Greece is all about striking blue skies, spectacular views of the endless shoreline, age-old history and culture bursting with ardent melodies, adventuresome engagements & bountiful cuisine. if you’re a staunch Thalassophile, and on the lookout for a beach holiday then Santorini, Greece will surely knock you off of your expectations.
Santorini is easily one of the many astonishing characteristics of Greece. Flaunting a glimmering view of the Aegean Sea, this volcanic island is a dream destination for many including mine! White-coloured buildings & blue-domed churches, etched into cliffs, overlooking the deep blue waters.
So, here are some of the best things to do in Santorini:
Oia is a must-see tourist attraction in Santorini. Oia’s pretty whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches & spectacular views over the complete caldera! It is also known as the best place to enjoy the sunset in Santorini, where thousands of people flock together to see Santorini’s most remarkable show.
Tips: The best place to watch the sunset in Oia is the Byzantine Castle. Be there at least 1 or 2 hours before, to a good spot.
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The capital of Santorini is one of the best places to see on the island. Fira is a perfect Cycladic town, that looks like a painting on a canvas that is tainted with many shades. Wander in the city’s alleys and discover the breathtaking views of the sea and the caldera. follow the narrow walking trail to the villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli the highest point of the caldera Fira. You can also walk to the small port of Fira Skala. Tired of walking? take Santorini’s cable car, for a different vantage point. Fira is also a great place to enjoy the nightlife in Santorini: you will find the best bars, restaurants and night clubs! If you’re a history buff, or if you want to know more about Santorini, you can visit museums:
- The Museum of Prehistoric Thera
- The archaeological museum
Tips: Try to visit Fira early in the morning, to avoid most of the crowd. The temperatures will be cooler, and your stroll will be more pleasant.
Sail around Santorini
Boat trips are among the best things to do in Santorini. Take a 1-day cruise in the volcanic islands and Palea Kamini hot springs to take a dip & explore the island of Nea Kameni an active volcano. Visit Thirassia island, situated right opposite Santorini.
Best beaches in Santorini
It’s impractical to do a decisive guide about Santorini without mentioning the best beaches on the island. If you want to take a swim in Santorini, the best beaches are:
- Perissa, Perivolos and Agios Georgios: black sand beaches with snacks and bars
- Kamari Beach, another large black sand beach
- The Red Beach, named after the volcanic ochre cliffs surrounding
- Monilithos Beach, ideal for those with children as its waters are shallow
Take a wine tour
Wine Tours are very popular in Santorini. The island is famous for its exquisite white wines. Visit some vineyards on the island and taste the best wines.
These are some of the best vineyards:
- Boutari vineyard
- Gavalas traditional winery
- The Estate Argyros.
Why not a movie night?
Even if you’re on your honeymoon or a family trip in Santorini, a movie at the open-air Cinema is a must-do. The Kamari Open Air Cinema, or Cinekamari, is an outdoor movie theatre located in the middle of the forest.
Get your gastronomical experience
The island is an authentic culinary bliss! Give your taste buds an explosion of flavours by some the popular traditional food like white eggplants, cherry tomatoes, fava, caper & a Santorini signature, a kind of fresh goat cheese found on the island called, “hloró tyrí”
Don’t think twice! Experience for yourself the once-in-a-lifetime romance and charm of majestic Santorini a gem of the Aegean Sea.
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