Best Things to Do in Santorini
⇒ The Ultimate Santorini Travel Guide
Santorini island, imagine yourself on this crescent-shaped beauty of the southern Aegean Sea, perched on the edge of a volcano known as the Caldera beholding breathtaking views of exquisite clear blue water and the unique Cycladic white architecture. Ready to jump in and enrol in a magical journey, exploring the 10 Best Things to Do in Santorini!
Santorini is the number one destination for those who want to experience a traditional Greek island, unique landscape formations combined with a luxurious touch. You will be spellbound by its magnificent views, fun nightlife, amazing one of kind beaches and unique local flavours. A plethora of fun tours, activities and things to do in Santorini along with the romantic feel of this Greek island, will keep you wanting to come back for more! If you need help planning your trip to Santorini, our 3-Day Santorini Itinerary is for you!
🧐 What are the best things to do in Santorini❓
So buckle up and let’s go on an adventure! Here’s our bucket list on all the best things to do in Santorini! We really urge you to try at least one of the amazing cruises and tours offered on the island that will make your vacation in Santorini the most thrilling and memorable trip of your life!
Tip No1. for Best things to do in Santorini
⇒ Visit the most famous villages in Santorini
There’s a lot of fun activities to do in Santorini but first things first! When you’re preparing your bucket list of the best things to do in Santorini, don’t forget to include the following most famous villages in Santorini!
Fira or Thira the lively capital of Santorini
If you’re looking for one of the most famous villages in Santorini, Fira is the go-to choice! It has everything from amazing food places to great cocktail bars, and – it is close to many of Santorini’s famous beaches. Fira is located on the west side of the island, only 7 km. from Santorini’s airport. Perched high on the edge of a cliff it offers an amazing view of the famous volcano of Santorini, the Caldera, which erupted years ago and gave the island its unique beauty and its black beaches. Marvel at the amazing sunset and capture wonderful photos that will go viral on social media.
Even if you choose not to stay in Fira overnight, you should definitely pay a visit to Santorini’s most lively and touristic village! Fira is the centre of Santorini’s nightlife with a variety of bars, pubs and clubs to go to after the sun goes down. And that’s not all! Fira is not only great for drinking and partying. Santorini’s capital offers most of the best things to do in Santorini in one small village! You can go shopping at its numerous souvenir shops, visit its museums and galleries, explore its beautiful old monasteries and churches, and of course, enjoy a delicious lunch in one of its amazing “tavernas”!
Oia – the romantic getaway in Santorini
Santorini is known for its romantic scenery and uniquely cubelike white architecture. Don’t miss this chance and definitely go to Oia, one of the most famous villages in Santorini! Located approximately 16.3 km away from the island’s airport, Oia is a little less touristy than Fira, but equally (and maybe even more!) charming.
Enjoy the magnificent beauty of the island and find a plethora of fun things to do in one of Santorini’s most charming villages! While Fira is mostly known for its wild nightlife, Oia is more romantic and suitable for those of you who want to relax and enjoy the more classy side of Santorini. When you go to Oia don’t forget to explore the village’s hidden paths and visit Oia’s characteristic cave houses and museums! Admire the perfect blue waters of the Aegean and transport into a world of beauty and wonder.
The village is also famous for its beautiful churches that you can visit, and the “Paniyiria” (village festivals organised by the municipality and church). Oh! and of course, one of the must things to do in Santorini, is to enjoy a meal at one of Oia’s famous restaurants and enjoy the amazing view (especially at sunset!). Still sceptical? Check out our fascinating Santorini Hiking Tour from Fira to Oia that will certainly convince you that Oia is one of the best villages in Santorini.
Imerovigli – the best volcanic views of Santorini
When you hear the name Santorini, what picture do you imagine? If it’s the deep blue sea, white houses, unique architecture with small pathways, blue roofs and a magnificent volcano view, then you should definitely visit Imerovigli, one of the most famous villages in Santorini! Some of the most beautiful pictures you’ve seen of Santorini are from this village in Santorini!
Imerovigli is a traditional, picturesque village in Santorini, located approximately 7.8km from Santorini’s airport, with a clear view of the Caldera and the Volcano. It is one of the best locations you can go to and behold the magical Santorini sunset. It’s no coincidence that its name means “view-spot”. You absolutely need to add a visit to Imerovigli to the best things to do on Santorini’s summer list!
Did you know?: Imerovigli is a “Traditional Settlement”. This means that you should be prepared to admire the beautiful, traditional atmosphere and the signature architecture. It seems like you will probably keep your camera on hold everywhere on this trip! And it’s worth it! You can check out our guide to help you find your way Getting Around in Santorini.
Megalochori – the old homeland of merchants
One of the most famous villages in Santorini (that is a must-visit!) is Megalochori. It is located approximately 7 km away from Santorini’s airport. In Megalochori you can spend a wonderful evening, exploring the village through small labyrinth-like streets and find its beautiful churches with the characteristic white exterior and blue domes. And that’s not all! You can also discover beautiful taverns and small shops where you can find a variety of local products (and of course Vinsanto – the locally produced wine!). Taste local delicacies and sip flavorsome varieties of wine made from volcanic soil.
