Santorini boasts numerous sites of unique archaeological and historical significance. Start exploring its millennia of history through a visit to the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri, the city of Ancient Thera and Santorini’s Archaeological Museum at Fira.
Santorini is also widely known for its exquisite wines, including the famous vinsanto, a dessert wine made from sun-dried Assyrtiko and Aidani. Many wineries, locally referred to as canavas, invite visitors to wine tasting sessions. In the island’s several wine museums, you can learn more about the centuries-long history of winemaking as well as about Santorini’s unique volcanic terrain.
01 | Lose yourself in the sunset
Santorini’s seducing sunsets are one of the main features that attract visitors to the island. To turn the idyllic moment you have been dreaming of into reality, skip the crowds and pick one of the less-known sunset spots, like Firostefani, Imerovigli, Akrotiri’s lighthouse (Faros) or Profitis Ilias, the island’s tallest peak. A public or private sunset cruise is an alternative idea, if you prefer to enjoy that special moment aboard.
02 | Conquer the island’s unknown hinterland
Santorini’s picture-perfect architecture is not exclusive to Oia, Imerovigli and Fira. Visit the island’s hinterland to discover iconic villages like Pyrgos, Finikia and Megalochori. Challenge your orientation skills through the maze-like alleys of Kasteli and look out for yposkafa, dugout houses throughout the island.
03 | Relive history at Akrotiri, Santorini’s Pompeii
Visit the remains of Akrotiri, one of the most significant Bronze Age settlements, to catch glimpses of life back in the second millennium BC. Walking thought this recently revamped archaeological site, you will see houses, pottery and other traces of daily life in the elaborate Minoan town which was eradicated by the volcano’s eruption.
04 | Take a lunar swim at Vlychada
Way more than a beach, Vlychada is a piece of sculpted art. The rock formations surrounding the beach create a unique lunar feel. Santorini’s geological art gallery includes more impressive seaside landscapes, including the island’s Black, White and Red beaches.
05 | Taste Assyrtiko and Vinsanto wine
Visit one of Santorini canaves, traditional wine cellars, to taste Assyrtiko and Vinsanto but also to discover the island’s centuries-old wine making traditions. Venetsanos, built in 1947, is Santorini’s first industrial winery, located right above the port of Athinios and overlooking the caldera. Gavalas and Santowines wineries are also great places to discover Santorini’s wines.
06 | Hike the caldera
By foot is probably the most scenic way to enjoy the views along Santorini’s caldera. A centuries-old path connecting Fira to Oia will take you through traditional whitewashed settlements, following in the steps of ancient merchants and farmers. A network of paths connects a number of other villages and spots of natural beauty along the island.