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Sunset in Crete.Sunset in Crete.© Rhonda Carrier
Fishes in harbour.Fishes in harbour.© Rhonda Carrier
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Flying Time 4hrs
Carbon Footprint 2.35 CO2
Timezone GMT +2
Currency Euro



The largest of the Greek islands and the cradle of early Mediterranean civilisation, Crete is a fantastic family holiday destination, blessed with great beaches, sparkling blue seas, gorgeous white-washed fishing villages and stunning landscapes of rugged mountains, wildflowers, vineyards and orange groves, dotted with forgotten ruins and isolated chapels. Plus there's huge choice of family-friendly hotels and apartments for all budgets. All this and within a four-hour flight of the UK…

Things to do with kids in Crete

Head for the beaches or pool, then 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, Crete’s most important ancient palace, around which the Minoan civilisation grew and prospered. The Iraklion Archaeological Museum houses stunning Minoan jewellery and artwork including the original frescoes from Knossos. See our feature Top 5 Greek Sites for Learning About Ancient Myths.

Another interesting trip is the Plateau of Lassithi, where the legendary Dikte cave is located – Zeus, father of the Gods, was born here.


Crete has the sort of food kids recognise and love – humous, tarmasalata, olives, pitta bread, chicken kebabs, cheeses in wispy filo pastry, and desserts oozing honey and nuts. Plus there’s the odd glass of retsina for grown-ups…

When to go to Crete

As the most southerly outpost of Europe, Crete has a mild, exceptionally dry climate, with average monthly temperatures ranging from 22 to 35°C. In July and August the meltemi, a northerly wind, brings a cool breeze to the warm summer days, meaning perfect weather for family holidays.


Competitive packages and a good choice of self-catering accommomdation make Crete a good-value family holiday option.

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