There are so many things to do and see in Santorini, so nobody will ever get bored.
You certainly need walking shoes, because it is a pleasure to walk over the edge of the Caldera and in the labyrinthical picturesque streets of the traditional villages of the island.
During your stay on Santorini you will certainly discover many small treasures on your own; yet we do offer you some proposals which will make your visit to the island even more interesting:
Wake up early in the morning and take a walking tour from Fira to Oia following the path on the “eyebrow of Caldera”. In this way, you will avoid high temperatures which are very common during summer.
Pay a visit to at least one of Santorini’s wineries and taste the exceptional wines produced from the volcanic grounds of the island. You can also experience the grandeur of the Assyrtiko wine.
Taste the local products: cherry tomatoes, fava (split-peas puree), caper, white aubergine, katsouni (like a type of cucumber) a.o. No matter if they are prepared in a traditional or modern way, they will offer a unique taste to your palate.
You should explore a lot of remote beaches. There are many exotic places to go swimming, sandy or with volcanic rocks, all over the island. Shiny pebbles, unique geological formations, black, white and red sand compose the magnificent sceneries of the island’s beaches. You will hardly find such fascinating beaches anywhere else in Greece.
One could go to Ammoudi, a very picturesque beach near Oia by going down 214 steps but the few little picturesque taverns will compensate you.
No matter if it is by joining an organized excursion, or renting a boat, a mini cruise to the volcano, to the youngest volcanic lands of the Eastern Mediterranean is certainly worthwhile!
You can take a boat trip around the volcano, explore an archaeological excavation of a 3600 year-old civilization, or perhaps visit some cultural museums. You can tour ancient Byzantine churches and charming wineries, or go trekking along the rim of the Caldera and discover its traditional villages and stunning scenery. You can also ride on a donkey to the old port where you can go on an excursion to the volcano and swim in its hot springs! There is so much to do and this is the ideal place to enjoy doing it.
Join sailing excursions to the Volcano island which is a semi active crater with smoke that comes from the ground and see the caldera face from the vantage point of the sea.
You can be involved in Scuba diving and beach sports in Perissa.
Enjoy the sunset in Caldera. Akrotiri, Megalochori, Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia offer the same magnificent view!
Keep your ears open to the summer events. The Megaron Gyzi Festival, which takes place during the first three weeks of August, the “Ifaisteia” (Volcanoes) festival, which takes place around the 15th of August and includes the representation of the volcanic explosion, the Santorinian festival, which takes place every Friday in the Volcan Wines winery, are only some proposals we picked up from the island’s rich cultural and visual arts program.
On feasts, ask the locals to show you which church or chapel is celebrating. If you join the festivities, you will dance to the rhythms of the Island folk music, accompanied by local specialties and plentiful wine. On the peak of Santorini there is the monastery of the Prophet Elijah (Profitis Ilias), where there is a picturesque religious feast on 20 July each year.
The fact that the Akrotiri Archaeological Site remains closed to visitors is certainly a blow to archaeology fans. However, there is the alternative of the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira, while the Ancient Thera in Meso Vouno is also of great interest. Steeped in history, Santorini has plenty of archaeological sites to visit including the ruins of Ancient Thira, Akrotiri and the Caldera, seen also from the sea Venetian fortress at Pirgos.
You can visit:
The Nautical Museum in Oia, with rare marine items, models of old and Ancient wall painting new ships and library
The Cycladic village of Akrotiri which was destroyed but preserved similarly to Pompeii when the Santorini volcano erupted
The New Museum of Fira, which opened in March 2000, is the second largest pre-historical museum in Greece. It exhibits frescoes from Akrotiri and the first golden finding in Cyclades
The Old Historical Museum in Fira, with findings from Santorini and the Greek Hellenic Period
Boutaris Winemakers, in Megalohori. Excellent decoration, wine tasting and multimedia history of the island
Megaron Gyzi in Fira, with old clothes, maps and cards from Santorini before the earthquake in 1956
You will be able to enjoy equally life in nature and night life in Santorini.
We can arrange several tours for you from our Oia cave houses.