So you’ve decided (or are deciding) to go to Santorini, and now you’re wondering what you should do during your time there. Santorini seems to be a stopover destination. Most people we met were only there 2-3 days. My advice, STAY LONGER. I mean, if all you have is a few days, you’ll still have an amazing time. But there truly are enough things to do on the island to fill an entire week (or longer!).
Here are five of my favourite activities to do in Santorini!
1. Hike from Fira to Oia. We attempted this on one of the very first days of our trip. However, we weren’t aware you need to leave very early in the morning if you are hoping to complete this hike during the summer. With June temperatures of 40º+ Celsius, this is a tough hike midday. Leave at the break of dawn, and you’ll be alright! We made it about half way and it was still one of the highlights of our trip! Be sure to take the detour towards Skaros Rock! It’s an incredible view without the crowds!
2. Watch the sunset in Oia. Okay, I know this is on every Santorini list, but it truly is worth it. The crowds are insane, but it’s all part of the experience! We *trespassed* and watched the sunset from an abandoned villa! If you’re really organized, you can book a sunset dinner reservation several days in advance.
3. Book a sunset dinner reservation in Imerovigli. The view is just as good as Oia, there are less crowds, and the food is more affordable! We ate at Above Blue Suites, and I would highly recommend it.
4. Eat ALL the food. Seriously, I would go back just to eat Greek food all day long.
5. Sign up for a sunset boat cruise. This is the best way to see everything in one day!
6. Ride a donkey up or down the staircase to the Old Port in Fira. We took a donkey up the staircase after our boat cruise and it was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. The donkeys were hilarious, and we laughed so hard the whole time!
7. Visit the Red Beach. Actually, visit the Black & White Beaches also. But the Red Beach was gorgeous! Just keep in mind the red sand will stain your towels, clothes, and feet! My feet were red for days afterwards!
8. Rent an ATV! Everyone gets around the island on motor cycles & ATVs. There is public transit, but it’s not very convenient or reliable. We rented an ATV for two days, and it was an awesome way to see parts of the island that are less accessible. 9. Stay in a Greek villa. One of my only requirements about our accommodations was that it had to be a traditional Greek villa built in a cave! *Disclaimer* The photo below is not actually the place we stayed.
10. Talk to the locals and ask about their favourite restaurants, beaches, and attractions! Most of our favourite spots were recommended to us by the receptionist at our hotel!