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5 things to do in Crete

22nd April 2016 Print

Greece’s largest island has a plethora of activities for families to enjoy, from exploring the island’s stunning postcard perfect beaches to investigating the pieces on display in the numerous museums on offer. 

Throw in some national parks, botanical gardens and historical sites and you might wonder why anyone would visit anywhere else. Here are six things you must do while on the island, whether you’re visiting for a long weekend or on a package holiday with Tots Too

1. Visit Elafonissi beach

Considered one of the most tranquil and beautiful beaches in Europe, Elafonissi is the paradise seeker’s dream. The water’s clear, the sand has a gorgeous pink tinge to it and there’s plenty of hidden places to explore and snorkel in if you fancy checking out the marine life. 

2. Plan a trip to Aquaworld 

This reptile rescue centre and aquarium is a must visit for families looking to experience something a little different while on their holidays in Crete. The family run destination is where you will discover incredible wildlife that you can interact with - there are enormous pythons to have draped around your neck, bearded dragon lizards to attempt to cuddle and tortoises ambling around – as well as a huge tank for the marine life the aquarium cares for, including sharks and octopi. 

3. Trek down the Samaria Gorge National Park

If you’re an active group, then the Samaria Gorge National Park offers a whole new world for you to explore on foot. The terrain is rough so good walking boots are necessary but the views along the way are well worth compensating on some luggage to fit them in your suitcase. Many hotels offer a coach service to the location due to its popularity but be prepared to be out all day. The hike can take between 5-7 hours depending on your level of fitness and how often you stop for a rest or to refill your water at one of the stations along the way. 

4. Sample some of the local vino 

If the kids are being cared for at the kid’s club, then why not book in for an afternoon sampling wine together as a couple at the Manousakis Winery for a tour? You can learn how the wine is made on site, look round the winery itself and, most importantly, sample some of the wines on offer and order a case to be delivered home.  

5. Be amazed by the Cave of Zeus 

A natural wonder, the cave of Zeus is a must visit for anyone who is interested in stalactites and stalagmites and is a great learning experience for children. It also has strong mythological/historical ties as it is said to be the birthplace of Zeus, the God of Mount Olympus. Be warned - the cave is hard to reach though, with a steep climb to the top where it is located so prepare yourself before you make your way there!