8 Reasons To Love Visiting Santorini, Greece With Kids

Our travels have taken us many gorgeous places, but the Greek island of Santorini – with skies and oceans so blue it dazzles the eyes – was simply magical.  Visiting Santorini with kids is probably the most instantly recognizable Greek island, with dramatic cliffs, jaw-dropping blue domed buildings and pristine whitewashed buildings. We set out to visit this sparkling gem in the Mediterranean not as a honeymooning couple like most, but as a family along with our kids.

Blue domed churches overlooking the Mediterranean sea in Santorini Greece visit santorini greece with kids santorini caldera greece santorini greece - the views are incredibleThe fantastic food, stunning panoramic views, romantic sunsets that fed our souls, and beautiful beaches, made it a truly incredible place to visit. The kids were so very impressed and loved the views and the pool in Fira, the main town on the island.

There are many reasons to move Santorini to the top of your family travel list – here are eight to get started!

The Beautiful Blue Domes of Santorini

The iconic blue-domed churches perfectly match the blue sky and the backdrop of the Aegean Sea.

blue domed churches santorini greeceThese can be found all over the island.  This is without a doubt the image of an idyllic Greek holiday, mentally transporting you to sipping crisp white wine and eating fresh fish, at a local restaurant built into the cliff.   blue domed churches santorini greeceblue domed churches - all over santorini

The church domes are a visual delight, and it didn’t get old stopping to linger at the beauty and snapping endless photos.

Dinner in Amoudi Bay

Amoudi Bay is a picturesque bay situated a short walk from Oia, which is a short drive away from Fira.

santorini caldera greece amoudi bay

We drove to Oia, watched the incredible sunset, then walked down 1,000 steps (which are fairly steep) to get to the seafood restaurants in the bay.  There are many restaurants and a wide variety of seafood to choose from.

visit amoudi bay on santorini with kids
Dinner at Amoudi Bay

amoudi bay santorini - wearing ichiban #1!

Dining alfresco was a special way to take in the views from the bay with the kids.

Stay In a Hotel Overlooking the Caldera

We stayed at a small boutique hotel in Fira since we wanted to experience the famous “caldera views”. The caldera looks really far away, but it was the center of a single island at one point.

View of the caldera in Santorini

We had a stunning panoramic view of the Aegean Sea, and eating breakfast with those views each morning was magical.  Our room was a little cave built into the hillside with an individual small pool located outside our room, offering a view of the caldera.  Absolutely stunning!

Pool views in santorini greece. The other guest might not have appreciated the kids splashing.

The only way to our room was down a narrow, steep set of stone stairs. You must be prepared to climb many wobbly stairs (often in the dark which can be tricky after a couple of Ouzos) if you opt for this type of accommodation.

Get Lost in the Winding Cobbles of Santorini Streets

The cobbled walkways in Fira are buzzing with locals and tourists.  Every street is pristine with whitewashed walls, and I don’t think we ever saw trash on the ground.

santorini street views with kidswandering Santorini streetsWhat's on the wall?

There are quaint bars and restaurants at every turn, and we spent hours wandering around the local boutiques looking for perfect souvenirs to bring home.

santorini greece walkway

Watch The Sunset In Oia

You must go to Oia to watch the sunset!

It’s spectacular and on the bucket list of many travelers.

The magical sunset in Oia, Santorini, Greece.
The magical sunset in Oia, Santorini, Greece.

No visit to Santorini with kids is complete without a visit to Oia to see the sunset, however, you MUST  go early to catch a good spot.  It gets unbearably crowded, and if I’m being honest, not quite as relaxing as we’d hoped for.

sunset oia santorini greeceThe sunset is undeniably beautiful, but there are many places on Santorini to experience the wonderful sunset in a less chaotic setting.

Enjoy Delicious Greek Cuisine in Santorini

Greece is known for amazing food, and Santorini is no exception with delicious fresh local food on every corner.

Everything is island fresh, and for breakfast each day we were served a thick strong cup of coffee and sweet and savory pastries that included traditional options like spanakopita (a spinach and feta pie) or tyropita (a cheese and egg pastry).

the kids enjoyed dancing one night

santorini dance party
It’s always fun to see the boys hanging with the locals

 

Our most memorable evenings were spent under the stars eating Moussaka, drinking Greek wine at a local bar and listening to live local music. The atmosphere is so relaxing and peaceful.

Explore the Town of Fira

Julian, age 2, in Fira santorini greece
Julian (age 2) back when crocs were fashionable! 🙂

Fira is the capital of Santorini and located on the west coast. The old port of Santorini sits at the bottom of the caldera cliffs in Fira.

fira port in santorini with kids Enjoying the water views in fira port santorini, greece

This gorgeous harbor is filled with restaurants, wine bars and small shops. To reach the old port, you can walk down 600 stone steps, hop on a donkey, or take the cable car which leaves from the top part of the Fira caldera.

Navigating the steep, winding steps of Santorini on a donkey is an experience that teeters on the edge of adventurous absurdity – and the kids absolutely loved it!

It’s a rather bumpy ascent and the panoramic views of the Aegean Sea are a blur when you’re surrounded by 50 other donkeys on a narrow starway. The donkeys, sure-footed and seemingly unfazed by the awe-struck tourists they carry provide a peculiar blend of thrill and anxiety. I was clinging for dear life, hoping my chosen steed was reliable, while the kids whooped and enjoyed the ride.

While this ride might test your comfort levels, it’s undeniably a memorable slice of Santorini island life — a mix of charm, challenge, and a touch of cheeky defiance against the steep climb up those infamous steps on two feet.

Kids loved the donkey ride santorini
The donkey ride was an incredible experience!

Take in the Stunning Santorini Views

Santorini is one of the most magical and beautiful islands that you should not miss.

Staying at one of the local hotels perched on the edge of these cliffs overlooking the tranquil blue sea is truly an experience that will stay with you for years to come.

Cliff lookout Kids looking out over the caldera

santorini - hello down there!

Have you been to Santorini with your kids? What is your favorite Greek Island?

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About The Author

Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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