Advice On Traveling To Santorini With Kids
- by XpatAthens
- Wednesday, 29 April 2015
You've been dreaming about visiting Santorini, but have heard it's not ideal for children? Here is some great advice to help you experience the beauty of Santorini together as a family!
Avoid Caldera and that part of the island. Instead, consider Kamari or Perissa. It will take you less than 30 minutes to get from these places to Caldera or Oia, where you can enjoy the gorgeous view. Although Kamari and Perissa are a little less scenic, they have more hotels with bigger pools and easier access to the beach – and, most importantly, their prices tend to be lower. Your kids will be able to find other kids to play with more easily, too.
Be careful of the hotel you choose, as many of the hotels, especially in Caldera and Oia, are tailored to couples and newlyweds and simply do not take children because of noise problems and safety issues (cliffs and staircases).
Take day trips into the towns in the early morning (before it gets hot and the cruise ships arrive) or in the late afternoon when the cruise ships depart (around 3-4pm).
Find a hotel with a pool. Most beaches in Santorini have black volcanic sand which can be scorching hot under the midday sun.
Combine your stay with a trip to another island; there is a direct connection to Crete, Naxos and Mykonos.
There is a small water park in Perissa, Santorini Water Park, inside the Meltemi Hotel (free for guests). The water park has 3 pools, 3 water slides, and a kids’ play area. Other interesting activities would be the archeological site in Akrotiri and a visit to the Industrial Tomato Museum.
Tour the volcano by boat, but don’t expect craters or lava flows. Younger children might find the trip boring, and it will be pretty hot without much shade. The half-day tour might be a better choice for kids.
Check out Monolithos beach – it’s probably the most kid friendly beach in Santorini, with lots of sand and shallow water. Perissa and Kamari also have pretty beaches, but the water drops off very steeply in some sections.
To read more, please visit Kids Love Greece.