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Travel to Santorini

Live an once in a lifetime experience. Discover delicious food, unique varieties of wine and the world-famous Santorini sunset with a trip that is right for you.

Santorini is probably one of the most world-renowned islands in the world and there’s a reason for that.

With its enthralling sunset view in Oia, the picturesque Cycladic architecture, the cosmopolitan vibe and of course, the iconic volcano which is a signature feature of the whole area, Santorini is a true Aegean gem.

Some of you are already wondering about ‘What to do in Santorini?’. Well, there are a lot of different things to see and do. From admiring the sunset and sampling local varieties of wine to exploring the Santorini Caldera and the gorgeous beaches, there’s something for everyone. Bear with us as we go through some of the most notable things to do in Santorini. Let’s go!

1. Admire the spectacular Santorini sunset



The sunset catamaran cruise in Santorini

One of the most memorable aspects of Santorini is the breathtaking sunset. The Santorini sunset is one of the reasons why the island attracts so many tourists every Summer from all parts of the world. Some of the best locations to admire the Santorini sunset are from a sunset catamaran cruise, which also offers a perfect opportunity to have a better look at Imerovigli and the Akrotiri lighthouse. Of course, the most famous location to admire the sunset is Oia in Santorini which will surprise you with its unique architecture and of course, the incomparable views.

Pro tip:

If you love photography, a sunset catamaran cruise is all you need to take your social media to the next level.

The sunset view

There are countless locations to admire the Santorini sunset. If you want to avoid the busy streets of Santorini, flooded with thousands of tourists, make sure you book a hotel which has a clear view of the Aegean and the Caldera. If you want to experience the Santorini sunset in the most traditional way possible, make your way to the picturesque village of Oia and find the perfect spot to wait with your camera and catch the moment when the sun touches the surface of the sea. Make sure you capture as many photos of the Santorini sunset as possible and take your social media to the next level.

The marvellous Santorini Caldera

If you want to have a more luxury experience, find a fancy restaurant or bar in Santorini, and spend a romantic afternoon admiring the Santorini sunset from the comfort of your chair all while enjoying a flavorful wine from Santorini. The view of the Santorini Caldera, along with the marvellous orange hues of the sky will change your life. Want a more unique experience? Find a musician to serenade you while watching the Santorini sunset and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

Pro tip:

Make sure you find the perfect spot to admire the sunset quite early, as most locations tend to get flooded with tourists.

2.Explore the postcard village of Oia in Santorini



Oia, the gem of Santorini

Oia in Santorini, is a postcard village full of the whitewashed cave houses that create a gorgeous scenery with the sun shining on their white surface. Furthermore, Oia in Santorini boasts more beautiful Cycladic elements like the cobblestone streets, the bougainvilleas scattered everywhere on the island and numerous colorful cave houses on the edge of the cliff.

Pro tip:

Oia in Santorini is the perfect spot for self-exploration. Grab a map and get lost in the cobblestone maze of alleys that could lead you to unexpected places.

The picturesque Ammoudi

Apart from the beautiful Oia in Santorini, make sure you pay a visit to the graphic Ammoudi where you can enjoy traditional seafood at one of the restaurants there, late in the afternoon. The whole Ammoudi settlement has stood the test of time and will surprise you with its incredible state, despite all the years that have passed. Bear in mind that it is located under the Caldera cliffs and provides a fantastic spot for swimming, ideal for travellers who want to escape from the tourist bubble of the more touristy places in Santorini.

Make the most of your time in Oia in Santorini

Apart from the above, Oia in Santorini is home to several cultural attractions, such as the Venetian fortress and the Maritime Museum. Also, the imposing blue-dome church that you’ve probably seen on the internet is situated there. Arrange your time accordingly in order to manage to see most of the things in Santorini at your own pace, without worrying about the times and the huge crowds.


Pro tip:

In order to avoid the extreme crowds, ensure that you visit Oia in Santorini, early in the or in the afternoon.

