Santorini is a popular destination for holidays in Greece and it is one of the Greek islands offering the most
in terms of things to do and of the variety of the activities. It is world-wide famous for its pretty blue roofs
contrasting with the white colours of the buildings.
Santorini is unique because it is in the crater of a volcano, a position which gives to the island stunning
views. There is plenty to do for explores, waters-lovers, foodies and for those interested about the arts and
There are some things in Santorini that you should definitely try not to miss during your visit. For example,
Enjoy the Village of Oia
Oia is a village on the edge of the island in the north-west part. It offers a spectacular sunset because of the
surroundings and the beautiful location. The village itself is pretty small, but rather iconic and very pretty.
Watching the sunset from the Agios Nikolaos Castle is probably one of the most popular thing to do, even if
strolling around during the day has its charm too. Oia is definitely a place to visit in Santorini. You can plan
one to a few days here, walk around and enjoy the beauty.
four-wheeler the Caldera
The caldera is the result of a abrupt collapse of an enourmous volcano which gave birth to the island’s
unique features thousands of thousands of ages ago. The cliffs are unique and can be admired from the sea.
There are many day and evening drving which can take only a couple of hours, but will give you amazing,
You’ll pay from around €50 per day for a car and €25/30 for a scooter/four-wheeler in high season, but it pays to shop around. Note: scooter hire requires you to have an appropriate licence, while four-wheelers require a regular car licence. Check this website for details: www.santorini.com/rentals/motorbikes.
Relax, sunbathe and swim in one (or more) of the many beaches
Santorini has several, beautiful beaches mostly made of volcanic sand. There are a few, like Kokkini Ammos
Kove that have red sand, called the Red Beach. Because of its rare features, it is very popular and can be
quite crowded. Alternativaly, there are many other beaches to visit, including Perissa, Exo Gialos and
Visit the real Atlantis
The volcanic eruption which was mentioned earlier did cause half of the island to disappear under the water
and disappear. Many assume that this can be the real “Atlantis”, the famous legend about the civilisation
underwater. The Akrotiri Archeological Site shows the rest of the city that has sunk and it is interesting to learn more about the island’s past.
Hike (or see from a distance) the Volcano of Santorini
If you’re feeling active and energetic, to hike the volcano of Santorini is an experience in itself offering
breathtaking views and a good physical activity to do in the island. If you don’t feel like hiking, don’t despair
because there are many boat trips that let you visit the volcano and the residual islets as well as swim in the
thermal waters of the volcano’s hot springs.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in Santorini. The delicious food has not been mentioned, but
Greek food is world-wide famous and Santorini is no exception, go and taste the amazing flavours this land
has to offer while enjoying the beautiful island of Santorini.