Top Things To Do In Santorini
For this week’s post we have decided to do a roundup of the best places to see in Santorini. If you only have a couple of days and you are looking for things to do in Santorini, the top attractions, points of interests and so on, this article is for you.
If this is your first visit to Santorini and you need some basic information, you can also read our "Mini Guide For First Time Visitors To Santorini."
The order is random, mainly based on how you can combine these. This is doable if you have 2 full days and it includes all the best places in Santorini.
Top Attractions in Santorini
Part One: Fira-Imerovigli
Start from Fira. Fira is the center of Santorini (Read more about Fira here).
You will find plenty of shops to get some souvenirs from as well as a variety of restaurants. If you are looking for bars and clubs, Fira is also the place to be after midnight, as it has the best nightlife in Santorini.
From fira you can also take the cable car down to the old port. The views are amazing, and so is the experience. From the port you can take a small boat across to the volcano and the Hot Springs.
Further up the street from the cable car in Fira, you will find Firostefani and then Imerovigli. Imerovigli is is also nice for a walk.
Both places offer a lovely view to the caldera and the sunset if you are there in the afternoon.
Part Two: Oia-Ammoudi
So, Fira-Imerovigli is your first destination.
Traditional and romantic, Oia will make an impression on you. Here you will find the famous blue domes churches everyone is looking for. There are a few shops there as well, and many perfect spots to watch the sunset from with your significant other. Love is in the air of Oia. Most people go to the castle of Oia to watch the sunset, but it tends to get very busy in the summer, so avoid it if you don't like crowds.
Once you are there, you can also go down to the port of Ammoudi, where you can enjoy very nice seafood.
Part Three: Black and Red sand Beach
Having seeing Fira, Imerovigli, Oia and Ammoudi, you are half way there.
Now for the next bit, we would suggest you visit one of the Black Sand beaches in Santorini (Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos) and of course the famous red sand beach of Santorini.
Kamari offers a wide range of restaurants and bars and a lovely walk along the beachside throughout the day.
Perissa and Perivolos are practically one beach with different names on each end. These are a bit better if you are looking to go swimming since the beach itself is longer and easier to walk on. Here you will find many beach bars to enjoy your cocktails. If you ask me Perissa/Perivolos is the best beach in Santorini.
The Red Sand Beach in Santorini is very very impressive, but not ideal to go swimming. It is still worth visiting if only to get a picture.
Part Four: Akrotiri
If you go to Perissa or Perivolos, you can combine it with a visit to Akrotiri Excavations. It is not far away.
Read more about Akrotiri excavations here.
Akrotiri an ancient city in Santorini that was buried under Lava, and yes it is an impressive as it sounds. No, it is actually better than it sounds.
You know that rumour has it Santorini is the lost Atlantis, right? This is where it all began.
Part five: Wine tasting
On to the next one, there are actually only two things left: taste the Santorini wine and go on a sailing cruise.
Wine tasting is just something you must do before you leave Santorini. There are many wineries so choose one.. and have a good one. The most famous wine variety in Santorini is "Assyrtiko", but Santorini is also famous for a very sweet syrupy wine called Vinsanto. You need to try these two, at least!
Discover the 16 Best Wineries and Wine Tours in Santorini here.
Last but not least..is the Sunset Cruise.
You will sail along the red beach and the white beach and then you will get a chance to admire the caldera of Santorini. You get to swim in the Hot Springs and see Santorini from the level of the sea.
For the best part, you will see the sunset from the boat, near The Lighthouse. And trust us when we tell you. It is mesmerizing.
That’s all! Anything we missed? What did you like in Santorini? Let us know!