Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Last minute trip to Crete next week! Good family beaches near Heraklion?

Jump to last reply

We are taking our 5 and almost 4 year old on a last minute trip to Crete next week for a bit of sun before we head into the long UK winter. No flghts available to Chania so we are instead flying into Heraklion late Wed night and therefore, I looked for a place that was within 1 hour drive (but didn’t want to do a big resort like in Elounda). So, I found what sounds like a great family run place called Paradise Island Villa’s in Anissaras which is close to Heraklion.

We have 3 full days before departing on Sunday. I would love to go to the beach one day assuming the weather stays warm enough. Any ideas on really good beaches with sand NOT gravel for building sand castles? Our kids aren’t really into swimming in the ocean at their ages so mostly looking for nice sand and some shallow wading. I would be ok with driving 1-2 hours if we could make an adventure out of it and stop places along the way.

Also, I was trying to decide on other activities that would be kid friendly enough but also appeal to my desire to see some historic sights. Is the Palace of Knossos something that is worth dragging the kids? They are pretty good but attention span only lasts so long and not sure how if this is worth a visit or if there is something else we should prioritize.
We really don’t have any big agenda other than enjoying the warm weather and relaxing with the kids but if I could see a few sights along the way it would be a great bonus!

2 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Amalfi Coast in October
  2. 2 Trip Report Paris in black and white
  3. 3 Paris: where does a large family can eat and sleep in February?
  4. 4 20 year-old female planning solo Europe trip -- advice??
  5. 5 Ideas for Dec (Christmas) holiday - Where to go??
  6. 6 Budapest hop on hop off bus tour
  7. 7 Terrorism in Europe
  8. 8 Trip Report Venice (Somewhere) and Trieste (Nowhere)—With a Bit of Slovenia In Between
  9. 9 Help Making Xmas Vacation Decisions
  10. 10 Advantages and Disadvantages of Visiting Turkey At This Time
  11. 11 Best area to stay in Dublin for someone in a wheelchair
  12. 12 Never To Return
  13. 13 Swiss Air seat assignments
  14. 14 Italy Trenitalia Strike
  15. 15 Any last things i might need to know for our trip??
  16. 16 Trip Report 17 amazing days in Tuscany, Positano and Rome – June 2014!
  17. 17 eateries in Puglia
  18. 18 Rome to Amafi coast
  19. 19 How much luggage?????
  20. 20 Is WESTMINSTER & WEST END in London the best parts to stay?
  21. 21 Trip Report Our Adventure to the Southeast of England and London
  22. 22 Trip Report Castles, Palaces and Caves-9 Days in Puglia and Basilicata
  23. 23 Trip Report Jamikins and Bikerscott Head Back to Le Marche
  24. 24 Where to stay on Lake Como with Car
  25. 25 Hotel in Lake Garda or Desenzano del Gard
View next 25 » Back to the top