3. Sample flavorful varieties of Santorini wine



The grape varieties of Santorini

Santorini wines are among the greatest wines you can find in Europe. Some of the most ancient vineyards are located in Europe, as the volcanic ground protected them from phylloxera, which destroyed most of the vineyards for wine grapes in Europe back in the end of the 19th century. The island of Santorini is popular for its grape varieties called ‘Assyrtiko’, ‘Athiri’ and ‘Aidani’. ‘Assyrtiko’ is a great Santorini wine option if you want to pair it with meat and fish.

The impeccable taste of Vinsanto

Another famous variety of Santorini wine is ‘Vinsanto’. A Santorini wine can be considered a ‘Vinsanto’ if it is made mainly from ‘Assyrtiko grapes’ and the rest from ‘Athiri’ and ‘Aidani’. The grapes are first sun-dried before the wine-making process begins, giving Vinsanto its unique body, sweetness, and flavor. Vinsanto is a Santorini wine that can be paired with a great variety of de and especially traditional Santorini food. No matter what you choose you will definitely be surprised with its indescribable taste and rich aroma.

The volcanic soil of Santorini

The volcanic grounds, along with the traditional methods that take place in Santorini, give a unique taste and aroma to the Santorini wines produced on the island. You should definitely sample some wines while in Santorini and especially during the Santorini sunset , an experience that will fulfill all of your senses. Also, trying a Santorini wine is considered a luxury as it is made thanks to the unique volcanic soil of the island that can’t be found in other places of the world.

Pro tip:

Book a tailor-made wine tasting tour as it is a great way to visit award-winning wineries and try authentic varieties of Santorini wine paired with local delicacies.

4. Learn about Santorini’s history and discover the site of Akrotiri



The ancient settlement of Akrotiri

The prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri is definitely one of the highlights of Santorini. Akrotiri is situated in the village with the same name at the southern part of the island. Akrotiri was destroyed with the volcanic eruption but managed to survive, because of the volcanic ash that covered it for thousands of years.

The interior of Akrotiri

Today you can walk inside the whole settlement and admire the homes of many people of the past. Among the things that were found in Akrotiri are some beautiful frescoes that are displayed at the Prehistoric Thera Museum. Many other findings and artifacts were found in perfect condition that show the history of the island throughout the years. Another great museum with exceptional exhibits is the Archaeological Museum of Thera.


Pro tip:

Contact us and we’ll provide you with local insights on how to explore Akrotiri and the surrounding areas like a local.

The Ancient Thera

Ancient Thera is located on the Mesa Vouno mountain, on the east of Prophet Elias mountain. The excavations that took place there in 1896 reveal a historic settlement which included paths, buildings, a drainage system, a theater, temples, Christian churches and many more public buildings. Visitors can now explore a great part of Ancient Thera and understand better the culture and historical importance of Santorini.

Pro tip:

Make sure you book a ticket in advance in order to avoid waiting in line. By doing so, you’ll get to admire all the exhibitions, relaxed and focused, without feeling the exhaustion from waiting for hours in the sun.

5. Explore the Santorini volcano crater and swim in the hot springs

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The fascinating volcano in Santorini

The Santorini volcano is definitely a must-see highlight when you visit the island. Looking at Santorini from above, it’s clear that it used to have a round shape before the volcanic eruption that took place years ago. When the Santorini volcano erupted, the whole biodiversity and landscape of the area changed, and left behind the majestic Caldera, and a deep lagoon that is famous for its healing properties thanks to the great amount of sulfur in the water.

The crater of the volcano

Santorini attributes its volcanic beauty to the great eruption that occurred years ago and formed the island as we know it. Apart from the famous Santorini volcano, known as Caldera, there are also two volcanic islets that appeared after the eruption. The crater of the Santorini volcano is situated on the islet known as ‘Nea Kameni’ which lies at the center of the lagoon.

Pro tip:

Have your camera ready and capture unbelievable photos and videos that will bring you thousands of likes and new followers.

