A blend of cultures and traditions, the island of Crete is truly a magical destination. Its diversity is what defines it, and also makes Crete a great place for the entire family since there are so many options for things to do and places to explore. The fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, Crete is graced by long, stunning coastlines and beautiful beachside resorts, which is contrasted by the rugged and mountainous interior.
For the adventurers in your family, there are plenty of places to hike as well as water sports, or if you’re looking for a more laid-back retreat you can spend more time at the resorts and beaches. The mild and sunny climate attracts visitors year-round to come and experience this unique Mediterranean paradise. From crowded tourist beaches to secluded coves, your entire family will want pictures to remember your special adventure in Crete.
The Palace of Knossos
One of the most famous tourist destinations on the island, Knossos is a historic ruins believed to have once been inhabited by the legendary King Minos. The Minoan society were the first people to live on the island of Crete, though historians have been unable to determine the cause of their disappearance. It’s a special place to capture a picture of your family, one full of cultural significance as well as a touch of mystery. Who knows what happened to end the Minoan society? Your family can all make their own best guess after visiting the site. Coming to the Palace of Knossos will be a memorable experience for all your family members, and a perfect place to get photographs.
The bustling capital and port city Heraklion has a good combination of tourist attractions and local culture. It is easy to find a comfortable place to stay here, with child-friendly parks and safe city streets to explore. Many people staying on the island use Heraklion as a base from which to take other day trips and explorations. The city also has an airport making it one of the easiest places to arrive and depart from the island; the marina is also the docking point of many cruise ships going to explore the Mediterranean. In the city itself you’ll be able to experience the culture of Crete through art and cuisine.
The area is known for it’s excellent Mediterranean food, and there are numerous restaurants, both upscale venues and more casual locations, depending on what your family is looking for. You can also visit art museums, see pieces by masters like El Greco, as well as the tomb of the notable author Nikos Kazantzakis. One must-visit site in the city is the Heraklion Archeological Museum; you don’t have to be a history fanatic to enjoy the amazing art and artifacts preserved in this world-class museum, excellent for family memories.
Located on the east coast of Crete, Palm Beach is a popular but more natural beach area. There are basic amenities, but the large resorts are a good distance away, making the beach slightly less crowded than other areas along the coast. A family vacation to Crete wouldn’t be complete without time in the water, and Palm Beach is known as a safe and enjoyable place to swim for people of all ages. Enjoy a cool drink while relaxing underneath a sun umbrella or rent water sport equipment from the beach facilities.
The former capital of Crete is an excellent place to explore on foot; the charming cobbled streets, flower adorned alleyways, and historic architecture make it a great spot for family photographs to remember your vacation. In the agora, a covered market place, you can find fresh and local produce items to bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to life. In the distance you have the snow-capped White Mountains for a truly spectacular surrounding.
A great all-around family destination, you’ll find all sorts of activities for everyone to enjoy in Rethymnon. This quaint, historic town is located in between the cities of Chania and Heraklion, making it very easy to access. There is a variety of architectural styles, from Venetian-era buildings to landmarks from when the town was ruled by the Turks. Rethymnon is also known for its great beaches and coast, and your whole family can enjoy a day in the sun and play in the calm Mediterranean waters. It’s certainly a good place to take some photographs so you can all remember the great experience your family had in Crete.
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