📌 Fun fact!: Megalochori is one of the villages in Santorini that has a very interesting history! The local economy in the past relied heavily on wine production and exports. Many of the old houses and mansions in the village used to belong to wealthy merchants who, in order to protect their homes and merchandise from pirate attacks, would build their houses with very tall external walls. The traditional white houses with their tall walls create a very charming atmosphere that will make you fall in love with the village!
Pyrgos (Kallistis) – the charming hillside beauty
Close to Megalochori, on the foot of mountain Profitis Elias (approximately 5.5 km from the airport), is one of the most famous villages in Santorini, Pyrgos. Add a visit to this beautiful village, on your best things to do in Santorini ASAP!!! Trust us, it’s totally worth it!
You will be fascinated by the panoramic view of this village (you can see up to Oia) and that’s not all! Pyrgos is a Protected Settlement with not only an amazing view of the other side of Santorini, but also a medieval fortress. In Pyrgos you should visit the Kasteli (Castle), a medieval castle that is preserved until today and is a must-see attraction on the island (it’s one of the remaining 5 “kastelia” in Santorini)!
Of course, Pyrgos’ charm doesn’t end there! When you visit Pyrgos you can discover through its maze-like streets a plethora of taverns, wine bars, galleries, boutiques and museums. You can also discover wineries as Pyrgos is surrounded by assyrtiko grape vineyards and the local wine production is very famous on the island…Convinced?
Insider’s Tip: We suggest you get yourself a glass of Assyrtiko wine (the local signature wine) in one of Pyrgos’ wine bars!
🧐 What are the most famous villages in Santorini❓
- Fira or Thira
Tip No2. for Best things to in Santorini
⇒ Discover the best Museums in Santorini
Second, on the list of the best things to do in Santorini, is of course to visit some of its top museums. Santorini has a unique historical background that you’ll certainly be intrigued to explore once you step on the island!
Did you know that Santorini’s name used to be “Strongyle” (the round one) due to the circular shape the island used to have before the volcanic eruptions gave it its unique crescent-moon shape? Visit the top museums in Santorini and discover more fun facts about the island! Here is our list of the best museums in Santorini:
Best Museums in Fira
Museum of Prehistoric Thera
For those of you who want to get the most of their traveling experience, one of the best things to do in Santorini is to visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. Are you ready to find the local treasures and learn interesting facts about the island’s history? We‘re sure you are!
The exhibition of the museum includes plant fossils that date back to the time when the island was not yet inhabited by people and archaeological objects that portray Santorini’s course in prehistoric times, making it one of the best museums in Santorini.
🌐 Website: Museum of Prehistoric Thera
Entrance Fee: General Admission: 6€, Concessions: 3€
The Folklore Museum of Santorini of Emmanuel A. Lignos
While this interesting museum is considered to belong within Fira’s periphery, it’s actual location is called Kontochori (1 km away from Fira), a small village that in the past few years has merged with Santorini’s capital. The Folklore Museum of Santorini is probably one of the best museums in Santorini to get a taste of the traditional side of the island! It was founded by Emmanuel Lignos, a local journalist, with a passion for the island’s traditions and it is housed inside an old “cave house” (the traditional house type of Santorini).
🌐 Website: Folklore Museum of Emanuel A. Lignos
Entrance Fee: 5€ (guide included)
Gallery of the Folklore Museum of Santorini
Don’t miss visiting the charming little museum gallery of The Folklore Museum of Santorini! Here you can find traditional costumes, everyday household objects and even a domestic winery, with the equipment that Santorinians traditionally used to make wine in the early 20th century. Oh! and of course, you can also find old pictures and books about the island. It’s a must-have experience that we urge you not to miss as it’s one of the best museums in Santorini! Navigate through the rooms of the cave house and feel the vibe of the old Santorini coming to life!
The museum is open every day from 10:00 am to 17:00 pm during the touristic period on the island (from April – October)
Insider’s Tip: The opening days and hours may change as this is a very small private museum, so we suggest you make a call before visiting, to make sure that there is availability on 698 704 8274 or
🌐 Website: Museum of Santorini Emm. A. Lignos
Best Museums in Oia
Naval Maritime Museum in Oia
Santorini is an island with naval history, and while you are on your Santorini exploration adventure, make sure to visit this beautiful museum in Oia. It is housed in a 19th-century old mansion in the village and the exhibits include old maritime equipment, old photographs, books and drawings, narrate the island’s maritime history and the evolution of shipping in Greece. Your kids will definitely have a blast.
📌 Fun fact!: Santorini’s economic prosperity (especially during the 19th-20th centuries) came from shipping goods in the Eastern Mediterranean!
Entrance Fee: General Admission: 5€, Concessions: 2,5€
You can visit the museum every day except Tuesdays (closed) from 10:00 am to 14:00 pm and in the evening from 17:00 pm to 19:00 pm.
Extra Tip: As there is no official website where you can check for updates, we suggest you call the museum before you visit it on 2286 071156
Museum of Musical Instruments
Are you interested in Santorini’s culture? If yes, then add a visit to the Museum of Musical Instruments in your Things to do in Santorini bucket list, because this museum is a must-visit. It demonstrates fair replicas of musical instruments that date back to the prehistoric times in Santorini, until the post-Byzantine era. The way the musical instruments are exhibited is surprisingly creative, with the replicas being hung over 3D and 2D paintings of people using them!
