7 Top Things to Do in Santorini
If you are a passionate traveller and an avid watcher of sunset and high cliffs, then the island of Santorini in Greece is the right place of stopover for you. This magical island of Greece, Santorini (Fira) is the most sought after destination and also figures as the leading honeymoon spots across the world.
Located towards the southeast of the mainland of Greece, Santorini is among the most preferred island for tourists. Moreover, Santorini also has the rarest geographical features that makes it stunningly different from other islands, as it has been actually created by a sequence of volcanic explosions spread over the time period of thousand years. The effect is a breathtaking landscape of sharp cliffs, dark volcanic rocks and captivating ocean scenery.
Here is a list of what we feel, no rather know that are the top 7 things to watch and also do in Santorini, besides getting amazed at its domed buildings:
1. Discover Oia
The superb village of Oia lodged on the northwest corner of the caldera, appears like a patchwork of narrow lanes, remodeled cave houses and tiny squares. Originally, this town looked like a collection of seamen dwellings, but at present hosts various tourists every year who want to have a glimpse of its amazing ocean views and click pictures of one of the best historic landscapes throughout Greece.
It is also the maximum photographed spot in Santorini with its whitewashed houses and stunning blue shutters. You can view the local art galleries and enjoy the glimpse of the caldera, the Palaia and Nea Kameni islands, besides the volcano. Actually, the volcanic island of Nea Kameni is located at the middle of the Santorini caldera and you can hike to reach its top. Boat tours from the old port at Fira can take you to the crater for a great view.
2. Visit Kamari Beach
The Kamari beach contains black pebble and is naturally enclosed by the zigzag cliffs of Mesa Vouno and Profitis Ilias mountains on the Greek island of Rhodes. It is also enveloped by the crystalline sea water from the Aegean. The thoroughfare of the Kamari Beach shore is dotted with dining as well as shopping centres and walking through this busy lane, you can detect your best spot to chill below a covered umbrella.
3. View the Ancient Akrotiri
Santorini also has an interesting history to reveal. Akrotiri is its fascinating archaeological site that is often called the “Pompeii of the Aegean.” Visiting Akrotiri will make you feel as if your are journeying in time. Take a stroll around the lanes and squares of a city that is pre-historic and houses 30,000 residents! Isn’t it out of this world experience? The stylish mansions reflect the artfulness of the 17 th B.C.
The excavations at Akrotiri have revealed Aegean prehistoric settlements existing from fourth millennium B.C. There you can view the expanse of the town, its multi-storey mansions, the wall paintings and preserved vessels plus furniture which were all overlaid by the volcanic matter.
4. Go for a romantic dinner on the verge of the Caldera
The vibes that you receive from the picturesque sceneries and the surroundings should be complemented with an appetizing and rich meal. You can choose to treat yourself to a tasty dish in one of most superb location on earth: on the caldera rim. Though Santorini has various outstanding restaurants located outside caldera, but a romantic evening spent there is a memory of a lifetime.
5. Don’t miss out the Emporio village
The village of Emporio is placed at the center of the Santorini island and in close proximity to the Perivolos and Perissa beaches. You can walk down the streets of the greatly preserved Kasteli or the Castle city in Santorini. The towering church steeples are worth admiring and surely every photographer’s delight too. Equally pleasurable place to visit is the Panagia Mesiani church, which ranks second in importance in the island. It has a wonderful wooden temple and is in honour of Annunciation of Virgin Mary.
6. Spend Your Time on the Beaches
The Red Beach taking its name from the red plus black volcanic pebbles is amongst the most stunning beaches of Santorini. It has warm water and the beach is quite well-planned. Another pleasant beach is the Perissa beach which contains black sand and has an attractive rock referred to as Mesa Vouno that emerges from the sea. The beach is a favorite haunt of young persons because of its beach bars and water recreational activities You can visit the Ancient Thera ruins from the Perissa village on foot or by motor ride.
7. Drop in at the Museum
Take a visit to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera as well as the Archaeological Museum to delve into the valuable history of Santorini. It is located in the capital city of Fira and hosts the great findings that were excavated in Akrotiri. It contains the rare golden figurine of the wild goat, furniture moldings made of plaster and bronze pottery artefacts. The museum also showcases sculptures and engravings denoting the Archaic and Roman era. It also contains frescoes of swallow and blue monkeys that bewilders visitors.
What are you waiting for? Take a trip to this panoramic island and get a feel of bygone Greece and hear your guide recount the history of Santorini’s culture and history. Santorini has lots to offer with its breathtaking villages having whitewashed houses, churches that are blue domed, beaches with crystal waters and black sand and leafy vineyards and tasty cuisines. You can even take a drive into the rural Pyrgos village and proceed to the Profitis Ilias monastery situated on the highest peak of Santorini.
Take a call. The choice is after all yours!