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20 Amazing Things to do in Santorini, Greece

Santorini needs little Introduction, especially as beautiful Greek Islands go. In fact,  it’s probably one of the most iconic Greek islands to visit. Honestly, there are so many amazing and some of the best things to do in Santorini that you’ll be spoilt for choice as soon as you land.

Honestly, Santorini is a beautiful island especially with all those cave-like hotels; crumbly cliffs, gorgeous sunsets from Oia and who can forget the cheeky donkeys.

1) Watch the Sunset in Oia
Starting with one of the most iconic of settings, head over to Oia for a lazy afternoon stroll around this cliff-top town. If you’re looking to watch the sunset, you can either find a spot in the town itself or book a table in one of the restaurants that overlook the town.

2) Grab a tipple at Santo’s Winery
Head over to Santo Winery where you can try a range of delicious Greek wines, olives and bites to nibble on. It’s a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

3) See the real Atlantis
Well over 3000 years ago, a catastrophic volcanic eruption consumed Santorini causing the middle of the island to disappear into the ocean below, with the island long assumed to be the home of the legend of Atlantis.  Over the last five-decade, archaeologists have found a place like the Akrotiri Archaeological Site that shows us a glimpse into the past. Head here to learn more about the island’s dramatic (and pretty recent) past while also discovering some of the ancient settlements.

4) Grab a plate of Fava me Koukia
Greece is known for its amazing food and Santorini is no exception. There are so many amazing local dishes you have to try. Just make sure to pack expandable trousers!

5) Hike to the top of Santorini Volcano
Grab your walking shoes, hop on board a local boat and jump over to Nea Kameni island. The beating heart (or head) of the Volcano just off Santorini.

6) Visit Akrotiri Lighthouse
Perched on the opposite end of the island from Oia, Akrotiri Lighthouse is one gorgeous point to see. If you’ve rented a small car or even a quad bike (yes, the island is small enough to explore by quad bike), you should definitely visit.

7) Sail around Santorini
No trip to the Greek Islands is complete without a little jaunt on a boat. It’s one of the best things to do in Santorini for a tour of the island.
Many of the routes will head around the dramatic parts of the bay, visit the Volcanic Island and even have a little time for diving into the deep blue sea!

8) Explore the capital, Fira
Fira is the capital city of Santorini (although, don’t expect it to be anywhere near as large as other capitals in Europe). For a tiny little capital, Fira packs a hefty punch when it comes to gorgeous views, picturesque churches and cobbled streets that are just too good to miss.

9) Hike From Fira To Oia
You didn’t think Santorini was just pools and gobbling mountains of feta cheese did you? You may find there some pretty cool trails that are amazing to follow, especially the Caldera trail between Fira and Oia.

10) Visit the quaint village of Pyrgos
Step away from the edge of the Caldera and you’ll spot so many amazing little places. Case in point with Pyrgos. This quaint little village is home to less than a 1,000 people, expect plenty of charm, friendly locals and a photo opportunity around every corner – it really is very pretty.

11) Explore Megalochori
Megalochori is a small town that’s perfect to explore for a few hours. Head across early in the morning and stop off at one of the town’s bakeries to pick up a Saganaki.

12) Head to the highest point on Santorini
Profitis Ilias is a mountain and mountain-top monastery that’s well worth visiting when exploring Santorini. Head inside some of the beautiful monastic buildings and enjoy the views across the island and gorge on some of the local produce they sell.

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