civilizations. Here’s the best museums in Greece.
The Best Museums for Kids in Greece
Unless you are visiting Greece purely for a sun and beach holiday (and there’s no better destination in the world for that!), you’ll want to get to know some of the ancient past of Greece.
With 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites, thousands of other archaeological sites, and hundreds of museums, it’s a cultural extravaganza. The one small problem that families face though, is that not all kids love museums!
That’s why we have listed the best museums in Greece for families here. Each one appeals to kids on a different level, and when combined with one of our exclusive Kids Love Greece tours, you can be assured of a fun and memorable experience.
The Acropolis Museum in Athens
We’ll start with the Acropolis Museum in Athens. This museum is often described as one of the best in Greece if not the world, and beautifully displays the artefacts found at the Acropolis which is nearby.
Kids will love this museum for many reasons. Younger one have the chance to go on a treasure hunt through the museum (treasure hunt kits available at the ticket desk), and older ones will appreciate curiosities like the Sorcerers Ball.
No visit to the incredible archaeological site of Knossos is complete without also visiting the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion. It’s here you will find out more about the ancient Minoan civilization, the importance of Knossos, and see some of the artefacts discovered at the site.
The collections in the museum cover nearly 6000 years of history, spanning from the Neolithic era through to the Roman times. It gives a fascinating insight into the importance of Crete to the ancient Greek world, and also includes its fair shares of mysteries such as the Phaistos Disc, which still remains undecipherable despite the best efforts of countless experts over the last hundred years. Will your kids be the ones to reveal the meaning behind these mysterious ancient words?
When visiting Ancient Olympia in the Peloponnese region of Greece, make sure to allow enough time to visit the Archaeological Museum. It’s here that many artefacts found on the site are displayed, the majority of which were left at the site as offerings to the various Gods.
Your kids will be amazed at the armour and the weapons such as swords which are on display at the museum. In addition, perhaps the most outstanding display, is a series of sculptures which depict the Legend of Hercules. If your kids love Greek Mythology, then this is a place they won’t want to miss!
If you’re looking to taste a slice of the good life, look no further than Crete. This food lover’s paradise is the perfect destination for your family to discover Greek cuisine.
The Greek island of Crete
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and perhaps most well known for its key archaeological site of Knossos. There’s far more to the island than just ancient history though. Traditions and culture that stretch back hundreds of years have given the people distinct traits, and nowhere is this better reflected than in its food!
Good food in Crete
Good food is everywhere in Crete. Whether it’s a simple Dakos eaten at lunch in a mountain village, or a seafood feast at a coastal taverna, the choices are endless.
The quality of the food is second to none, and the prices are sometimes so low that you’ll think they added the bill up wrong in your favor! One thing’s for sure, you won’t go hungry on a family vacation in Crete!
Find out about Greek food in Crete
One of the best ways to get a taste for Greek food in Crete, is through a food tour. In the company of a local guide, you will be shown delicacies specific to an area and learn how small family businesses are essential in keeping traditions, recipes and quality alive! Here’s some of our favourite family food tours in Crete:
Chania Crete Family Food Tour
This tour is based around the concept of a small group exploring the streets of Chania – one of the prettiest towns in Crete. It’s ideal for families who are keen to savor the sights, sounds and tastes of Crete as you explore the streets and neighbourhoods of Chania. Part walking tour, part food tour, the chance to sample locally produced foods along the way is a great introduction to both Greek food and Chania itself.
Take a walk through the oldest neighbourhoods of Rethymno with a local foodie who knows all the right places! This family-friendly tour specialises in places the locals eat themselves, enabling you to eat and drink the best products of Crete. Get chatting to local vendors, tickle your tastebuds, and fall in love with the food of Crete!
Heraklion is the capital of Greece, and also a centre where the best food from around the island arrives! As such, Heraklion can be a foodies paradise. With cute cafes and tavernas hidden down obscure backstreets, selections of locally produced olive oil and cheese, this walking tour also gives an introduction to Heraklion. If you’re only in town for a short period of time, we’d suggest visiting Knossos and the museum in the morning, followed by this amazing food tour in Heraklion!
These are our top-rated island day trips from Athens. Visit Aegina, Hydra or even 3 islands in one day from Athens for a taste of island life!
