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Visit Greece The best things to do in Santorini

Santorini is certainly one of the most photographed places in the world.

I often wonder what it is that captures the imagination of people when they look at photos of Santorini.  Undeniably this place is on the top of many people’s bucket lists.  Romantic, beautiful Santorini Greece holidays are often something we only dream of, but actually, it is within your reach.  Well, you decide.

Being part of the Cyclades islands in Greece the whitewashed houses on the edge of cliffs makes beautiful pictures.  As the West side of the island is the best for photo opportunities, this is where we will focus.

The two biggest towns are Oia and Fira.

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Oia, Santorini

In my opinion, Oia is a must-see.

Obviously, I don’t have to tell you to bring good walking shoes.  As the town is on a cliff, the narrow paths lead up and down and you need to explore to experience the island.  The little shops are beautiful and you will not be the only one taking photos of them.  Don’t expect a calm peaceful white town where you wander on your own through the cobblestone streets.  On the contrary, it could get very busy with tourists.  The views are beautiful and everywhere you look is a “wow-moment”.  It should be noted that you could get lost in the narrow up-and-down paths, but that is all part of the fun and sightseeing.  Enjoy it and don’t stress about it.  You will find your way.

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Fira, Santorini

If you were wondering Thera and Fira is the same place.  It is the capital of Santorini.  Keeping in mind that Fira is the more central village of the two, you might want to book accommodation here.  Although Oia is closer to the best sunset photo spots.  Fira is the main terminal for travelers on the island, so if you’re using public transport, Fira would be the place to stay.  The local bus services are a good option for transportation, but during tourist months it could get very busy, so you’ll have to allow for “extra travel time”.  (Rather arrive early and wait a bit taking in the scenery.)

Where to stay in Santorini

Naturally, a self-catering option might be a cheaper option if you’re looking to save money, but you will have to decide if this is for you.  The hotels are beautiful and they do spoil their guests.  On the other hand, if you stay at a self-catering option, you will be able to save on the price of food, which can help to keep costs down.  There are beautiful options at really good prices just outside of the big towns, that can help keep costs down if you are traveling on a budget.

Firostefani is walking distance from Fira, but a little bit less crowded.

Below are a few interesting and beautiful ideas for accommodation in Santorini.  (The links offer more photos and information.)

Best time to visit beautiful Santorini Greece

July and August are the warm summer months and also the months with the most tourists visiting Santorini.  Therefore I would suggest visiting in June or maybe even September.  You’ll still have warm weather but the crowds would be fewer.  Visiting during the months between November and April, you will find the island almost deserted with most places closed.  Not a good time to visit.

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Restaurants in Santorini – Important to remember

Travel Tip:  In order to ensure you get a table at your favorite restaurant, book your table the day before.  It could get very busy, so this will give you peace of mind and secure your spot.

Lithos in Fira is an awesome place to have dinner and take sunset photos, but you will not get a table by just arriving and hoping for the best.  As they have breathtakingly beautiful views over the Caldera, everyone wants a spot here, so book in advance.

Melitini in Oia is one of the top-rated restaurants and also, as you’d expect, have stunning views.  Again you will not be able to get a table without a prior reservation.  They do serve fantastic and authentic tapas.

In my opinion, there are quite a few very pretty must-see restaurants of which Petra is our favorite.  If you are looking for a romantic candlelight dinner by a pool overlooking picturesque views of the sunset, this is the place to visit.

What is the best place for a honeymoon in Santorini?

Imerovigli has amazing hotels and is a bit “out of the way of tourists”.  Alternatively, if you are not a hotel lover, there are many other options that would be just as romantic all over beautiful Santorini Greece. 

Don’t get caught in the advertising spotlight of the words “honeymoon in Santorini”.  The best you can do is to book your own holiday.  Make your own hotel reservation online and save a lot of money. 

I have been told that “Honeymoon packages” are expensive, so by making your own hotel booking, you will not get charged unnecessary extra costs. You can decide where to spend money. 

Travel Tip:  Book your activities online.  That way you can plan and enjoy the stuff you love most.  After all, this is the time to make memories.

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Things you must do in Santorini

  • Foremost I suggest just a day of sightseeing and shopping (or just browsing the shops).  Maybe take one day for Oia and one day for Fira.
  • Enjoy the restaurants with beautiful sunset views. After all, this is what Santorini is also famous for.
  • Hunt for those photo opportunities.  Find the famous and very popular “Instagram photo spot” right at the top of the hill in Oia.  (Just follow the tourists.) 
  • Visit the Castle of St Nicolas and the beach.
  • Book an organized tour like a sunset sailing cruise.
  • Go on a Volcano tour.
  • Furthermore, there are boat trips and ferry rides, helicopters and horse trails, wine tasting and culinary opportunities and so many more.

Here are a few of the bestsellers we can recommend:

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Where is the hot springs in Santorini

It is situated on the island of Nea Kameni, also known as the Santorini volcano.  (A volcanic island at the centre of the caldera.) 

Travel Tips: 

Remember to bring a hat and sunglasses.  Dress light as it gets really hot climbing those stairs up and down.

Don’t just rush your holiday, make time to experience beautiful Santorini Greece.

Should you be buying holiday souvenirs, you must read our article:  What to do with your travel souvenirs.

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