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Family Holidays to Crete

Bordered by Blue Flag beaches and activities galore, a family holiday to Crete can be as chilled-out or adrenaline-fuelled as you'd like. Paddle in clear, shallow waters or take a banana boat trip – that is, if you aren't occupied by splash parks, swimming pools and scuba diving lessons.

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You'll be spoilt for choice on family days out in Crete

After around four hours of flight time from the UK, you'll find yourself on an island steeped in history and stunning landscapes, with a substantial array of choices for fun family activities to boot.

When something's good you might as well have three of it – maybe that's why Hersonissos boasts not just three spacious, sandy beaches, but three action-packed waterparks as well. Quieter resorts like Gerani house Blue Flag shores ideal for little ones to splash in, while bustling Rethymnon is home to historic buildings and grants the opportunity for boat trips or even a little off-roading on land.

Travel to Lyttos Beach or Maleme for a family holiday that's all about the sea and sand away from the hustle and bustle, where kids clubs and splash pools are the name of the game.

Best family friendly beaches

Crete is home to dozens of Blue Flag awarded beaches, which means you've got plenty of choice on days out.

The beach at Maleme is a great spot for families with smaller children thanks to the gentle slope of the sand into the sea, where crystal clear waters offer an ideal setting for paddling and snorkelling. Further west, Rethymnon proudly flaunts 12 kilometres of sandy coastline, bordered by a promenade packed with plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or a cool drink in the shade.

The three vast beaches at Hersonissos are dotted with snack shacks and tavernas, as well as the Star Beach Water Park, and ample opportunity to get stuck into some watersport action. If you prefer to stay on land, plenty of loungers and umbrellas will help you stay cool on the sand.

Best family activities in Crete

You can also find several things to do in Crete that don't include getting sandy. Chania's Limnoupolis Waterpark offers 65 acres of slides, fun zones and lazy river loafing, while Hersonissos' waterparks include the trifecta of parks with Aqua Plus, Star Beach and Water City.

If you prefer to stay on the water rather than in it, Crete's island status means it's easy to find boat trips, including glass-bottomed expeditions to spot sealife away from the shore. To get even closer to nature, a trip to the Reptile Rescue Centre allows kids to hold a few scaly friends before they head home. Or, you can dig out some walking boots and make the most of the scenic walkways winding through the countryside.

Other popular holidays in Greece

If you're considering family holidays elsewhere in Greece, other great options include Rhodes,Kos and Corfu. But if all the balmy beaches and activity options in Crete sound like just your thing, take a look at our travel guide and check out a selection of excellent family hotels in Crete below.

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