A closer look at the volcano and the hot springs

As soon as you reach Nea Kameni, you will get to make your way through the rocky terrain and get closer to the crater of the Santorini volcano which will excite you with its spectacular volcanic elements. If you bring your kids with you, they will definitely have the time of their lives. Join a guided tour and learn interesting facts about the Santorini volcano to make your experience more complete. Not far from this point, you can swim in the volcanic hot springs which are accessible through the sea, right next to Nea Kameni.

Pro tip:

Make sure you put on some comfy shoes as the terrain is a bit rough and slippery.

6. Traverse the Santorini Caldera




A Caldera cruise in Santorini

Exploring the Santorini Caldera lagoon on a cruise is an incomparable experience that you can’t miss. As soon as you get on board, you will get to perceive the glorious volcanic beauty of Santorini and of course, the picture-perfect villages perched on the cliffs. Feel the Aegean breeze on your face and breathe in the salty air that will transport you in a world of serenity and comfort.

The indescribable feeling on board

Sailing close to the Santorini Caldera will give you the chance to capture amazing photos that will help you go viral on your social media platforms with your friends and loved ones. The feeling of freedom in combination with the tranquility of the sea cannot be described, unless you experience it. Try to identify some villages from the sea - you’ll probably spot Oia in Santorini and Fira.

Pro tip:

Join a caldera cruise that includes stops to diving sites and be sure that your kids will love it.

Things to see during the Caldera cruise

Sailing the waters of Santorini is also a great way to access several points of interest like the Santorini Caldera, the thermal springs and the white beach and a great way to admire attractions from a different angle like the Akrotiri lighthouse, the red beach and the old port of Fira. Want to make your experience even better? Savour a Greek-style BBQ meal onboard while admiring the gorgeous Santorini sunset, adding a sense of luxury to your trip.

Pro tip:

If you’re visiting Santorini during the high season, book a luxury Santorini Caldera cruise before you arrive on the island as they might be sold out by the time you get there.

7. Relax on the volcanic beaches in Santorini



The unusual beaches in Santorini

The beaches in Santorini are a bit different compared to your average beach in Greece. Due to the volcanic landscape, most of them are full of red, black or white pebbles that create a unique scenery for most tourists. Among the most notable beaches in Santorini are, the Red beach, Perissa beach, Perivolos beach and Kamari beach.

The unique rock formations of the beaches in Santorini

The most famous beach in Santorini is the Red beach, located in Akrotiri, which has an incredible landscape of black and red volcanic rocks, ideal for unique photos that will boost your social media presence. Another beach considered one of the best beaches in Santorini is Kamari beach which is covered with black sand and has a distinct rock on the left side of it called Mesa Vouno. The black beach is by far the longest one on the island, and has plenty of options for relaxation, traditional Santorini food and water activities.

Pro tip:

Contact us and we’ll suggest you the best beaches that offer water activities on the spot to enjoy some fun time with your kids

Activities on the beaches in Santorini

The red and white beaches are not as long as the black beaches in Santorini, but they are perfect for a brief visit. Again, taking photos is a must as the unique colors reflected on the water, create an incredible setting worth capturing and sharing it with your friends online. Make your experience at the beaches in Santorini unforgettable by trying out some sea activities like scuba diving, SUP or sea kayak. After you relax at one of the several beaches in Santorini, you’ll manage to delve deeper into the local lifestyle of Santorini and acquire a better understanding of the whole volcanic landscape of the island.

Pro tip:

Find a trendy spot in Santorini, close to the beach of your choice and indulge in some traditional Santorini foods while admiring the cobalt waters of the Aegean.

8. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Santorini Caldera




The unbelievable views of the Caldera

One of the main reasons why people from everywhere in the world visit Santorini is to enjoy the extraordinary views of the Santorini Caldera and volcanic islets. We’re sure after having seen all the magnificent photos online, you probably want to find the most perfect posts in order to experience the magical views as well.