Insider’s Tip: Book a visit by calling on 22860 72000 since there is no official website, as the creation of the museum was a small private venture of musicologist Christodoulos Halaris.
Best Museums in other parts of Santorini
Santorini Museum of Minerals and Fossils in Perissa
While Fira and Oia are the centre of attractions in Santorini, don’t forget to seek the amazing attractions that are hidden in other parts of Santorini! One of the most fascinating museums you can visit on the island is the Minerals and Fossils Museum in Perissa .
The exhibits are impressive, including prehistoric fossils and minerals (the oldest one is over 1.5 billion years old!). What are you waiting for? Add one of the best museums in Santorini on your list and enter the past.
Insider’s Tip: The working days are everyday excluding Tuesdays, from 11:00 am to 14:00 pm and from 8:30 pm to 21:00, but as in most places in Santorini it’s better to call before visiting for extra information on 697 640 3771.
🧐 Question: What are the best museums in Santorini ❓
Museum of Prehistoric Thera
The Folklore Museum of Santorini of Emmanuel A. Lignos
Gallery of the Folklore Museum of Santorini
Naval Maritime Museum in Oia
Museum of Musical Instruments
Santorini Museum of Minerals and Fossils in Perissa
Tip No3. of Best things to in Santorini
⇒ Explore Monasteries & Churches in Santorini
Another thing to add in your Best Things to Do in Santorini list is a visit to its top monasteries and churches! Here are our picks of the best Churches in Santorini & monasteries!
The Catholic Monastery of Dominican Nuns in Fira
The Catholic Monastery of Dominican Nuns is worth a visit whether you are a Christian Catholic or not because it combines the peaceful atmosphere for those who want to pray and a beautiful unique architecture that is a mix of baroque elements and the traditional Santorinian building style. A visit to this beautiful monastery is a worthwhile experience and you can easily access it as it is located in Fira, only 10 minutes walk away from the central bus station of the village!
Go on and plan a quick visit to this beautiful monastery and you will want to visit it again and again. The calm atmosphere is addictive and if you are lucky enough you may get to hear the nuns singing hymns!
Famous Panagia Platsani Church in Oia
Panagia Platsani is one of the best churches in Santorini built with the characteristic white walls and blue domes that you’ve definitely got to visit on your trip to Santorini! The church is dedicated to the “Akathistos Hymn” for Virgin Mary (Panagia). It is located in a great position at the heart of Oia, just a two minutes walk from the terminal bus station!
You can enter the church regardless of your religion as there are no such restrictions and from there you can continue your exploration of the village.
Insider’s Tip: Panagia Platsani is a tourist attraction because it’s considered one of the best churches in Santorini. If you want to avoid crowded hours you can visit it either early in the morning before the tour buses arrive or early in the afternoon. Oh! and don’t forget that no photos are allowed inside the church!
Prophet Elias Monastery in Pyrgos Village
If you ask any Santorini local, which is the best monastery to visit, they will surely tell you to visit Prophet Elias. It is one of the oldest and most impressive monasteries on the island, located 3 km away from Pyrgos and only 5 km away from Fira. The scenery from the top of the Monastery is just breathtaking as it offers an almost 360-degree view of the island.
The historical background of the fortress-like monastery is significant for the local cultural development as it used to operate as a school for Greek language and Literature back in the early 19th century.
Insider’s Tip: For easier access, we suggest you rent a car to get there as the monastery is far from any bus station.
🧐 Question: What are the best churches & monasteries in Santorini❓
- The Catholic Monastery of Dominican Nuns in Fira
- Famous Panagia Platsani Church in Oia
- Prophet Elias in Pyrgos Village
Tip No 4. for Best things to in Santorini
⇒ Hit The Best Beaches in Santorini
Of course, when you hear the name Santorini, the image of white houses and small “kalderimia” (small maze-like streets) pops up in your mind but that’s probably not the only thing that strikes your imagination, right? The island is also known for its extraordinary beaches with their dark or copper coloured sands.
Most beaches are accessible by bus or by car. You can either rent a car or move around with the local KTEL buses. All the timetables and routes are available on the official Santorini Public Buses website.
Kamari Beach – the most popular budget-friendly beach in Santorini
A very popular beach in Santorini is the beach near Kamari village. It is a budget (you can even find free of charge sunbeds!) and family-friendly destination with many organised beach bars along the coastline. It’s one of the best beaches of Santorini as well as one of the busiest, known for its crystal clear waters and pebbly shore. Kamari beach is particularly easy to access. Enjoy the beautiful beach and have a drink at one of the bars and enjoy the sun dive in the water. Oh! and what’s more, the bus service is very good and you can get there in only fifteen minutes from both Kamari and Fira villages.
Perissa – the famous black beach in Santorini
One of the best beaches in Santorini to go to is Perissa. Are you wondering what makes it so special? Its unique beauty with the famous black sand, and the combination of family-friendly bars and a club-like vibe that makes Perissa the most popular beach for tourists. It is a great choice if you are young and you are seeking a well-organised beach with nice beach bars and reasonable prices. You can get there by car or by bus. Admire the volcanic rocks formed by the great eruption years ago and lay your towel down to relax by the sea.
