Things to do on Santorini
Making the most of your time on an island paradise
Due to its rich history, Santorini provides visitors with amazing archaeological and historical sites. We highly recommend visiting the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri, which owes its well-preserved state to the lava and ash it was buried under for centuries. Some archaeologists even believe that Akrotiri is connected to the Lost Continent of Atlantis.
Not to be missed, the archaeological site of Ancient Thira offers the remains of sanctuaries, houses, a theatre, a stoa and a gymnasium. The view from Ancient Thira is similarly magical.
The ruins of the Venetian Castle ‘Skaros’ are located close to the Astra Suites Hotel in Imerovigli. It was at this castle that Duke Marco Sanudo raised the Venetian flag when the island was conquered in 1207.
It is also worth visiting any of the wonderful monasteries and churches scattered throughout the island, as well as the Archaeological, Folklore or Prehistoric Thira Museums in Fira, or the Maritime Museum in Oia.
Santorini is the perfect size to spend a day touring and taking in the local scenery, sights and world-famous vineyards. For nautical lovers, a day trip by boat to the volcanic islets of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirassia, which are situated opposite Santorini, and the chance to swim in their hot springs area, is an experience not to be missed.
The beaches on Santorini are some of the most unique in the Aegean region. The eruption of the Santorini volcano thousands of years ago resulted in the creation of the most dazzling beaches in the world, with colourful sand and pebbles. Don’t miss the Red and White Beachs near Akrotiri, or the black and grey beaches of Kamari, Monolithos, Perissa and Perivolos.
There are also some very beautiful Santorini beaches on the northern coast, including Armenaki and Amoudi, as well as the beaches of Baxedes, Koloumbos, and Vourvoulou.