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Top 5 Experiences in Santorini for Active Families 

Posted on
April 9, 2024

Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world and it’s easy to see why. Think iconic, blue-domed houses, delicious cuisine and bright white villages overlooking the glittering waters of the Aegean Sea. 

Known amongst the best locations for a honeymoon, the island is also great for families. From water activities at the beaches to quad biking along the Santorini’s cliffs, there is plenty for the kids to enjoy. 

It’s also hard not to be captivated by the breathtaking views of this Cyclades Island so why not choose Europe tours with a stop in Santorini?  Whether you want to join in with the activities or keep the children occupied, here are the top five experiences in Santorini you shouldn’t miss if you’re an active family. 

Walking tours 

Escape the hustle and bustle of Santorini’s streets and enjoy the magnificent views on a guided walking tour. Explore the island as a local would and stay active as a family to enjoy some well-deserved bonding time. 

There is much to see on the island, including the famous caldera, the main town of Fira and the northern village, Oia. Santorini walking routes are an eco-friendly way to see the island and can be done at any ability, so you don’t have to be worried if you’re not an experienced hiker. 

Quad biking 

Take your kids on an off-road experience, filled with thrills and excitement. Climbing atop a quad bike is a fun way to get around the island that your kids are sure to love. Compared to cramming onto buses or waiting for a taxi, quad biking makes the journey just as fun as the destination. 

Make sure to stop off for iconic Greek dishes native to the islands such as Chloro Cheese and fava beans, a Greek delicacy. Adults can treat themselves to a glass of volcanic wine. 

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Horse Riding 

If you love animals, horse riding on the beach is a carefree and unforgettable experience for all the family. Offering an entirely unique way to see the island, riding trails will take you to the stunning caldera and within view of the volcanic islands of Palaia Kameni and Nea Kemeni. 

Water sports

For those who consider themselves daredevils, Santorini is famous for its picturesque beaches and pristine waters so water sports are in abundance here. Take to the sea to get amazing views of the island and experience the Aegean waters. 

You’ll find plenty of jet ski rentals around the island and you could even embark on a jet ski safari to visit the renowned volcano. Kayaking through clear waters while seeing the beautiful coast is a once in a lifetime experience.


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