Postcard perfect Santorini is a favourite of all honeymooners, cruise ship enthusiasts and island lovers. The white and blue houses on top of the rough caldera appear to be from another planet. The charm of the island is hard to resist. Santorini is easily accessible from the other cyclades islands or Athens. Put on your adventure cap and hop on a ride to discover the top 5 things to do in Santorini.
Watch the sunset// It’s an obvious one but you can’t miss it for the world! You can get your Pinterest perfect sunset from the walls of Oia. We saw one of the most scenic views of Santorini while sitting on the ancient Byzantine castle walls in Oia. If you’re looking for a more intimate sunset, head over to the lighthouse of Akrotiri at the other side of Santorini. Buses don’t go to this part of the island so you’ll need your own transport to get here. Other good villages to watch the sunset are Imerovigli and Firostefani.
Swim inside the volcano at the bay of Ammoudi// One of the most unique swimming spots in Santorini can be found down at the bay of Ammoudi. This bay is located just beneath the town of Oia. You can get there by car or walk down the cobblestones next to the Castle in Oia. After 10 minutes you’ll find yourself next to the water and some of the best fish restaurants on the island. Definitely have a bite here after your swim! Walk past all the restaurants on your left and onto a little path that runs through the edge of the caldera. It will take you 5 minutes to reach a small bay with a staircase. Jump in and enjoy the refreshing water. You can jump in the sea from the tiny island across if you fancy an adrenaline rush or two 😉
Walk along the caldera from Fira to Oia// If you want to get close with the caldera and the picturesque Greek houses and churches dotted along the way, this walk is what you need to do. Small arrows will guide you all the way from Fira to Oia. The path is lined with out-of-this-world views that you won’t experience when you only visit the touristy places in Santorini. If you’re tired you can take the bus halfway in Imerovigli. Soon you will reach Santorini’s star, its most attractive village, Oia, is the ultimate Greek island village. All white houses and domed churches tumbling over the lip of the caldera. The town must be one of the most magnificent hotel settings on Earth, but also one of the most expensive ones!
Be amazed by the natural wonder of Red Beach// A true clash with the white and blue picture perfect of Santorini. This beach offers a different perspective on the island. The red rocks appear out of nowhere, before they immediately fall down into the emerald blue ocean. Talk about beach time with a view.
Rent a scooter to explore the little places// With your own ride, you’ll be able to discover the smaller places Santorini has to offer by yourself. You can visit various beaches, like the Black or Red Beach combined with the historical site of Akrotiri. Akrotiri is probably the most important archaeological site in the Cyclades. Wind down with a wine tasting in the afternoon before you ride back to the West side of the island to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets of Europe.
Lolita’s ice cream in Oia// Two flavours for €2,5 or three for €4 is a true bargain if you know how delicious this place is. It’s no surprise that we went more than once! My darling even made me promise we would drive back from the other side of the island, so he could have his last taste of Santorini be the one of the ice-creams at Lolita’s. Lonely Planet describes their ice cream as homemade heaven. That’s how good they are!
Fresh fish at Ammoudi// Fresh fish and a beautiful setting, that’s what you’ll get if you enjoy a lovely dinner at Ammoudi, down at the bay in Oia. We enjoyed spectacular fresh fish at Taverna Katina. Sunset, which is a little bit more fancy, and Dimitris are equally good options at Ammoudi bay.
Moussaka with a sunset view at Fira//If you’re looking for a sunset dinner most restaurants demand a ridiculous amount of €€€ in Santorini. However, Naoussa right next to the central square in Fira offers a good Greek cuisine and sunset caldera views at a good price.