21 Feb Things to do in Santorini
Planning on visiting some Greek Islands this summer? If so, you might be wondering if Santorini is worth the hype, or if it has devolved into a tourist trap like many other spots around the world.
Thankfully, its authenticity has remained intact in spite of its popularity, making this isle a solid place to visit. If you are looking for things to do in Santorini, this article will help you plan your itinerary…
1) Walk the streets of Oia
Some of the best luxury accommodations in Santorini can be found in this town, so one of the first things you should do is to take a leisurely stroll through its postcard perfect laneways, which have made Oia and this island famous.
Filled with whitewashed houses that are accented with blue domes, painted doors, and a wide variety of flower filled trees, it is a town that will make your personal top 5 when it comes to physically attractive streetscapes around the world.
2) Relax on the black sands of Kamari Beach
Summers in Greece can get devilishly hot, so you’ll want to find a way to cool off when the unrelenting sun gets the better of you.
Like other Greek islands, Santorini has its share of stunning beaches, with Kamari Beach being the most popular of the bunch.
Its black sand is much more stunning than it appears in photographs, as its softness and heat retaining properties makes a walk along the water’s edge a pure joy (just remember to take your sandals, as dry black sand in the middle of the day can get a bit on the scorching side).
Some of the best villas in Santorini are located within a short stroll of Kamari Beach, so be sure to consider this fact if logging some serious time in a sun lounger will be part of your plans here.
3) Charter a sailboat and explore Santorini’s coast
The only thing better than spending a day at the beach in Santorini is to get out on the water in your very own sailboat.
While you might feel a twinge of jealousy towards the super rich and their mega yachts, the pleasures of being here are roughly the same as theirs, as you’ll both be enjoying the privacy and beauty of being out on the water, away from throngs of tourists back on land.
Savour the sea breezes and the joy of discovery that comes from creeping along the coast at your own pace. If you save up for it prior to heading for Greece, you’ll be able to slot in a day of this rather easily, so cost it out and start squirreling away the cash you’ll need to make it happen.
4) Sample of the island’s best wines on a vineyard tour
Wine is another product that Santorini is famous for, as its sun drenched slopes, rich volcanic soil, and exposure to moisture and sea breezes produces vintages that are unlike anything you’ve had from a mainland vineyard.
With everything being compact and in close proximity to each other, sampling the bottles produced from unique Assyrtiko grapes will be an easy task. I had only seen the vineyard in Napa valley before this one, I was blown away.
With some of these fields having been productive since the days of the Romans, you know that you and your palette will be in for a treat.
5) Enjoy its finest cuisine at a variety of its best restaurants
No holiday on the island of Santorini would be complete without enjoying some of its finest restaurants.
From Selena, which puts a modern spin on Greek cuisine using local ingredients, to Aroma Avlis, whose selection of wines reflects the diversity of options available here, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
The fact that the latter operates even through the off season when many other comparable places shutter for the winter also plays heavily in its favor, as locals keep it afloat during this challenging time of year.