If you've got kids....
Firstly - the Greek people are very, very family orientated - much much more so than in England. Children and babies and get welcomed everywhere - on beaches, tavernas, restaurants. It's not uncommon to see three generations of a Greek family eating out together!
If you want a quiet holiday:
- Swimming pool - there's small one about 30 seconds walk from the cottage. Easy walk with a buggy. Children need to be supervised at the pool though as there isn't a lifeguard on duty.
- Beach - 1 minute walk away alongside a quiet road and then a dozen or so steps down onto the sand. Beach is incredibly sheltered as it is in a harbour, so perfect for sitting in the shallows or paddling or swimming.
- Tavernas - nearest one is about a minute from the house, at the top of the beach steps. If you want to go into the village there are another dozen or so tavernas to choose from. There will either be a children's menu to choose from or they will do child sized portions of adult food. Although the food won't be typically british i.e. no fish and chips, you find plenty of pasta dishes (carbonara, bolognaise), pizza, souvlaki (kebabs), keftedes (meat balls), tiropita (cheese pasties) pork or lamb chops with chips and salad. So although the names might be different, the chances are you'll be able to find something for the kids, that looks reasonably familiar.
- Supermarkets - there is a reasonable supermarket in the village where you will pretty much be able to pick up every thing you need. It's not the cheapest, but if you don't want to venture out of Panormo to a large supermarket, you'll be able to pick up what you want here!
Things for children at the house.
- Small selection of toys and books.
- Childrens DVDs (you never know - it might buy you an extra half hour in bed)
- Beach towels, buckets, spades, giant pink rubber ring and lilo. Again, help yourselves!
- Children's cutlery, plastic cups and beakers
Things for children outside Panormo
- Crazy Golf
- Water Parks
- Mountain Biking (with child seats or baby carriages!)
- Horse Riding
- Turtle spotting!
If you have time, you might want to read the page on this website called "Further Afield".
Obviously we hope you have a wonderful time and nothing goes wrong. However, if things do go wrong......
- Pharmacy in the village about 10 minutes walk from the cottage
- Local English speaking doctor / dentist - phone numbers at the cottage
- 24 Hour Health Centre in Perama - about 10 - 15 minutes drive inland
- Lovely English lady, who lives lives in Panormo all year round, just round the corner and will be able to advise on other people you might need to contact.
A quick note, while we're talking about health. Obviously Crete does get hot, sometimes very hot, so do get everyone well covered in suntan cream. It's reasonably inexpensive to buy out in Crete - especially if you go to Lidl. Also, do keep drinking, lots of water to keep hydrated. Tap water is fine if you want to boil it for tea or coffee and is fine for cleaning teeth. But as it has a high mineral content, it's probably best to stick to bottled water for drinking water. But, bottled water is dead cheap. Again, stock up if you go to Lidl!
To give you some ideas of the type of temperatures to expect, here's a table of average air temperatures. We have known it to be very hot, but to be fair there is almost always a sea breeze blowing to cool things down!
Average air temperatures - in degrees centigrade:
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