Many places on our planet claim to be the most beautiful of all and the Greek island of Santorini is always in the conversation. Looking at the postcards with picturesque Cycladic houses with azure-blue roofs and walls uniformly-painted with the purest of white that gives the whole city a pink shade during sunsets, no wonder people are hyped up about this charming Mediterranean island! Are you planning to visit this captivating Mediterranean island soon and wondering where to go in Santorini? Here are some unique things to do in Santorini that will surely make your holiday an unforgettable one!
Explore the Capital, Fira
Fira, the capital city of Santorini, packs a hefty punch when it comes to picturesque churches, cobbled streets, and gorgeous views. If you wish to gorge on Greek classics like Spanakopita, Moussaka, and Kleftiko, Fira has many renowned restaurants which you can try. To get the stunning view of this town and the surrounding areas, you can even walk along Agiou Mina street. It goes down the cliff, all the way to the cable car.
One of my favorite things to do while in Fira is…
Exploring the Prehistoric Thira Museum
The Museum of Prehistoric Thira is the most interesting museum in Santorini that tells the story of Akrotiri through a collection of Neolithic and Bronze age artifacts. If you’re a fan of history it’s one of the places on Santorini you really shouldn’t miss. The museum isn’t very big but inside, you can find a lot of important historical artifacts of Santorini (dating back to as early as the Minoan era) and learn about the island’s history.
Hike from Fira to Oia
If you ask me, this is one of the best things to do in Santorini- and it’s free! Trekking from Fira to Oia is one of the most scenic walks I ever took. The trek starts in Fira, goes through the towns of Firostefani and Imerovigli, where you can experience the rural charm of the island, and ends in a largely rural area surrounded by hills that leads to Oia, one of the most beautiful (and touristy) parts of Santorini. The trek takes roughly 2-3 hours to complete, depending on your pace. The route isn’t well-marked but it’s pretty hard to get lost, especially because you probably won’t be the only person walking this route.
Wander The Streets Of Oia
Oia is one of the picture-perfect towns in Santorini attracting a large number of tourists to the island. Composed by the quintessentially Greek white-washed buildings, gorgeous sun terraces and blue doors, Oia is one of the most photogenic places on the island. However, to be completely honest, Oia is too touristy for my taste. Fortunately, there are still a couple of places in this small town that most tourists don’t know about, which brings me to my favorite thing to do in Oia.
Visiting the Monastery of Profitis Ilias
As mentioned above, Oia is one of the places on our planet that comes closest to the definition of paradise. A lot of people visit it but only a few know about the Profitis Elias monastery located on the hilltop overlooking the small, charming town. Seeing the sun setting over Oia and dropping into the Aegean Sea, giving the whole surrounding area a dramatic pink and golden shade is one of the most captivating experiences one can have in Santorini. It’s the highest point on the island and you need to take a short hike in order to reach it.
Next, a trip to Santorini can’t be complete without…
Visiting the volcano
Santorini’s still-active volcanic island – ‘Nea Kameni’ – is the youngest volcanic landform in the Eastern Mediterranean. It has erupted 8 times in the past 1,900 years and is ‘asleep’ since 1950. You can reach Nea Kameni island by simply hopping on a local boat. After you reach, you can spend the day hiking this 130-meter high volcanic crater and even make a shortstop on the edge of the island’s geothermal points and dive into the deep blue sea.