The charming town of Oia, one of the most beautiful spots in all of Greece. You can walk through the narrow alleys and eat with a view of the sparkling water but plan your visit above all during sunset when the sky turns pink and the view is the most beautiful.
The capital of Santorini is Fira, located on the west side of the island and almost as beautifully situated as northern Oia. Here too you can wander for hours past special churches, small bakeries, and narrow shopping streets with boutiques and souvenir shops. We recommend a visit to the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, where you can learn more about the history of Akrotiri. There is a beautiful path from Fira to Oia, where you can walk beautifully on the former crater rim. A brisk walk of at least three hours, but the views along the way are priceless.
Akrotiri is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in all of Greece. In 1967, archaeologists discovered here the remains of an old city buried under a thick layer of volcanic ash. They brought up parts of a near-perfect city, including multi-story houses and murals. Akrotiri is also known as the Pompeii of Santorini and is one of the main attractions of the island.
Ruins of Ancient Thera
Oud-Thera is an ancient city in the west of the island. Located between the beaches of Perissa and Kamari you will find the ruins of public buildings, houses, squares, and streets. Unlike Akrotiri, Ancient Thera has been abandoned and deteriorated over time, until archaeologists rediscovered the site.
Beaches of Santorini
Like any Greek destination, Santorini also has a beautiful coastline with varied beaches. You will find beaches with soft sand, pebble beaches, and volcanic beaches. One of the nicest places for a day at the beach is Agios Georgios Beach, located at the southernmost tip of the island. There are some cozy taverns and beach bars, but it is especially less crowded here than elsewhere and you can enjoy the beautiful weather and the nice sea at your leisure.