Santorini is one of the most mesmerizing island of the Cyclades and that kind of place where acting like the most cliché tourist just makes sense. You could literally stop at any corner and take a photo that can easily end up in a wall calendar. When you get to Santorini it feels like you arrived in a much further land, as this place really has no comparison. For the best experience, it’s recommended to visit the island during spring or early autumn when the weather is less hot and the tourists are less present.
Fira, Oia and the best sunset in the world
The beautiful town of Fira is the official capital of Santorini and the best place to start your visit. It is said that in Santorini there are “more churches than houses” and Fira is the best place to observe this. On the narrow paved streets, you can find plenty of small orthodox churches painted white and blue (specific to the island) that are worth a visit but also great restaurants, bars, shops and nightlife.
It is said (and proved) that from the cliff top village of Oia you can see one of the most beautiful- if not THE most beautiful sunset in the world. We recommend arriving early otherwise you’ll find yourself surrounded by excited tourists posing for selfies. Take a walk on this lively town’s marble street, paved with souvenir shops, art galleries and jewelry stores.
You might also want to taste the best seafood on the island. For this, take the stairs down from Oia to Amoudi port where the Greek tavernas compete in their authenticity. We recommend taverna Katina, not only for the variety of fish and seafood but for its proximity to the sea.
Don’t forget about the beaches and the volcanic island
To easily reach the most famous beaches of the island, we recommend that you take a sailing trip. Due to its volcanic rocks, Santorini offers unique beaches. You’ll be able to brag that you that you visited a red, a white and a black beach all in a day. If the weather allows (and it most certainly will as weather in Santorini is warm from May until late September) the boat will stop for a bath in a deep, clear, striking blue water. You’ll also be surprised to discover that the picturesque red beach actually has warm water.
A visit to the volcanic island Nea Kameni is not to be missed. Another boat trip – but this time shorter – will take you to a place seemingly inspired by a sci-fi film. Besides its interesting structure and rocky texture, the best thing that Nea Kameni has to offer is the breathtaking view. While you walk on solid black lava, you’re able to look at Santorini island from afar, and see it in all its splendor.
Hiking from Perissa to Kamari
Not the easiest journey, but one of the most enchanting, a hike from Perissa to Kamari can be a great plan for half a day in Santorini. Not only you will get amazing views but with a slight detour you can visit the old Panaghia church, a small orthodox church built in traditional Santorini style. At the end of the hike, you might want to sunbathe on the unique beach of Kamari, covered with black sand. Or why not enjoy snorkeling in the clear waters of the Aegean sea?
If that wasn’t enough to make you want to visit, you may be interested to know that Santorini stole the hearts of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who in 2010 actually bought a house on the island. If it’s good enough for Brangelina, it’s good enough for us!