The Saronic Islands of Greece
Located just off the Greek mainland, the Saronic islands are an often overlooked part of Greece. With people in a mad dash to rush out to the famous islands such as Santorini and Mykonos, the likes of Hydra and Aegina are often not even thought about.
This is a real shame, as the Saronic islands have their own unique charm. If you’re planning a trip to Greece, and would like to experience what they offer for yourself, these are our choices for the best island day trips from Athens.
Family Day Trip to Aegina Island from Athens
This family day trip from Athens to the Greek island of Aegina is all about discovering island life, tasting authentic food, and enjoying the beautiful coastline.
A dedicated and fun tour guide will show you the best of the island of Aegina. Along the way, you’ll listen to stories of pirates, tales from Greek Mythology, and learn how to dance like a Greek. You’ll also visit the Temple of Aegina – One of three temples near Athens said to make up a Sacred Triangle!
The traffic free island of Hydra can be just the thing you are looking for if you want to escape the heat and noise of Athens! During this day trip from Athens, you’ll have time to explore the interesting harbour, discover the history of the island, and perhaps even take a ride on a donkey!
Hydra makes a lovely family trip from Athens, especially because of the traffic free nature of the island. In addition, there are plenty of local delicacies to be enjoyed, and the novelty of taking a water-taxi around the island! Our tour guide will be with you every step of the way, making sure you get to see the Hydra from a unique angle.
Whilst the 3 island cruise of the Saronic islands gives you less time on each island, the bonus is you get to see 3 islands!
This family day trip from Athens takes you to the Greek islands of Aegina, Moni, and Agistri. Each one of these has something unique to offer, whether it is the port a perfect swimming beach on Moni, or the seafood tavernas of Agistri.
Our friendly guide will explain the history of each island, as well as give you an insight into contemporary Greek life. This is an interesting trip to make, that we especially recommend if the rest of your Greek vacation will be spent in mainland Greece.
Make 2019 the year you take a family road trip in Greece! There’s plenty of regions to explore, but here’s why we think you will love the Peloponnese in particular.
Family Road Trip in Greece
Taking a road trip in Greece is not for every family, but those that choose to are in for a real treat. With the chance to get away from the busy popular islands such as Santorini, you have the opportunity to experience the real Greece.
Picture small mountain villages, beautiful stretches of unspoiled coast, Venetian Castles and UNESCO World Heritage sites. All this and more can be yours when you take a family road trip in the Peloponnese region of Greece.
Explore the Peloponnese in Greece
When first looking at the Peloponnese region of Greece, many people consider it to be an island. And it is – kind of. Originally, it was a peninsular, becoming an ‘island’ after the completion of the Corinth Canal. However, it is still referred to as a peninsular region, connected to the rest of the country by the Rio bridge, and the bridge over the Corinth Canal.
Ancient Greek Culture originated in the Peloponnese
The Peloponnese region of Greece was arguably the central originating point of ancient Greek culture. This is thanks largely to the powerful Mycenaean Civilisation who dominated the area and also spread their influence across the Mediterranean. If you love ancient Greece, you can include sites such as Mycenae, Ancient Olympia, Corinth, and Nemea on your family road trip.
The Peloponnese has amazing Venetian Castles
Due to its position and geography, the Peloponnese region of Greece was often a desirable place for regional powers to exert control. It was the Venetians who left their mark most visibly, with a series of magnificent castles along the coastline. If your kids have never seen a European castle before, places such as Methoni and Koroni will be a real eye-opener for them!
Incredible beaches in the Peloponnese
Whilst many people debate if the the beaches of Milos or Naxos are better, there is a smaller group that are satisfied the beaches of the Peloponnese are not as widely known! Some of these, particularly on the west coast of the Peloponnese, offer vast stretches of sand. They are undeveloped, quiet, and idyllic. Looking for somewhere that offers this but with a little more development (tavernas and the like)? Try Foinikounta beach – it’s one of our favourites in all of Greece!
Plan your family road trip in Greece
If you would like help in planning a family road trip in Greece, contact the Kids Love Greece team today. We will be more than happy to help you organise a road trip itinerary that takes in the best of Greece.
You might also be interested in the following resources for road trip planning:
If you would like to explore the Peloponnese, but have some concerns about driving, you might like to consider our Percy Jackson tours of Greece. During these unique tours, we take you on a journey through ancient Greece with a Percy Jackson twist, with some of the locations being in the Peloponnese. Find out more about our tours here – Percy Jackson Tours in Greece.
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