5 things you can’t miss when visiting Santorini, Greece

Santorini is famous for it’s picture perfect architecture  and stunning hotels with caldera views. But, if you are in for more exploring once you’re done admiring the view, here’s what you can’t miss while visiting the Greek island!

 

See the sunset in Oia

Oia is one of the most picturesque villages in Santorini, with the famous and traditional white architecture and stunning views over the caldera. At night however, is when most of the tourists come in, as the sunset there is world famous. At the end of the day, tourists gather on the stairs of the main high street, reserving spots to admire the sunset. Every night was magical, a sunset no one would ever get bored of! There are also great restaurants in Oia, so after admiring the sunset stroll through the village and stay for dinner.

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Climb down to Ammoudi Bay

If you are staying in Oia or visiting the village for the day, chances are you need to cool down as it can get really hot during the day. Ammoudi Bay is a beautiful bay, located ‘under’ Oia. If you are in Oia and walk through the village, the main street will end with a  beautiful view over the cliffs, but next to it is a pathway leading downstairs.

Don’t take the donkey! They’re standing there in the heat all day without food or water, and besides, a little hike on holiday is good to burn some calories (guilt free ice cream, yes please)! Once you have descended, there are some amazing restaurants right on the edge of the pathway and the sea really. We went for lunch at Dimitri’s Tavern and the whole time I wondered if someone had ever fallen into the water by moving his or her seat after too many alcoholic drinks.

You can walk past the restaurant over the rocks, where the path will end in a beautiful secluded bay, perfect for snorkeling! When you are in the water, you will have a great view of Oia’s architecture from a different angle. It is a great bay, crystal clear water and loads of locals and nice food!

 

Rent a car and explore the island’s beaches

Because Santorini is a volcanic island, the landscape has much to offer and is different on each part of the island. Rent a car and explore Red Beach, a small beach surrounded by steep red cliffs resulting in a stunning landscape. From Red Beach, small boat taxis come on shore and can take you to other beaches nearby.

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Black Beach, or Kamari, is worth a visit as well due to the interesting color of the sand, but also because Kamari is a bit more ‘typical’ touristy. There is a boulevard with loads of restaurants, water sports and shops and there’s a great atmosphere.

Have a romantic caldera view dinner

You can’t leave Santorini without having a romantic dinner on the cliffs. Our two favorites where Lycabettus Restaurant in Andronix Luxury Suites hotel in Oia. It is very culinary but the view, service and food are amazing. The capital of the city, Fira, also has many restaurants with a caldera view, so those restaurants are a bit more casual. Stop for cocktails or a good glass of wine at Sphinx Wine Restaurant, small but cosy terrace, close to the high street and with amazing views a great stop for a drink at the end of the day. For dinner head to Argo Restaurant, good menu, nice food and service and an amazing view. Great for a romantic night out!

Go on a boat tour

The waters around Santorini are crystal clear and perfect for snorkeling. Go on a day tour with a boat and admire the famous architecture and stunning landscapes from a different angle. Most tours will also take you to the hotsprings and the active, yet sleeping volcanos which is an unusual sight as the volcano land is very rough, it almost looks like a dragon is sleeping in the water!

Whatever you decide to do on this island, you will have an amazing holiday as the people are very friendly, the food is amazing, the weather always good and there is loads of beauty to take in.

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