Thrilling Family Activities in Crete
The island of Crete is a top family destination as it offers a great variety of family-friendly facilities, top-notch entertainment options and activities for travelers of all ages. Besides its stunningly beautiful coastline, its natural treasures and historical sites and attractions, Crete offers ample of family-centric activities that will turn your holidays into an adventure to cherish for life.
So, let's discover one by one the most amazing things to do with your family while in Crete.
Explore the majestic seabed of Crete, scuba dive into the azure and enjoy the most exhilarating parasailing, jet ski, sup board, windsurf, paddling and snorkeling adventures with your kids. Some of the beaches perfect for all kinds of water sports are the beaches of Falassarna, Agia Marina, Damnoni, Platania, Bali, Plaka, Malia, Elounda and Almyrida.
Here is a list of Watersports Centers in Crete.
Blue Adventures Dive Center, Chania, +30 2821040403
Omega Divers, Chania, +30 2825031412
Watersports Center Crete, Ammoudara, Heraklion, +30 6942460990
Dolphin Water Sports, Sirens Beach, Malia, Heraklion, +30 28970 32250
Paraflight Sea Sports, Agia Marina Beach, Chania, +30 697 342 9054
Yacht Sailing-Boat Trips
Sail the azure of the Cretan sea, discover the remote coves, the caves and lagoons on a private yacht and experience an entire day in the sun with your family. Rent a boat or a luxury yacht from a yacht rental in Crete and sail the day away!
Here are some of the best yacht rentals in Crete.
Skipper BSK Marine, Hania, +30 2821031200
Sailing Creta, Hania, +30 6973400077
Rentboat by Glaridis-Archanes, Heraklion, +30 6947566490
Authentic Crete, Chania, +30 28210 64809
Cretan Yachts, port of Heraklion, +30 6948 042069
Captain Hook-Heraklion, +30 28102 25368
Dolphin Cruises, Rethymno, +30 28310 57666
Marine 360 AE, Rethymno, +30 28310 53000
If you are looking forward for the catch of the day avoid high temperatures and windless spots and prefer to go fishing very early in the morning or after 5 in the afternoon. If you enjoy underwater fishing, make sure you take your chances where the waters are at least 10-20 meters deep. The best places to go fishing in Crete are the areas of Agia Pelagia, Agioi Pantes, Ak. Sideros, Georgioupoli, Elounda, Bali and Siteia.
Biking is the best way to increase your wellbeing and discover the beauties of Crete on an organized bicycle tour or a tour of your own that you can plan with your family. Ride through traditional villages and scenic mountain roads and explore the rugged coastal landscape of Crete. Many companies offer family tours and even fun challenges for children to complete along the way.
Please find some of the bike rental companies below.
Hellas Bike, Agia Marina, Chania, +30 28210 60858
Cycling Creta, +30 6947 308 452
The Hub, Malia, +30 6944258619
Crete Bikes, Rethymno, +30 28310 71715
Joyride bike, Rethymno, +30 690 690 3223
Discover the underwater treasures of Crete with a visit to Aquaworld in Hersonissos. Explore the unique display of local sea life and reptiles and enjoy hands-on interaction with your young ones.
Aquaworld Aquarium, Limenas Hersonissou, +30 28970 29125
Travel back to the prehistoric times and the Mesozoic era with your family as you marvel one by one the models of prehistoric species and dinosaurs, learn about these exceptional forms of life through educational displays and interactive activities and excavate fossils. But always beware of the dinosaurs as they move and shout at their convenience.
Dinosaur Park, Gournes, Heraklion, Crete, +30 2810 332089
What a better place to hike than the world renowned Samaria gorge of Crete measuring 18 km long. Other amazing places where you would enjoy hiking, climbing or trekking with your family are the gorges of Agia Eirini, of Agiofarango, of Koutsouras, of Pefki, of Pervolakia, of Polyrinnia, of Rouvas and Zakros as well as the entire area of Messara, the White Mountains, Mt Ida, Mt Dikti and Trypiti.
For more routes and extra information make sure to contact some of Crete's outdoor activities centers listed below.
Cretan Adventures, Heraklion, +30 2810 332772
Dromolatis, Paleochora, Chania +30 694 9200131
Other amazing natural wonders that your kids would love are the mountainous caves of Crete. Embark on a daily adventure to Dikteon Cave and marvel the stalagmites and stalactites up close at this cave said to be the birthplace of Zeus or visit the equally beautiful cave of Sfentoni in the village of Zoniana.
Water Parks-Water Slides
For those who enjoy an extra water splash the water park of Crete, Acqua Plus is the place to be. Go down the extreme water slides or let your kids safely play in the specially designed kids pools. For more aquatic games the water park of Limnoupolis is another favorable choice for fun in the water.
Acqua Plus-5th km Hersonissos to Kasteli, 71200, Hersonissos Crete, +30 6944000044
Limnoupolis Water Park Varypetro, Chania, +30 28210 33246
Horseback riding-Horse Carriage Rides
Enjoy a horseback riding adventure with your family through olive groves, villages, plateaus and stretches of golden sand or if you prefer a carriage ride.
For more information, contact one of the following horseback riding centers.
Arion Stables, Hersonissos, +30 6973 7338 25
Plakias Horse Riding Center, Rethymno, +30 2832031196
Zoraïda's Horse-Riding, Georgioupolis, Chania, +30 2825061745
Odysseia Stables, Velani 46, Avdou Pediados, Hersonissos, +30 28970 51080
Let the children trace the paths of Greek mythology as they search their way out of the maze by solving educational puzzles and quizzes in order to escape the dreadful Minotaur.
4th km Hersonissos to Kasteli Road, Ano Hersonisos, Heraklion, +30 28970 29297
Hop on a 4×4 and follow the forest trails to Dikti or the Lasithi Mountains, visit the villages and attractions you encounter along the way and marvel the incredible landscapes and lush vegetation of the Lasithi plateau and the nearby regions.
Plan your Safari tour with one of the companies listed below.
Crete Jeep Safari Adventure, Heraklion, +30 (2810) 262455
Safari Club, Parlama street 22, Malia +30 28970 32666
Safari Adventures, 31 Georgiakakidon str, Chania, +30 6937245450
Embark on a delightful excursion of flavors and aromas to Dourakis Winery, meet the family, enjoy the wines and a light lunch prepared especially for you and follow the traces of the wine making tradition.
Visit the private island of Gramvousa and the famous lagoon of Balos, the world renowned gorge of Samaria, the stunningly beautiful beach of Elafonisi, the palace of Knossos and the beautiful island of Santorini.
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No matter what kind of adventure you seek, one thing is certain, that Crete offers so many choices of entertainment and leisure for you and your family that your only concern would be how to include them all on your family holiday checklist.