Perivolos – the luxurious resort beach in Santorini
If you enjoy the fun vibe and dark beauty of Perissa but you also want to find a beach with a little more luxurious touch, you should certainly visit Perivolos. Perivolos is the longest black-sand beach of Santorini island. With a little more luxurious vibe than Perissa, Perivolos Beach is a resort with many hotels, bars and restaurants. There are a lot of things to do in Santorini and lots of places to visit, but hey! if you don’t visit one of the best beaches in Santorini island you are missing out! Access is easy with a bus or by car.
Red Beach – the most picturesque beach in Santorini
Another unique beach of Santorini island is the Red Beach. It’s one of the best beaches of Santorini if you’re looking for exquisite landscapes. The Red beach is iconic with its red cliffs upon blue waters and is an absolute must-see! The red volcanic formations on the beach will excite you and make you want to see more during your stay in Santorini.
Warning: be careful of the rock-slides on the way! There is a path that you need to walk for a few minutes if you go by car or bus and some people have reported rocks falling.
Insider’s Tip: You can avoid any risk by taking a Catamaran Cruise that will take you to the beach directly. A Catamaran cruise will definitely spice up your stay in Santorini with exciting stops at the hidden areas of Santorini.
Vlychada Beach – the family-friendly beach in Santorini
One of the most beautiful, extraordinary beaches you can find is Vlychada. Vlychada beach looks like an artist’s masterpiece with black sand and pebbles and white carved cliffs surrounding it, a result of the volcano eruption. It is one of the best beaches of Santorini and it is long and organised, but not as crowded as other Santorini beaches. Visit Vlychada if you want to relax surrounded by wonderful scenery.
We suggest you take a Budget Friendly Santorini Catamaran Cruise navigating you through Vlychada, nearby beaches and other attractions, to make the most out of your Santorini experience!
Cape Columbo Beach – the secret nudist’s beach in Santorini
And of course, for those who want to enjoy the bare nature of the island (and those who want to swim in the bare too -nudist readers listen up!-), Cape Columbo is one of the best beaches of Santorini for naturists. It is somewhat secluded (4 km away from Oia and 12 km away from Fira), quiet and has a wild beauty that will leave you enamoured. Cape Columbo is a beach you should visit if you want to relax in a wild, serene landscape with not many people around. Make sure you bring your sunscreen, especially if you want to lie naked on the beach. The hot sun on a summer day could cause severe sunburns on your skin.
Insider’s Tip: We would not suggest Cape Columbo beach for families, as it is nudist-friendly and not as comfortable for those who want to spend a day on an organised beach.
A visit to at least three of these beaches is a must for your best things to do in Santorini list, so go on and enjoy the clear blue Mediterranean waters of the Aegean sea!
Extra Tip about the cost of sunbeds in Santorini:
To get a sunbed, expect to pay somewhere around 9€ per person. However, a cheaper option where you can find sunbeds for the price of 6-8€ is Perissa beach and free sunbeds on Kamari beach. Of course, depending on the beach bar/restaurant, you may get the option of ordering a drink instead of paying for the sunbed. Who doesn’t want a refreshment on the beach? You would get it anyway, so it’s a win-win!
Question: What are the best beaches in Santorini
Tip No 5. for Best things to in Santorini
⇒ Try Local Food in Santorini
To make the most out of your Santorini island experience you can try the local flavors. Greek salad, gyros and souvlaki are a go-to option when visiting Greece, but there are a lot of other unique flavors you can try that will make you a true Santorini food connoisseur.
Next time you visit a “taverna” make sure to order the plates Santorini is well known for:
1. Best food in Santorini: Fava – the traditional yellow pea mousse
A plate made from yellow peas, a must-have, as it is a characteristic Santorinian delight. If you want to taste Santorini’s best local food you have to try this delicious appetizer at one of the beautiful “taverna’s” on the island!
2. Best food in Santorini: Tomato-keftedes/Kolokitho-keftedes – a Mediterranean delight
A vegan fritters variation is either made with tomatoes and spices or with zucchini and spices. It is one of the best appetizer choices at a Santorini restaurant. The tomato variation is especially popular in Santorini and is definitely worth a try!
3. Best food in Santorini: Fish-pie – Atherinopita for the real Gastronomes
Another Santorini characteristic local dish you can try is the island’s traditional fish pie called “atherinopita” It’s a combination of the famous Greek pie crust with fresh Atherina fish. It’s a must try local flavor so next time you visit a “taverna” don’t forget to order this unique dish!
4. Best food in Santorini: Sfougato – the “different” omelette
Do you like omelette? If yes, then we suggest you try this amazing local recipe! Sfougato is a special kind of omelette-pie that mixes a variety of local veggies with eggs. And it’s delicious!
5. Best food in Santorini: Kopania – the authentic Santorinian sweet
The list of Santorini’s local flavors would not be complete without a traditional sweet. Kopania is made of a crushed mix of barley rusks, sesame and raisins. And don’t worry! It may be sweet but it’s healthy too!
