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From experiencing the great outdoors to delving deep into ancient mysteries, there is no shortage of things to do with the family in Chania, Crete. A year-round sunkissed, safe destination, with modern services and infrastructures, great food and low crime rates, Crete is just the place to go with the kids for soaking up some culture and sunshine at the same time!
Greeks adore kids. In fact, you’ll find families welcomed anytime, everywhere, even in late-night fiestas. Greece’s largest island, Crete, is no exception. It is no surprise then, that this magical land where natural beauty is suffused with legends and myths, is among the top family destinations in the world: From sugar-fine sandy beaches and cobalt blue seas to dramatic gorges and Eden-like plains; and from world-class museums, high octane fun parks and dinosaur gardens, to ancient towns, mysterious caves and fairy tale castles, Crete has something for all the family: Whether your clan is into outdoorsy active fun, exploring history and mythology, the animal kingdom or just working on their tan at the beach, choices abound.
6 Top things to do with the family in Chania, Crete
Take to the water
Between exotic beaches to swim in, coral reefs and sunken ships to discover, surfboards to climb, and boat trips to savour, water shall play a major part in your Cretan family escapade. Try snorkelling or even scuba diving for a glimpse of the island’s fascinating underwater life. One of the most popular diving spots is Afrata Bay in Chania, where lessons are administered for all levels of divers. If you’d rather explore Crete from above the water opt for a kayaking trip to Paleochora, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Sfakia. Crete is also a surfers’ paradise with plenty of opportunities for windsurfing, paddle surfing and kite surfing, in locations including Elafonisi, Falassarna and Agia Marina, in Chania. Of course, you might just opt to lounge and play at one of the area’s amazing beaches. In which case a pic-nic basket carefully crafted by the Adeste in-villa services team, will surely come in handy!
Let’s go biking
From mums and dads to teens and toddlers on baby seats, exploring Crete’s rugged, dramatic landscape on a bicycle is a fun activity for all the family. Plus after all this amazing Cretan food & drink, a spot of exercise is just what the doctor ordered!
Get lost in the Old Town of Chania
With its Egyptian lighthouse, Turkish buildings and Venetian mansions, the old town of Chania is an architectural amalgam of civilizations and a rare sight to behold. Get lost in its cobblestone, maze-like streets, shop for souvenirs, leather goods, or traditional knives in the quaint little shops, explore the wealth and flavours of the edible goods at the cross-shaped municipal market, see history coming alive at Firka fortress and the Maritime Museum, have a break and a drink under the huge plane tree in Splantzia square. Your kids moreover would certainly appreciate a glass-bottom boat ride around the harbour!
If your kids are into water they are bound to love Limnoupolis just 8 km outside Chania Town. Featuring various rides, pools and slides, this aquatic park is packed with fun things to do with the family in Chania, Crete. Make sure you consult with the concierge at your Adeste sea view Chania Villa, to make sure everything is in place for a day to remember!
Walk the Gorge
Dubbed “Europe’s Grand Canyon ”, the famous Samaria Gorge is certainly enthralling, and very do-able with teens. Yet it might be hard to tackle with young children. In which case you might as well opt for the more manageable trails of Imbros, Agia Irini or Kounaviano Gorges, as Crete’s wild and imposing mountainous heartland is a must-see!
Uncover the mysteries of the Minoans
Travelling to Crete means getting immersed in its epic history and age-old tales. Granted nothing beats visiting the actual archaeological sites. But with the power of technology, the newly founded Minoans World Museum in Chania offers an alternative, highly interactive, educational as much as entertaining, in fact, wow kind of experience for the whole family. Discover the origins of Knossos, the most important city of the ancient Minoan civilization, fly through the skies with Icarus and Daedalus, enter the labyrinth of the Minotaur, through no less than 9 D cinema; complete with vibrating seats, wind, snow, rain, smoke, bubbles and lightning! The kids will have the time of their lives and so shall you!
Go horseback riding
Why don’t you try something new, or engage in an all-time favourite pastime? Exploring the Cretan countryside on horseback is fascinating and an experience to be savoured with the whole family. From guided pony treks for children and beginners to excursions at the beautiful Kournas Lake, or even “swimming” with horses for the more experienced riders, choices abound.
Why the Adeste Villas is the top choice to return to after a full day of exciting things to do with the family in Chania, Crete
Ideally located at the Apokoronas area, on a hill between the pristine countryside and the daily life of a quaint hamlet, the Adeste luxury villas in Chania, offer a potent mix of stunning natural scenery, world-class hospitality and proximity to many of Crete’s most renowned attractions. Boasting magazine-worthy looks and the latest creature comforts- including but not limited to Illy espresso machines, mini iPad’s, private pools and hydromassage columns– the Adeste Chania luxury villas, blend the perks and services of a 5* hotel with the intimacy of a private holiday home to return to after a fun-filled day of activities with the family. So how about easing off those sore muscles with a deep tissue massage as your kids play safely at your private pool? Maybe you’d also like someone to take care of the family meals while you explore Chania. That is possible too. As are myriads of other small or bigger requests during your stay at your villa with a private pool in Chania. In fact, whether staying in or venturing out, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Just ask us for more tips and advice on more great things to do with the family in Chania, Crete and about the pampering options at the Adeste villas Chania.