Santorini’s volcanic landscapes play a role in its many popular activities, from sunbathing at the black sand beaches to hiking through ruins buried in ash. As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, there are so many incredible things to do in Santorini, whether you’re here for a honeymoon, on a solo trip, or with the family. If you’re looking for suggestions, here are the top things to do in Santorini.
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Explore Fira, Santorini’s capital city, home to whitewashed villages and blue-domed churches perched on a cliff, about 300 metres above the caldera. Take in the gorgeous views as you stroll through its winding lanes. If you don’t fancy a hike, ride the mules or take a cable car.
For avid hikers, consider hiking through the scenic trail along the caldera cliff, which takes you to the village of Oia. It will take approximately four to five hours to walk the path. You’ll enjoy splendid views of rugged coastlines and the vast ocean along the way.
Hire Quad Bikes
There are various ways to get around Santorini, but a unique and thrilling way is to rent a quad bike. For only 50 euros per day, you can cruise around Santorini’s winding roads and explore its famous attractions. Venture into off-the-beaten paths, drive through undulating roads, and stop at every corner to soak up the breathtaking views.
Driving a quad bike is very popular in Santorini, and you will find many rental shops all over the island where you can rent the vehicle at a very reasonable price.
Hit the Beach
Santorini has many beautiful beaches where you can enjoy a refreshing dip and take up some water sports. Multiple tourists also choose to stay on the beach due to the number of stunning beachfront villas in Santorini, providing a perfect place to relax. One of these is the Red Beach, which lies next to the famous ancient site of Akrotiri. It’s a small beach accessible along a narrow path from Akrotiri. Featuring varying shades of red, Red Sand Beach is a stunning place to relax after a day of exploring Santorini. To enjoy the best views, take the rocky path along the mountain to get to the beachfront.
Sunbath Whilst Taking in the Views
Santorini’s biggest draw is its ocean views, and the best way to enjoy the view is by renting a villa with an infinity pool that opens to the stunning views of the Aegean Sea. After going around the island, sunbathe by the pool while enjoying the views of your surroundings. You will find many villas in Santorini with breathtaking cliffside views and comes complete with luxurious amenities, including a pool.
Watch the Sunset
Santorini is renowned for having some of the most romantic sunset views in the world. There are many places on the island where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets, and one of these is in Oia, specifically from the Byzantine Castle ruins. It’s a great place to marvel at the insanely gorgeous Santorini sunsets, with the island’s panoramic views in the background. However, the area can get crowded, so you better arrive early.