Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and the fifth biggest in the Mediterranean. This long narrow island - over 250km long, but only around 60km at its widest point - was home to the ancient Minoan civilisation wiped out over 3000 years ago by the cataclysmic Thera volcanic eruption, whose preserved ruins still dot the landscape.
The weather is beautiful from Spring to Autumn, with plenty of sunshine, gentle sea breezes, temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, and hardly any rain.
It’s the perfect destination for a relaxing family holiday with its gorgeous beaches, shallow waters, and luxurious resorts.
Reasons to have a family holiday in Crete
Some of the best family friendly beaches in Crete can be found in the North East of the island, particularly in the sheltered Mirambello Bay area where you’ll find small hidden beaches, perfect for exploration. And around the tourist town of Agios Nikolaos there are the ever popular sandy and shallow beaches of Ammoudi, Ammos, Gargadoros, and Almiros.
Or head East and enjoy the open sands of Makrigialos, Kouremenos and Chiona or visit the white sands and turquoise flat waters of Vai Palmgrove, the location of the exotic palm tree backdrop of the 1970s Bounty advert.
Crete has a long history and rich mythology and there are plenty of archaeological sites and museums to learn about the ancient Bronze Age Minoan civilisation and the Greek Gods. Zeus’ birthplace was in the Cretan mountains and the palace at Knossos is said to be the setting of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and also where Icarus’ father crafted his wings of wax and feathers.
One of the most popular tourist pastimes is a boat trip, which the kids will love, to the island of Spinalonga. Originally built as a fortress by the Venetians in 1579, it was Europe’s last leper colony when it closed in 1957. Now it’s mostly used as a film and tv location.
Crete is mountainous, particularly inland, and the scenery of mountains, lakes, valleys and gorges is simply stunning. Brilliant landscape for a family hiking expedition.
It’s sunshine pretty much every day here from April to October. Rainfall is rare during these months, and limited to one or two days a month. And with so many months of good weather you can take the opportunity while your babies and toddlers are still young to come here during school term time.
Temperatures range from mid 20s to mid 30s, and in the summer it’s hot. But all the Tots to Travel villas and suites here have air con, and most have private pools too, so cooling down won’t be a problem.
Where is the Best Place in Crete to go for a Family Holiday?
The tourist hotspot in Crete centres round Agios Nikolaos in the North East of the island, which is why both of our resorts are near there. The airport and capital city of Heraklion are less than an hour’s drive as are most other attractions like waterparks, the aquarium, and Knossos.
The bay of Mirabello also offers shelter from the Mediterranean so the sea is calm, and there are loads of little hidden beaches along that coastline, which the kids will love exploring. Most of the beaches in the North East and further over on the Eastern coast are great for families, with facilities, beautiful sand, and shallow water.
How to find the Best Baby and Toddler Villas and Apartments in Crete?
The team at Tots has searched the island looking for safe and family friendly holiday suites and villas at fabulous resorts, and we’ve found them at some truly luxurious places.
Which means you can relax and unwind knowing that your toddlers, babies, and children are safe, while you enjoy a real holiday.
A Near Catastrophe…
Wendy and Rob Shand were on holiday with their 2 year old son Barnaby in France when he fell into an unfenced swimming pool.
Thankfully, he was rescued, but the danger is all too common, and it had such an impact on Rob and Wendy that they went on to create Tots to Travel, which is committed to featuring only the safest and most child friendly villas and resorts.
All Tots to Travel holiday accommodation is checked thoroughly for things like pool barriers, stair gate provisions, cupboard locks; and we always measure the gaps between railings.
With a commitment to providing the very best, rest assured that the Tots Team has done everything possible to safeguard your holiday, and far more than any other company.
Truly Toddler & Baby Friendly
We don’t need to tell you that babies and toddlers don’t travel light. In order to enjoy a proper holiday we know that you need to be able to leave some of your mountain of stuff behind! Which is why we created our Essential Kit Guarantee - it ensures that there is a minimum of 20 specific baby and toddler friendly items in your villa or suite.
This kit list includes the big stuff like high chairs and cots, but it also includes baby monitors, changing mats, hand blenders, and other things you simply wouldn’t find in other holiday villas and resorts.
Ask us for help
Searching for the ideal family holiday isn’t all joyful web surfing and Pinterest – it can be really stressful! That’s why we are here to help.
The Tots Team is experienced in family friendly holidays and has plenty of advice and support to help you save time and avoid headaches. And because all our properties are curated and checked by us, we know them really well.
Let us know your family’s holiday requirements and we can put together a personalised shortlist of options for you to consider.