Best places to visit with kids
There is so much to see and do in Santorini and hiring a car is the best way to do it in my opinion. We spent a few days driving around the whole island. The beauty of having your own car is that you can stop off anywhere that takes your fancy, on our drive around the island we just stopped off at some beautiful viewpoints, churches and more. Here are some of the best things to do in Santorini
We stayed in Fira and it’s a fantastic place to be. There are lots of little-cobbled street with beautiful shops and restaurants serving authentic Greek cuisine. Why not take a stroll to the 3 bells of Fira, a greek orthodox church famed for its 3 bells, blue roof, and breathtaking views out to the volcano. Perfect picture opportunity.
Oia is a charming little village with whitewashed houses and blue domed churches that we all picture when we think of Santorini. We left Oia Village to last as everyone knows it’s where the best sunsets can be seen from the island and it most certainly didn’t disappoint.
The streets again are narrow and quaint but accessible for prams but I’d say a baby carrier would be better. There is good parking for your rental car in Oia which is only a short walk to the center of Oia. There are lots of lovely child-friendly places to eat in Oia, we stopped and had a bite to eat before the sunset and the staff was great with our son.
If you have the energy you can actually walk from Oia to Fira, it takes around 3 hours to walk it but I’ve heard It’s an amazing walk with beautiful views, probably best to do it first thing in the morning or early evening when it is a bit cooler.
Visit Amoudi Bay
We then drove on to Amoudi Bay, again a well-known spot in Santorini and I can see why. Only 300 steps below Oia (if you fancy the walk, probably a no no with young kids and prams) Amoudi bay is a romantic little bay famous for its fresh fish and stunning sunsets. We just had a little walk around before making our way up to Oia.
One memory of this place for me was parking on a very steep hill and watching a couple having the worst argument whilst trying to get their car out of an extremely tight spot. I’m not joking when I say they must have hit the car in front 10 times trying to get out!!! Beware the parking is quite packed and on a steep slope.
Take a donkey ride
When you think of Santorini you think of stunning sunsets, blue roofs and … donkey rides! The kids will love riding the donkeys from many different locations in Santorini. From the port of Fira to the center of Fira it will cost you around 20 euros per person one way. It’s a little costly but its a great experience for the little ones and a really cute picture for the photo album.
Swim in a pool with a view
If you don’t have a hotel with a big pool or even a pool at all for the kids to play in then take a dip in the beautiful pool at Lioyerma in Oia. As long as you purchase food and drink you will have access to the swimming pool where the kids can play all day long whilst you enjoy the amazing views.
Other things to do
As you walk through Oia and Fira you will see the most stunning entrances to hotels, they are like a door frame with incredible views of the volcano in the background and they make the perfect picture opportunity for a family photo.
Everywhere you go you will see the beautiful blue domes, gorgeous churches and so much more. My advice would be just to walk around and sometimes it’s better not to have a plan and go with the flow. If you are after a few more sightseeing activities you might want to check out the tours to the volcano and hot springs.
Transportation in Santorini with Kids
Santorini is an easily accessible island, whether you want to rent a car, take the bus or ride the water taxi they are all easily doable. We decided to rent a car whilst we were there to see all the different areas over two days and id highly recommend doing so.
I’d recommend hiring a car either before you go or from reception at your hotel. They provide car seats for babies and older children which makes life so much easier as you can stop where and when you want to.
Prices are reasonable starting at as little as £53 (67 dollars) a day during peak time. You can also ask at your hotel’s reception during your stay, this is what we did but remember we did stay in the offseason and it is probably best to book before you travel in the peak season. Check out Rental Cars for some great deals.
Santorini has a great bus service with the main station situated in Fira. Buses go all around the island and cost as little as 1.80 from Fira to Oia. You can also get to the beach of Perissa for 2.40 per person. Taxis are very expensive in Santorini, I wouldn’t recommend using them often. It cost us 15 euro for a trip that cost less than 5 minutes.
If you want to take a ferry from Fira to Oia this is an option, it takes around 25 minutes and costs 15 euro each to Amoudi Bay. There is a walk up a hill to the catch a bus that will take you further up.
The walk is around 10 minutes and can be quite difficult with small children as it is quite steep so I wouldn’t really recommend doing this to get from Fira to Oia.
Scenic Hike from Fira to Oia
If you fancy a scenic stroll along the picturesque caldera from Fira to Oia be aware that it can take 3-4 hours to hike the 10km journey, which may be difficult for little legs.
If you really want to do this hike with your small child id recommend a toddler carrier backpack and doing it early morning before it gets too hot or early evening when it gets cooler.
The hike starts at Fira and you will pass through popular towns such as Firostefani and Imerovigli with the Aegean sea and volcano to the left along your way. This is a beautiful hike with stunning views where you will get some amazing pictures and I would recommend it for families with older children who like hiking!