Heraklion and the sea side resorts around this city are very suitable for family summer vacations with (young) children. It is easy to fly from any part of Europe directly to the Heraklion airport. Transfers from the airport to the hotels nearby are short. Heraklion was the first developed tourist area on Crete. That is why it offers many different options for kids in all age categories and for all kinds of budgets. All resorts are excellent organized; there are several medical centers and many (all inclusive) (luxury) family hotels with animation and kids clubs. There are also several water parks, adventure - and theme parks around Heraklion. Did you know that Heraklion hosts one of the largest aquariums in Europe? There is even a Dinosaur park! The organized beaches in Heraklion are sandy and sea is calm and shallow. Inside the city there are museums and historic buildings to discover with older children. A visit to the archaeological site of the ancient Minoan palace inKnossos cannot be missed. Finally, Heraklion is a great starting point for many different types of outdoor excursions; the area offers mountains, gorges, caves, horseback riding and mountain biking.