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Santorini is a relatively small island, and driving from North to South by car takes roughly 45-minutes. The island is part of the Cycladic Islands that are located between Athens and Crete. Despite its size, there are still many things to do in Santorini.
A Guide to Santorini
Santorini has a small international airport with flight connections to some European cities. The airport also has regular flight connections with Athens Airport on the mainland. Flights to Santorini land at the island's airport which is located just 3.72 miles (6 km) from Fira, and 10.5 miles (17 km) from Oia. Another way to reach Santorini is by ferry from either the Athens port of Piraeus, or the other Greek islands in the Cyclades.
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Hike from Fira to Oia: Santorini has an incredibly scenic hiking trail along the cliffs, 10.5 kilometers long (6.5 miles). The trail runs from Fira to Oia, with many height differences and climbs, and can take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours to complete. The path is meant for pedestrians only, which means it’s beautifully peaceful.
Winery tours: Santorini produces some of the best dry wines in Greece, namely Assyrtiko and Nykteri, as well as Vinsanto, the island’s famous dessert wine. Santorini wines are not only top-quality but also unique because of the special qualities of the volcanic soil on which grapes grow.
Eat Souvlaki in Santorini: On an island famous for its top-end (expensive) dining options, a down-to-earth meal consisting of the most famous street food in Greece should not be overlooked.
Visit The Volcano: Geologically speaking, the island of Santorini itself, the caldera, Thirassia Island, and all the other nearby islets are part of one and the same volcano. A tour of the volcano means visiting two specific volcanic islets, Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. Reasonably priced boat tours to both of these tiny islands start daily from Athinios Port (Santorini’s main port), the Old Port in Fira and Ammoudi Bay in Oia.
Activities in Santorini
Wander the streets of Oia: Oia is without a doubt the most beautiful town in Santorini. The town of Oia is know as the best place for sunset. Located at the tip of the island it is a great place for views of the caldera and turns the white-washed town a hazy shade of pink.
Tip: It’s recommended to wear proper shoes as the streets and paths can be slippery and uneven.
Discover Fira in Santorini: Fira (Thira) is the capital of Santorini and also one of the island’s most visited spots. There are loads of great restaurants and a shopping area. However, the real eye-catcher is the narrow back streets and hidden chapels to explore—such as the Saint Minas Holy Orthodox Church and the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. On the cliffside, there’s a cable car going up (that’s impressively steep) from the old harbor. Fira lies only 3.72 miles (6 km) from the Kamari airport, and 5.6 miles (9 km) from the Athinios port.
Kamari Beach: Kamari beach is one of the largest and most popular beaches in Santorini, seemingly endless, with the black volcanic sand in perfect contrast to the turquoise blue of the sea, creating a fantastic setting.
It is located in the seaside village of Kamari, one of the most famous seaside resorts of the island, located 10 kilometers southeast of Fira and very close to Santorini International Airport. With the magnificent Mesa Vouno mountain in the background, the beach of Kamari is the perfect place for swimming. The area offers a stunning landscape, especially at night when the rock is floodlit.
Red Beach: The red beach is undoubtedly one of the most prominent and beautiful beaches of Santorini in the beautiful country of Greece. It attracts visitors from all over the world for its dominant shades of red across the blue waters making a very unique landscape. This natural wonder was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption just like most of the other attractions in this area but the fine play of colours and the natural surroundings on the beach make the visit an unforgettable one.
Monolithos Beach: The beach in Monolithos is a long stretch of quiet beach with shallow waters making it good for families with children. It is organized in places with beach volley, basketball, football, and a playground. Characteristic is the unusual cliff formation that runs along part of the beach. At one end there is a small harbor and several good fish taverns & restaurants.