- Famous Local Santorinian Wine
Of course, when you visit Santorini you will taste the exquisite wines that are produced on the island. A famous local wine is Vinsanto, produced strictly with Assyrtiko grape variety of at least 51% and Athiri and Aidani grapes for the remaining percentage.
Insider’s Tip: Hey Foodies! The amazing local flavors of Santorini are numerous and if you want to find even more delicious suggestions you can check our list of the top 10 Greek Foods You Can Try in Santorini.
Question: What is the best food in Santorini
Atherinopita (Fish pie)
Vinsanto (Santorinian Wine)
Tip No6. for Best things to in Santorini
⇒ Unveil the Best restaurants in Santorini
There sure are a lot of things to do on Santorini with many beautiful tours and cruises but don’t miss out on the culinary experience when you’re on the island. If you’re wondering where you can find all the local delicacies, this is our pick of the best restaurants in Santorini :
No1 Best restaurant in Santorini –
-> Argo Restaurant in Fira
Argo is a relaxing, beautiful “taverna” in Fira that is our absolute favorite tavern in the village! With budget-friendly menu choices and reportedly better food than its competition (even though it enjoys a little less of their Caldera view), Argo is probably the best restaurant in Fira. Reviewers love it and so do we!
🌐 Website: Argo Restaurant in Oia
🕐Opening hours: Everyday from 12:00 pm
☎️ Bookings & Information: Call 2286 022594
Insider’s Tip: We suggest you make a reservation or you may not find a table.
No2. Best Restaurant in Santorini –
-> Ammoudi Fish Tavern in Oia
On top of the Best restaurants in Santorini bucket list, is the Ammoudi Fish Tavern, a very popular food spot for both tourists and locals. Ammoudi combines good cuisine with the local aura and breathtaking view. And no joke, it is literally right above the waves! Oh! and of course, you can enjoy one of the magical sunsets Santorini is known for enjoying a delicious dinner by the sea! Sounds great, doesn’t it?
🌐 Website: Ammoudi Fish Tavern in Oia
☎️ Bookings & Information: 2286 072298
No3 Best Restaurant in Santorini –
->To Psaraki Psarotaverna in Vlychada
When in Santorini, do as Santrorinians do! If you want to eat like a local, try out this amazing “psarotaverna” (fish-tavern) that will blow your mind with its variety of delicious local flavors of Santorini. We promise it’s one of the best food places you can find in Santorini.
🌐 Website: To Psaraki in Vlychada
🕐Opening Hours: Every day after 1:00 pm.
☎️ Bookings & Information: 2286 082783
Insider’s Tip: Try the fresh fish dishes like Carpaccio, Ceviche, the Fish-Souvlaki and the white “Taramas” (fish-egg paste). Thank us later!
No4 Best Restaurant in Santorini –
-> Metaxi Mas in Exo Gonia
We saved the best for last! Just about all of the Santorini locals will suggest this budget-friendly taverna in Exo Gonia. Metaxi Mas is an ouzeri-taverna (ideal for small or big appetizers accompanied by Greek distillates like tsipouro and ouzo) where you can find anything from traditional Santorini meat and fish dishes to Cretan cuisine. The menu has a large variety, the food is of exquisite quality and the atmosphere is amazing. It is no wonder that Metaxi Mas is on the list of best food places in Santorini.
🌐 Website: Metaxi Mas in Exo Gonia
🕐Opening Hours: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am
☎️ Bookings & Information: 2286 031323
Insider’s Tip: The taverna is located in Exo Gonia and you can get there by car or taxi. You can check the prices of your desired taxi rides and book one on the Santorini Taxi platform.
Extra Tip: The average price for eating at a tavern in Santorini is around 25€ per person for a full course meal with drinks included. Usually, taverns are a little more expensive than fast food spots you can find if you’re touring on a budget, but we suggest you try eating at a local “taverna: at least once to get the full culinary experience of Santorini!
Question: What are the best restaurants in Santorini
Ammoudi fish tavern in Oia
To Psaraki-Psarotaverna in Vlychada
Metaxi Mas in Exo Gonia
Tip No7. for Best things to in Santorini
⇒ Dance at the Top Night Bars in Santorini
Some say that Santorini is a place only known for its beautiful landscapes and unique beaches. Well, that’s wrong! With a nightlife as wild as its beauty, the island offers a variety of things to do in Santorini by night. Most of the clubs are situated in Fira (Santorini’s capital). From cocktail bars viewing the Aegean waters, to nightclubs and after-midnight food spots, we have collected the best of what Santorini’s nightlife has to offer in 2020.
The average drink prices are around 4-5€ for beers, 8-10€ for regular alcoholic drinks and around 10-15€ for cocktails.
Best Night Bars in Fira of Santorini
No1. Best Bar in Fira – MoMix Bar
Everyone likes a good drink and this cocktail bar is the best choice you can make if you are searching for a place with amazing cocktails, imaginative recipes and great environment. Drinking a good cocktail is always a nice evening habit when you are on vacation, but imagine actually eating your cocktail! That is simply an experience!
MoMix bar offers a great variety of options that are not only limited to alcoholic drinks but also alcoholic snack-cocktails! Try molecular cocktails and jello shots that will surprise you with their uniqueness. So, what are you waiting for? Put on your summer tan and go for the MoMix Cocktail experience!
