Not unlike other major cultural sites across the globe, Greece too was not spared by ruthless industrialization. In spite of the new and upcoming industries and technologies, the country has managed to preserve most of its culturally important locations but not without consequences. There is but one city in this ancient country that has stood the test of time, situated safely away from mainland Greece, the island of Santorini.
Santorini provides a completely new set of geographical conditions for its tourists. Created by the remnant of a volcanic caldera, the island offers a unique experience for all its visitors. The hot dry climate along with a little rain makes May and June the best time to visit Santorini. The places to visit in Santorini are truly breathtaking and one must definitely make time to do gown to this one of a kind island.
Things to do in Santorini
1. Witness the Sunset near Oia Castle:
The sunset in Santorini is unlike anything you have ever seen before. Tons of people gather to watch the Aegean Sea, swallow the sun while reflecting its warm yellow light on the whitewashed buildings and the domed churches. The windmills in the background just add to this aesthetically pleasing view. While the Oia sunset is, without doubt, the most beautiful sunset you can witness in the city, the Imerovigli sunset is also extremely scenic but with a lot fewer people.
2. Visit the Red Beach:
The Red Beach gets its name from the spectacular Red cliff adjacent to it. The brick red colour of the cliff beautifully contrasts the deep blue of the sea. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Santorini, the Red Beach is proper a getaway from the monotonous city life. It usually crowded with tourists, so make sure you reach in time to pick the perfect spot. Not a huge fan of red, Santorini has the perfect alternative for you, the White beach and Black sand beaches are equally pleasing locations to get a taste of the salty sea.
3. Explore ancient Thira
Ever wondered how people lived during medieval times, quench your curiosity at the remains of ancient Thira. This area used to be the original residential area of the medieval people. The journey to the ruins consist of narrow hairpin turns, but all the nausea is forgotten once you lay your eyes on this masterpiece.
4. Hike from Fira to Oia:
A trip to Santorini is incomplete without the 6-mile-long hike from the capital city Fira to Oia. The long walk is the perfect way to get to know the island better. The hike will full of scenic views and sights worth stopping for. The Fira Oia hike is the perfect way to start your trip and get an experience of some classic Santorini sightseeing.
5. A trip to the Vothonas Village:
Located 5km southeast to the capital city Fira, Vothonas village is one of the most picturesque locations in Santorini. Completely different from the city life we usually live, the Village consists of cave houses built with the remains of volcanic rocks. The intricate designs of these cave houses are truly a treat for the eyes. Once in the village, don’t miss the wine tasting experience that comes with the wine museum. Hidden 6 meters below the ground, the museum may be a little hard to locate, but it is a location one must visit.
The ivory white buildings in the city light up during the night giving us one the most beautiful visuals in the world. Here’s a list of places for you to enjoy the nightlife of Santorini.
1. Casablanca Soul
One of the most popular Santorini tourist spots, the Casablanca Soul is perfect for couples on their honeymoon. The balcony overlooking the beautiful scenery of Fira spices up the environment. The music makes your feet move and before you know it, you are dancing along with strangers in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
There is perhaps no better feeling in the world than to sit back and enjoy with your friends and family at the beach after an active day of sightseeing and exploration. Tranquilo is the most popular beach bar in Fira and provides you with an experience of a lifetime. So, if you enjoy the ocean air head over to the beach for a drink at Tranquilo.
3. Kamari open air cinema
If you are travelling with your kids and cannot take them to bars and clubs, your solution is the Kamari open air cinema. It’s a 12-minute drive from Fira and the perfect place to end the day with your family.
Best Hotels in Santorini
Santorini is home to a wide range of hotels. Here is a list of places to stay in Santorini, Greece.
1. Antonia Hotel
Located in the heart of Fira, the Hotel is close to bus stop and a great stay for you if you want to explore Fira. The hotel has great service and is comparatively cheaper.
2. Elitoz Suites
If you are willing to shell in a few extra bucks, Elitoz Suites is ideal for you. Situated in Oia, the resort is a 5 km drive away from the beach. With world class service and lavish features, Elitoz is perfect if you want to make your trip more luxurious.
3. Villa Manos
Villa Manos is perfect for low budget trips. It is the cheapest place you can find in Santorini in the city of Karterádos. The service and stay are comfortable in spite of the low prices.
Santorini is a perfect blend of natural and cultural beauty and is the ideal getaway for you with your friends and better halves. A place where the quality of the nightlife equals that of the day is truly worth visiting. The morning hike from Fira to Oia followed by wine tasting and sun bathing could be a fine experience for you. And what better way to top the day of than with an Oia sunset and a drink at the beach.