Enjoy a fun trip with the kids to the Mediterranean seabed and learn about the unique and extraordinary species that swim with you in the Greek seas. Cretaquarium – Thalassocosmos is one of the most important aquariums in Europe that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Plus, it is only 18km away from Alexander Beach, offering a short and exciting family trip during your holidays in Crete, that can be easily combined with a visit to the city of Heraklion.
Cretaquarium is located at the former American Base in Gournes and right next to the Greek Centre for Marine Research, which is also responsible for its scientific management. The tour will take you through 60 tanks of different sizes, containing a total amount of 1,700,000 liters of seawater, that host about 2000 sea creatures and 200 different species of the Mediterranean basin. The collection successfully represents the Cretan and Mediterranean seabed and offers an unforgettable educational experience for children and adults alike. Kids will love the sand tiger sharks, undoubtedly the most imposing creatures hosted in the aquarium, and the impressive jellyfish with their slow, dreamy dance. Don’t miss the teeny-tiny but intriguing Aquarium guests, such as seahorses, clown anemonefish, and even plankton, which you can observe under a microscope!
Cretaquarium offers guided tours, audio devices with information in 9 languages, and tours specially tailored for groups of children. Its spaces are often used to host events, exhibitions, and educational activities that aim to raise awareness for the preservation of a healthy marine environment.
Visit their website to learn more.
Opening Hours: 9:30-19:00 daily
General entrance: 9€
Children 5-17 yr old 6€
Free entrance for children 0-4 yr old .
Photo credits: Cretaquarium