Without a doubt, Santorini is the most popular Greek island. Its superb sunsets make it a romantic destination and there are plenty of things to do for any type of traveler. Trying to write a list of things to do in Santorini will take a lot of time and soon enough you’ll be faced with a long list and not enough time to do them all. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top attractions in Santorini , sights which you should be on your must-see list for your vacation.
1. Take a sunset cruise
It’s one of the best ways to see the beauty of the island. The perspective is different when seeing the sunset from the island and from the water.
2. Visit the Volcan Wine Museum
Santorini wines are unique in the world and it would be a shame to visit the island and not taste them. The unique Volcan Wine Museum is located 8 meters underground. It shows the history of wine making and life in the vineyards on the island. There is a winery here as well, so don’t be shy and taste the wines.
3. Visit the Archeological Museum
It is located in Fira and contains early Cycladic figurines, erotic Dionysiac figures, as well as finds from ancient Thira. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Spend the rest of the day in Fira, exploring the sights.
4. Visit the Naval Museum
It is located in the traditional town in Oia. It is housed in an old mansion which has been restored. The museum comprises old maritime equipment , models of old and new Thiran ships, as well as rare photographs.
5. Visit the archaeological site of Ancient Thira
It is located 360 meters high on Messavouno mountain. The city was inhabited from the 9th century BC until 726 AD. The archeological site is open from Tuesday until Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
6. See the sunset from the ruined kastro
The ruined fortress in Oia is an excellent spot to watch the sunset from. You’ll have to come early and look for a secluded spot because this location is famous among all travelers and it is very crowded year round.
7. Amoudi beach is great for swimming
While this beach doesn’t have any sand, it is a lovely secluded area, excellent for swimming. Just below the fortress, there are steps which lead here.
8. Visit Ancient Akrotiri
It is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement, which was destroyed by the volcanic eruption. What’s left of the town (as it was the day the locals flee) can be explored now. The site has been closed for years but rumors are it will reopen soon. Ask locally.
9. A different kind of day at the beach: Pori Beach
This is located on the east side of the island and has no facilities, no tavernas and no place to shop. In other words, pack your walking shoes, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the silence.
10. Enjoy the Greek food at a hidden taverna
Yes, Santorini can get pretty touristy and the prices might overwhelm you. But, even on such a popular island there are hidden tavernas which are filled with locals. It’s even better if the menu is only in Greek.