Santorini In 2 Days: Itinerary, Highlights & Tips
Santorini is a famous destination for a weekend getaway and since many visitors combine it with other Greek Islands, there is a chance you don't have a lot of time to see everything. So, if you only have two days to spend in Santorini and you are looking for the best things to do, top attractions to see, 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 on Santorini and it includes all the places to see and things to do while on the island.
Must-see places in Santorini:
- Black and Red Sand Beach
- Akrotiri Excavations (for history lovers)
Must-do things in Santorini:
- Wine Tasting
- Sunset Cruise
Let's see them all one by one.
Part One: Fira-Imerovigli
Start from Fira. Fira is the center of Santorini and a very good starting point to your journey. It is right opposite of the volcano so the views are stunning. Fira has lovely small alleyways so do walk around to explore them. Fira is also the main shopping area in Santorini, so you will find plenty of shops to get some souvenirs from.
You can combine your walk here with a snack, a drink, lunch or dinner. Everything is open late and there are plenty of places to choose from. Most of them will have great views to the volcano and the caldera. In Fira, you will also find some very good and tasty gyros (I know you are all looking for that).
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 Old Port you can take a small boat across to the volcano and the Hot Springs.
Read more about Fira here.
Find Fira On The Map Here:
Further up the street from the cable car in Fira, you will find Firostefani and then Imerovigli. You can either walk there, or drive.
Both places offer a lovely view to the caldera and the sunset- if you are there in the afternoon.
Find Imerovigli on the map below:
Part Two: Oia-Ammoudi
So, Fira-Imerovigli is your first destination. Then, as you probably already know, Oia is the most famous place in Santorini, so you need to see it for yourself.
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 in Oia as well, and too 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 super 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 by the water.
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 just to admire it and get a picture.
Part Four: Akrotiri Excavations
If you go to Perissa/ Perivolos or the Red Sand Beach, you can easily combine it with a visit to Akrotiri Excavations. It is not far away. If you love history, you will love this place too.
Read more about Akrotiri excavations here.
Akrotiri is 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. Akrotiri is also known as the Pompeii of the Aegean.
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 15 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. Plus, there are no crowds :)
How to plan your 2 days in Santorini:
Ok, so now you know where to go. But how do you combine all these places to make the most of your time? Here is what I would suggest.
- Visit Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli in the morning.
- Plan your wine tasting early in the afternoon
- Then head to Oia and Ammoudi
Advice: If you are visiting in high season and you want to avoid the crowds, go to Oia- Ammoudi in the morning and leave Fira- Imerovigli for the afternoon. You will find great spots to watch the sunset there as well (with less people around you).
- Go to Akrotiri Excavations and the Red beach in the morning
- Then go to Perissa/Perivolos
- Go on a sunset cruise
Advice: Check with your cruise provider because chances are the cruise will take you to the red beach. In that case, you can skip that in your morning itinerary and spend more time on the black sand beach.
The best and easiest way to get around is to rent a car. This will save you a lot of time (and money).
Check out our advice on how to get around Santorini here.
That’s all! Anything we missed? Let us know!