Santorini is no doubt one of Greece’s most famous and popular islands. That being said, visiting the island with young children can be a challenge if you don’t do your research first. Santorini is actually quite large with many villages scattered all over it; the capital town Oia may be the most graphic but is not be the most convenient place to stay with children, especially if you have strollers! We have done the research for you and comprised it all below for you to be prepared for your family trip to Santorini. Take a look!
Where to Stay
Traveling with little ones or strollers will add complication to your trip regardless of where you go. However, if you visit the traditional villages of santorini, where sidewalks don’t really exist and the winding, twisty little alleyways are quite steep, this could add a lot of trouble to your vacation. Therefore, perhaps the best places to stay for families is the surrounding villages rather than Fira and Imerovigli where you will also find much more affordable and self catering accommodation options also.
Adelante 88 villas
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Adelante 88 is a collection of absolutely exquisite villas. They are located in the village of Akrotiri which is on the South side of the island and close to Santorini’s famous archaeological site Akrotiri. The panoramic views from the villas are stunning and is it very accessible, unlike other parts of the island. They are self-catered which is often an important amenity for families when traveling and equipped with a pool that the children will undoubtedly take advantage of.
Remezzo Villas Santorini
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Remezzo Villas Santorini are perfectly located between the villages of Fira and Oia, on the edge of Imerovigli (one of Santorini’s most picturesque villages) and are accessible by vehicle/taxi and on foot from Imerovigli village. These villas are just minutes walk away from one of Santorini’s most iconic spots for panoramic views: Skaros.
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Rocabella Santorini is perfect if you are looking for a bit of pampering on your family holiday. With super easy access via car (this hotel is located in outside of Imerovigli but on the main road), stunning views and a spa and pool, Rocabella is a little piece of heaven.
Aria Suites in Fira
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Aria Suites are also great luxury family-friendly accommodations located in Fira. They are an elite boutique hotel with spa services and jacuzzis and pools that the kid will love. It is also located in the heart of Fira where there is lots and lots to do!
Where to Eat
One of the great things about Greece in general that many travelers find endearing is that there are so many great food options available at all times of the day. Unlike other Mediterranean countries which have strict working hours, the laid back Greek lifestyle ensures that you will never be short of delicious food options during your travels - great when you have hungry children to feed!
If you are staying near Akrotiri, or want a bite to eat after visiting the archeological site, you could go to Aeolos Tavern which serves great traditional Greek food and seafood.
Parea Tavern in Fira
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Parea Tavern in Fira is also a great food spot (very child-friendly) with magical views and good value portions. If you are looking for a good old souvlaki to satisfy your fast-food craving, check out Why Not! Souvlaki, which is one best rated on the whole island.
Things to do
You have finally got to one of the world’s most famous island and you want to see all that it has to offer in the limited time that you have. Perhaps one of the best ways to do this is on our Santorini Highlights Tour where you will be driven in a luxury vehicle around the island with an expert local guide. You can even treat yourself by adding a wine-tasting option on to this tour to try some of Greece’s greatest wines.
Magnificent Santorini view
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If you feel like taking it easy and soaking up as much sun and sea as possible, have a look at our Santorini Sailing Cruise which can be arranged at sunset if you wish. These Greece tours are great for couples and children as you will stop at amazing swimming spots, be given snorkeling gear to explore the deep blue, food and unlimited refreshments.
What to Keep in Mind
As mentioned already, just keep in mind the twisty alleyways and unpaved roads in the old traditional villages of Santorini, which might make using a stroller a challenge.
Also, make sure that your kids have beach shoes because visiting the red and black beaches in the middle of summer will mean scorching hot sand.
If you are looking for a trip that you and your kids will never forget, Santorini is a fantastic choice, as well as Greece in general, where there are plenty of options for all family members!