Santorini, or Thera in Greek, is a truly authentic island widely recognized for its gorgeous caldera and breathtaking landscape. This crescent shape volcanic island is located in the south of the Cyclades area in the Aegean Sea and has been one of the most popular summer destinations in the world. The multicoloured cave houses, turquoise water, hospitable people and delicious cuisine is what makes this volcanic island appear on everyone’s bucket list.
Things to Do in Santorini
The reason why Santorini is one of the most popular destinations in the world is because it has something to offer for everyone’s needs and preferences. If you prefer having a relaxed holiday sipping iced coffee by the pool while sunbathing, then Santorini is the place for you. With endless options of stunning accommodations from hotels and villas to apartments all looking like “Architectural Digest” covers. After all, this is a true summer destination made for recharging your batteries and relaxing to the maximum.
On the other hand, if you are more interested in participating in some outdoorsy activities and exploring the incredible sights and culture of this island then Santorini can offer you that as well. One of the best ways to really experience this volcanic island is to go hiking on caldera through the natural environment and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the island. Hike to the Nea Kameni volcano and learn all about the legend that claims Santorini is the lost city of Atlantis. For a more authentic island experience, you can take a donkey ride around the village through picturesque cave houses and old blue and white churches.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hop on the boat and explore neighbouring islands, such as Thirassia, and spend the day swimming in the deep blue waters of Aegean Sea. While you are there, we recommend visiting Palia Kameni, one of many surrounding smaller islands; there you can dip into the thermal waters for a natural spa time.
What to See in Santorini
True gems of Santorini are its volcanic sand beaches such as the Red Beach (Kokkini Paralia), White Beach (Aspri Paralia), Kamari and Perissa. Leave your footprints on the red white and black sand of the island’s most popular beaches and enjoy refreshing cocktails and snacks while tanning on the comfortable sunbeds with the calming waves sound in the background.
You would probably agree with us when we say that Santorini’s trademark is its endless charming villages. The island’s capital is Fira which is located on the very edge of the caldera, is a colourful village decorated with scenic cave houses and churches connected together with narrow cobblestone streets. Fira is the island’s most crowded and lively village always filled with tourists eager to enjoy the Greek experience. In Fira, you can enjoy your stay by visiting some historical museums such as Santorini Archaeological Museum. Or you can just enjoy the easy life in one of local taverns or restaurants sipping on exquisite Santorini wine.
Enjoy the stunning view from the balcony of Santorini or otherwise known ‘’Caldera’s Eyebrow’’ made of famous villages that are: Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani and Fira. Oia is another popular spot on the island. It is a perfect choice for anyone that wants to experience the authentic island vibe and yet avoid the crowd. There are plenty of options for entertainment here. You can do anything from riding a donkey, hiking the local sights, visiting incredible art galleries or simply enjoying the mesmerizing sunset at the patio of a restaurant.
Some lesser-known local villages are Akrotiri and Messa Vouno, they are definitely worth visiting for the famous archaeological sites Pyrgos, Karterades, Emporio, Megalochori, Kamari and many others. Some villages are rather peaceful and quiet while others are more lively. However, what they all have in common is the beauty, culture and of course the amazing views on Aegean!
Things to Taste in Santorini
By now, you must be aware that Greece is known for its tasty, mediterranean cuisine. For that, Santorini is no exception. The island cuisine is rather delicious and varies from traditional kalamari delicacies to local specialties such as tomato gefthedes (tomato fritters), fava (yellow split peas spread), “hloro tyri”- special fresh goat cheese. Also, you can’t miss the chance to try the famous saganaki- fried cheese in leafy pastry covered with honey. All this must be paired with acclaimed local wines such as Asyrtiko, Athyri and Mavrotragano.
Insider’s Tip for Santorini
Yes you read that right - get married! The romantic layout of the island and “love is in the air” atmosphere creates a perfect scene for a white island wedding. For many years, Santorini has been the it destination for couples as a honeymoon destination. Multicoloured houses combined with pink bougainville and paved steps leading to sparkling light blue waters make the island endlessly romantic. With many charming churches around the island villages you will be able to have the most breathtaking wedding you and your significant other will cherish forever.
We suggest to not waste another second contemplating your next summer destination and to book your vacation in Santorini now! We got you covered for all the exciting activities in Santorini you and your friends can do. Be sure to tag us in your pictures with our hashtag #grekaddict!