Santorini is one of the islands which literally does not need any introduction. In fact, it is one of the most famous and iconic places to visit in Greece, and it is considered to be one of the most photographed places in the whole country.

Frankly, there are so many amazing things to do on this island, hundreds of activities, attractions, tours, and excursions that you can be spoilt for choice from the very first moment you set foot in there. Nevertheless, which are the best things to do in Santorini?

Even though it is quite a small island, there are so many things to do and places to see. Its small size gives the opportunity to do multible things in one day, so if you have a little time to spend, you should plan in advance!

We have handpicked the Best Things To Do in Santorini on the list below, so that you will make your Santorini Vacation perfect. You should try more than one tour! Most of them are awesome, fun, and really well done.

TOP 10 Best Things To Do in Santorini

A sailing tour of the Santorini caldera is simply wonderful and a great experience. It is really a must-do and on the top of the list of the best things to do in Santorini. This is actually the best way to explore the island in a way that the shore excursions cannot really offer!

Check out our Small Group Santorini Sunset Sailing Cruise and our Private Santorini Sunset Sailing Cruise.

Santorini Sunset from above

2. Watch the Santorini Sunset

Well, most of the articles you will find online, will just say that you should watch the sunset in Oia. Frankly, the Santorini sunset is beautiful from any of the places that it is actually visible, no matter if its from Akrotiri, from Imerovigli, Fira or from the wineries in Megalochori. Oia is just stunning, however during the sunset time, it is too crowded!

3. See a Movie at the Open Air Cinema in Kamari

With mild weather for more than half of the year, an outdoor movie in an idyllic place surrounded by flora is a perfect thing to do on a warm evening. The place has a bar and brand new movies, so it will make your experience an unforgettable one. 

4. Wine Tasting Tours

With a land covered by more of its half with vines, a wine tasting tour to a few of the many wineries on the island is an exceptional idea.
Most of the times, the wine tours offer 12 different tastings in 3 wineries of the island. Assyrtiko is the distinctive indigenous white grape of Santorini and Vinsanto is a popular sweet wine which comes from it.

Quick Tip: Opt for a sunset wine tour!

Best Things To Do in Santorini

5. Visit the Akrotiri

Akrotiri is believed to be the lost city of Atlantis. Once there, you will be able to walk to the streets of a city buried deep under tons of ash and lava. We highly recommend that you hire a guide or simply book an activity which includes a guided tour to this amazing site.

6. Explore the island with a half-day tour

A half-day island tour will give you the opportunity to visit most of the Santorini attractions in a short amount of time and for this reason, is considered one of the best things to do in Santorini. The Red beach, Oia village, the Prophet Eliah mount are some of the places worth mentioning, which are well-included to the itinerary of most of these tours. 

7. Explore Emporio fortress

The fortified medieval Tower in Emporio is a square structure in the south of the island. It is the best preserved of the five ones in Santorini. Built under the Venetian Rule, around the 15th century, this tower is like a small village on its own, since there are still people living inside the walls.

8. Hike from Fira to Oia

This 9km hike connects Fira and Oia gives the unique chance to see the most amazing views of the caldera. IIt takes about 3 hours, but it can take longer depending on your pace and the time you will consume taking pictures of the incredible views! Make sure you wear proper shoes and that you start quite early during the day, in order to avoid the extreme heat!

9. Walk to Skaros Rock

Go down the cliff all the way to Skaros Rock and take a deep breath! Now it is only you and the rock! Great views, sense of freedom, not for people who are afraid of heights!

10. Visit Akrotiri Lighthouse

Last but not least, one of the best things to do in Santorini is to visit the Akrotiri lighthouse, of Pharos as it is called in Greek. This is the westernmost part of the island! It is an ideal place for sunset, especially for those who would like to avoid the overwhelming villages. Moreover, on a clear day, you might get the chance to see Crete on the South.

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