One of my favourite qualities of Santorini is the picturesque views at every turn. From the cascading cliffs of Black Beach to the peaks of heavenly Oia, Santorini has something for every aesthetically conscious traveller.
It truly is a Postcard Paradise, explore my favourite Santorini spots and learn what I got up to below:
What To Do
Santorini Yacht Club – Volcano and hot springs sunset tour – One of the most memorable activities during our trip to Santorini was the Volcano and hot springs sunset tour by Santorini Yacht Club. We were picked up at our hotel and welcomed aboard with champagne and snacks. We laid on the nets of the magnificent yacht watching the waves go by as we sailed around the island and caldera. This was a great way to appreciate the cliff views and crystal blue water. Later we stopped for a swim at the volcanic hot springs and returned aboard to a delicious barbecue prepared by the crew. The tour finished with a sunset view over the Venetian lighthouse.
Hike the Fira trail -Easily the most scenic route in Santorini, the hike from Oia to Fira takes you along the caldera cliff and through the villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli. It takes about three hours to complete at a leisurely pace. I recommend doing the hike either early morning or at sunset to avoid the midday heat.
Hire out a quad bike/ATV – Hiring a quad bike is one of the most popular methods to explore Santorini and all you need is a standard driving licence and you’re good to go! From Oia you can work your way South through Fira, up to the hills of Pyros and down to the relaxing beaches of Akrotiri (white and red beach)! If quad biking isn’t your thing you can always catch buses from all major towns around the island.
Explore Pyrgos – the charming traditional village with narrow, winding paths, stone houses and boutique shops is a must see. It is the highest village in Santorini and provides great panoramic views of both sides of the island. If you’re feeling a bit hungry from the climb to the top, I would recommend stopping off at the rooftop terrace cafe called Franco’s for some snacks.
Amoudi Bay cliff jumping – If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie then head over to Amoudi Bay. Leap off the stunning cliff faces into crystal clear waters for a thrill like no other.
Wine tours – Santorini is an island with long winemaking tradition and is home to many amazing wineries. The volcanic soil and special climate of Santorini gives the wine a unique smokey taste. The best way to experience wine in Santorini is to take a wine tour. We chose the Santorini Wine Adventure: Sunset Tour with the option to visit a hilltop winery, local tapas, and sunset views. It took about 5 hours to visit three wineries. Luckily they dropped us off at our hotel afterwards as we ended up drinking quite a lot!
What To ‘Gram
Blossom Alley – This has to be my favourite spot on the island, on the path that runs through Oia just past Sunsets Restaurant. Just look out for the blossoms!
The Famous Three… Blue Domes – There are a dozen domes scattered around Santorini but there are three in Oia that are most photographed. They can be found down a pathway next to the Bulgari Alexandros store. The pathway is easy to miss so keep your eyes peeled! Following down the pathway take a right at the brown door and you’ll see them!
Rooftop hopping – There are a couple of cool rooftops in Santorini which play host to some incredible views. Two of the best rooftops can be found in Oia and they’re right next to each other! To find them go back to the brown door mentioned above and this time turn left. Be careful not to get too close to the edge!
Best sunset in the world? – Santorini is renowned for its sunsets and it is one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen. I watched the sun go down every night for a week in different locations but my favourite spot was from the Byzantine castle where you’ll find a marked “lookout” point.
Where To Eat
Lolita’s Gelato, Oia – Stroll on down to Lolita’s Gelato in Oia for a post-dinner treat.
Pito Gryos, Oia – The best street food can be found at Pito Gyros in Oia. Perfect for when you need a late night pick-me up or an on-the-go dinner.
Sunset at Ammoudi Taverna, Oia – Eat seafood by the bay at the lovely Sunset at Ammoudi Taverna. Make sure you grab a table right on the edge of the port to bask in the crystal blue water. I would definitely recommend the truffle pasta washed down with a glass of red.
Frozen yoghurt at Chill, Fira – I mean what’s more satisfying than eating frozen greek yoghurt in Greece? Chillbox have loads of amazing toppings too, the perfect place to hang out on a lazy Greek afternoon.
Franco’s Cafe, Pyrgos – Regain your energy after the climb to the top of Pyros hill with excellent food, cocktails and views at Franco’s Cafe. P.S. another great place to watch the sunset.
Where To Stay
Fira – Best for transport links, shopping, nightlife
Oia – Best for sunsets, views (instagrammable spots), restaurants
Imerovigli – Best for honeymoon, peaceful and quiet
Kamari – Best for swimming
Firostefani – Best on a budget
Stay in a cave! To get the full experience of Santorini you have to stay one of the traditional hotel caves, we stayed in Oia at the Gemini caves which were so lovely. We had our own private pool and mezzanine sun lounge.
Where are your favourite places in Santorini? Comment below!