Santorini is one of the most visited islands in the Aegean Sea. It was formed as a result of volcanic eruption in the 16th century B.C. Santorini features surreal views of hundreds of white-washed buildings which are standing on a volcanic cliff. It is one of those stunning destinations that attract everybody from couples to families to youngsters. From sunbathing at its black sand beaches to walking around ancient ruins to tasting the scrumptious Greek food, Santorini has a lot of things to offer to its visitors.
So, are you planning to go to this incredible island? Are you looking for a list of things to do in Santorini? Look no further. I’m going to write down not only top attractions to visit in Santorini, but also places to stay and eat here.
Things to do in Santorini
1Hike from Fira to Oia
The hike from Fira to Oia is the most scenic and popular in Santorini. If you are in town then add this hiking tour in your things to do in Santorini. The hike takes about 3 hours to complete. You can stop on the way to enjoy the breathtaking views and for taking pictures. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes before you start your hike.
2Watch a Movie at an Open Air Cinema
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Santorini has one of the best open-air cinemas in the world that is located in Kamari Village. The open-air cinema is open from May to October. You can watch any latest or classic movie at this cinema while enjoying your drink from a small bar at the back of cinema.
3Explore the Ancient Akrotiri
This archaeological site was first discovered in 1860s and is now considered as one of the most important historical settlements. Tourists can explore its buildings, drainage systems and pottery. You can hire a guide to take with you who can explain the rich history of this site. Definitely a worth mentioning place on your list of things to do in Santorini.
4Watch the Sun go Down from Oia
Santorini is famous for its breathtaking sunsets. You can witness the sunset from many places in Santorini. Some of the famous sports include Akrotiri Lighthouse, Byzantine Castle and Santo Winery.
5Sleep in a Windmill
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Have you ever thought of sleeping in a windmill? In Santorini, there are Windmill Villas where you can stay and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding. Each windmill can accommodate 5 people but you can book whole if you want to spend some time alone with your partner.
6Swim in its Iconic Red Sand Beach
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Located next to Ancient Akrotiri, Red Sand Beach is one of the major highlights of Santorini. You can swim in its clear turquoise water and enjoy the surreal views of red cliffs in the surrounding.
7Hire a Quad Bike and Explore the Island by Yourself
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IF you want to explore the Santorini by yourself then hire a quad bike and enjoy riding through the town. There are many companies offering ultimate bike experience. You can hire a bike for as low as 20 euros a day and enjoy your trip. Add the bike experience on your list of things to do in Santorini.
8Take a wine tour of Santorini’s Amazing Wineries
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Santorini is home to one of the best wineries in the world. Make sure to mention this ultimate wine tour on your list of things to do in Santorini. This special wine tour offers you a visit to two renowned wineries in Santorini where you’ll get to taste a variety of wines from Santorini. Along with the wines, they will also offer you cheeses and snacks.
9Visit the Amoudi Bay
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Amoudi Bay is another picturesque location that is surrounded by incredible red cliffs and white-washed buildings. Aside from sunbathing, you can enjoy swimming in the clear water of Amoudi Bay. However, you have to wear comfortable footwear as the beach is bit rocky, especially if you want to do cliff diving.
10Relax on the Black Sand of Kamari Beach
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Kamari Beach is another spectacular spot of Santorini. The beach is famous for its black sand and its clear water which attracts thousands of tourists every day. There is a town with the beach featuring the unique hotels, bars, restaurants and shops.
11Explore the Stunning Oia Village
Oia Village is the most picturesque places in Greece which attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. This stunning village is situated on the cliff from where you can witness the breathtaking sunset. Walk around the narrow streets of Oia Village and visit the number of churches and art galleries this village features.
12Go for Sailing in Santorini Waters
Santorini is known for its best sailing experience. Enjoy the sailing in its water and view the Santorini Island from your boat. Add this ultimate sailing experience in your list of things to do in Santorini.
13Enjoy Hot Springs and Mud Bath
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Enjoy a fun tour to hot springs and rejuvenate your body with mud bath. Book this half day tour and explore the volcanic islands of Santorini while swim in hot springs and experience mud bath. Don’t miss this wonderful experience and add it in your bucket list of things to do in Santorini.
14Ride the Donkey from Amoudi Bay to Oia
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If you want to give your legs some rest, then ride the donkey in Santorini. You can either ride the donkey from Amoudi bay to Oia or from Old Port to Fira.
15Explore Atlantis Books in Oia
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Atlantis Books is considered as one of the best bookshops in the world. It is located in Oia village in Santorini. If you are in town, then spare some time to visit this unique bookstore. You can buy some books if you want and also buy their self-made map of Santorini.
So what are you waiting for? Take a pen and write down your favorite things to do in Santorini on your next trip. And if you are visiting other European countries as well, we recommend you to travel via EuRail, it is an experience of its own.
Wish you a great trip to the wonderful Greek island of Santorini.
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