What to do in Santorini

What to do in Santorini

Top 10 things to do in Santorini.

Santorini. Possibly the most popular Greek island in the Aegean. Along with Mykonos and Crete, it’s one of the most famous holiday destinations in Greece. Before Santorini emerged, the site witnessed one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in the world and Santorini is essentially what remains today.

So what to do in Santorini? Santorini is recognised to be one of the top places to visit in the world. From the myth of Atlantis and magnificent views, to the picturesque villages of Fira and beautiful black beaches, here are our top 10 things to do in Santorini.

  1. Santorini Volcano

    Santorini volcanoThe volcano is essentially what made Santorini what it is today and it continues to attract thousands of visitors every year. A huge eruption around 1650BC followed by a collapse of land created the caldera cauldron.

    It was the same eruption that wiped out the Minoan civilization. Several eruptions later, two small islands formed inside the caldera, known as Palea Kameni (old burnt) and Nea Kameni (new burnt). Daily cruises head over to both Palea Kameni and Nea Kamen where you can walk on the youngest part of Europe and swim in the hot springs of Palea Kameni. Don’t miss the chance to explore the youngest land in Europe, but remember the volcano has no real crater, so don’t expect to stare directly down into the earth.

  2. Perissa Beach, Perissa

    Perissa Beach SantoriniIf you want crystal clear water and Mediterranean sun, you’ve got it. If you want black sand, you’ve got it, almost 7km of it! Perissa beach is the most popular beach in Santorini and it’s most notable feature is a huge rock rising from the sea, Mesa Vouno.

    The area has great facilities, including hotel accommodation, camping, sea-front tavernas and beach bars, and a load of water sports including a diving club. It can get very hot, so the trees on the sea front will provide you with some precious shade. With a beach as gorgeous as this, it can get quite crowded during peak season, but if you visit during September you’ll find it quite peaceful. This amazing Santorini beach is located 15 km south east of Fira and it’s well connected with the rest of the island.

  3. Boutari Winery, Megalochori

    Boutari winery SantoriniThis Santorini winery is located in the traditional village of Megalochori, just 15 minutes drive from Fira. Back in 1989 this was the first winery in Santorini to welcome the public, and the staff there will take you through the facility where you can explore the cellars and see how the wine is made.

    For just a few euros you can sample the wine they offer; Vinsanto, Kallisti, Seladia and Asirtiko. If you’re visiting the island in August around harvest time you could be lucky enough to see the wine being produced. The Boutari Winery is open from 10.00 until 19:00 daily throughout the summer months. A Santorini experience not to be missed.

  4. Ancient Thera

    Ancient Thera SantoriniThe views here are breathtaking. Both of the panoramic landscape, and the ancient city remains. Ancient Thira is situated high up on a ridge of the Mesa Vouno mountain and can be reached on a winding road that starts at Kamari.

    Thera was named after the mythical ruler of the island, Theras, and the site includes remains of market places, an amphitheatre, temples, houses and ancient baths. When you spot the first ancient ruins you might find it underwhelming, however you’ll need to go further up to the plateau to experience the real beauty where you’ll find an entire ancient city to explore. Get there early to avoid the heat and the crowds, and bear in mind that it’s a vast site that will include lots of walking.

  5. Santorini Sunsets

    Santorini sunsetIf you’re visiting Santorini, you have to watch the sun go down. Few places on earth come close to the sheer beauty of a Santorini sunset. Beautiful profiles of this stunning island can be caught on camera in a different light every single minute and there are many vantage points to enjoy the natural beauty of a Santorini sunset.

    Fira and the picturesque village of Oia are two of the best towns to watch a sunset because they’re located right on the caldera and face the right direction. Get yourself up at a taverna on a cliff or take a sunset cruise to be truly mesmerised by the views.

  6. Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Fira

    Museum Thera SantoriniThe museum is small but what it contains is really fascinating. It’s located in Santorini’s capital Fira, and is considered to be one of the most important museums in Greece.

    Prehistoric Aegean masterpieces of art such as frescoes from 3500 BC, beautifully painted pottery and the stunning golden ibex figurine are all astonishing. The museum sketches the course of prehistoric Thera, through selected finds from various excavations and is well thought out and very informative. This museum is south of the basicilla in Thera, just 2 minutes up the hill from Fira’s bus station. A Santorini treasure not to be missed.

  7. Open Air Cinema Kamari, Kamari

    Open air cinema - Kamari SantoriniExperience the cinema under the Santorini stars. This open air cinema is just a short drive from Fira, on the main road towards Kamari.

    After a day at the beach, what could be better than a cool Mythos beer and a good movie? All the movies start around 21:30 and you’ll get to choose a spot to watch the main attraction from. Deck chairs at the front, directors chairs in the middle and bar stools right at the back. The bar serves a good selection of snacks and drinks, and you’ll get a 15 minute mid-movie break as well. During the summer months you’ll also find concerts and other cultural events at this Santorini cinema.

  8. Dine at Sea Side by Notos

    Sea Side SantoriniTogether chef Tassos Baxarides and his sous-chef Apostolis Chatziaxiaris work on old traditional recipes, adding ethnic elements and their own touches to create funky culinary ‘remixes’ in their own personal style.

    Combining techniques from different parts of the world with Mediterranean ingredients, they have created an inventive menu with dishes that are generous and beautiful presented. It’s all done in a warm and friendly environment with an unpretentious service, against a backdrop of volcanic sand and the deep blue sea. Savor every bite at Sea Side and give the mojitos a whirl too, they’re absolutely awesome. Sea Side is located in front of the black sandy beach at Perivolos.

  9. Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

    Orthodox metropolitan cathedral SantoriniBuilt in 1827, The Orthodox Cathedral is located in Fira. The church took some serious damage from the 1956 earthquake and has since been rebuilt.

    Local artist Christoforos Assimis has painted beautiful frescoes there and the cathedral sits prominently at the bottom of Fira where it can be seen from places afar in Santorini. It’s rolling arches form a beautiful courtyard and there’s also an impressive belltower. Well worth a visit.

  10. Do absolutely nothing in Santorini

    What to do in SantoriniKeep it simple. Pull up a chair in a coffee shop and soak up the beautiful atmosphere of Santorini, Greece. Santorini is a magical place to visit. Most people visit during the main season, which runs from mid May to the end of September.

    If you want to avoid the crowds and choose to visit either in May or September, it can get breezy, so it’s best to pack a light jacket.

    We hope our guide has provided some inspiration and you won’t be stuck about what to do in Santorini.

    Enjoy Santorini!

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