Always just splashing around? Kids also like hiking and visiting museums – that is, if you know where and how. We present the best destinations for families.
Path of Adventure: The Imbros Gorge
If you stretch out your arms at the narrowest point of the Imbros Gorge, you can touch the rock walls on both sides – mom, dad, or your imagination may have to help a little if your arms are very short. In any case, the wonderful rock formations, up to 300 meters high, are impressive and can be admired during a two- to three-hour hike. It’s hard to imagine that the adventurous path at the bottom of the gorge used to be a main road for people and mules. Located on the south side of Crete, the well-maintained hiking trail is suitable for children aged five or older.
On the Trail of the Minotaurus
Does your child only know about labyrinths from board and computer games? Then it’s high time to experience a real one! The first of all labyrinths was built in Crete to enclose the Minotaurus, a terrifying mythical creature with the head of a bull. It had the shape of a huge palace, and was so twisted that even the architect could hardly find the exit. Can you find it? Try it for yourself in the Labyrinth Park in the north-east of Crete. There is also a miniature village, a mini-golf course, and an organic garden for children. Even donkey rides are offered. Everyone between the ages of 3 and 12 will have something fun to do.
Carefree Hours on the Beach
Among the hundreds of beaches on Crete, some are especially suitable for children: For example, the calm Kalivaki beach near Georgioupolis, nestled between the mouths of two cool rivers in a particularly beautiful landscape, boasts shallow water, fine sand, and a popular snack bar. For those who want a little more infrastructure, Marathi Beach in the north-west of the island can be recommended. Here you’ll find umbrellas, showers, and loungers available by the crystal clear water, and numerous taverns selling refreshments. The beach is protected from the wind and offers plenty of space to play.
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