Child Friendly Santorini StyleMotherhood
A little nervous that we were going to be turned away at the blue washed gates after reading so many reports of how unchild friendly the cliff top island was, we discovered that there was happily a way around this.
Apart from the maddening crowds, we were tucked away on a smaller white washed village called Megalohori, a 20 minute drive from Fira and a forty minute drive from beautiful Oia.
We stayed in Vedema, a lovely child friendly hotel but also very attractive to parents too, and who offer babysitting in the evening. Hurrah !
Initially when booking, we felt like we were being slightly snubbed and made to stay in a less exciting place than the two main players Oia and Fira.
However during our trip we were thanking our lucky stars to have stumbled upon our quieter village that felt to us in the end a more authentic glimpse of island life.
We ate there every evening in one of their handful of very tasty restaurants which surround a lively little picturesque square and woke every morning to church bells.
There’s local buses to the beach and the village also has a playground and the Greeks, even the biggest toughest looking of their menfolk love children and are not afraid to show it.
Archie was being tickled and hugged everywhere he went.
We went on day trips to Oia and Fira.
Out of the two, Oia was by far our favourite. It’s not buggy friendly and Archie ended up on his Daddy’s shoulders for most of it.
We loved the – Neptune-restaurant there which had gorgeous views and reasonably priced tasty Greek dishes.
During our stay we also did a morning boat trip to the volcano and hot springs departing from Fira and again the crew couldn’t have been more helpful.
There’s also a great cable car ride in Fira that our two-year-old boy loved.
If you’re craving a visit to Santorini don’t let the bad parent press put you off. It’s very doable and extremely gorgeous out there.