The best things to do as a tourist in Santorini, Greece
Santorini, a crescent-shaped island, is well known for its beauty of water-filled caldera. It’s also know for its magnificent sunsets, charming views of multicolored cliffs, and endless white buildings. A site of volcanic eruption, the island has made its mark on the world tourism map. It now attracts tourists all over the world. Thanks to its rich landscapes and traditional architecture, Santorini has frequently been featured in the lists of top wedding destinations in the world.
You will find an abundance of things to do in Santorini. From sunbathing at beaches to water sports; from the exploration of traditional diversity to spectacular beauty. There is something for everyone here.
If you are planning on exploring other parts of Greece, you should know that Santorini to Mykonos is easily doable by boat. You can also take a boat to go from Athens to Santorini.
Santorini’s Colored Beaches
The volcanic island of Santorini houses a variety of colored beaches. The colored sand on all Santorini beaches varies from red, black, and white. The beaches get their colors due to the different minerals present in the different regions due to past volcanic eruptions.
Some of the most popular beaches are Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos, and Oia. Accessible through narrow dirt roads and boats, these beaches should be enjoyed from afar as the area is prone to landslides.
View sunsets from Oia and Imerovigli
Another great experience to have in Santorini is to witness sunsets at Oia and Imerovigli. The backdrop of multicolored lanes, beautiful buildings, and round blue domes of its churches adds to the amazing view of the sunset.
Sunset at Imerovigli is usually less crowded compared to Oia. And you can enjoy the view even while walking through its lanes or from cafes lined up along the coast.
Hike along the Santorini caldera
Hiking along the rim of Caldera needs to be a must-have experience on your itinerary.
The hike starts from the village of Fira and ends at Oia, taking you along the scenic beauty of the Aegean Sea. The hike is approximately 10 km long and takes you through the spectacular village of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia.
The paved path is a photographer’s delight. It presents picturesque whitewashed villages, in the backdrop of a variety of landscapes.
Scuba diving, Jet Ski, Snorkeling, Canoeing, Kayaking, Flyboarding, Parasailing. Name the sport and you will find it here! Doesn’t matter if you are newbie or professional, the island caters to all, offering varying levels of difficulty.
You can also find several clubs and guidance centers around the beaches. Another best way to witness the seascapes of Santorini Island is to take a cruise. Imagine a tour around the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni & Palia Kameni, enjoying the turquoise waters of the deep sea and ending it with a sunset view on the deck.
Influence of ancient art of Greek gastronomy and refreshing wines, food in Santorini is going to be the biggest highlight of your trip here.
The specialty of Santorini restaurants is not just presenting you with mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes. It also offers a wholesome experience of dining along with the splendid seascapes.
You can also take up Food tours where you sample the street foods and also learn the art of preparation.
Santorini doesn’t stop surprising you even in the night! Once the glittering reflection of island lights and the full moon in the sea starts to take form, Santorini turns itself into a lively entertainment zone.
There are several classy bars, quaint cafés, and party clubs around Fira and Oia charged up with the live orchestra and Greek traditional music.
As these are mostly located near each other, they provide a good option to go bar hopping.
Recently beach nightlife phenomena have started to make its mark, with parties combining music with the raw beauty of the nights here.
If you are a wine connoisseur, then Santorini will satiate your wine loving soul!
The island boasts of the major wine industry, with Red & White wines as its specialty. It is famously said that wine in Santorini is deemed best in Greece and probably ranks among the top 5 wine destinations in the world.
The long narrow roads leading to beautiful vineyards are an experience in itself. The wine tasting sprees at Santorini also offer you a chance to interact closely with the local populace.
Hotels in Santorini
Fira, Imerovigli, and Oia are the best towns to stay in for an amazing visit to Santorini. Most Santorini hotels offer a beautiful view but the west coast side offers the best view of the volcano and the sunset along the caldera.
You will find several options for hotels and resorts in Santorini, for every budget ranging from private cottages to backpacking hostels.
A unique highlight of the island is Cave accommodation with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. It is best advised for you to book hotels in advance!
As it’s easy to take a boat between Athens and Santorini, why not check what the Greek Capital has to offer? Check out our guide to the best things to do and see in Athens!