Highlights of Santorini island

Santorini offers countless must-see sights and not only!
We guide you to the best Santorini can give you.
Not only the famous parts, but also hidden corners, where you will feel like a local.
We give you a first intro to some of the places you can explore with our tours below.

Oia Village

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  • Highlights of Santorini island
  • Highlights of Santorini island

Located at the north of Santorini, Oia is world-famous for its magnificent view of the Caldera and the volcano. It ranks first among the picturesque villages of Santorini thanks to its sunset and architecture.

You can stroll around the atmospheric narrow alleys with branded shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. Furthermore, you must pay a visit to the ruins of Agios Nikolaos Castle, a famous location for sunset postcard-pictures.

In addition, the Maritime Museum with its historical exhibits is worth your visit. So does Ammoudi, with its traditional fish taverns, by the sea just under Oia. Finikia, a tranquil, picturesque village close by, is worth your visit as well. However, this peaceful village stands out for its unique architecture, resembling a painting scenery too. On your way there, you can explore the secluded beaches of Baxedes and Paradise.

Imerovigli Village

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“The balcony of the Aegean Sea”! Perched at the highest point of the caldera, it offers amazing views of the Aegean Sea and the volcanic islands.

Skaros, the famous rock and the ruins of its fortress offering protection against the pirates in the past, is definitely a must-visit sight. Enjoy a hike there and let the view from the rock take your breath away! Apart from this, don’t miss the churches of Imerovigli overlooking the Caldera, as well as the monastery of Agios Nikolaos; house of a folklore and ecclesiastical museum with rare Byzantine icons.

Firostefani Village

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The “Crown” of the Caldera, after its Greek name, is a picturesque village overlooking the Caldera, the volcano and Thirasia. Although the highest part of Fira, Firostefani can be considered as a different village.

The blue-and-white-dome churches scattered among the houses with the traditional architecture offer postcard images. A walk through the alleys when night falls can amaze you, as the lights make it look like a painting. The chill restaurants and cafes combine calmness with the vibrant nightlife.

Fira Village – The Capital

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The capital of Santorini is the vibrant center of the island. Located to the west of the island, it offers panoramic views of the volcanic islands. The old port, just under Fira, can be accessed by cable car or stairs – for the really fit ones!

In addition, the large shopping center with several kind of shops is worth to explore. A walk in the lively, picturesque alleys with their vibrant colors at daytime will amaze you. The numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs, combining social and nightlife with traditional beauty, offer several dining and entertainment options.

Last but not least, the acclaimed Archaeological Museum of Sanotrini and the Prehistoric Museum of Thera are located here. It would be a pity to miss a visit to the two cathedrals of Fira and the Folklore Museum of Emmanuel A. Lignos, with exhibitions depicting the 20th-century everyday life.

Vothonas Village

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Built in a steep gorge, it stands out for the special architecture of the carved caves. Vothonas is located in the central part of Santorini. Impressively, most of the villagers live in caves they dug in the volcanic rocks. As a result, the natural beauty of this picturesque place offers a sense of serenity. Furthermore, there are several churches in truly special locations and of impressive architecture. Don’t miss a visit to the church of Panagia Sergena, carved in a volcanic rock and war-refuge of the past.

Kamari Beach

Kamari is located on the southeast coast of Santorini. It was named after a small arch, part of an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Poseidon. Nowadays, its famous, Blue-Flag-awarded black beach is ideal for chilling and lunching by the sea. Furthermore, its long pedestrian street houses shops, restaurants, taverns and cafe-bars.

In addition, the archeological site of Ancient Thira, an important part of Santorini΄s history, stands high above Kamari. The ancient temples, cemeteries, buildings and the theater offer a full spectrum of the ancient town. Last but not least, you can’t miss a visit to the remarkable Byzantine church of Panagia Episkopi, at the nearby Exo Gonia. Its impressive murals and artifacts are worth a place in your photo album.

Pyrgos Village & Pr. Elias Mountain

The village of Pyrgos, the highest settlement on the island, remains traditional, following the Cycladic architecture. Its winding alleys and stone houses carry you away in past eras.

Not to be missed, at the highest spot to the southeast of Santorini, the glorious monastery of Profitis Elias (Prophet Elias)! It’s one of the oldest monasteries on the island, offering panoramic views of the island and the Aegean Sea. On the way to Profitis Elias, the vast vineyards and landscapes unfolding before your eyes will take your breath away. Concluding, if you love hiking, this hike will become one of your favorite!

Megalochori Village

One of the most picturesque villages of the island! The impressive neoclassical houses and mansions, built in old caves, served as protection against the pirates for the locals. The main square is still preferred by the locals for relaxation and fun, creating a warm atmosphere of past eras. Its traditional taverns serve local dishes under the trees shade.

Furthermore, as it is built in an impressive location on the rocks, it offers stunning views of the iconic Santorini sunset. The nearby “Rock Heart”, naturally formed between the Caldera rocks, has been chosen for numerous romantic photos and wedding proposals!

Akrotiri Village & Red Beach

The excavation of Akrotiri is one of the most impressive prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. Nowadays, the archaeological site, to the southwest of Santorini, gives visitors the opportunity to learn the secrets of a truly pioneering civilization. Archaeological researches had already started in the 19th century, and they still go on. So, Akrotiri, the once-inspiration for the mythical Lost Atlantis, has not yet revealed everything!

Furthermore, the lighthouse of Akrotiri is one of the oldest in Greece; and undoubtedly an idyllic scenery to watch the sunset from. The fish taverns close by, serving fresh seafood, consist one more reason to visit.

Last but not least, wanna visit Mars-on-Earth? There’s only one place in the entire world: the Red Beach! Maroon-red rocks and sand contrast with the crystal-clear, blue waters. Its unearthly, spellbinding beauty carries you away in a different “planet”.

Vlychada & Eros Beach

A rocky, lunar landscape, shaped by the sea and the wind. Vlychada stands out for the sculpture-looking rocks, one more “creation” the volcano eruption. It is a large beach, with relatively shallow waters. Furthermore, it houses the Industrial Tomato Museum. A tour to the traditional tomato production methods, Santorini’s most famous product, cannot be missed!

Eros is a wonderful, secluded beach close by. A dreamy, all-day destination thanks to its beach bar, a must-visit in the Mediterranean – making it unique for events and wedding receptions.

Emporio Village

The largest village of Santorini, to the southeast, with a strong medieval character. Named after “emporio”, meaning “commercial” in Greek, Emporio used to be a significant commercial center. The small old houses, built attached to one another, served as a “protection wall” during the Venetian era.

Perissa & Perivolos Beach

Perissa and Perivolos beach, connected with each other, are the liveliest beaches of Santorini, to the southeast of the island. The dark blue waters and the black sand consist the scenery of unforgettable moments of relaxing and having fun. The great nightclubs, restaurants, taverns and cafes offer lifetime moments, day or night.

Furthermore, the Museum of Minerals and Fossils of Thera with its billion-years exhibits, in Perissa, is worth your visit. Also, Panagia Katefiani, a tiny, white washed chapel on the slopes of the  mountains, is the best nearby point for breathtaking views.

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