Santorini is a beautiful collection of volcanic islands, still active, that pulls crowds of tourists every year. The island is beautifully adorned with a cluster of gorgeous pale colored houses with blue dome roofs. There is so much to enjoy in Santorini to make this destination the excellent choice for a vacation that will blow you away.
Santorini is rich with history and culture as the area was first inhabited around the 4th millennium. The old city of Akrotiri was completely buried by volcanic eruption in 1700 BC and the ruins of the city have been carefully excavated. Tourists come to Santorini to see the ruins all the time, so join them in their exploration and learn more about the history of the island.
Not far from the Akrotiri site, you will see the red sand beach of Santorini. The beach is small and naturally designed with varying shades of red (as the name implies). You can follow a rocky mountain path or come through the easier route to reach the beach, but one thing’s for sure: you will enjoy your time swimming here. If you are up for some baking in the sun, you can head to the black sand beaches in Perissa and Kamari. The hot summer heats up the sand itself so you are guaranteed to get a good tan here!
There’s a gorgeous selection of top of the range, luxury Santorini villas that you can stay in when visiting the island. If you’re going to be doing a lot of hiking and exploration, choose to take the stress of the day off by relaxing in the comfort of your very own luxury villa. It really doesn’t matter which part of Santorini you want to stay in, as this collection of luxury villas are located all around the island.
Below the town of Oia, you will find the small Amoudi Bay. The walk down may be steep, but it’s full of some of the most picturesque views of Santorini. There are also taverns where you can restock on supplies as you make your way down. Some interesting restaurants are also here offering fresh seafood on the menu. As you reach the bay, you can add some fun to the experience by jumping off into the crystal clear Mediterranean waters surrounded by the cliffs of the bay, but this isn’t for the faint of heart!
Volcanoes and hot springs
Around near Kameni island, you can hike the volcanic scenery and also enjoy a blissful time bathing in the hot springs. If you’re up for an adventure, take a hike to the top of a volcano where you can stand on the crater. You can literally swim from the cool and calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea and suddenly enter the hot springs where the temperature and color of the water is completely different. It truly makes for an experience like no other.
Watch the sunset
If you’re a sucker for a good sunset, you’ve chosen the right place. Santorini is renowned for it spectacular sunsets. Secure the very best spot, either on a nearby beach or from your luxury villa’s backyard, and relax with family or friends as you wait to watch the magnificent sunset together. You could also view the sunset from the Byzantine Castle ruins in Oia, the lighthouse in Akrotiri, the restaurant with the view of the Caldera or the Santo Winery. Whilst taking pictures will be hard to resist, ensure you take in the view and soak up the moment.
If the above sights and experiences jump out to you, get yourself over to Santorini as soon as possible!