Activities in Santorini Island
Santorini has a plethora of activities for its visitors to enjoy ranging from the truly active to the most sedentary of lifestyles.
The towns and settlements of Fira and Oia with their cobblestoned streets and alleyways feature chic boutiques and shops and countless dining options for those who wish to while away days and nights looking out over the wondrous views of the Caldera.
Due to the volcanic activity on the island, Santorini’s beaches differ from others in Greece, whereby the beaches have either black or red coloured sand.
Amongst the most popular beaches are Perivolos Beach, Perissa Beach, Kamari Beach, Vlychada and the Red beach of Akrotiri These organized beaches feature sun beds and umbrella’s for rent, beach sports and tavern’s nearby.
In the peak season, Perivolos Beach is very popular and features many beach bars, café and restaurants. If you prefer something quieter, then there is a large choice of Greek taverns on all beaches with soft playing Greek or International music where you can enjoy fresh fish and other local specialties.
- Akrotiri bus tour encompasses the south part of the island and includes a guided tour to the Prehistoric museum, a visit to the top of the Profitis Ilias Mountain, Megalochori village, a black beach and a winery for some wine tasting.
- Sunset in Oia bus tour, which goes to several villages on the island and ends up in Oia for the famous view of the sunset.
- Boat excursions with small boats to the Volcano, Hot Springs and Thirassia Island (long and short trips available).
- Sailing boat excursions to the volcano, starting late afternoon and ending in the lovely sunset (recommendable for the romantic visitors).
- Diving and snorkeling trips (also for the inexperienced)
- Bus and boat excursion-combinations for short-stay visitors.
Prices, tickets and schedules are available at the reception desk.
Self guided tours:
Renting a car or bike is easy, thereby allowing you the freedom to explore the island’s villages and sights yourself at your own pace.
Visit the picturesque village of Oia in the north (famous for its view to the sunset), the light house of Akrotiri, the windmills in Emporio village and eat good fresh fish at the little traditional harbor of Ammoudi bay, just below Oia village, but keep in mind that fresh fish is expensive in Greece, so always ask for the price before (it is charged according to the weight).
Good seafood taverns can also be found at Perivolos beach, Monolithos beach, Vlychada beach or the more deserted areas where there are few people around, like Kouloumbos beach (on the old road to Oia). A must visit in one of the local wineries such as Argyros Estate, Santo Wines, Hatzidakis winery, Sigalas Estate, Koutsogiannopoulos Winery and quite a few more.
Santorini is also famous for its wild-night life which centres mostly in the main villages of Kamari, Perissa, Oia and of course the capital Fira town, all have many bars and night clubs which are open until the early hours of the morning.
All the villages offer a wide choice of Greek traditional tavern’s and/or first class restaurants to satisfy even the most demanding food and wine connoisseurs.
Furthermore, our reception staff will inform you of all the above upon your arrival with help of the map and tell you the times and prices for everything.
Santorini’s Museums and Archaeological sites
Santorini possesses several outstanding museums and sites which convey the island’s strong historical and cultural heritage. The Archaeological site of Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean, the city of Ancient Thera the second important period in the history, the Prehistoric museum with the Wall paintings of Thera, the Archeological museum of Ancient Thera, the Folklore museum (in Fira), Maritime museum (in Oia), the Megaro Gyzi, the Argyros Mansion and many more.
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira houses the famous wall – paintings from Akrotiri and furthermore the Archaeological Museum which showcases the island’s long history.
The Folklore Museum is located in Kontohori, Fira, in a cave house built in 1861.
The Megaron Gyzi a beautiful old mansion – museum located in Fira, exhibits 16th through to the 19th centuries’ engravings along with other artifacts such as costumes, old manuscripts and old photographs.
Located in Oia, the Naval Museum houses all kinds of displays featuring marine themed objects, which trace the maritime history of the island, especially during the 19th century.
The Argyros Mansion in Messaria village is significant for its morphological and architectural value.