Family-friendly Crete: where to go with your kids

Crete is an island for all kinds of travellers. For youngsters it’s the wild nightlife in Malia, Heraklion and Chania. For luxury vacationers its resorts in Elounda. For wildlife lovers it’s the verdant nature, the beautiful gorges, rivers and mountains. For hippies and people who want to be in contact with nature and relax away from mass tourism, it’s the untouched villages and unspoiled, nudism-friendly beaches. Crete is also a family-friendly Greek island, where you can spend amazing holidays with your kids. Crete offers a wide range of family-friendly hotels. Organised beaches, traditional towns for a walk with your children and great touristic facilities everywhere will make your vacations with your kids easy and unforgettable. Here are some of the best places to visit with your family and have fun!


Ammoudara is the closest beach to the city of Heraklion. It is a very long, sandy, organised beach, with water-sports facilities and diving club, which make the place ideal for families. If you don’t like water-sports, you can just relax on your sunbed and admire your children learning new things and having the time of their life.


Matala was famous during the ’60s and 70’s beach as a hippie place, but today, this long, sandy, organised beach is ideal for families that want peace and relaxation. With all the touristic facilities you may need and shallow waters, Matala is one of the perfect beaches for the kids to swim.


Falassarna is another family-friendly beach in the prefecture of Chania. It has shallow waters, soft sand, sunbeds and umbrellas that guarantee you and your children a perfect day by the sea.

Pachia Ammos

Pachia Ammos also near Chania is a golden bay, which is a fully organized beach with water sports facilities that is ideal to spend an active day with your kids.


If your kid is an animal lover, the Cretaquarium in Crete is a perfect spot for you and your children. It is located close to Heraklion, and it is home to 2000 sea animals and 200 different Mediterranean species that impress all the visitors and especially the kids.


Bali is located in a close distance to the city of Rethymno, and it is a very popular beach for families thanks to the peaceful atmosphere and the crystal sea waters. Nearby, there is a village with many taverns and hotels. Bali is the perfect place to relax, enjoy the touristic facilities and swim for hours in the calm waters.

Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge is considered one of the largest canyons in Europe, and its natural beauty is impressive. It is the natural habitat of many endemic species including a rare species of goat called kri-kri. This goat is totally harmless, and hiking in Samaria Gorge with your older kids is an ideal opportunity to see it and take hundreds of photos.

top of page