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Santorini, Greece - Top Things to Do and See in Santorini | Wanderlist Travel

Let's travel to: Santorini, Greece

You can’t help but be in awe of the postcard perfect views everywhere and instantly fall in love with this island of blue and white and magnificent sunsets


  • Take in the most beautiful sunsets

    • The most famous one is in Oia (be prepared to climb some roofs for the best view)

    • Other spectacular sunsets are at: Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli

    • Faros in Akrotiri allows you to see the sunset with a beautiful framed view of Santorini

    • Profitis Ilias is one of the highest spots of the island

  • Cliff jumping at Amoudi Bay

    • Walk down the stairs, past the restaurants and keep through the rocky path for the best spot

  • Rent an ATV and drive around the island

    • There is no better way to explore the beautiful island!

    • Discover areas that aren't accessible by bus and travel on your own schedule

    • Tip: Pack a jacket as it gets quite chilly at night.

  • Walk through the narrow streets to explore Fira

    • Many beautiful little boutiques

  • Sunbake on the different coloured sand beaches

    • hoose from the black sand beaches of Perissa or Kamari beach or the Red Beach in Akrotiri

  • Go on a donkey ride in Fira

    • The rides are bumpy going up and down the steps

    • Alternative: arrange a donkey ride to the beach through your hotel to avoid the crowd of tourists

  • Stay in a cave house with a beautiful view of the water

  • Drink a couple of glasses of wine at a wine tasting

  • Try not to laugh during a fish pedicure

  • Hike the three hour trail from Fira to Oia

  • Jump off a boat into the hot springs and hike around the volcanic island of Neo Kamen

    • Take the boat tour from the Old Fira port

  • See a movie at the open air cinema in Kamari

  • Go sailing around the Greek islands

  • Try your luck at the Atlantis bookstore in Oia


  • Seafood at Sunset Taverna

    • Pricer but a great view - especially during sunset

  • God's Garden for the moussaka and lamb plate

  • Dimitris for the seafood

  • Nikolas Taverna in Fira

  • Xanis for the lamb plate


  • Eat lots (and lots) of natural Greek frozen yogurt

  • Try the donkey beer

  • Gyro

  • Fresh seafood

  • Moussaka - pasta free lasagne with sautéed eggplant, minced meat, tomato, onion, garlic, potato, bechamel sauce and grilled cheese, layered and usually covered with cheese

  • Stuffed eggplant and peppers

  • Baked feta cheese

  • Tzatziki sauce - yogurt and cucumber seasoned with garlic

  • Tiropites - triangle pastries made up of filo pastry and filled with a delicious mixture of Greek cheese

  • Dolmathakia - stuffed vine leaves with rice, pine nuts, and fresh herbs

  • Traditional dessert baklava


  • The best views and photos are from rooftops (but as always, make sure to be careful and respectful of property)


  • Language: Greek

  • Currency: Euro

  • Tipping: Greece has a rounding up policy. If the bill is larger, tip around 5-10%, 8% is very standard.

  • Transportation: Buses are available; however, the easiest way to get around is renting an ATV or car

  • Best time to visit: May to October


  • Santorini's official name is actually Thira

  • It is the remains of a large volcanic eruption that wiped out the earliest settlements on what was a single island

  • Water at the black beach is water due to the heat absorbing black lava rock

  • One of the only two locations in Europe which has a hot desert climate

  • Due to its volcanic past, Santorini has white, black and red beaches

  • Santorini has a flourishing wine industry

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