Eastern Crete has long been a toddler and child friendly destination suitable for every family in search of some joyful holiday and break from the daily routine. If you plan to visit Lassithi prefecture, here is a list of suggestions and ideas that will captivate our little precious visitors!
Spinalonga, Elounda Elounda is undoubtedly one of the most attractive places to visit in Crete and Spinalonga a site definitely worth visiting even with kids. The island of Spinalonga and its history is captivating, as it was the last leper colony in Europe, closing its doors a mere 60 years ago. So much went on this island, as the Venetian fortress indicates, built over the ruins of an ancient acropolis. There are regular boats to Spinalonga from both Plaka and Elounda.
Votania - Pure Herbs of Crete, Kavousi In a beautiful herb farm found on an amazing location, completely cut off from the rest of the world with great views, young children will discover the love for natural organic process, the historical significance of the area, the Mediterranean climate, and the uniqueness of the Cretan herbs. Moreover, you will be guided in well-organized workshops and learn all about the possibilities of tasting aromas, flavors and uses of the Cretan herbs.
Homo Sapiens Theme Park, Ano Kera On the way to the fertile inland of Lassithi Plateau, the land of Zeus and Windmills, there is an original museum-theme park in which your children can see what the daily life of the first humans was like and learn about key inventions in history, such as the wheel. The course and the evolution of human being since the times living in the caves until today unfolds through simple pictures and explanatory signs. The zone dedicated to the Greek gods is also interesting.
Zeus Cave, Psychro Explore the cave of Zeus the father of the Greek Gods with your kids, set high above the Lassithi Plateau, an educative excursion through the magnificent Cretan nature. Besides its mythological importance, the cave’s incredible stalactites and stalagmites are thousands of years old and form a magical place that young kids will find fascinating.
Cretan Olive Oil Farm, Agios Nikolaos Discover the secrets of the rural Cretan life, while kids can have fun and learn at the same time. Other than a guided tour, there are ceramic lessons, cooking classes, and cheese-making lessons in which it’s possible to even milk the goats.
Beach Excursions by Boat Thanks to the clear, crystal shorelines and whitewashed beaches, Lassithi hides incredible gems, always joyful to discover them by boat. Boat excursions to Chrissi Island and Mirabello Cape allow you to explore unique landscapes and exciting waters, both above and below the surface of the sea.
Acquaplus Waterpark, Agios Nikolaos There is nothing easier and funnier with kids than a visit to a water park. Here there are special “little tots” areas where your kids will gladly spend the day splashing around while you relax on a sun lounger.
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