Hiking Santorini Hiking Santorini's extinct volcano – Image courtesy of michanikos.gr

Things to do in Santorini

Santorini offers a good choice of exciting activities for active couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday.

Discover Santorini Island by bicycle or motorcycle, go horseback riding, learn Greek cooking, enjoy a romantic sunset picnic from the cliff top or on a cruise within the caldera.

Dive into the waters around Santorini to experience underwater caves, walls, reefs and rich marine life.

Go snorkelling, windsurfing and kite surfing; browse the designer boutiques and art galleries of Firá; sip wine as you unwind in a hammock by the pool; and later dine on seafood and traditional, delicious Greek dishes.

Oía, Santorini

Explore the picture-perfect clifftop village of Firá and Oía (also known as Ia). With its white- and pastel-coloured structures and blue-domed churches perched high on the cliffs overlooking the blue sea of Ammoudi Bay, Oía (photo) is probably the Aegean’s most photographed town.

To the east of Fira lies the town of Megalochori, another beautiful settlement crammed with old white Cycladic churches.

Soak up the ambience of these picturesque villages by strolling the labyrinth of narrow and winding cobblestone streets lined with fashion boutiques, jewellery shops, gourmet restaurants and sophisticated boutique hotels.

Away from the major settlements, savour fine Santorini wines at one of the vineyards around Pyrgos and visit the 18th century monastery of Profitas Ilias, which clings to the island’s summit overlooking the east coast beaches.

Akrotiri ruins, Santorini

Explore archaeological remains dating back to the 9th century BC at the ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri (buried under lava following the volcanic eruption in 1600 BC) and at Ancient Thera, a classical Doric city sprawling across the slopes of Mesa Vouno.

Alternatively, admire the ancient frescoes and ceramics from Akrotiri that are on display in the Museum of Ancient Thira in Firá.

Cruise the deep blue waters of the caldera and visit the tiny uninhabited black volcanic islets of Nea Kameni to peer into a smouldering volcanic crater. Or visit Palea Kameni to sample hot springs and therapeutic mud.

Caldera, Santorini

On the opposite side of the caldera, visit the island of Thirassia, boasting several seafood tavernas and great views across the caldera to Santorini. The unspoilt island of Anafi, located east of Santorini, offers a pleasant sandy beach and can be reached by ferry.

After dark, head to one of the many lively nightclubs or bars – many enjoy incredible panoramic views over the submerged volcano.


The narrow pedestrian alleyways of Firá and Oía are lined with souvenir shops and jewellery stores selling handcrafted gold and silver pieces.

Buy Santorini's renowned white wine and vinsanto (dessert wine) at a vineyard, where you also get to try a few glasses before buying.

Island hopping

From Santorini, enjoy a day trip to one of the nearby islands or stay longer to explore sugar-cube villages and relax on stunning beaches in Mykonos, Naxos and Ios.

Discover the surreal lunar landscape of Milos and the undulating hills and beautiful Venetian buildings of Siros. Get in touch with Greek history by wandering around the archaeological wonders of tiny Delos Island.

Latest update: What to do in Santorini: 9 March, 2020

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