Mention Santorini, and no doubt images will spring to mind of sun-kissed beaches, pure white villages, and majestic sunset views. You will find all this and more in our top 8 things to do in Santorini to make the most out of your Greek summer vacation.
Santorini Sailing Tour
Explore the colorful coastline of Santorini on the board of a luxurious catamaran. You can marvel at the postcard-perfect caldera while taking a refreshing dip in the shimmering Aegean Sea. What can be a more unique way to experience this sun-baked Greek island than spending your day cruising between rocky coves on the impossibly clear waters? A pure bliss!
Fira to Oia hike
You may be surprised to learn that Santorini is an incredible hiking destination. Numerous scenic trails crisscross the island offering many cliff-top views, stunning vantage points, and historic sights. The laid-back 10 km ( about 6 miles) distance between the two main cities is just enough to work up your appetite by the time you reach the island’s capital.
Scenic Amoudi Bay
The scenic fishing port is situated somewhere between 200 and 300 steps below Oia, but it is also easily accessible by bus or taxi. The bay is lined with the island’s best seafood tavernas and you can have a terrific view while waiting for your lobster spaghetti. Adventurous types should also check out the excellent cliff jumping spot which is located just a short walk away, at the Agios Nikolaos rock.
Wine tasting in Pyrgos
Savor the delicious volcanic Santorini wine in the tiny quaint village of Pyrgos which is known for the island’s famous produce the Assyrtiko wine. While you explore the different local varieties, your experienced guide will tell compelling stories and share many interesting tidbits about local history, culture, and wine making.
Colorful red and white beaches
Santorini beaches are anything but common. Most of them are composed of lush black volcanic sand and pebbles, full of rugged charm and striking landscapes. However, if you are in for something even more impressive, visit the island’s well-known Red Beach or the more secluded White Beach. Snorkelling is also recommended here as the crystal clear waters hide many fascinating underwater rock formations.
Volcano tour and hot springs
Santorini was shaped by massive natural forces which still bear their marks on the island. One of these sights is located at Nea Kameni but it is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The island’s famous dormant volcano awaits you with otherworldly vistas. After this thrilling experience, you can soak at the nearby sulphuric springs which are known for their therapeutic properties.
Dinner with a side of sunset
Santorini is regarded as one of the most romantic destinations in the world. When the sky dresses in its magical hues of red, purple, and orange, gather together with your loved ones on a panoramic terrace to enjoy the breathtaking view together. Create sweet memories while savoring the unique flavors of the local cuisine and cherish these moments long after the sun disappears behind the horizon.
Time travel at Ancient Akrotiri
Travel back centuries at Ancient Akrotiri, a unique prehistoric site also known as the Pompeii of the Aegean. The ancient Minoan city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash in the late 17th century B.C., preserving its building and numerous fascinating artifacts for history lovers. Legends have it that Akrotiri may have served as the capital city of Atlantis, the legendary continent that once plunged to the bottom of the sea.