Day 7: Keep one day free just to relax and soak in the beauty of Santorini as much as you can. Explore the market in Fira town to buy some souvenirs, marvel at the sunset in Imerovigli and enjoy the lovely food. We were lucky to see a spectacular display of fireworks over the volcano, Nea Kameni, as part of the annual fireworks festival or Iftesia.
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Day 3: Leave by the morning ferry to Santorini. I took the Blue star ferries 7:30 am ship and reached Santorini by 3:30 pm. Check into your hotel and have a relaxed lunch at one of the many fantastic restaurants in Firostefani. Come back to your hotel in time to enjoy the sunset while sipping the delicious Greek Vinsanto wine.
Day 5: Explore the beautiful village of Akrotiri which is at one end of the C-Shaped island (Oia being the other end). Visit the Akrotiri's Archeological site and marvel at how the red sand of the Red Beach perfectly contrasts the cobalt blue Mediterranean waters. Head over to the gorgeous Santo Winery for sampling rare greek wines and enjoy yet another splendid Santorini sunset. You could take a winery tour!
Part of the Cyclades group of the Greek islands, Santorini is famous for its dramatic views, stunning sunsets, the white-washed houses, and its very own active volcano. If you are looking for a combination of beautiful beaches, history, and a truly one-of-a-kind overall urban ambiance. Santorini is one of the best matches in Europe.
Red Beach - The cliffs around this beach are red and the beach sand is also red. The blue sea, the red rocks and the scenery make this place worth the trip! There are very few snacks options here. I would recommend you bring your own food if you are planning to stay here for long.
In order to catch the best view of the sunset, you need to go early to camp there because it will be so crowded! The architecture is amazing and is highlighted by the stark white of the buildings and the contrasting colorful doors and window shutters. The characteristic classic view of the village of Oia is the bright white and blue of the church contrasting with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea in the background.
The beach bar
Day 6: Spend the day at Perissa beach! Akrotiri is a good base to explore the pretty beaches of Santorini-Red Beach, While Beach, Black beach (Perissa beach) and Perivolos. We used the good old KTEL bus but you can always hire a car. While in Santorini, its a good idea to explore one of the traditional villages like Emporio, Pyrgos, Megalochori etc. We explored Emporio and loved its bougainvillea laded houses with blue doors and grape vines with bunches of juicy grapes.
Therasia -Start early morning so that you can come back at least an hour before the sunset. To reach Therasia, you have to take a boat from the old port. We first went to an uninhabited island inside the caldera known as Nea Kameni. We actually walked on the volcanic formations to climb to the top of the volcano. From the top, the view was breathtaking. We then went to Therasia and were given 2 hours by the boat operators to explore the place on our own. We sat on a beach for a while and walked around the island. The food here was very expensive and the taste was not that great. If you are visiting Santorini then a volcano trek at Nea Kameni and a visit to Therasia is a must. The boat dropped us in Oia to see the sunset. This is the best place to watch the sunset in Santorini. To read more about the Santorini sunset and watch a video visit - Best Places to Enjoy The Santorini Sunset.
PERISSA BEACH - ΚΑΜΠΙΝΓΚ - ΣΑΝΤΟΡΙΝΗ
We took a ferry (5 hours) from Pieras (Athens) to Santorini. Upon reaching there you would be greeted by so many people trying to "help" you to get to your hotel or hostels unless they sent a transportation for you. I would recommend to go for this American guy who happened to tear his ticket back to US and settled down in Santorini since 6years. You'll easily catch him because he's the only one with accent. Such a sweet and helping guy. We stayed at Perrissa beach which is the black sand beach. Which meant going to beach all the time! I mean when everyone's asleep, taking one of my friend and sitting by the beach listening to those waves, talking about everything under the stars while drinking some red wine. We had limited time with us and we couldn't cover up all the things there because it was a last minute trip. Whatever it was, we had a great time at Santorini, everything is worth it. It's NOT over hyped. This trip to Santorini will always be close to my heart. Maybe because it was the first time of many things which happened there or maybe it was the company I was with. I am a person who enjoys traveling solo, but those people made me feel traveling with others ain't that bad. We talked about so much stuff, shared things which we only talked within ourselves, understood how different people are, my friends stood there when I puked in front of a children's park from last night's hungover, we shared our love for those sandwich ice cream, realized how we all are similar even if there's an ethnicity dividing us. We're humans after all. Oh and the fun part was when our cab driver asked where were we from, my friend answered, "all around the world". I'm glad I made such amazing friends on my semester exchange who I could spend my special moments with. I wish everyone gets to go to Santorini someday. Everyone deserves that happiness, and that feeling when you see the sunset in Oia. That is everything. I want you to enjoy Santorini through my lens, see what is it that I'm talking about.
This spot is so very, authentically Greek -- in the best way. It's super social and full of locals and visitors alike, all to the soundtrack of terrific Greek music. They've got great traditional meze dishes and a great offering of vegetarian options, too (skip the sub par pizza, which I didn't even try, despite the fact that they call it "the best in the world"). You can't beat its seaside location and it's long list of Greek wines.
As a part of the Volcano Tour that we had taken, they make a stop at Therasia which is an island with population of 130 people, and ate the best Moussaka for lunch ever at Capt. John's !We finished off the day by sailing to Oia ( pronounced - Ia) which is at the other end of the Santorini Island to witness sunset. A climb up 300 steps from the port to the town of Oia leaves you breathless. Alternatively one can take a ride up on a mule.The typical Greek Island - white houses, blue domes and purple and orange skies - yes that's Oia ! The haze from the Volcano lends a vibrant purple hue to the picturesque sunset that thousands of tourists gather to watch each evening.
Ancient Thira - Ancient Thira is an antique city on Messavouno Mountain. It is close to Kamari beach. Even if you are not interested in the Archaeological remains at Ancient Thira, you must visit this place for the panoramic view and the long drive to the top of the mountain.
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
One thing that I want to recommend is to visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira in the main town of the island. Here you can find the frescoes found in Akrotiri. There are two museums almost one in front of the other: the other is the Archeological Musuem, which is rather small and somehow unimpressive. The frescoes on display in the Museum of Prehistoric Thira are truly astonishing, and they give an idea of the sophistication of the civilization. Historians and archaeologist are not yet sure if Akrotiri was an independent settlement with contacts with the Minoans or if it was an entirely Minoan colony.
Atlantis Books E.E.
Another pastime could be browsing through the bookshelf of Atlantis Books in Oia. It was opened by two friends who were on holiday in Santorini a few years ago and ran out of books to read. Upon finding out that Santorini had no bookshop, they decided to open one. It's an inspiring place, where books are cherished, recommended, and always treated with love. Check out the name of that box of used books: pre-loved books, isn't it lovely? Inside it's cosy, with literally pyramids and piles of books, quotations from famous writers, Greek classics and a lovely but uncomfortable staircase that you have to climb to reach the terrace.
Porto Fira Suites
You'll feel like you're dreaming when you look out over the water and the magical views that you get at Porto Fira Suites. A luxurious place to enjoy all that Santorini has to offer. The breakfasts are divine and the sunsets make you stop everything and gaze in awe. Put a glass of Greek wine in your hand, and that's the perfect Santorini evening!