Hiking in Santorini has never been better

Perhaps the best way to enjoy the Santorini Caldera views is through the trail that connects Fira with Oia. The pathway is situated underneath the main road and promises a quiet environment far from the noise of the main villages. Some other beautiful spots for stunning panoramic views of the Santorini Caldera are the monastery of Prophet Elias which is the highest spot on Santorini and the picturesque Pyrgos village. By exploring all these beautiful places you’ll manage to gain a better insight on the history of Santorini and of course, the local culture which is one of a kind.

Pro tip:

If you want a more authentic experience in Santorini, we can show you some interesting hiking trails that will lead you to outstanding locations.

The spectacular views from Thirassia

If you want to enjoy a better view of the Caldera, take a ferry to Thirassia and get to the village situated above the port. On the top of the village you’ll have the chance to perceive the astounding views of the entire Santorini Caldera from a unique point of view. Find a place to relax and take in the whole scenery after your exploration trip and apprehend why Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in Europe.

Pro tip:

Join a Thirassia tour and learn interesting facts as well as historical information that will enrich your knowledge on Santorini.

9. Explore the amazing villages & delve into the local culture

Santorini cliff


The scenic Pyrgos village

Santorini is home to stunning villages that are definitely worth visiting! Apart from Oia in Santorini, some other great villages are Pyrgos, Megalochori and Emporio. Pyrgos is a splendid city with a captivating atmosphere that every tourist will enjoy. Furthermore, the views from the top of the village will fascinate you as well as the large number of cafes, restaurants and accommodation options, all with the distinctive Cycladic architecture.

Pro tip:

If you want to experience life like a local, a visit to a less touristy village like Pyrgos is the best thing to do as it hasn’t been influenced by the rapid tourism growth of the other villages of Santorini.

The charming Megalochori

Megalochori is a charming village with a labyrinth of alleys, blue dome churches and whitewashed houses. Stroll in the cobblestone streets and visit some of the shops and taverns to indulge in some traditional Santorini food. Admire the cave houses which are made with volcanic materials that were abundant in the area thanks to the volcano.

The peaceful Emporio village

Emporio is a peaceful village with numerous cafes and bars as well as luxury hotels and villas. The most notable tourist attraction of Emporio is the medieval Kasteli, a fortified castle in Santorini with a church on the inside that was built in the 16th century. Close to the castle, locate the Nimborio tower, known as Goulas and was used as a refuge in the bygone times.

Pro tip:

Plan your schedule accordingly so you have a lot of free time to explore as many villages as possible during your stay in Santorini.

10. Taste traditional Santorini food



Santorini, a foodie’s paradise

Santorini is also the best food spot for all the foodies out there. An interesting fact about Santorini is that people use a special method when it comes to farming where no water is used, a technique that enhances the taste of the Santorini food. The traditional food of a place can help someone acquire a better understanding of the culture and of course offer a great break, after a whole day of exploring the volcanic landscape of Santorini.

The best traditional Santorini food

Like every other Greek island, there are many traditional Santorini foods to try. Some of the most popular traditional recipes are: mashed up fava beans, tomato fritters, local salad with tomato and fresh cheese on rusks, stuffed zucchini flower, cod brandade and many more. Most of the Santorini food will surprise you with its rich Mediterranean flavour and unique flavor, a great opportunity to enrich your palate and fulfill your heart . After all, the local cuisine is one of the most authentic elements of a place and showcases its culture in the best way possible.

Pro tip:

Get in touch with us and we can recommend to you the most incredible traditional dishes that will become the highlight of your holidays in Santorini.

The seafood in Santorini

Don’t forget to try fresh seafood at one of the thousand taverns on the island. Santorini is located in the middle of the Aegean and the local fishermen always catch the best fish to serve it on the first day. Pay a visit to Ammoudi and Vlychada which are among the best sea-side locations for fresh fish paired with aromatic local wine.

Pro tip:

Reserve a table at one of the hundreds of restaurants in Santorini and admire the orange hues of the sky during the sunset, while tasting incomparable traditional Santorini foods.

