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Top 10 Things to Do in Santorini, Greece

Updated: Jun 27

Santorini, Greece is a stunning destination that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. From ancient archaeological sites to breathtaking beaches and volcanic landscapes, this island has something for everyone. Here are our top 10 things to do while in Santorini.

1. Visit Fira

Fira, the lively capital of Santorini, is a must-visit destination for travelers. Situated on the western coast, Fira is famous for its stunning views of the Aegean Sea, picturesque cliffside villages, and vibrant nightlife. One of the most awe-inspiring sights in Santorini is the Fira Caldera, a volcanic crater that offers panoramic views of the island and the sea. Visitors can take a cable car or walk down the 600 steps to the port below, where they can take a boat tour of the Caldera. While exploring Fira, don't miss out on the charming Old Port, which is lined with seafood restaurants, bars, and cafes. Top 10 Things to Do in Santorini should start here.


Book Walking Tour with Cable Car Ride in Fira

santorini house with roses in front and blue sky
Fira Santorini

2. Visit Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Located on the southern coast of Santorini, Akrotiri is an ancient Minoan settlement that was buried by a volcanic eruption in the 17th century BC. The site is incredibly well-preserved and offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the people who lived here before the disaster. Visitors can explore the ruins of houses, streets, and public buildings, and see artifacts such as pottery, frescoes, and tools.

Book your Santorini Akrotiri Archaeological Site Entry Ticket

ancient Greek archeological site with clay cups and pots
Akrotiri Archeological Site Santorini

3. Experience the breathtaking landscapes of Santorini Volcano

Santorini is famous for its volcanic landscapes, and a visit to the island wouldn't be complete without seeing the volcano up close. Visitors can take a boat tour to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where they can hike to the top of the volcano and take in the incredible views of the island and the Aegean Sea.

Book Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit

volcanic island surrounded with blue pristine water
Santorini Volcano


4. Visit Oia Castle

Perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, the Oia Castle is one of the most iconic landmarks in Santorini. It was originally built in the 15th century by Venetian rulers and later used as a defensive fortress by locals. Today, visitors can climb up to the castle and admire the panoramic views of the island and the famous Santorini sunset.

Book Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

ancient castle ruins overlooking blue bay
Oya Castle

5. Visit Perissa Black Sand Beach

This unique Black Sand Beach is located on the southeastern coast of Santorini. The beach gets its name from the dark volcanic sand that covers its shores. It's a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby to grab a bite to eat.

For a distinctive and memorable experience on the black sand beach of Santorini, book an incredible horse riding tour.

volcanic beach with parasols
Perissa Beach Santorini

6. Book Catamaran Cruise in Santorini

Embark on a half-day cruise to explore the vibrant beaches of Santorini and the stunning highlights of the Caldera. Take a dip in the therapeutic hot springs of the volcano, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, and indulge in a delectable feast.

Experience the wonders of Santorini's Red and White beaches with a refreshing swim stop, admire the stunning Venetian lighthouse, and marvel at the unique rock formations. Learn about the fascinating history of the imposing volcano from the onboard guide while enjoying unlimited white wine and a scrumptious BBQ prepared onboard. Don't forget to take a dip and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Santorini's caldera for an unforgettable experience.

Book Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Open Bar

people jumping into the sea from a boat
Catamaran Cruise Santorini Coast

7. Take a Quad Bike Tour

Exploring Santorini through a guided ATV-Quad tour is an exceptional way to deviate from the usual cultural tours. You'll get to witness and discover the local beaches and villages up close while receiving first-hand information. Moreover, you'll be able to soak in the stunning locations and views while listening to the locals passionately express their affection for this marvelous Cycladic Island.

Book Santorini: ATV Quad Bike Tour with Lunch

happy women driving quad bike

8. Do a Wine Tour in Santorini

Embark on a journey through the picturesque Santorini countryside and visit three distinct wineries where you'll get the chance to savor some of the finest wines the island has to offer, including Nyceti, Assyrtiko, and Vinsanto. With a total of 12 to 15 wine varieties to sample throughout the tour, your taste buds are in for a treat.

Book Santorini: Wine Tasting Tour & Sunset Viewing

fine dine food and wine in the restaurant on the cliff

9. Explore Santorini's Coast Through Kayaking Adventure

Experience the stunning south coast of Santorini by kayaking through its crystal-clear waters. Discover hidden sea caves, take a refreshing swim, snorkel to admire the underwater world, and even jump off cliffs if you're feeling adventurous. You'll also get to relish a beach picnic featuring delectable organic treats sourced locally.

Book Santorini: Sea Caves Kayak Trip with Snorkeling and Picnic

people kayaking close to the shore
Kayaking around the island

10. Discover Greek Gastronomy

Last but not least, indulge in the flavors of Greek cuisine by savoring some local delicacies, including the fava bean puree, tomato fritters made from a unique island tomato variety, saganaki (cheese wrapped in filo pastry and fried), and minced meatballs. Don't miss out on trying the classic dish of moussaka or the budget-friendly option of gyros while in Santorini. And for seafood lovers, head to one of the taverns in Ammoudi or the east coast of Santorini to relish in the fresh catch of the day.

different types of Greek food
Greek Cuisine

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