5 Amazing Things to See and Do in Santorini
The Greek island of Santorini pops up time and time again on lists of ‘must-see’ destinations, but what is all the fuss about? Quite simply, there is nowhere else like it in the world, and it offers a huge range of activities in a simply breath-taking landscape.
Santorini is also in a great location for visiting some surrounding areas. If you’re interested in a little nightlife, it’s also worth noting that the famous party island of Mykonos is just 150km away as well as the stunning islands of Ios, Milos or Naxos if you’re in the mood for some island hopping.
Of course, you’ll want to get as much from your time in Santorini as possible before you go anywhere else, and here are five ideas to start you off.
Santorini is well-known for its beautiful sunsets; they are a truly unique sight and many claim that they are the most beautiful sunsets in the world. A great viewing spot is in Oia, looking out over the Aegean Sea and white-washed rooftops of the town. You’ll witness some of the most vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows as the sun sinks into the horizon.
Santorini is one of only two places in Europe with a hot desert climate which makes it ideal for sun-worshippers. Santorini’s beaches are unique as the area’s main island, Thira, sits in a super volcano.
The result is wild plains of black sand beaches like Perissa which has smooth, black lava rocks beneath the surface of the water.
The water and sand at the black beaches are warmer due to the black lava rock and black sand absorbing heat from the sun. There are also red sand beaches like the famous Red Beach and plenty of white sand beaches where you can get cold drinks delivered right to your sun-bed.
Stay in Luxury Accommodation
Several of Santorini’s luxury hotels and guest houses are situated on cliff-edges for breath-taking panoramic views. You’ll find infinity pools with views across the Aegean and some incredible Santorini luxury villas.
These beautiful villas offer a wide range of personalized concierge services which will make you feel like one of the celebrities you may well see out and about during your stay.
Enjoy Delicious Food
The quality of the food is exceptional in Santorini from the fine dining restaurants to the authentic street food stalls. You’ll enjoy locally sourced ingredients including fresh fish, seafood and seasonal vegetables.
What’s more, the region’s volcanic soil enhances the taste of the food and famous wines.
Soak Up the History
In addition to the museums and historic architecture, you can visit the city of Akrotiri which was buried underneath volcanic ashes back in the 16th century BC as a fascinating collection of preserved artifacts still remain. Santorini has suffered from several earthquakes over the years. In 1965, an earthquake left the town of Mesa Gonia a ghost town, and you can still explore its streets today.