11. Cave houses with spectacular views

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The idyllic cave houses of Santorini

One of the most magical things about Santorini is the feeling when you wake up early in the morning and you get out and see the magnificent views of the Santorini Caldera. There are thousand accommodation options in Santorini and especially cave houses that are built along the Caldera and offer incredible views of the Aegean.

The ideal location

Keep in mind that Santorini is one of the most popular destinations that attracts millions of tourists every year. That means that if you choose accommodation somewhere in Oia in Santorini, undoubtedly one of the signature locations of Santorini you’ll experience a crazy number of tourists and a lot of noise. If you want to enjoy some privacy and experience some time in a more authentic setting, choose a less known village such as Megalochori and Akrotiri.

The best accommodation for your needs

Choosing a hotel that is situated far from a central location may be the ideal choice to have some privacy and of course a bigger room, with extra facilities like a swimming pool or jacuzzi. Also, try to find a cave house that has been turned into a villa and experience an enhanced feeling of luxury and comfort. Furthermore, get the chance to capture photos showcasing the unique structure of the cave house accompanied with your swimming pool and excite your followers who follow your adventures abroad on social media.

Pro tip:

If you want to enjoy some relaxing time on the island, far from the hustle and bustle of the touristy areas, stay at the picture-perfect villages of Pyrgos and Emborio.

12. Capture incredible photos


Santorini, the most Instagrammable location in Greece

Santorini is one of the most instagrammable locations on Earth. Thousands of tourists travel to the Cycladic island every summer to catch a glimpse of the Caldera views, visit the blue dome chapels, admire the cave houses perched on the cliffs and swim in the volcanic waters of the red,white and black beaches in Santorini.

Take amazing stills of the Santorini sunset

During the day, more particularly early in the day, the sun is extremely bright that could take away some of the magic of the extraordinary scenery of Santorini. The most ideal time to take photos is in the afternoon, just before the Santorini sunset.

Pro tip:

Find a cool spot in front of the Aegean and ask someone to take the greatest photo of you and your kids to remember your holidays for years to come.

Go viral on social media

If you want to take unique photos that will set your social media account apart from the rest, try to visit villages and spots that not many others tend to visit. Santorini is full of gems, most of the time hidden from plain sight, waiting to be discovered. Grab a map or join a hiking tour and explore the uncharted locations of Santorini that will uncover gorgeous landscapes that haven’t been posted online yet. Are you ready for your treasure hunt? We’re sure your little ones are!

Pro tip:

Make sure you have enough memory on your device because you’ll definitely want to capture thousands of photos during your trip.

Practical guide to Santorini

1. How to get around in Santorini

If you’re planning your holidays in Santorini, you’re probably wondering how to get around on the island. Planning is key. Once you get to Santorini make sure you’re prepared so you don’t have to wait for hours under the hot sun to get on the public transportation and make your way to your point of interest. Our experienced team will provide you with some useful tips and insights on how to get around in Santorini in the most efficient way possible.

How to get around in Santorini by bus

Public transportation is one of the most efficient ways to get around while on holidays. Apart from the low prices, you don’t have to be worried about how to get to places, especially if you’re tired after a long day of exploration.

  • Is local transportation a good way to get around in Santorini?

    The local bus is the cheapest way to get from A to B and saves you the trouble of finding a parking spot. However, it can take a lot of time and you might face massive crowds.

  • Is the bus network in Santorini good enough?

    The bus network is quite vast. Buses connect Fira, the capital of Santorini, to all major villages as well as the port and airport. Ensure that you check the latest timetables.

  • Will the buses in Santorini be on time?

    If you are changing buses at Fira (required to connect places that are not on the same line), beware of the traffic delays around the central part of the island then can throw you off-schedule

Pro tip:

Don’t forget to include the timetables and the bus routes beforehand to make your time on the island less stressful.

How to get around in Santorini by car

No other mode of transportation provides you with such a sense of freedom than your own car. Renting a car is a must, especially if you don’t want to follow specific timetables and wish for a more spontaneous experience. Public transport can take more time because of the big number of stops, transfers and sometimes the large crowds.

