How to Plan Your Santorini Family Vacation

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Santorini isn’t just for honeymooners. A great way to get your kids interested in travel early is to take them with you on your Santorini vacation. There they can play on the beach, tour real volcanic springs, and see the natural beauty that is the Santorini caldera. They can ride a donkey in Fira, Santorini or see artwork that’s stood the test of time before retiring at one of the Santorini family hotels in Firostefani, Santorini.

Your Santorini vacation may be planned a little differently than if you were single or a newlywed, but at the end of the day, it will be all the richer for having experienced it with the whole family.

Getting Around

If you travel to Santorini alone, you may be able to hike around much of the island or take the bus to busier villages like Kamari, Oia, and Fira, Santorini.  However, if you have little ones with you, this might not be ideal. For a family vacation, renting a car is a must and it’s reasonably affordable.

Where to Stay & Santorini Family Hotels

While it might be tempting to stay in Oia or Fira, Santorini, as those tend to have the biggest tourist attractions, they’re also very crowded and could be overstimulating for kids. Instead, as a family, you might feel much more comfortable in a quieter village nearby the more bustling areas. If that’s the case, Firostefani, Santorini is the place for you. Hotels in Firostefani, Santorini are more affordable than hotels in Fira, Santorini and offer necessary tranquility that you may need after a full day of traveling with the whole family. Santorini family hotels like the friendly, family-owned Afrodete Hotel can be found in Firostefani and offers excellent accommodations for the whole family.

Activities for the Family

The first thing that comes to mind when taking a family vacation to Santorini is, of course, a day at the beach. Santorini has a variety of beautiful beaches. One favorite for families is Monolithos Beach. It’s characterized by interesting rock formations, the result of erosion over the years, that kids love to explore. There are several shallow places perfect for swimming. Black beaches like Kamari and Perissa are well-organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, and volleyball courts for older kids to enjoy, as well as cool refreshing water for the whole family. Red Beach is more difficult to access, but will provide a one-of-a-kind sight that the kids will never forget.

Once you’ve got your feet wet (pun intended), why not take a boat tour? You can sail around the caldera and entertain your kids with the story of how the Santorini caldera was believed to be the inspiration for the sunken city of Atlantis. Ferry out to Nea Kameni with its volcanic springs. You can take a boat to some of the best locations around Santorini for snorkeling so the whole family can see some of the natural sea life surrounding Santorini island.

You can also explore some of the exciting archaeological sites of Santorini. The ancient ruins of Akrotiri offer free tickets for kids and affordable prices for adults. Little ones might not understand the significance of the remnants of this ancient city, once buried by a devastating earthquake, but it’s a great way to engage older kids with history. Visiting the site of the city of Thira can provide a similar experience. If your kids are interested in Thira, take them to the Archaeological Museum of Thera next, where they can find relics of the city that have been preserved through time.

Before you leave, don’t forget to watch the sunset. The most popular perch to watch the Santorini sunset is at Castle Oia, but it can be crowded and overwhelming. But no matter where you are in Santorini, you’ll still be able to enjoy one of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world. Simply step outside your hotel or look out the window and watch as the sun turns deep orange and seems to sink into the water. It will be a treasured memory of an experience you were able to share with the people you loved most.

If you plan it right, your Santorini family vacation may be the best vacation your family has ever had, so book your room at Afrodete Hotel in Firostefani, Santorini now.