Santorini, the honeymooner’s paradise is not necessarily the first place you would think of for a family holiday, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit with your kids.
This stunning Greek island has so much to offer families, especially those who love the outdoor lifestyle. Spend your days snorkelling in secret coves, discovering beautiful hilltop towns and tasting the freshest tomatoes from the food markets. Consider visiting in low or shoulder seasons to avoid the largest crowds and hottest days.
1. Kayak in the Caldera
A must do activity for families who love the outdoors, this is one of the best ways to admire Santorini’s breathaking scenery – the island’s caldera is one of its most prominent features, formed after a massive volcanic eruption. From your kayak you can discover places the large cruise ships can’t get to – seek out hidden coves and sea caves, swim, snorkel, and jump from cliffs.
There are numerous tour operators offering kayak hire in the main towns such as Oia, Fira and Kamari.
2. Catamaran Cruise
Another great way to explore the beautiful sights of Santorini is by catamaran. Book a small boat trip for an intimate feel, which includes stops at the famous Red and White Beaches where the kids can swim and snorkel, and a enjoy a relaxed barbeque lunch. Choose a morning cruise to make the most of the sunshine or a sunset cruise for an idyllic end to your day.
3. Red, White and Black Beaches
Beaches should not be the main reason for your visit to Santorini, as many of them have coarse, volcanic sand which are not ideal for sunbathing or building sandcastles. However there are some simply stunning ones which make for a lovely day out and some amazing photos too (like most places on the island!)
Kamari Beach is popular with families as there are plenty of sun loungers on the wide bay and a promenade lined with cafes and shops.
The Red Beach at Akrotiri is a striking spot, sheltered by looming cliffs and lapped by deep indigo waters, it is a favourite photo opportunity for many visitors.
The best sand and swimming in Santorini can be found at Perissa and Perivolos beaches, which are right next to each other on the East of the island.
4. Road Trip
Let your adventurous spirit lead the way and hire a car to explore quieter towns away from the tourist hotspots of Oia and Fira. Having a car gives you the freedom not to have to catch public transport with little ones, which can be hectic or tiring, and you can admire some beautiful scenery along the way. Don’s miss hilltop towns like Pyrgos, which has an ancient castle at its peak.
5. Watch the sunset in Oia
Perhaps Santorini’s most famous town, Oia is considered the best place on the island to watch the sunset. Arrive early and browse Oia’s art galleries, boutiques and restaurants to shelter from the heat, then emerge to breathtaking views as the sun melts into the Aegean Sea.
BabyBreaks Tip: Don’t try to navigate steep steps and narrow cobbled streets with a buggy, pack the baby sling or backpack instead.
Visiting Santorini with your kids is the perfect opportunity for a fantastic Family Holiday. We have listed the most child friendly restaurants and best family activities on this beautiful Greek Island, so that you can prepare your trip to Santorini without browsing the Internet for endless hours.
So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Santorini for your next family break, just visit our different Santorini pages to find out what this beautiful island has to offer.
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