Things to do in Santorini

THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Santorini

Things to Do in Santorini

There's more to this island than catching the sunset in Oia: Lounge by the black sand Kamari Beach, explore ancient Akrotiri, or hop on a boat tour to visit Nea Kameni.

Book these experiences for a close-up look at Santorini.

From quick jaunts to full-day outings.

Top Attractions in Santorini

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Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sunset views from serene bays and vibrant neighborhoods, with less crowded spots and private balconies available. Stroll lively streets with shops amidst white-washed homes and azure seas.
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Volcanoes
Volcanic hike offering panoramic caldera views and a swim in warm hot springs. Requires sturdy footwear; ideal for active travelers seeking a natural escape.
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What travellers are saying

  • Kate P
    104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We started this hike around 10am and had perfect weather luckily.
    It takes about 4 hours with a few breaks here and there.
    There are a few steep climbs and areas of unstable loose rocks towards the Oia side. But otherwise a great hike. When you finally see Oia in the distance in makes all the kms worth it.
    Take lots of water and snacks.
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • tarangelaben
    Heywood, UK247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We got married here 10 years ago and we wanted to show our children. It was even more beautiful than I remembered, I think it is my favourite view in the world, I could have stared at the caldera all night. The prices have doubled since we last visited but it is a wonderful treat and the prices are justified by the quality of wine, the views and the fantastic customer service you receive. We had the wine tasting and had a nibble platter too. We used the shop afterwards and purchased some delicious red wine. The cost of the souvenirs are good value compared to what you pay in Oia so you might want to buy some gifts whilst here.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • Dawn E
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A long way down difficult steps in places that was quite difficult however at the bottom the restaurants were amazing! The beautiful clear water was amazing was amazing’
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • oak2wn
    Oakland, CA683 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's really stunning to see all the white buildings against the backdrop of the water. We stayed here 4 nights. Bring a colorful shirt to take a photo with all the white buildings in the background.

    As for the sunset, it gets crowded in the area that everyone seems to head to. The crowds made it much more unenjoyable (as you have to wait a while for the sunset after snagging your viewing spot).

    Notes:
    - Came April 2023, just before the busy season began, so it wasn't as crowded as usual. Lots of places were busy repainting their establishments white, getting ready for the more busy season.
    - If you are driving, be aware that some places are one way and narrow and challenging to navigate with tourists who are not aware of the cars around them.
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • Meander44165565025
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easier to reach by public local bus from Fira central bus station and cost euro1.60 one way per pax. Is a small beach area with some restaurants and cafes around.
    Written October 22, 2023
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  • Steven H
    East Sussex, UK4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great location, and plenty to see and do even in late October. Taverna's still open, mostly , and a lot of shops still open. Some places saying they will be open throughout the winter.
    Kamari tours do a tremendous day trip to the volcano, Thirasia, and then sunset in Oia.
    I wasn't personally impressed with the Instagram capital of the world, to crowded and extremely boring. Obviously the blue domed and views are something to see.....but that's it. Over priced and over hyped.
    Kamari beach area, far better, with lovely people, food, and far more relaxing.
    Written October 31, 2023
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  • MeeShellMidwifeRN
    Turlock, CA542 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were surprised to see this archaeological site fully covered in a large warehouse type structure, different from most of the ruins we’ve experienced in Europe. They are still actively excavating this site and predict there is still another 3 stories of buildings to get down to. Very interesting to see so many intact artifacts found. They’ve also uncovered a home with an indoor toilet that is completely intact - amazing! It’s worth the short trip to see.
    Written March 26, 2024
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  • Camdenuser
    London31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the Volcano Diver’s Wine Experience, though it didn’t involve either volcanoes or diving. We had a welcome drink of Greek fizz, a brief but interesting wander into, and chat about, the vineyard (unlike any other vineyard you are likely to see) and then five courses, each with a generous glass of wine. The food was really excellent, the wines first class, and our guide introduced them all. The whole experience was hugely enjoyable.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • tarangelaben
    Heywood, UK247 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We couldn't remember how long this walk took and we definitely underestimated it, especially with two young children! It took us 4 hours from start to finish (our hotel was on the other side of the kamari strip). We did stop to have drink and shade stops on the way up though as it was very hot. It is definitely worth it, and you see some lovely views on the way up. It is cheap to enter the site (the ticket man wasn't very friendly but never mind). We enjoyed reading all the bits of information at the ruins, as did the children. It's a very fascinating place, especially for ancient history buffs. We really enjoyed our trip there.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We came here for the sunset and a quick visit to the old Venetian fortress. We arrived around 5 pm for a 6:30 pm sunset which gave us enough time to hike down and up to the fortress and then get back up on the town side to watch the sunset with the Skaros rock in front of us which was a highlight in Santorini for us. It is one of the best spots on the island to see a sunset and there wasn't many people when we went. We didn't want to stay on the far side of the Skaros rock because we were worried about tripping if we came back after the sunset.

    The fortress is is ruins but there is signage in the area to show what it used to look like as well as a brief history. The walking path is pretty rocky and uneven and there is a sign in the area warning about the dangers of entering. There are a few ruins in the area so you could spend an hour here. The viewpoint is worth it but I found we spent more time catching our breath than exploring as there are quite a few steps to get down.

    Finding the path from Imerovigli was tricky but if you navigate to the Saint John the Beheaded or Katiforis Holy Orthodox Chapel you should see the path clearly from there. It took about 10 minutes to walk from the chapel to the front of the rock. Bring a good pair of shoes and consider bringing some sunscreen and water for the warmer months. You can include the Skaros Rock as you hike the west coast of Santorini or make a trip of its own from Fira.
    Written March 23, 2024
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  • Christine K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and interesting. I would recommend it for the whole family - especially for kids in middle school age and older. I learned so much!
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • Luxury Journey
    Brussels, Belgium158 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Location/what is it about: The flooded Caldera and volcanic islands west of Santorini in Greece are awe-inspiring. The easiest way to reach Palia Kamenia (‘Old Burnt Island’) hot springs, Nea Kameni (‘New Burnt Island’) volcano, Thirassia (sleeping crocodile island) is by boat.

    Admission fee (budget range): Free to visit.

    The Santorini Volcano is a must-visit. A sight to behold. You must experience the sunset here at least once in your life. You can also admire the Caldera Islands from Imerovigli and Fira.

    The only suggestion for improvement we have is for Santorini to better highlight the volcano and history behind it. For example, more signs with information about the volcanic rocks or eruptions on the hiking trails from Oia to Fira. We expected that when visiting Santorini everything would revolve around the volcano. However, more emphasis is placed on expensive accommodation, food, drinks (tourist exploitation).
    Written May 15, 2023
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