Looking for interesting things to do in Santorini?
Read on....What does a good, fulfilling vacation entail? A reasonably peaceful place that temporarily distracts you from the daily humdrum of life, hearty meals shared with your loved ones, and a variety of places to explore, preferably suitable for every age group. Santorini, an island in the southern Aegean Sea, meets all of these ‘vacation-expectations’ and truly, exceeds them. What’s more, if there was a beauty pageant for locations, Santorini – a dreamy, romantic place with its typical pure white and blue buildings, astounding sunsets and sunrises, surreal 360 degree views of the Aegean Sea – is sure to win!
Check out our list of things to do in Santorini, which we promise is not typically touristy, but a lot of fun nonetheless! Check it out for yourself.
Watch the sunset from Oia & Fira
You can’t come to Santorini, and not watch its blissful sunsets. Marvel at the views as you bid the sun goodbye for the day from any of the island’s quaint towns - Fira, Firostefani, Oia or Imerovigli. A drink in hand, classic Greek salad to munch on, and a light, cool breeze makes the environment utterly pleasant.
Do not like crowds? Head to Faros in Akrotiri, a comparatively secluded place to enjoy this blissful sight. You could also head to Profitis Ilias (Pyrgos), one of the highest spots of the island.
Rent bike & ATVs to explore Santorini
Want to have a fun ride and explore the Island in one day? Is it even possible, you ask? Well, of course! Hop onto an ATV, and ride around the entire island from one tip to the other, taking appropriate breaks at the beaches, gorging on tasty good and clicking crazy selfies. The entire experience is so liberating, where you will be able to do what you want to, without waiting in queues for public transport, tour guides to guide you, etc. At affordable prices ranging from 45-50 euros per day, ATVs are fairly easy to hire at a rental shop, as every town’s main street has one or two.
Santorini is dotted with a variety of hotels, right from luxurious villas to modest B&B inns; but if you are looking to do something quirky, book yourself in a Yposkafo (cave house) and get a chance to admire the distinctness of Santorinian architecture.
Back in the day, Yposkafo was a type of house built by the less-privileged class of Santorini, in order to stay protected by the gusty winds. However, today the model is used by architects, who have converted these cave houses into modern, luxurious holiday resorts.
Have a romantic dinner overlooking the Caldera
Whether you choose to dine at restaurants like Assyrtico, Archipelagos or Fanari – make sure you dedicate at least one night of your stay to dine at the beautiful Caldera. The sights from any of these restaurants is incredible, and the food is sumptuous. Want to make your dinner extra special? Book yourself a candle-light dinner, and walk-in just as the sun is about to set. The view is so striking; your date will be thanking you for a long, long time!
If you are a history lover, the ruins at Akrotiri are something you can’t afford to miss. Stroll around the streets and squares of a pre-historic city of 30,000 inhabitants(!), appreciate the stylish mansions and high finesse of the 17th century B.C. Visiting Akrotiri is like travelling back in time, and nowhere in the world will you find something similar!
Gorge on Greek food
While Santorini is known for an array of restaurants serving all kinds of British, French and Italian cuisines; it is the typical Greek food you should look out for. Dolmades, Moussaka, Courgette balls or the great Greek Salad, you have plenty of options to choose from! While sea-food fans are in for a treat, vegans will also find a variety of dishes to hog on!
Last but not the least, do find time to explore the small uninhabited Greek island of volcanic origin located in the Aegean Sea – Nea Kameni. The eastern Mediterranean’s youngest volcanic landform, Nea Kameni is a protected natural monument and a national geological park. You will have to take a boat from Fira Port to reach this beautiful place. Reaching the rim of Nea Kameni requires walking up the rugged terrain, but the sweeping views from the top make the climb well worth it!
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