5 Experiences for First-Time Visitors to Greece with Kids
From ancient architecture dating back thousands of years to postcard-perfect beaches, Greece is an alluring destination for many reasons. If you’re planning a trip to Greece with kids, you’ll want to include a mix of active and relaxing activities. Kelly Barcus recently visited Greece with husband and son, and shares some of the highlights from her trip here.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT GREECE WITH KIDS...
KELLY'S GREECE HIGHLIGHTS...
Beautiful cliff walks, relaxing on the beach, ancient architecture
GREECE HIGHLIGHTS FOR KIDS...
Playing in the sand, splashing around in the water, climbing around the ruins
1. SIGHTSEEING IN ATHENS
“We’ve seen a lot of historical buildings and monuments throughout our time in Europe, but there are few places that are still standing after 2,500 years. It’s incredible to see places like the Parthenon, not just because they still exist, but because of how massive the structures are. These buildings would be impressive even if they were built with modern technology. The historical element may have completely been lost on our one-year-old, but it’s a can’t-miss spot on a family vacation to Greece. I hope he can visit when he’s older and see himself standing in some of the same places when he can appreciate them more.”
When booking accommodations in Athens, stay near the center of the city so that most historical sites are within walking distance. Places like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Acropolis and Ancient Agora are about a 10-minute walk from one another.
2. WANDERING AROUND OIA
“When most people think of Santorini, they think of Oia. Both the architecture and setting of this village are unlike any place we’ve ever been; the white cave houses hug the caldera with the most amazing views of the sea. Our family spent an entire morning following the walking paths that wind around the houses and windmills, eventually ending down at the port. If you want to enjoy your walk around Oia, just make sure to get out early! Cruise ships start unloading passengers around 9 a.m., and after that, it becomes a literal traffic jam on the pedestrian-only streets.”
If you’re traveling with a young child, consider using a baby carrier. Most of Santorini is not stroller-friendly, especially Oia.
3. PLAYING ON THE BEACH IN PERISSA
“We visited Santorini in the middle of a month-long trip, starting in Portugal and ending in Romania. We planned a few days in Perissa, a little town with a black-sand beach on the southern end of Santorini, away from all the crowds of Oia. It has one of the best beaches in Greece for families. We played in the pool, ran along the sand and ate dinner on the beach. It was the perfect way to enjoy Santorini’s beautiful weather and stunning views of the Aegean Sea.”
4. TAKING A CLIFF WALK FROM FIRA TO OIA
“Our favorite way to explore is on foot, so we try to plan at least one hike in every place we visit. The cliff walk from Fira to Oia is a must-do when you visit Santorini! The path follows the edge of the caldera for about 10 km (6.2 mi) and there is no shortage of breathtaking views.”
5. SOAKING UP SANTORINI ISLAND LIFE
“Before having our son, it often felt like a whirlwind when we traveled. We would do and see so many things, but rarely scheduled time to simply relax. Thankfully, having a child has made us set aside time to recharge, especially on a longer trip. He needs time to run around and play, and we need a few days where we don’t have to worry about getting from place to place or being completely exhausted from hiking all day. Santorini is the best Greek island for families. If you’re looking for a spot to relax with your children, check out Lioyerma Lounge Cafe Pool Bar.
Travel was always one of our favorite things to do as a couple. It gave us the chance to experience the incredible diversity in this world, whether that was meeting new people, seeing a different culture, trying new food or simply seeing a new place. We love that we can now share this with our son, and watch him experience some of his own firsts in these amazing places! Each trip is our own little adventure together, where we can grow closer as a family and gain a greater appreciation for this beautiful world.”
Planning a trip to Greece with kids? Check out this mini-adventure in Naxos.