🌐 Website: MoMix Bar in Fira
🕐Opening Hours: 8:00 pm
Insider’s Tip: We suggest you make a reservation, calling +30698 827 9067 as the bar is pretty popular and you might not find a table.
No.2 Best Bar in Fira – Tropical Bar
Tropical is one of the bars you should definitely visit in Santorini. It is successfully established as one of the hottest in-spots on the island with its wonderful balcony view, charming atmosphere and of course a great variety of drinks. The music is also great making it a place to dance and drink all night long!
🕐Opening Hours: 11:00 pm
☎️ Bookings & Information: 6957776013
No.3 Best Bar in Fira – Koo Club
A little party never hurts anybody, and Santorini is the best place to practice that saying! Koo Club in Fira is the best nightclub on the island. When you visit a Greek island you have to be prepared to experience its wild nightlife. The three bars, the indoors dancefloor and the outdoor patio, along with the great DJ choices, make Koo Club one of the best bars in Santorini.
🌐 Website: Koo Club in Fira
🕐Opening Hours: 11:00 pm
☎️ Bookings & Information: 2286 022025
Hungry after a wild night party in Fira?
We have all been there…after a long night of drinking and partying at the best bars in Santorini, a nice small bakery is all we need to have the best ending for a wild night. Fira has its own 24/7 bakery that is very famous for its late night hungry customers. Svoronos Bakery offers sweet and savoury pastries, handmade pizzas and everything you can imagine made from dough and delicious fillings.
Insider’s Tip: You can find other late-night food spots, including Gyros and Pizza shops throughout Fira. But if you want to experience the authentic Santorini vibe you have to try Svoronos Bakery. We promise you’ll love it!
Best Night Bars in Oia of Santorini
No.1 Best Bar in Oia – Sun Spirit
Fira may be the centre of Santorini’s nightlife but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find hidden gems all around the island! Do you want to get away from the crowded and loud nightlife of Fira at one of the best bars in Santorini? Sun Spirit Cocktail bar in Oia is the choice for you! The bar offers admittedly good cocktails (it’s a cocktail bar after all!) and the atmosphere is ideal for having a relaxed evening drink with the amazing Caldera view.
☎️ Bookings & Information: 2286 071655
Insider’s Tip: Sun Spirit has a great location and the best time to go there is before the sun sets! The average price of a cocktail is around 15€.
No.2 Best All Day/Night Cocktail Bar – Marykay’s Bar: Hassapiko
The fun doesn’t stop there! Another great bar you can go to in Oia is Marykay’s Bar or Hassapiko as the locals know it. Hassapiko used to be a butcher’s shop as the name suggests in Greek and has maintained its unique butcher-shop style. When you visit Oia don’t miss having a drink at this traditional bar! It is open 24/7 as during the day it works as a cafeteria and access to it is particularly easy – it is located at the centre of Oia along with other shops and it’s undoubtedly one of the best bars in Santorini. So, get ready for a fun night in a cozy environment, with nice music and great cocktail choices!
Extra Tip: Although you might be tempted to wear high heels when you go out, Santorini nightlife is best explored in flat sandals…trust us, we know!
🧐Question: What are the best bars in Santorini ❓
- MoMix Bar
- Tropical Bar
- Koo Club
Sun Spirit Bar in Oia
Marykay’s Bar: Hasapiko in Oia
Tip No8. for Best things to in Santorini
⇒ Locate the Best Wineries in Santorini
Santorini is famous for its fine wine varieties. To get the most out of your Santorini experience you shouldn’t miss out on visiting the local Wineries. Here are the 5 best wineries in Santorini that you truly must visit!
Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum & Winery in Vothonas – Santorini
This family-owned winery combines the winemaking and wine tasting experience in a unique labyrinth-like museum that is set inside of a cave. Here you can catch a glimpse of what life was like for a winemaker in Santorini in the past, learn about the local winemaking history and the wine varieties through an audio guide and of course try 4 different wines from the Koutsoyannopoulos winery!
🕐Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 19:00 pm and on Sundays from 10:00 am to 19:00pm
☎️ Bookings & Information: 2286 031322
Insider’s Tip: Individual tour price ranges from 14-95€ per person. Get there by car as it is located in Vothonas at the centre of the island, but it’s better to get there with an organised winery tour that will guide you through Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum and the other top wineries of Santorini while offering you a value for money experience!
Venetsanos Winery in Megalochori of Santorini
Venetsanos Winery is located in Megalochori, right above Athinios Port. Its location and structural design (it’s a cliff overlooking the Caldera!) gives it magnificent charm. When you visit the winery you can expect to taste their best wines and you can have lunch or dinner at the winery’s a-la-carte restaurant.
🌐 Website: Venetsanos Winery in Santorini
🕐Opening Hours: Everyday from: 10:00am-20:00pm in April, 9:00am-22:00pm in May to October and from 10:00am-16:00pm in November to March. During the period between December 15 and January 15, the winery remains closed to visitors.
☎️ Bookings & Information: 2286 021100.
