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Santorini Travel Tips for Families

by Eugenia Lazaris

Jul 6, 2022

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Santorini’s reputation for romance may make it the quintessential honeymoon destination, but for family travelers looking for the perfect Greek Island vacation, it is still a perfect solution. To make the most of your trip, follow our expert tips.

 

Hit the Beach

Most people only know about the caldera side of the island — sheer cliffs overlooking a volcanic crater in the sea dotted with sugar cube villages, offering the most incredible sunsets in the world. But if you venture away from the caldera, you encounter swimmable beaches, such as Perissa Beach on the eastern shore, featuring unique black sand warmed by the underwater volcanoes that formed the island.

 

Get a Better Deal in the Shoulder Season

Traveling with family can be costly, especially to a popular destination like Santorini, one of the pricier Greek Islands. June, July and August are the height of the tourist seasons, but come with heavy crowds, high prices and hot temperatures. If you plan your visit during the shoulder season in May, September and October, you will have just as much fun with fewer tourists, cooler weather and lower rates.

 

Visit an Archaeological Site

Much like the rest of Greece, Santorini has its fair share of ancient history. The prehistoric site of Akrotiri, a town well-preserved under volcanic ash centuries ago, the rock-cut tombs of Ancient Eleusis and the ruins of Ancient Thera with its panoramic views of the Aegean Sea each offer a fascinating glimpse into the past. These sites are a great way to introduce kids to history and archaeology.

 

Never Miss a Sunset

On the caldera side of the island, there really is no bad place to catch the sunset, but keep in mind it is one of the most amazing things to do on the island. As each day comes to a close, be sure to stop and watch the show as the sun melts into the sea in front of you.

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