From the moment you step off your first Santorini airport taxi to the last moment on this amazing island, you will be in awe. Santorini is one of those islands that grabs you with its natural beauty and charm.
One can spend an entire summer on Santorini, and yet there will always be something to see and do. We’ve made this list of top things to see and do when vacationing in Santorini.
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Fira is the unofficial capital of Santorini, and one of the most exciting places on the island. The city is known for its picturesque alleys, white and blue houses, and magnificent views. From there you can take a trip to the local villages or visit the local port. History buffs can enjoy the two museums in Fira; the archaeological museum and The Museum of Prehistoric Thera.
Hike from Fira to Oia
Oia is a charming little place from where you can catch the perfect sunset. Its white houses and churches are in perfect harmony with their surroundings. The 9 km long trail is an easy one, with not too many uphill and downhill places. Typically, you can finish it in 2 or 3 hours tops. The panorama along the road makes the hike worth the effort.
Visit Red Beach
Red Beach is one of the unique beaches on the island. Its red volcanic cliffs, the sand, the dark blue waters, all that looks simply amazing. Thanks to that, Red Beach is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. What's even more interesting about this beach is that it has the perfect sea bed for snorkeling.
Go Castle Exploring
There are five Venetian castles on Santorini dating from an era when pirates regularly laid siege to the island. They are located in five villages: Akrotiri, Emporio, Pyrgos, Imerovigli, and Oia. Tourists can freely explore their towers, as well as their ruins, and capture images.
Visit Santorini’s Volcano
The volcano of Santorini is the most famous attraction on the island. Its two residual islets are exceptionally interesting from where you can start your exploration. You can also go for a swim at the thermal waters in the nearby volcanic hot springs. The views from the volcano are one of the most amazing ones on the island.
Visit Santorini’s Open Cinema
Cinemakamari is an open cinema where you can enjoy some of the newest and best movie titles. Whether you are on a romantic trip or vacationing with your family, you will have a great time at the open cinema. The cinema opens in May, and it works until October. The tickets cost 8 euros.
Visit Ancient Thera
“Thera” was the name of the island in ancient times. Later it was called “Santa Irini” by Venetian merchants. Soon after, the name was turned into Santorini and remained as such until the present time.
Ancient Thera is situated on the Mesa Vouno Hill, and its origins are from the 9th Century. One of the most exciting parts about this splendid archaeological sites is that it holds remains from various periods like the Byzantine, the Roman, and the Hellenic period. The remains of the theatre, the gymnasium, the temples, and the agora are truly inspiring.