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crete | December 4, 2017

Chania adventure: Top 10 things to do on a family vacation in Chania

With an array of fun and interactive activities to take part in the summer months, Crete is the perfect destination for families of all sizes looking for a summer adventure outdoors. After all, it’s all about family in Crete!

1. Dive for octopus with Captain Nick
Fancy a boat trip? Take a ride with Captain Nick who has been taking families on nautical adventures in Crete for a quarter of a century. His glass-bottom boat tours showcase the best of the island’s underwater world to excitable youngsters. Trips offer swimming and snorkeling opportunities in the shallow waters of the tiny island of Lazaretta, where the boat anchors for sunbathing and picnics!

2. Take a ride on the Little Fun Train
This charming train choo-choos along the coast and through fishing towns, gorges and olive groves, taking passengers on various half-day tours of the island. Each one stops at a mix of local attractions and hidden gems that are off the tourist track.

3. Make a splash at Limnoupoli Waterpark
At Limnoupolis you will find the ultimate entertainment experience – combining the excitement of an amusement park with other family activities in the water! A water fun-land, Limnoupolis offer sliders and fun water activities for young and old.

4. Horse Riding in Georgioupoli
Gallop on the beach or take a family tour in the heart of the Cretan mountains with a guided tour by horseback. These half day or full day horse riding excursions are sure to keep the whole family amused. They provide fascinating nature walks, exciting beach rides, beautiful mini-safaris, relaxing day trips to the unique lake of Kournas and the waterfalls of Argiroupoli, lessons and horse cart.

5. Hit the Mountain Bike Trails

Biking on dirt roads, along picturesque mountain roads through traditional villages, is a great way for you to enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Crete. You can either join one of the scheduled bicycle tours in Crete, or you may plan your own tour along with your family.

6. Visit the Crete Aquarium

Aquaworld in Hersonisos was Crete’s first aquarium, home to a unique display of local sea life and reptiles from everywhere! Most of the animals were rescued or injured and now have a loving home at Aquaworld. Take wonderful photos with your kids and enjoy hands-on interaction with many of the animals.

7. Fun on the beach

Of course Crete has some of the best beaches in the world, including family friendly ones with easy access to clean and shallow waters with soft sand. Elafonisi beach and its pink sand will leave you speechless, the sunset at Falassarna beach will charm you and Chrissi Akti, Platanias, Tersanas and Bali beach offer plenty of family-friendly amenities.

8. Discover the Old Town of Chania

The famous Venetian Port in the Old Town of Chania should be top of your list if you plan to visit Chania. The beautiful harbor with its gorgeous lighthouse, plentiful restaurants, cafes and shops is the perfect spot to take a relaxing walk with your family. Spend your morning wandering the narrow streets in the Venetian harbor area and then take the kids on a glass bottom boat ride around the harbor.

9. Walk into the past with Dinosaurs

Dinosauria Park offers the chance to experience a unique, prehistoric family adventure! A huge selection of model dinosaurs from all periods of the Mesozoic era are on display as well as other prehistoric animals; it really is a one-of-a-kind destination.

10. Explore a cave

Explore of the many mountainous caves that are of both an archaeological and folkloric interest such as the Dikteon Cave, one of the most important caves of Crete. Marvel at the caves stalactites and stalagmites of different colours and shapes decorating the cave’s chambers and learn about the myths and folklore of the caves history.

One thing is for sure. Embarking on a family holiday to Crete will keep you and your little ones entertained all day long. For however long your stay, there is a plethora of family outings and memorable moments to be made.