Head for the beaches or pool. Among the best beaches in Crete with kids are Váï (Finikodassos), a conservation area with a backdrop of the largest natural palm grove in Europe. A good place for snorkelling, it also has windsurfing and jet-ski hire. With toddlers, head for Pahiá Ámmos with its gently shelving waters.
Go on a dolphin or whale-spotting cruise from Rethymno, take a fishing and snorkelling excursion, or try diving. At Hersonissos, the Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre is also well worth a visit.
Make a beeline for Crete’s natural and ancient wonders. Impressive remains dating from different periods of its history include Minoan palaces, Byzantine churches, Venetian castles and Turkish minarets. The frescoes at the 13th-century Byzantine church of Kera at the entrance to the picturesque village of Kritsa, 20 kilometres from Elounda, are considered the most beautiful in all Crete. Another must is Knossos (Palace of Minos), Crete’s most important ancient palace, around which the Minoan civilisation grew and prospered. It's just south-east of the capital Heraklion, where you'll find Ottoman and Venetian buildings and an interesting archaeological museum.
Take a trip to the Plateau of Lassithi, where the legendary Dikte cave is located – Zeus, father of the Gods, was born here.