  • Is driving in Santorini safe? text

    Driving in Santorini is pretty straight-forward, but it requires getting used to the relatively narrow and winding roads. Orientation is straightforward and parking won’t be a huge problem except for Fira and Oia, but there are parking areas in the outskirts of both towns.

  • Should I drive from the port of Santorini to my accommodation?

    Driving to or from the port is better to be avoided. The road is extremely steep and the congestion of cars, buses, taxis and mini-vans make it far more pleasurable to be on the passenger seat.

  • Where can I rent a car in Santorini?

    Plenty of car rental agencies around the capital and at Kamari. Better to choose a smaller car that will offer you flexibility and easier parking.

Pro tip:

If you’re visiting Santorini with your family, book a car as it will be way more convenient for you and your little ones. Keep in mind that you can book your transportation through Travel 12, which will assist you in the best way possible.

How to get around in Santorini by Taxi

One of the main benefits of using a taxi to get around in Santorini is the round-the-clock service. When you visit the island, you can just call a taxi whenever you are no matter what time it is, to take you to your desired destination.

  • Should I take a taxi in Santorini ?

    A taxi can help you out of almost any situation, day and night. But it’s possible that you‘ll have to wait, as there’s a lot of demand during peak hours and the number of taxis is limited.

  • Is booking a private transfer a good idea?

    It’s best to book a private transfer in advance if you know what you’ll need. There are top-quality services on the island that will certainly be on time to drive you safely and comfortably to your destination, also sharing any information you may need along the way.

Pro tip:

Book a private driver and explore the entire island at your own pace. Private transfers are the way to go if you want to relax and manage your money effectively.

How to get around in Santorini by ferry

A great way to explore the volcanic islets of Santorini is by catching a ferry. There are plenty of ferries and boats that you can book in order to visit the volcano, the hot springs and other points of interest in Santorini.

  • Are there any Ferries that can take me to the volcano?

    While on Santorini, there are plenty of small ferries you can take advantage of to visit the islets in the Caldera lagoon, including the volcano and hot springs

  • Where can I catch a ferry from?

    Daily departures from old port of Fira to the volcano and Agios Nikolaos; daily from the new port of Athinios to Agios Nikolaos, Palea Kameni, Hot Springs and to Thirassia; every day from Ammoudi to Thirassia

  • What are the routes and departure times of the ferries?

    Make sure to check the official schedule for up-to-date information on routes and departure times.

2. Where to stay in Santorini for a luxury getaway

  • The villages of Imerovigli, Firostefani and Fira

    Are you visiting the beautiful island of Santorini with your other half? Then a romantic getaway at the cliff-perched villages of Imerovigli, Firostefani and Fira is a great idea if you want to experience the glorious sunsets of Santorini and increase the love in your relationship.Imerovigli is the highest spot on the Santorini Caldera, with a range of hotels but a limited choice of restaurants and bars. Firostefani offers a great balance between busy Fira and quiet Imerovigli, but it can be cramped at specific areas. The luxury hotels of Fira are among the best on the islands present ample space together with an ideal location for views and island exploration, for the trade-off of no restaurants or shops at a walking distance.

Where to stay in Santorini for families and beach lovers

  • The volcanic Kamari and Black Beach

    Kamari and Black beach are among the most popular beaches in Santorini. The refreshing waters along with the impressive landscape make the black beach the most popular one in Santorini.Spend some time to explore their volcanic landscape and take magnificent photos that will excite your instagram followers. Along the beach, you can find plenty of restaurants, shops, cafes, offering a great opportunity to enjoy a lunch or a drink after spending time on the beach.

Where to stay in Santorini for group fun, restaurants and nightlife

  • The capital of Santorini, Fira

    The largest village and the capital of the island. Breathtaking views and countless options for great restaurants, cafes, clubs, shops, supermarkets, and accommodations. The best option if you want to be near the crowds and party a little bit. If you’re young and want to have the time of your life with your friends, Fira is the place to go.

