This handmade article will help you to spend 2 or 3 days in Santorini. If you are on the island for only a few days, you should get some transport like a renting a small car. We included a guide to transport and scooters at the end of the article.
This full day tour takes around 10 hours and covers everything you wish to experience in Santorini. It is hassle-free since you don’t have to ride on your own along the hilly roads and don’t need to care about parking and such.
This tour covers:
Red Beach: a volcanic beach, best known for the unique color of the sand and red lava cliffs
Traditional village: quaint village with hilltop windmills, fortified medieval castles and centuries-old churches
Perissa Beach: for lunch time this beach is the spot. How about a quick dip in the sea before the food arrives? (lunch is not included)
Santorini Winery: Visit a traditional winery and taste a few reds or whites of the wine selection
Profitis Ilias: island’s highest peak with a wonderful views from the agricultural plains to the hilltop village of Oia
Oia sunset: The islands #1 sight in no rush!
The highlight for me is the sunset in Oia village!
This is one of the untouched places in Santorini with amazing natural sand formations along the beach.
Further away from the swimmer’s beach there are few seafood taverns too. A quite famous one is Psaraki. All year long open, it is a small fish canteen right at the port. This is where I urge you to sit down for lunch or dinner – thank me later! 😉
Vlychada is also a fishing port of Santorini. It has a real island feel.
Climb aboard the 74-foot Ocean Voyager or the 80-foot Tahiti catamaran for a 5-hour sunset cruise around Santorini in the Aegean Sea.
Sailing, snorkeling, snacks, white beaches, good vibes only and a mud bath!!
Head over to a secluded White Beach, only accessible from the sea, for more swimming and snorkeling in the shadow of the towering white cliffs. Free snorkeling equipment is available on board the catamaran where you’ll also be served a barbecue supper of salads and grilled pork.
Continue sailing inside the crescent-shaped Caldera, close to the volcano, and enjoy a final dip and mudbath in the Hot Springs.
Now, this is how you spend an epic, unforgettable day!
Try a new adventure while in Santorini and dive with the experts of Santorini Diving Center to explore the unique underwater world of the island.
Accompanied by a professional Dive master or Instructor you will have the chance to try scuba diving for the first time in safety, while exploring the sea bottom of Santorini. A fun and safe activity that should be on your bucket list!
You do not need to be athletic to try scuba diving. Anyone can do it thanks to the Discover Scuba Diving program. It’s an introductory scuba diving lesson guided by an experienced and certified instructor.
With this course you will learn how to use the scuba gear, and how to “breathe” underwater while scuba diving.
18. What to see in Santorini? 6.000 years of history
Take a guided visit to the Ancient Akrotiri, an archaeological site that reveals a history of 6000+ years.
It is worth to rent a real guide that will show you around.
You can book one at the entrance, but it’s recommended to book ahead of time. The cost is usually 60 Euros/ visit.
Smart Tip: Ask around Caveland Hostel or your accommodation if someone wants to join to split costs. You can also wait a little bit at the entrance to see if there are more people interested so you can share the cost.
The images when we think about Santorini are very clear:
beach decoration elements
Yes, you will find this is all over the island.
The only struggle will be deciding how many things you will bring back home.
4. Seasons and Weather in Santorini
Santorini is a beautiful volcanic island, attracting visitors especially from early March until late November.
Depending on your interests and the time of the year, you might enjoy some wonderful hikes and spectacular views in spring and autumn, or just sunbathing and swimming at one of the many black beaches during the summer.
From May/ June to mid-September there is usually zero rain fall.
The early and late season (March and October) has cold evenings and pleasant day temperatures with occasional rain. It’s a perfect time either way.
Sunset in Santorini is spectacular and there are several really great location for it.
Be aware, during very high season some of the most famous sunset spots can get really crowded. It’s a good idea to get to your sunset location early, find a place at a local cafe or restaurant and watch it with a cool drink or a sip of wine and dinner.
In July and August at some restaurants you will have to book your table in advance.
5. Renting a scooter or Car in Santorini
Renting a vehicle is something seriously to consider.
This way you can move around easily and discover the best places in Santorini.
Islands are best discovered when you have the freedom to decide when and where to go. It allows you to see also more off-beat locations you would not be able to visit when using just a local transportation. Quad bikes are popular, in early and late season a car is advantage as it can suddenly rain.
If you are staying on a budget but still want to get the Santorin vibes, we do recommend you to stay at Caveland Santorini, an old former winery turned into a 5 Star Hostel. Read the full review of Caveland here.
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