This winter, you are looking to take your kids out of school for a couple of weeks so that they can discover the joys of exploring the Mediterranean, as your compatriots back in the more northerly sections of the world shiver in the snow and cold.
You have pinned down the island of Crete as your desired destination, yet you have no idea about how to keep the kids interested and engaged. Fortunately, Crete is a diverse place with many things that are child friendly and family appropriate.
In the article below, we detail three excellent activities that will have the kids raving about their wintertime Crete vacation to their classmates when you return home.
1) Exploring the Old Town of Chania
Having been inhabited by civilizations for thousands of years prior to your visit, there is a rich abundance of cultural capital contained within the cities, towns, and villages of Crete. No place on the island illustrates this better than Chania. Walk the wending streets of this old-world community, admiring the multi-coloured townhouses and shops, and don’t hesitate to stop by a local bakery or café to snag some fresh out of the oven treats for everybody. Don’t be so hesitant – you’re on vacation, after all!
2) Visit Some Amazing Sea Creatures At Aquaworld Aquarium, Hersonissos
Consisting mostly of local, rescued marine life from the local area, the Aquaworld Aquarium in Hersonissos offers your children a chance to interact with the creatures that they may have only read about to this point in their lives. Providing them with a safe environment in which to heal before being released back into the wild, this facility grants your kids a chance to learn about our responsibility to manage and take care of the life that exists in our oceans. Animals that can be found at this facility include a Burmese Sea Snake, manta rays, sea turtles, and various other fish and reptiles.
3) See One Of Crete’s Many Caves
With 3,000 caves to be explored throughout the island of Crete, there is no shortage of subterranean caverns to explore with your family. Among them, we would recommend the cave where St. Paul (one of the disciples of Jesus Christ) lived while waiting for bad weather to pass over 2,000 years ago in the southwestern corner of the island, as well as the cave of Milatos, where villagers fled and hid from Ottoman Turk forces during an invasion of their home in 1823.
4) Botanical Park Of Crete
Containing a wide variety of tropical and subtropical fruit trees, flowers, and other fascinating plants, the Botanical Park of Crete is an excellent way to introduce your children to plant life that is endemic in Crete. These stands of aromatic plants also attract an array of butterflies, and various songbirds as well, making it a pleasant place to visit on your family travels.
5) Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
A private collection containing elements of Cretan folklore, culture and its environment, this place offers an through retrospective on the history of Crete. Enjoy exhibits that show off artifacts such as an olive press, pieces of folk art, and unique stones and minerals from around the island.
While the Mediterranean Sea may be a touch too cold to swim in during the winter months, there are still many things that can be done with your family during a vacation at this time of year. When it comes to accommodations be sure to look into the countless holiday villas and apartments that would suit your families needs. From fascinating historical sites to encounter with adorable sea creatures, this is the kind of winter break that both you and your children need to make it through to next Spring with your sanity intact.