Where to stay in Santorini for off-the-beaten-path options

  • Akrotiri/ Pyrgos/ Emporio/ Megalochori

    These villages are unique for their beauty and position. Beautiful houses and yards, plenty of shops and restaurants, medieval churches, a lighthouse and a winery are some of their best features. Make sure to book the perfect accommodation that suits your needs and enjoy your wonderful holidays with a sense of comfort and luxury. If you’re wondering where to stay in Santorini for a more authentic and peaceful time, check out those villages and you won’t be disappointed.

3. How many days in Santorini are enough?


What to do in Santorini in 24 Hours ?

Santorini might seem like a big island but 24 hours are enough to see a great part of it. One day can really help you experience the majesty of Santorini and of course give you a glimpse of the local culture and the most important sightseeings. Let’s see what you can do in 24 hours in Santorini

  • Admire breathtaking views from the Santorini Caldera

    There are numerous villages perched on the cliffs of the Caldera that have some of the most incredible views you can find in Greece. Oia in Santorini is a good example.

  • Stroll in the traditional villages of Fira and Oia

    Wander around the picturesque villages of Fira and Oia in Santorini and marvel at their Cycladic architecture and of course, perfect views.

What to do in Santorini in 2-3 days ?

Are you staying in Santorini for 2 to 3 days and you’re wondering what to do in order to make the most of your limited time on the island? Keep reading and you’ll get the best insights that will make your time on the island unforgettable.

  • Visit award-winning wineries

    Pay a visit to one of the numerous wineries on the island and sample a variety of different wines that have an incredible taste thanks to the volcanic soil of Santorini.

  • Go for a cruise in the Caldera lagoon, preferably with food and drinks on board

    Experience an exciting Santorini Caldera cruise and enjoy the volcanic landscape of the island from the comfort of your boat.

  • Join a guided tour and visit Santorini’s hotspots and best viewpoints

    Witness the best sightseeings and points of interest of Santorini by followÁing an experienced guide and discover the best locations that offer excellent views.

  • Visit the island’s famous beaches (black, white, red)

    Lay down your towel and relax on the unique beaches in Santorini which are popular for their volcanic black,white and red pebbles.

Pro tip:

Want a more comprehensive guide on what to do in Santorini ? Check out our Luxury Greek Islands Vacations Itinerary for 9 days and experience a fantastic trip to Athens, Paros and Santorini.

What to do in Santorini in 4-5 days?

Are you visiting Santorini for more than 4 days? Well, you’ll get the chance to see everything the beautiful Cycladic island has to offer. From traditional food and villages to museums and stunning views, Santorini will surprise you with the numerous things it has to offer. Bear with us as we go through some of the top things you can do in 5 days.

  • Join a Santorini food or wine tour and discover the local products

    Like all the other Cycladic islands, Santorini is a foodie’s paradise. Make sure you try some local delicacies and sample flavorsome varieties of Santorini wine to spice up your holidays.

  • Hike across the caldera, from Fira to Oia

    Santorini has a vast network of hiking trails that will make you fall in love with the island even more. Walk through the volcanic terrain of the Caldera and

  • Visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, Ancient Thera, and the Prehistoric museum

    Santorini has numerous ancient sites for you to choose. Some notable prehistoric settlements are those of Akrotisi andAncient Thera. Check out the museum of prehistoric Thera as well.

  • Explore traditional villages

    Santorini might look like a small island but it is full of postcard villages, ready to be explored. Some beautiful villages apart from Fira and Oia are Imerovigli, Firostefani, Kamari, Pyrgos and Akrotiri.

  • Discover off-the beaten path locations to enjoy the stunning Santorini Caldera

    Unleash your inner adventurer by exploring the secluded paths of Santorini which will enchant you with their peacefulness and of course, the incomparable views of the Santorini Caldera.

Pro tip:

Want a more complete guide with more locations included? Check out our Family Holidays in Greece Itinerary for 12 days and have the time of your life with your little ones in Athens, Santorini, Milos and Naxos.

4. What is the best time to visit Santorini?


What is Santorini like in the Spring ?

