Santorini Attractions & Sightseeing
Santorini is a wonderful island full of exciting spots to be explored throughout your holidays there. Wondering about Santorini attractions and Santorini sightseeing? The settlement of Oia Santorini itself, is a fascinating site. Start off your tour of the area with a stroll through the cobblestone alleyways to admire this charming town and its traditional houses. Next we suggest paying a visit to the Maritime Museum, the windmills and the lovely churches in the village.
Exciting archaeological & historical sites
Santorini Island possesses several significant archaeological and historical sites all around. While touring the rest of the island you should pay a visit at the ruins of Ancient Thira in Mesa Vouno. Santorini also brims with magnificent churches, monasteries and Venetian castles you should visit. You can view some of the island’s historical and archaeological treasures at the Archaeological, Prehistoric and Folklore Museums in Fira, full of magnificent exhibits revealing so much about the history of the island.
While on the island don’t miss going on a short boat trip to the volcanic isles of Thirassia, Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni, to hike up the volcano, swim in the hot springs and watch the romantic sunset towards their end.
The caldera of Santorini is a large, mostly sunken caldera, located in the southern Aegean Sea, 120 km north of Crete. Visible above the water are the islands of Thira, Thirasia and Aspronissi perimetrically and in the center of the islands of Nea and Palaia Kameni.
With its story striding between myth and reality, the Caldera was said to hide the secret of Missing Atlantis and was explored by Cousteau, one of the most important explorers and filmmakers of our time. The identification of the Missing Atlantis with the sunken part of Santorini has never been confirmed.
The Volcano, one of the top Santorini Attractions
Santorini’s active volcano is one of Santorini’s top sights and continues to go through a calm phase, following the signs of mobility it had given in 2011-2012.
The volcano of Santorini is one of the largest underwater active volcanoes in the world. Perhaps the only volcano that Caldera reaches the sea. Its biggest explosion occurred during the Minoan Bronze Age 3,600 years ago. The entire center of the circular island sank into the sea during the terrible volcanic eruption. The explosion caused a tidal wave that literally wiped out the advanced civilization of Minoan Crete, 70 miles south of Santorini.
The eruptions of the volcano sank the central part of the island, while other parts of the island were cut off. What draws all eyes now is the famous Caldera of Santorini, the only inhabited marine Caldera in the world with a diameter of 10 kilometers and a height of about 300 meters.
Wineries & Local Delicacies
Santorinian wines are robust and have a unique aroma due to the special soil features of the island. We suggest you try all the varieties while vacationing on the island and your best bet would be to tour around the wineries at the inland of Santorini, such as Purgos, Messaria, Megalohori, etc where apart from sampling the amazing Santorini wine, you will also be introduced to the way wine is produced.
Santorini wine is best enjoyed after tasting some the special Santorini dishes, such as delicious fava (lentil paste), tomato balls, fried white eggplant squash balls, sun-dried cherry tomatoes and fresh seafood.
Santorini has 16 wineries, of which you can visit the 13, while in 11 of them there are facilities for access to people with special needs. The island’s wineries visited by 700,000 visitors each year. Taking into account that Santorini receives around 2 million visitors each year, then one in three visitors opts to visit the wineries, which is really a unique experience. Visitors from Europe, and wine-producing countries such as France, Spain and Italy, but also from the US and China. Some wineries in Santorini have wedding rooms, while several wine conferences are held. The first organized wine tourism tour of Santorini took place only in 2010 and has since become indifferent to the visitors of the island!
Unique beaches really worth a visit
Santorini is renowned for its unique beaches, due to the volcanic properties of the island, which are definitely a must see during your visit on the island.
Around the Oia (Ia) region you can explore the beautiful harbors of visitors can swim at the beaches of Armeni and Ammoudi, as well as Katharos, Baxedes, Koloubos and Pori.
Yet Santorini is well known for its endless black beach stretching along the east coast in Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos and Monolithos. Those beaches are very well organized and popular with all kinds of travellers as they have everything from beach bars to watersports facilities.
Other stunning beaches on Santorini Island are the Red and White Beaches in Akrotiri, the latter approached by boat.