It has been said that the sunsets in Santorini are the best in the world. The Caldera provides breathtaking views of the volcano and neighbouring islands, and from the east there are miles of dark sandy or pebbled beaches.
The island is considered to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece. It has also been considered to have one of the most spectacular and stunning landscapes in the whole world, and if you experience Santorini holidays you'll soon find out why.
Kamari is a seaside village on the southeast side of Santorini, It has a long black sand and shingle beach. Though there are many taverns, bars and clubs Kamari has a far more relaxed atmosphere than Thira. There are all the usual water based activities plus a regular water taxi to take you round the headland to neighboring Perissa is one of the most popular tourist towns and has an impressive long black sandy beach. The village offers a great variety of hotels and rooms, taverns and restaurants, cafes, bars, beach bars and night clubs. If you take the path across the mountain it will lead you to the ruins of ancient Thera which are a must see on holidays to Santorini.
The highlights of this volcanic island are sure to be its breath-taking sunsets, variety of beaches, and romantic atmosphere. From aquatic adventures to ancient sites, there are a multitude of things to do in Santorini to entertain all from the historian to the newlywed couple. Santorini is home to one of the most famous archaeological sites in Greece, Ancient Akrotiri, and the most unique landscape – not many other islands have their very own volcano. Santorini makes for one of the most romantic islands in the Aegean, and a holiday here will not disappoint.
Wine and Dine
One of the top Santorini attractions is the island’s local sweet white wine. Produced by vineyards on the main island of Thira, this sweet wine is perfectly paired with watching the sunset from the rooftop terrace in Firostefani or an after dinner treat with sweet meletinia in calming Kamari. Make sure to try delectable dishes made with Santorini’s fresh cherry tomatoes and capers, and the savoury fava dip prepared in the regional Santorini way. Bustling restaurants and gyros shops can be found in the capital of Fira, while seaside tavernas in Perissa and cliff face restaurants in Oia have an air of calm, in addition to delicious food.
Action and Adventure
One of the more active things to do in Santorini is to explore the parts of the island separated by the 236BC eruption. Take a cruise around the volcanic islets and go ashore on Thirasia, the second largest island of Santorini, or an excursion to the remnants of the volcano in the centre of the islands. On the beach side of Thira, there is always the ever popular snorkelling and kayaking that explores Santorini from the sea and under the water. For a thrilling view of the islands, take a helicopter flight and soar to new heights.
There’s nothing more romantic than sipping some sweet wine in a hot tub with your partner while watching the sun set over the Aegean. Complete a couple’s wish-list of Santorini attractions with a visit to two of the island’s most popular draws: the wineries and the hot springs. The wines are some of the most distinctive in the Mediterranean, and there are several vineyards to visit on the main island. The hot springs are along the active volcano and provide a thrilling yet relaxing time on holiday in Santorini. Hear from local guides about the supposed powers of these natural baths and take a few panoramic shots before exploring the crater. To complete the perfect romantic retreat, take a short ride to the village of Oia and pick a spot to watch the vibrant yet seemingly endless sunsets from the cliffs. A rooftop restaurant will also do just fine!
Once thought of as the site of mythical Atlantis, Santorini is actually home to a number of archaeological sites and museums. Recently reopened to the public after refurbishment, the covered site of Ancient Akrotiri is like a playground for culture vultures and definitely a highlight of things to do in Santorini. The site was first excavated in 1967 and revealed three-story buildings, furniture, and paintings covered in volcanic ash from a Bronze Age eruption. On the other side of the island, Ancient Thira is a settlement that was home for the island’s inhabitants from the 9th century BC to Roman and Byzantine times. Check out the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Prehistoric Thira for an air-conditioned look at the treasures of the island. For more recent history and art, pay a visit to the Megaro Gyzi Museum for an exhibition of photographs after the 1956 earthquake.
Santorini’s coastline is understandably a draw for many holidaymakers. The stretches of sun-drenched beaches are perfectly primed for relaxation, snorkelling, scuba diving and many other water sports. One of the best ways to enjoy the coastline however is by boat, hopping on and off a day cruise along the island’s littoral towns. When not lazing on the beach or cooling off in the Mediterranean Sea, visitors often flock to Santorini’s numerous historical attractions. As well as the fascinating Ancient Thira, the beautiful Minoan city ruins of Akrotiri on the southern coast make for an incredible insight into the island’s past, excavated from three stories of volcanic ash. Don’t worry about sun cream, as this spectacular site is protected from the rays. As well as its numerous ancient ruins, Fira boasts numerous cultural and archaeological museums with beautifully curated and enlightening exhibitions for an insight into Cycladic and Minoan culture. As the sun sets, the island adopts a new personality, with its numerous traditional restaurants throwing open their doors to hungry travellers and locals alike, serving up sumptuous, freshly caught seafood. But of course, it is Santorini’s renowned nightlife that really brings out its unique personality. Whether a beachside bar or trendy club, there’s somewhere on this island to dance the night away on your Santorini holidays.
Wines and Great Food
Aside from its gorgeous beaches, a holiday to Santorini is most renowned for its sweet white wines. Experience the fruity flavours for yourself, with one of the many winery tours on offer near Ancient Akrotiri, or discover the wonders of the island’s many volcanic ash vineyards.
As alluring and beautiful the Santorini is today, journeying into the island’s fascinating past is a must for any visitor. Providing an unequalled glimpse into the cultural past of island that has shaped the lives of its present day locals, the Folklore Museum of Santorini allows you to get to grips with its traditions and customs, and leave having gained a deeper understanding of this unique, Grecian destination.
A glorious port of vibrant fishing boats and provincial, harbour traditions, the beautiful Ammoudi on the island’s northern tip provides a secluded and tranquil setting for a day of leisurely exploring. Don’t forget to hike up the volcano or take a donkey ride up the caldera and keep your camera handy! Tuck into a plate of freshly caught fish, soak up the enchanting scenery, and feel your cares float away.
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