7 things you need to do in Santorini
- Explore the island
The obvious activity is to walk the caldera edge and admire the views. Walks in and around Fira are spectacular, particularly heading north to Firostefani and Imerovigli along the caldera-edge pathway. Keep walking and you’ll eventually reach Oia, but be aware that this is no small undertaking and the trail beyond Imerovigli can be rough. It’s about 9km in all, and a good three- to four-hours’ walk in one direction.
- Wine & dine with a view
With stunning views sweeping over the Aegean Sea and caldera, Santorini will completely surpass any expectations you have of “dinner with a view” with the scenery that surrounds you.
- Enjoy Fira nightlife
Although Santorini is no Mykonos when it comes to clubbing, it does still offer a vivid nightlife, which is mostly concentrated in Fira. There’s Franco’s Bar which is known for its classical music at sunset. People who want to hear Greek music must go to Club 33. The Koo Club is probably the most popular club in Santorini and plays progressive, mellow, house, trance and Greek music. The Highlander is the island’s only Scottish bar but the music ranges from typical mainstream pop and rock to trance & dance party beats. There’s also Enigma bar which offers three rooms where you can dance all night long or lay back in their open-air courtyard.
- Explore the unique beaches
The beaches in Santorini are volcanic, not white sand, so they’re either red or black rocks, pebbles or grit, and get very hot on the feet. However, this makes them unique and some prefer them instead of the typical white sand beach, which makes them well worth a visit.
- The sunset in Oia
It is said that if you want to see the best sunset in Europe, the island of Santorini is the perfect place. From the beautiful cliff-top village of Oia with the whitewashed houses, the windmills and little churches with the blue domes you will see the sun dive into the Aegean Sea. Beware, you will not be alone, every day a lot of people gather in Oia and climb the cliffs in order to find the best spot for the perfect picture.
- Eat local food
Santorini apart from the famous wines produces other products like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and kapari. You can taste all these in the famous Greek salad. Other dishes you can taste is fava (split pea) and Tomatokeftedes (fried balls made from tomatoes). Try to avoid all the tourist restaurants and find a small family run taverna to enjoy better quality food at good prices.
- Take a great picture of some iconic blue domes
Santorini is a very photogenic island and a paradise for photography lovers. In Oia are one of the most iconic blue domes and the most photographed place in Santorini with the white-washed houses and blue shutters, stroll around the narrow streets.
Explore Pyrgos village
Pyrgos is a very traditional Greek medieval village in the center of the island and was the capital of Santorini until the early 1800’s. The village is built amphitheatrically on a hill (with a slope of the 567m high), around the Venetian Castle, and boasts stunning panoramic views all over the island. Get lost inside the maze of winding narrow alleys and paths, under hidden arches and passages and behind fortified walls.
Santorini’s intrigue reaches deep into the past, with the fascinating site of Akrotiri displaying a Minoan city destroyed by the volcanic eruption of 1613 BC. In Fira, the impressive Museum of Prehistoric Thera helps piece together the story of ancient Akrotiri.
Take the plunge: at your hotel’s infinity pool or your suite’s private plunge pool, from the edge of a boat on a caldera cruise or on a black-sand beach on the east coast.
Any tour your heart desires can be organized – there are dozens of agencies ready to help with winery visits, archaeology tours, sunset-watching and more. The most popular option is a cruise, and the classic itinerary takes in the caldera’s volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni, including a stop at the former’s crater and the latter’s hot springs.
Explore the capital of the island
Firá is the picturesque capital of the island; perched high up on the edge of the Caldera, it looks like a marvelous painting. Firá, together with Oia, Imerovígli, and Firostefáni located high above on a cliff, make up the so-called “Caldera’s eyebrow”, the balcony of Santorini, which offers an amazing view of the volcano.