Santorini is the most popular of all the Greek Islands and for good reason. With its unique natural beauty and gorgeous architecture alike, the island of Santorini is a dream destination that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetimes. Here’s our list of the top 5 things to do in Greece’s precious gem: Santorini.
- Watch The Sunset in Oia
Sunset in Oia is probably the reason why Santorini became so famous in the first place. Watching the sun go down from either the ruins of Oia’s Byzantine Castle or any other spot in the picturesque town is a unique experience you will never forget.
- Visit Akrotiri
Santorini is home to one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. In Akrotiri, you’ll get the chance to walk around the remains of a once prosperous and incredibly developed city which was buried under tons of ash back in the 16th century BC, when the island’s volcano violently erupted. You can visit Akrotiri on your own or with a guided tour, during which you will learn all of the ancient city’s secrets.
- Take a Trip To The Volcano
The volcano is hands down the ultimate Santorini highlight. It is also the very soul of the island and the reason why Santorini has this special morphology. The crater of Santorini’s active volcano is situated on Nea Kameni, a tiny islet just off Santorini’s coast. You will get there on the same cruise that will take you to another islet, Palea Kameni. There, you will have the unique opportunity to swim in warm, sulfur-filled waters.
- Taste The Local Wine
Santorini’s volcanic soil is responsible for the island’s exquisite wine. Santorini produces some of the best wine varieties in Greece, among which the world-renowned Vinsanto, a dessert wine made of grapes that are left to dry in the sun. The best way to learn all of the secrets of local wine-making is to join a tour of the island’s best wineries.
- Hike From Fira To Oia
One of the best things to do in Santorini is to walk the entire length of the path that connects Fira to Oia. All along this route, you will be amazed by the island’s stunning scenery as well as its breathtakingly beautiful traditional architecture.
Santorini Island is ideal for insta stories and pictures!
You have seen it on tourist leaflets. Whitewashed, cubiform houses, deep blue domes overlooking wonderful sunsets in rainbow colors. That’s what a visitor gets with a visit to Santorini, one of the most popular islands in the Aegean Sea, known for its black volcanic sandy beaches and high-end style. But most importantly, for the best-given spots to get the perfect photograph for your Instagram feed.
Probably one of the most magnificent features this island has is its beautiful caldera. A remnant of a massive volcanic eruption almost 3,500 years ago, this floating piece of earth can be seen over both Fira and Oia from different angles. Best way to appreciate it even more? Take a boat tour and capture the crater of this still active natural masterpiece.
On the way to Oia, away from the eyes of most tourists, you can find this hidden little beach. Possibly the most crystal clear blue waters you will find on the island. Compared to other beaches, Ammoudi makes the difference among others made up of black, red, and white lava pebbles. Great spot to get also another shot of the sunset.
On the northwestern tip of Santorini, lies the most iconic spot of the island. A coastal town filled with white houses overlooking the caldera, stoned narrow alleys, and unique churches. Not so far from the town, you can find the ruins of Oia Castle, an ideal spot to take photographs of a panoramic view. Or join a tour that can show you why Oia is the most picturesque and sensational village of the island.
This extraordinary place seems it has been covered with red color, because of its rocky landscape, which offers breathtaking views of the shore with dark blue and green waters. With this unique, to the human eye, a combination of natural elements, Red Beach can only be a must-visit and addition to your Instagram collection.
This place has been built amphitheatrically with its houses overlooking the caldera. That is why it is called the “Balcony of the Aegean” with different songs written about it. Thankfully it is not as crowded as Oia, making it easier for you to get a great shot of yourself and the blue domes. Need a tip? Look for Anastasi Church and you will definitely capture the best photograph of your whole trip.