Santorini is well known for its picturesque settlements with the white, carved in earth houses, hanging from caldera and the charming narrow alleys with the wonderful views. Less known but definitely worth a visit are also Santorini’s traditional villages offering a quieter, local experience.

Sailing Trips

A sailing cruise is undoubtedly the most popular experience one can have in Santorini as in a short amount of time you can see some of its top attractions. You will swim in the crystal-clear waters, and in the therapeutic waters of the volcano’s hot springs. You will also enjoy a meal on board as well as terrific views of the caldera cliffs, iconic beaches and the volcanic islands. Those who book a sunset cruise will relish a spectacular sunset in the deep.

Volcano Boat Trip

Volcano Boat Tour including Hot Springs & Therasia this excursion starts from the old port of Santorini which is only accessible by cable car. The trip includes a visit to the volcano with an optional guided tour about the history and the geology of the volcano, a visit to the hot springs for the famous mud baths and a visit to Therasia island which is a miniature of what Santorini used to be several years ago.

Wine tours

Santorini has been an important wine region since ancient times and its hot climate and unique soil of volcanic ash and rocks produce distinct wines with exceptional body and aroma. Honouring this wine-making tradition, there are quite a few estate wineries on the island that you can explore, making your stay here utterly delicious! Sample the indigenous varieties of Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani and pair them with scrumptious cheeses and snacks. Try the famous Vinsanto dessert wine, made from grapes dried after harvest and learn about the culture of the island through its winemaking history by an experienced wine expert/sommelier!
Hiking Trails
There are a couple of great trails around the island that can excite people who love nature and enjoy walking.

Imerovigli to Oia this trail follows the rim of the caldera, spectacular cliff-top walking with the sparkling Aegean sea stretching for miles before your eyes.
This hike will give you a vivid sense of the caldera’s scale and the magnitude of the explosion that created it.

Kamari to Perissa, passing through Zoodochos Pigi Cave and Ancient Thira. In addition to the fascinating history and the ancient ruins, this trail offers greats views and a visit to a historic small cave with a spring hidden behind a church. If you wish to just visit Ancient Thira, you can also drive there, from Kamari.
Water Sports
Water Sports enthusiasts can have a lot of fun in the sea and among others try canoeing, jet skiing, parasailing, flyboard, SUP, pedal boat, tubing, scuba diving.
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Fira is the capital of Santorini. An ideal place to start exploring, built on the edge of the cliff, located in the middle of the island, where you can find everything you are looking for. The main bus and Taxi station is also located here, a wide variety of shops, fine dining restaurants with caldera views, street food, cafes and the island’s buzzing nightlife. Below Fira lies the old port, you can get there by cable car.
Firostefani is just 15 minutes from Fira, a highly recommended walk with beautiful views. Smaller in size and positioned higher than Fira offers magnificent views in a more relaxed environment with lesser shops and restaurants. ‘The 3 bells’ a popular sight in Santorini is located here.
Imerovigli, also known as “The balcony to the Aegean” is built on the highest point of the caldera cliffs, about 300 meters above sea level.
The rock of Skaros in Imerovigli was the capital of Santorini until the 18th century AD. There was built a Venetian castle which was abandoned after continuous earthquakes. Due to the high altitude and the wild beauty of Skaros, the views are spectacular.
Οιa, also known amongst locals ‘Apano Meria’ is the jewel of Santorini. This is probably the most beautiful village of Santorini and is a very popular destination. The colorful houses dropping down the cliff, the picturesque without many steps pedestrian street and of course the magnificent views make it an idyllic destination. Especially around sunset Oia is flooded with people.
Below Oia lies the charming, small port of Ammoudi, filled with fish tavernas. And just around the corner a church built on a rock in the water, an ideal place for jumping in the sea.
Pyrgos, the highest village of Santorini provides unique panoramic views of both sides of the island, from its Venetian Kasteli at the top.
Stroll around uphill and downhill alleys, discover local shops and end a beautiful walk at the traditional cafes on the main square of the village.
Don’t miss Profitis Ilias, the highest point of the island, where you get 360° views of the island.
Megalochori is a picturesque traditional village with historical whitewashed houses, a church with blue dome and a bell tower at the village’s south entrance and a wonderful traditional square with taverns and trees providing shade.
Kasteli of Emborio is a labyrinth of narrow winding streets with beautiful old houses and historic churches. Its old castle is of Santorini’s best hidden gems, it was initially created around 1450 AD, to protect the inhabitants from pirate raids. Travel in time by wandering around this quiet neighborhood.
Akrotiri is a small village on the southwest coast of Santorini with a 13th century tower, known for its archaeological site, the island’s lighthouse and unique hidden beaches.
Finikia is a charming settlement located next to the famous village of Oia. The village is small, quiet, stands out for its colourful buildings and overlooks green vineyards. Few restaurants can be found here.
Perivolos - Perissa
Perissa and Perivolos known as Santorini’s largest black sand beach has got deep sparkling waters and is covered in black lava sand.
The beach is well-organized with copious amounts of lounge chairs, umbrellas, water sports, seaside cafes, restaurants and beach bars.
Kamari is a lot like Perissa, Perivolos. Similar waters, black lava sand with few larger pebbles, organized with sun beds and umbrellas, offers all along a pedestrian walk with cafes and restaurants in a family friendly environment. Over Kamari at a height of 360 meters you can visit an ancient city, called “Ancient Thira”.
Red Beach
Red Beach is enclosed by steep red hills that create a captivating, wild scenery. 
Visitors will have to walk about 5 minutes downhill on a rocky path to reach the beach. From there you can go to Kambia Beach, White Beach and Mesa Pigadia by boat, White Beach is only accessible by boat and is another distinguishing beach. It is white pebbled surrounded by white towering cliffs that form a beautiful, small cove. Kambia Beach & Mesa Pigadia can also be accessed by car through two different drives on dirt road and you can find a local tavern on both these beaches.
Vlyhada stands out for the overwhelming carved cliffs that resemble a sculptor’s work but is, in fact, a natural process owed to the volcano, the wind and the sea. It is a lengthy beach with relatively shallow waters and dark volcanic sand and pebbles.
The Sailing and Yachting Center is also found in Vlychada, in the small charming port close to the beach. Additionally, you can visit the Tomato Industrial Museum, a former tomato factory, and enjoy a guided tour concerning the traditional methods of cultivation and production of the tomato, a well-known product of Santorini.
Koloumbos Beach framed by a dramatic cliff is secluded and located on the north east coast of Santorini. You have to park your vehicle on the street and then follow a narrow path that leads to the beach.
Caldera Beach
Caldera Beach located in Akrotiri, as its name suggests, it’s one of the few beaches on the island that are actually on the caldera coast with great views of the caldera, the volcano islands, the towns of Fira, Imerovigli, Firostefani and Oia.