I just want to set the record straight..
If you ever read in a blog/forum or someone say, “Santorini is not a place for kids.”
THAT IS A BIG FAT LIE!
While on the island of Crete in Greece we decided to take a side trip to Santorini, I really wasn’t too concerned about the kids at first because they usually adapt well in any situation..
But after I started researching on places to stay I came across some blogs and forums with people warning others NOT to bring children, mainly because of all the steep steps, which I can kind of understand, but still appalled at the discouragement of bringing the kids.
Finally, I had the opportunity to visit a famous island that you only see in the movies.. and now I was having second thoughts of even taking the kid and skipping out on the whole idea?!?!?
Fortunately, (with the power of the the internet) I came across a handful of bloggers that also traveled to Santorini with kids and had the time of their lives!
Here are a few keys that really helped Santorini enjoyable for the whole family:
How to get there: From Crete we took a high speed ferry (about 2 hours) to Santorini
SIDE NOTE my boys are ages 6, 4, and 2 at the time of this adventure —- The kids LOVED the ferry ride!
When to go: We went at the end of May, it was just starting to get warm and it was just before peak tourist time so it wasn’t too crowded
Best Transportation For Families Visiting Santorini: (I really wanted to rent a quad/ATV… they look awesome and fun) However a Rental Car is the best and safest way to get around the island with the family in tow.
Where to Stay: The 2 main cities are Thira (Fira) and Oia (ia), both places have amazing views of the Caldera. We chose to stay in Oia, in a small villa about a 5 minute drive from Oia’s main city center. I really liked how we were away from the main city but close enough to conveniently drive there. The accommodations on the outskirts of the city are usually more quiet, more affordable, and you get a little more wiggle room for you the family. A villa with a pool isn’t too shabby either. I highly recommend Agnadi Villa
What to do: Get lost in the sidewalks of Thira and Oia – there was always something fascinating to see (the shops, the ice cream, the views), and they really enjoyed climbing the steps and discovering new pathways.
The boys loved this open space in Oia and enjoyed climbing the trees.
Drive along the countryside and check out some of the beaches.
We drove away from the busy cities along the caldera and found this gem!! Awesome views AND they had a playground!!
There is SO much to do here with the kids and they loved it.
It’s music to my ears when they say, “remember that one time in Santorini”
So if you ever have the opportunity to visit Santorini, and have the kids with you..
The Limitless Momma – Joan
P.S. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about traveling to Santorini with young kids
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