Santorini

Things to do in Santorini

Santorini is an explosion of color! The blue of the sky and the sea, the white of the houses, the red of the Oia sunsets and the black of the sand will amaze you.
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The romantic Santorini is a very special Greek island, at the same time one of the most famous and representative of the tourist success of Greece, but also one with its own strong identity, distinct from the other islands.

In the list of what to see in Santorini at the first place there are its legendary sunsets, the most beautiful of all Greece, hand in hand with the breathtaking views of the caldera, the landscape element that has made unique Santorini.

Chic towns and traditional villages follow each other in this island that obliges the tourist to have the camera always at hand.

You can relax on one of its black sand beaches or taste the famous wines of the island in one of its renowned wineries, while for a cultural itinerary you can visit the famous ruins of Akrotiri.

Don’t miss out on the best: here’s the list of must-sees in Santorini.

Unique Sunsets

Tramonto a Santorini
The village of Oia at sunset

From the refined Oia, from the terrace of a wine cellar tasting a good white wine of the island, from a boat, from the lively capital: wherever you are, the sunset in Santorini will steal your heart with its bright shades of red and delicate pink hues.

Let yourself go to romance and take your he or she by the hand… or grab your camera to capture with a click one of the most fascinating natural spectacles that you can happen to see.

The Caldera

Caldera Santorini
The beautiful Caldera of Santorini

Unique in its kind, here is the star of Santorini, the element that makes this island unique and fascinating: the Caldera. Originating over 10,000 years ago as a result of the collapse of the vault of the magma chamber of a volcano, it is now a landscape of rare beauty, to which we have dedicated a page.

Towns and villages

Villaggi Santorini
The picturesque villages of Santorini look out from the top of the crater and enchant the visitor with their white houses

The picturesque villages of Santorini are famous worldwide for their beauty and uniqueness. Built on top of the high cliffs, they offer a unique and wonderful view of the volcano and the Aegean Sea.

Fira, the capital of the island, and Oia are the most famous villages and most loved by tourists: perched on the edge of the caldera, they overlook the islets of Palia Kameni, Nea Kameni and Thirassia.

The villages of Imerovigli and Firostefani are traditional and characterized by the typical architecture of the islands of the archipelago of Cyclades.

Even Pyrgos, Megalochori and Vothonas are traditional villages and are located in the center of the island: the villages have maintained intact their authenticity with the picturesque squares, the charm of the small alleys, the neoclassical buildings and the typical cave houses of Santorini.

Akrotiri is a quiet and pleasant village that in addition to the beautiful view and the splendid Red Beach offers visitors the opportunity to discover the most important archaeological site of the island.

In the south of the island we recommend the village of Emporio, with a strong medieval flavor and surrounded by wonderful vineyards.

Very beautiful and well kept are also the seaside resorts of Kamari, Perissa and Perivolos while Messaria is a quiet village away from mass tourism even if it is only 4 kilometers from Fira.

To the main villages of the island, such as Fira, Oia or Imerovigli, we have dedicated an in-depth page.

Archaeological sites of Akrotiri and Ancient Fira

Akrotiri Santorini
The museum area of Akrotiri

Of course, wherever you go in Greece there will be ruins to visit, but the archaeological site of Akrotiri is not the “usual ruins”: it is one of the most sensational findings in the history of archaeology.

The volcanic eruption that originated the caldera also had the effect of preserving under a thick layer of lava an ancient Minoan city, partially brought to light in 1967.

Excavations continue to this day, and it is estimated that what we can see is only 30% of what remained buried under the lava.

In the meantime, a futuristic glass building protects the excavated ruins, allowing visitors to the site to take a fascinating walk through the ancient world. Not to be missed!

The visit to the ruins of Akrotiri can be combined with the two archaeological museums in the city of Fira and the visit to Ancient Fira.

Museums

Ancient findings, contemporary art, industrial modernism, vintage photos: there is much to browse in the museums of Santorini. We point out the most interesting:

Wine cellars

Cantine a Santorini
Don’t miss a wine tasting in Santorini

One beneficial effect of the volcanic eruptions that occurred on Santorini is that they made the island’s soil particularly fertile.

One of the most ancient cultivations of the island is that of vine and the wines produced with autochthonous vines have reached excellent quality levels, such as Vinsanto or Santorini dry white wine.

The island is scattered with wine cellars, most of them offer the possibility of a guided tour with final tasting.

Visiting wine cellars in Santorini is an experience we recommend to everyone, not only to wine lovers. Imagine sipping a glass of fine white wine in the cool of a typical Greek patio or on a terrace overlooking the caldera: isn’t it a dreamy image?

Among the wineries that can be visited, the most famous is certainly Santo Wines, which is also the most touristic one; other recommended wineries are Argyros Canava, Gavalas Winery and Sigalas.

Insights

Santorini Caldera

Santorini Caldera

The peculiarity of Santorini is the Caldera, a wonder to be observed by boat or from vantage points, a breathtaking landscape of unique beauty.
Oia

Oia

Oia is Santorini's most beautiful village. The blue-domed churches, winding streets and white houses seem suspended in time. Excellent hotels.
Fira

Fira

Fira is the capital of Santorini: this small town with its characteristic alleys where white and blue dominate. In every corner are revealed beautiful views.
Imerovigli

Imerovigli

Imerovigli is the quiet alternative to Oia: another Santorini dream resort famous for exclusive hotels and breathtaking sunsets, but without the crowds!