Santorini is probabaly the most popular and most visited destination in Greece. After glancing at numerous pictures of the iconic blue dome churches in various places (at the dentist, tax consultant, and local Greek restaurants), we decided that it was time to finally visit this island. Very few destinations in the world can combine scenic beauty with history, wine, and beaches. Santorini surely has it all.
How to get here
Santorini is connected by Ferry (Port of Thira) and has a small regional airport. The ferry service is the most economical way to get here; Hellenic seaways, Blue star and Seajets are some of the ferry operators that have regular service to the island.
Like some of the other cyclades islands, ATV’s are the most popular means of transport, but are not the safest choice because of the winding roads. There are regular bus services from the towns of Fira to Oia for about 2€ a trip.
Santorini in 2 days
We would recommend staying here for at least 4 days, but for those short on time, we have the perfect 2 day itinerary.
- By day: Go wine tasting to one of Santorini’s famous wineries
We highly recommend Estate Argyros. They have a good selection with free tastings. We especially loved the Atlantis dry white. Canava Roussos winery is another good option.
- Afternoon: Visit Ancient Akrotiri
Akroti consist of well preserved remains of Minoan Civilization era town that got buried during a violent volcanic eruption on the island. It’s believed that the eruption shaped Santorini as we see it today causing the original crater to collapse into the ocean leaving behind only the outer rim forming a group of disjoint islands. The ruins are covered to protect them from the elements and is believed to be linked to Plato’s lost city of Atlantis.
- Visit the Red Sand Beach
Accessible by foot, bring a beach towel and a few snacks. Sun beds are available but overpriced. We would also recommend visiting here for photos. The path to the beach has frequent landslides, so proceed with extreme caution.
- Evening: Enjoy the sunset at Oia or from your hotel if it faces the East.
You will never see a sunset as beautiful as the ones on this island; be sure to have a camera ready. Oia is known for its picturesque blue dome churches that are very often used to represent the island.
- Morning: Visit the town of Fira
Fira is accessible by bus from Oia – there is also a walking path from the nearby town of Imerovigli. We highly recommend walking to Fira from Imerovigli to enjoy the views. If you are early enough, you may get some wonderful (and uninterrupted photo ops).
- Visit Perissa Beach
Perissa Beach is located on the south-western part of the island, and is connected by bus services from neighboring towns. It is the best beach in Santorini, with black sand and crystal clear water.
- Book a Sunset Sailing tour of the Caldera
There are quite a few companies that organize sailing tours and provide meals on board. Santorini Sailing and the Santorini Yacht Club are a couple to mention. Booking offices are located in the towns of Fira and Oia. All departures are from the Vlychada Marina, which is on the southern end of the island. Most tours have free pick-up and drop-off locations around the island.
Places to Eat
- Let’s Eat – Imerovigli
Nothing can beat the prices at this place. Souvlakis start at 3 € and gyro plates go for 8 € .
Travel tip: We recommend traveling light. Most hotels require you to climb up or down a narrow stairs with narrow cobble stone paths. Not very enjoyable if you have a lot of luggage.