Ideas for your Family Vacation in Santorini

Wonderful beaches, fascinating history, incredible food, lovely people, and tons of fun for kids and adults – that’s Santorini in a nutshell. If you are one of those families who live and breathe travel, visiting this popular summer spot is a must. You need some family travel inspirations? We put together an ultimate round-up of ideas for your family vacation in Santorini. We’d love to hear which ones you loved to do most after visiting this beautiful Greek holiday destination. 

Best family beaches in Santorini

There are plenty of family-friendly beaches in Santorini, where the kids can splash around while you enjoy a cold drink under the warmth of the sun. How about building a black sand castle this summer for a change? Due to the island’s volcanic history, many beaches are covered with dark-hued sand, which your children will surely find fascinating. The best family beaches in Santorini are found in Perissa, Kamari, and Monolithos, where the sea is crystal clear and shallow. Most organized beaches provide lifeguard services and numerous water sports ideal for families. HERE you can check out all the best beaches in Santorini.

Discover the island’s rich history

Santorini is the perfect beach vacation destination for a spring or summer holiday with the kids, and it is also fantastic for culturally curious families. This stunning island has some of the most exciting and striking historical sites in the Mediterranean: the Akrotiri Archeological Site, dubbed as the Greek Pompeii, Venetian castles with famous Santorini sunset views, pirate hideaways and gorgeous Orthodox chapels at every corner you turn.

Greek family holiday turned adventure travel

Santorini is brimming with scenic villages scattered all around the island. You can easily explore the towns of Fira, Oia, and other traditional settlements on foot as there are numerous Santorini hiking trails crisscrossing this sun-kissed Greek family destination. The labyrinth-like pathways and winding alleys are super fun for kids to explore. You’ll also spot many cute animals on the way, such as cats and donkeys, friendly and ready to be pet. 

Exciting Santorini boat tour 

Set sail from the picturesque coastline of Santorini and enjoy an amazing experience fit for the whole family. Explore incredible secluded beaches, swim in crystal clear waters and gaze out at the endless Aegean – a perfect way to make your family vacation in Santorini memorable. Your children will be especially thrilled to hear that one of the stops of the boat tour includes the famous Santorini volcano. Fear not though, the sleeping giant has been long inactive. 

sailing cruise santorini

Browse boat tour offers and private or semi-private yacht rentals HERE

There is no family vacation in Santorini without food

After all the adventure, it’s no wonder that your kids have worked up an appetite. If you’re looking for the best Santorini restaurant, we recommend that you visit Ammoudi Bay, a cute little fishing port just below Oia. You can reach the bay by donkey ride, which the kids are guaranteed to enjoy to the fullest. Once there, have a look at the mouthwatering menu of Sunset Tavern which offers an extensive kid-friendly menu. While waiting for your food, your children can have a splash at the nearby Agios Nikolaos beach which also boasts an excellent jumping spot for older kids. 


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