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Things To Do With Kids in Santorini

As far as scenic islands in the sun go, they seldom come finer than sumptuous Santorini. Although you've likely seen photographs of the rich blue domed roofs on the white buildings dotting the island's shore, Santorini actually has lots more to offer.


The island is enjoyed by families all year round, and with so much to see and do, the kids are going to make some spectacular memories with you here. To help you know how best to invest your time, we've compiled a few pointers on ways to spend time with the children during your Santorini holiday.


Begin with some beaches

It's not a trip away with the kids if you don't visit the beach, and Santorini's geology means that it's got some of the best and most distinct beaches in all of Greece.

To make it a real adventure, head for the Red Beach, which is a strip of secluded shore hidden over some rocky trails you and the kids can conquer together. Once there, you'll find red sand and steep shores, distinct thanks to the richness of the iron in the local rocks.

More conventional beaches are open to you too, of course. Continuing the colourful theme, the White Beach is a nicely tucked away spot that's popular with swimmers, or head to Kamari, where the black sand sparkles in the hot sun.

Donkey rides along the shore

Animal lovers and fans of scenic routes will adore the donkey rides in Santorini.

The trails slink between Old Port, Thira, Oia and Amoudi Bay, and your trusty troupe of donkeys will have you up and down the corresponding hills at a serene pace. This is a wonderful way of discovering the island with the kids.

Boat tours in abundance



There are many types of boat tours available in Santorini, from glass-bottom boats that let you see beneath the sea, to catamarans that cruise around the volcanic fringes of the island.

Special mention also goes to the sailing ships that are active in the sea surrounding Santorini, which help bring your kids' inner pirates to life. The boats often depart from Amoudi Bay and Old Port – you're free to peruse the picturesque harbours and see if any of these fine vessels tickle your plucky little crewmates' fancy.

Oia's secret bookstore

Often voted one of the best bookshops in the world, Atlantis Books in Oia takes the whimsy of all those old bookshops you remember as a kid and adds a sprinkle of Santorini sunshine.

Stairs lead down to a stony room packed with books of every description, as well as maps of the island handmade like treasure maps of old. Kids will enjoy the chance to get lost in this secretive little grotto of literature.

Climb to Skaro's Rock

For photos of the kids with the grand sweep of the sea behind them, not to mention the best views on the island, it's best to head to Skaros Rock. The trail leading here factors in some of the most inspiring views you can imagine, as well as rolling green fields and clusters of pale houses clinging together in the warm sun.

Atop Skaros Rock there's a hidden church too, making the trip all the more exciting.

Tour ancient Akrotiri

Centuries ago, Santorini was beset by a massive volcanic eruption. It levelled the town of Akrotiri, although those ruins have been superbly preserved today.

You can either book a guided tour of this place or explore it together under your own steam, but it makes for a fascinating glimpse into a past snapshot of Santorini life.

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