  • The first days of Spring in Santorini

    Spring officially comes on March 21st, i.e. the first equinox every year. That’s when days start being longer than nights, and that’s when the amazing island of Santorini starts to have a noticeable increase in the number of visitors who wish to discover its unique landscapes and unparalleled beauty!

  • The reason why Spring is the best time to visit Santorini

    Spring is perhaps the best time to visit Santorini; slightly less crowded in March and April, reaching its highs between May and June. Usually, there’s a low probability of rain and typically softer winds compared to summer! The temperature of the sea is still rather cool, so swimming and watersports might not be a good option for everyone.

  • The temperatures in Spring

    The temperatures have not yet climbed to summer highs and the rather dry island is at its greenest during spring. Skies are generally clearer in spring and you may get the ideal conditions for your Caldera photos. In just a few words, spring is probably the best time to visit Santorini.

  • Special occasion:

    Greek Orthodox Easter, with impressive local customs and traditional events, is a moveable feast that can vary from the beginning of April to early May.

What is Santorini like in the Summer?

  • The first days of Summer in Santorini

    Once summer has settled in (as of June 21st), the sea has started to warm up, the extreme crowds to gather and the prices to rise on a great scale. You will have long days to enjoy the phenomenal beauty of Santorini, typically great weather and all options available regarding sight visits, morning and sunset cruises and a wide range of local experiences on offer.

  • The huge number of visitors in September

    Summer presents a mix of Greek and international visitors on the island, and their numbers peak in September when it doesn’t get that hot and the sea is still quite warm. Apart from the busiest month on santorini, September is also the most expensive one as it is considered an extension to August, the most expensive period in the summer.

  • Reasons to choose a hotel far from the center

    In order to enjoy your summer holiday in Santorini you’d better choose a hotel off-center so you can experience some peace and tranquility and a sense of freedom while having the opportunity to choose when you want to blend in and when you prefer to relax in your private space. Whether this will have Caldera views, direct beach access and an off-the-beaten-track location in a traditional village, is a matter of personal taste and available budget. In brief, summer is probably the best time to visit Santorini for relaxation off-the-radar.

  • Special occasion:

    August 15th (religious holiday and a huge religious celebration across Greece) and the volcanic eruption representation in September (usually on one of the weekends around mid-month).

What is Santorini like in the Autumn?

  • The first days of Autumn in Santorini

    Early autumn feels like a continuation of the summer, but after mid-to-late October the scene suddenly changes as visitor numbers fall substantially and the weather starts becoming much more cloudy and rainy.

  • The reason why people travel to Santorini in the Autumn

    Numerous visitors choose this time of year because it has lower rates, while most attractions, shops and restaurants are still open. Also, the whole island is usually very peaceful offering a great escape for those who didn’t manage to enjoy their holidays in the summer.

  • The quiet setting of Santorini in the Autumn

    If you opt for a visit to Santorini in autumn, you will witness its beauty in a relatively quiet setting. Some hotels (especially beachfront) may be closed, and in any case you might prefer to stay closer to the center, keeping your options open about dining and getting around. To sum up, autumn is the best time to visit Santorini if you want to enjoy a quiet time in Santorini at a low cost.

What is Santorini like in the Winter?

Early autumn feels like a continuation of the summer, but after mid-to-late October the scene suddenly changes as visitor numbers fall substantially and the weather starts becoming much more cloudy and rainy.

  • The reason why people travel to Santorini in the Autumn

    Numerous visitors choose this time of year because it has lower rates, while most attractions, shops and restaurants are still open. Also, the whole island is usually very peaceful offering a great escape for those who didn’t manage to enjoy their holidays in the summer.

  • The quiet setting of Santorini in the Autumn

    If you opt for a visit to Santorini in autumn, you will witness its beauty in a relatively quiet setting. Some hotels (especially beachfront) may be closed, and in any case you might prefer to stay closer to the center, keeping your options open about dining and getting around. To sum up, autumn is the best time to visit Santorini if you want to enjoy a quiet time in Santorini at a low cost.


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