Insider’s Tip: You can get there by taking a bus (Fira-Perissa route) if you ask the driver to make a stop at the Venetsanos Winery, otherwise they might not stop!! And don’t forget to book your ticket at least 48 hours before visiting as many times all tickets are reserved. The ticket price ranges from 6-15€ per person.
Argyros Estate Boutique Winery in Santorini
The third on the list of the best wineries in Santorini that you can visit is Argyros Estate Boutique Winery, located on the outskirts of Episkopi Gonia (5.5 km from Fira). Argyros Estate is a must-visit winery if you want to try exquisite wines that are officially achieving great scores on the 100 points system! The Estate’s Argyros Assyrtiko has been rated with 95 Parker Points and most wines of the Estate have also gotten ratings above 92 Points! For a wine connoisseur, this is a great achievement so if you want to taste what fine wine really tastes like, visit this amazing winery on your trip to Santorini.
🌐 Website: Argyros Estate Boutique Winery in Santorini
🕐Opening Hours: All year from: 10:00am-20:00pm in April, 10:00am-21:00pm from May to October and from 10:00am-16:00pm from November to March (working hours may change according to arranged tours).
☎️ Bookings & Information: 2286 031489
Insider’s Tip: Reservation is not required however we recommend you book your visit before going to the winery. The ticket prices range from 15-40€ and you can get there by bus taking the Fira-Kamari route or by joining one of the recommended tours for a complete experience.
🧐Question: What are the best wineries in Santorini❓
Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum & Winery in Vothonas
Venetsanos Winery in Megalochori of Santorini
Argyros Estate Boutique Winery in Santorini
Tip No9. for Best things to in Santorini
⇒ Enrol in top tours and activities in Santorini
The island is full of stunning beaches, taverns, bars and clubs. However, there are a lot more interesting things to do in Santorini. Do you want to know how to get the most out of your Santorini experience? Here we go! This is our pick of the best tours in Santorini!
Take a tour to Akrotiri Μuseum in Santorini
There is no doubt as to why Akrotiri Museum is on the list of the best tours in Santorini. The Ancient Akrotiri dates back to the early Bronze Age. Nowadays, it is a museum of the village that was burned down by the volcano’s eruption, 3,600 years ago. The list of the best things to do in Santorini would certainly be incomplete without a visit to this beautiful historical site!
During a tour to Akrotiri, a camera is a must to capture the beautiful landscapes you will encounter. The volcanic beaches near Akrotiri are widely known for their red and black sands, which make them a unique visit! And of course, why not benefit from the tour and enjoy a glass of the famous wine produced in the area? One cannot visit Santorini and not take an Akrotiri Tour…it’s just a must!. Grab your camera and get ready for lots of clicks!
🕐Duration: 7 hours
💡 Rates: 49€/person
Join Cooking Classes in Santorini
Santorini is well known for its local products and for its exquisite cuisine. When you visit Santorini you have the opportunity to learn how to cook delicious Greek dishes and traditional Santorinian recipes and make the most of your vacation. Here you can join the Santorini food-cooking classes that will let you take back home a part of Santorini!
Some of the best tours in Santorini are the Cooking Class and Wine Tasting Tour in Santorini which combines cooking classes by a local chef and wine tasting with the guidance of a wine expert, and the Sightseeing and Cooking Class in Santorini which is ideal for families.
🕐Duration: 6 hours
💡 Rates: 170€/person
🕐Duration: 6 hours
💡 Rates: Adults and children over 12 years old: 155€, Children 5-12 year old: 80€, Children under 5 years old: Free!
Enrol in a Jet Ski Safari Tour in Santorini
If you are an adrenaline junkie, a great option for you is to take a Jet Ski Safari.
Santorini is not only for those who seek romantic sunsets and a fine glass of wine. It’s a perfect destination for adventure lovers as well! From the numerous activities offered on the island, a Jet Ski Safari is one of the best tours in Santorini. The course is supervised by an experienced instructor that will guide you all the way. Need I say more?
🕐Duration: 2 to 4 hours
💡 Rates: Route 1: 240€ for 2 people, Route 2: 350€ for 2 people, Route 3: 500€ for 2 people
Go Horse Riding at Eros Beach in Santorini
Can you imagine horses running along the coast of a stunning black pebbled beach? No, it’s not a movie scene! Lucky you, it’s actually one of the best activities available in Santorini. Even if you’re not already familiar with horse riding, you can do the Santorini Horse Riding at Eros Beach and a professional tutor will assist you and teach you the basics before starting your horse riding adventure. When the tour begins you will explore secret pathways formed by the volcano eruption that took place years ago and will end up horse riding on the cinematic Eros beach!
Insider’s Tip: This tour is appropriate for everyone who wants to experience something unique, but we passionately suggest this tour, especially if you are a couple! It will give you and your significant other the most memorable and romantic adventure!
🕐Duration: 2 hours
💡 Rates: 90€/person
Indulge in a Wine Tasting Tour in Santorini
One thing that Santorini is widely known for is its local grape varieties and the wine it produces. How could your Things to do in Santorini wish list be complete without trying the local wines? Well, it couldn’t. That’s why we suggest you take one of the many wine tasting tours that are popular among visitors.
