Things to Do in Santorini, Greece

Famous blue domed Firostefani church in Fira town on Santorini island in Aegean sea in Greece min

The island of Santorini is always on the list of the top places to visit in the world. It is considered one of the most romantic places and a lot of people from around the world come to the island to get married or for their honeymoon. Santorini has also beautiful villages with white washed houses, blue domed churches, pristine beaches with black sand and crystal waters, a lot of history and great cuisine and wine. There are many things one can do in Santorini. Let find out Things to Do in Santorini, Greece.

Things to Do in Santorini, Greece

Watch the sunset from Oia

One of the reasons to visit Santorini is its great sunset. 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.

Things to Do in Santorini, Greece

Walk from Fira to Oia

It might sound tiring but it is not that bad and the view of the caldera will compensate you. This route will take you to all the villages that are built on the cliffs of Santorini and have amazing views of the Caldera. Along the way, you will pass the beautiful villages of Imerovigli and Firostefani.
In order to reach Oia, it will take you approximately 3 hours depending on how often you stop to admire the view or take photos. You can start your walk in the early afternoon and reach Oia just in time to admire the sunset. Don’t forget to wear a hat for the sun, take some water with you, and wear sensible shoes.

Walk from Fira to Oia

Visit a winery and do a wine tasting

Santorini has been producing wine through ancient times. The most famous varieties include Assyrtiko, Athiri, and Aidani. There are many beautiful wineries you can visit scattered around the island where you can learn about wine production and taste the wine. I totally recommend the Santorini Half Day Wine Adventure tour that includes a visit to 3 wineries and sampling 12 different wines.

Visit a winery and do a wine tasting

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 are 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.

Things to Do in Santorini

Make an excursion to the volcano

There are several tours operating on the island that will take you to the volcano, from there it is a 10 mins walk to the top where you can see the active crater. Some other tours after the volcano take you to the island of Palaia Kameni with the hot springs and famous mud baths. I recommend the Santorini: 5 Hours Small Group Catamaran Cruise that includes a swim in the hot springs and buffet lunch and drinks onboard or its sunset version.

Things to Do in Santorini

Walk the alleyways of Oia

The beautiful town of Oia is crammed full of little alleyways that are just made for exploring. Follow the cobbled streets around the winding white alleyways, discovering the hints of blue in the town’s gates, doors, and churches.
You can also most always see a glimpse of the sea from every alleyway, making it even more spectacular. The alleyways of Oia are one of those places that look better in real life than any postcard.

Things to Do in Santorini

Visit Ancient Thera

Situated high upon Messa Vouno lies Ancient Thera, an ancient capital named after the mythological leader, Theras. For just 4 Euro, you can wander around the ancient archaeological site, and imagine what life was like here, over one thousand years ago. Unless you participate in a guided tour, you will more than likely have to trek up to Ancient Thera, which is not for the easily exhausted. However, the hike is well worth the effort and time, as the site itself is fascinating, as are the views from the top.

Visit Ancient Thera

Visit the Red Beach

Not too far from the ancient site of Akrotiri lies one of the most stunning and unique beaches in the whole of Santorini, the Red Beach. Named for its deep red cliff faces, the beach is one of the most popular for tourists to visit, like most places in Santorini, there are busses and other forms of transport, but the hike towards the Red Beach is astonishing. It is a fairly steep walk down to the shore, but nothing beats gazing up and enormous, dark red cliffs.

Things to Do in Santorini

Walk to Skaros Rock

Occupied in Medieval times, Skaros Rock is one of Santorini’s five castle fortresses. Towering above the deep blue waters and quaint little towns, Skaros Rock offers some of the best views, as well as history, in the whole of Santorini. If you are a fan of hiking, the surrounding area to Skaros Rock is great for exploring and offers equally incredible views that are a little more off the beaten track.

Things to Do in Santorini