You can find wine tours for all budgets like the Wine Tasting and Winery Tour in Santorini, the Santorini Wine Tour and Wine Tasting, the Wineries and Wine Tour in Santorini and the Brewery and Winery Tour in Santorini which are some of the best tours in Santorini. On the tours, you will taste Assyrtiko, Vinsanto and other local varieties accompanied by traditional appetizers. Cheers!
🕐Duration: 3 hours
💡 Rates: 60€/person
🕐Duration: 4 hours
💡 Rates: 120€/person
🕐Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
💡 Rates: 125€/person
🧐Question: What are the best tours in Santorini❓
- Akrotiri tour and wine tasting in Santorini
- Cooking class and wine tasting tour in Santorini
- Sightseeing and cooking class in Santorini
- Jet ski safari tour
- Horse riding at Eros beach in Santorini
Tip No10. of Best things to in Santorini
⇒ Join the Best Boat Tours & Cruises in Santorini
Who doesn’t want a day of pure relaxation? One of the best things to do in Santorini is to enjoy a day at the thermal springs created by the famous volcano of Santorini. The eruption of the volcano gave Santorini its one of a kind beauty with the formation of the crescent-shaped Caldera and the therapeutic green thermal springs that are a must-visit attraction on the island.
A visit to the sulfurous Thermal Springs of Santorini is the best way to spend a relaxing day on the Greek island. And why not? You can combine it with a visit to the beautiful village Nea Kameni where the volcano craters are formed. Check out our Caldera Morning Cruise which is one of the best tours in Santorini and don’t forget to pick up your camera with you! You’re surely going to need it to capture the wonderful sceneries of Santorini.
🕐Duration: 7 hours
💡 Rates: 39€/person
Caldera and Oia Sunset Cruise – ideal for students
There are surely a lot of fun things to do in Santorini. But your trip will be half the experience if you don’t enjoy the majestic sunset that Santorini is known for. The Santorini sunset is spectacular and has fairly earned the title. So put it on your vacation bucket list to watch it because it’s a one of a kind experience!
Here are the best places to enjoy the famous Santorini sunset:
Port of Oia (Armeni)
On a boat!
Oia village, at one of its famous sea-view restaurants and Ammoudi Bay in Armeni are the most famous sunset spots of the island. The Santorini Caldera and Oia Sunset Cruise includes the top must-visit sights and is considered one of the best boat tours in Santorini.
🕐Duration: 10 hours
💡 Rates: 44€/person
Sunset Fishing Tour in Santorini – ideal for students
There are a lot of places where you can watch the famous sunset of Santorini, but usually, they are very crowded. For a more unique experience get on a boat and enjoy the magical sunset of Santorini in the deep blue of the Aegean Sea! An amazing tour that takes you around the most idyllic places and lets you admire the famous sunset on a boat is the Sunset Fishing Tour in Santorini.
🕐Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
💡 Rates: 130€/person
Semi-Private Luxurious Catamaran Cruise – ideal for couples & families
The best thing you can do when you are in Santorini is join one of the best boat tours in Santorini that you will remember for the rest of your life! The Catamaran Cruise in Santorini takes you on a luxurious adventure through the most beautiful wild beaches (Red and White Beach) and the therapeutic Hot Springs of Santorini where you can swim. It is a fully equipped cruise (you only need to take your camera!). The last stop of the catamaran Cruise in Santorini is the hidden gem of the island – Mesa Pigadia, an out of this world, a small organised beach that you’re going to love! On this beach, there is a bar and a small tavern making fresh fish barbeque-style that will take the end of the cruise day to another level.
🕐Duration: 5 hours
💡 Rates: 140€/person
Small-Group Santorini Sailing Tour – ideal for small groups of friends
One of the best boat tours in Santorini, which is specially made for small groups (no more than 8 people!) is the Small Group Santorini Sailing Tour. Are you a group of friends with a taste for the fine experiences in life? Do you enjoy the idea of having a luxurious “semi-private” or “private” tour of the best beaches in Santorini (white beach and red beach) on a fully equipped luxurious yacht, visiting the famous Hot Springs and exploring the underwater volcanic landscape at Mesa Pigadia? If the answer is yes, this tour is specially designed for you!
The Small Group Santorini Sailing Tour is among the best boat tours in Santorini and can be adjusted to your desires, with a private and semi-private tour option and with the opportunity for you to pick if you want to take the tour in the morning or in the evening. Oh! and what’s more, the tour includes lunch or dinner on the yacht with Santorini’s best local treats!
🕐Duration: 5 hours
💡 Rates: Semi-private morning: 135 €/person, Semi-private Sunset: 115 €/person
Insider’s Tip: We totally recommend you to pick the evening tour if you want to enjoy the magical Santorini sunset dining on the luxurious yacht for an unforgettable experience!
🧐Question: What are the best boat tours in Santorini❓
Caldera morning cruise
Caldera and Oia sunset cruise in Santorini
Sunset fishing tour in Santorini
Catamaran cruise in Santorini
Small group sailing tour in Santorini
So what are you waiting for? Hop on, and let’s go explore the most iconic places in Santorini!
The island’s magic is endless and the list of what you can do can go on and on and on. This bucket list of the Best Things to do in Santorini is just the beginning of the journey and you will surely come back for more!