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Welcome to Santorini

Santorini has been called several things over the ages—including Kalliste, meaning “The Most Beautiful One”—and it’s an apt description of an island with high cliffs set around a volcanic caldera in the azure Aegean Sea. Fira, the capital, is an enchanting mix of Venetian and Cycladic buildings set into steep cliffs, which are often climbed by cable car or donkey. Meanwhile, Oia's whitewashed walls and blue domes show off one of the most famous and beautiful sunsets in Europe. On a guided tour, these towns reveal Santorini’s charm, which also extends to the sea. Take a boat tour to experience the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, the hot springs of Palia Kameni, and the ancient lighthouse Akrotiri. There are beaches of many colors to enjoy on shore excursions: white, red, and even the black beaches of Perissa and Kamari. More private tours take visitors to traditional villages such as Megalochori and Pyrgos. The highest point on the island is the Monastery of Prophet Elias, and it’s a popular spot on guided tours for its views. Of course, no outing would be complete without sampling the Santorinian wine, distinctive for its minerality courtesy of the volcanic soil—sip while touring the wineries where each bottle was made.

Top 15 attractions in Santorini

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Santorini Volcano

Santorini Volcano

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The “Santorini volcano” may refer to two different peaks: the first, Thira, exploded around 1600 BC and ended the thriving Minoan civilization and may have spawned the legend of Atlantis. Millennia of eruptions formed the second “Santorini volcano”—the island of Nea Kameni, drawing visitors eager to hike to the rim of its active crater.More
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Oia

Oia

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Perched on the steep edge of the caldera, looking out over the glittering Mediterranean, Oia (pronounced “ee-yuh”) is famed for its dreamy sunsets. Oia is also one of the most picturesque villages in Santorini, with its striking white buildings, blue-domed churches, and atmospheric cave houses burrowing into the volcanic rock.More
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Red Beach

Red Beach

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Santorini’s Red Beach is not your average white-sand beauty. Rather, it’s a narrow, pebbly stretch hemmed in by high scarlet cliffs and scattered with large volcanic rocks. Together with the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea, these volcanic features create a striking natural color palette that draws photographers to its shores.More
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Santorini Hot Springs

Santorini Hot Springs

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Santorini’s hot springs are on the tiny, uninhabited islet of Palea Kameni. Continuous volcanic activity underground maintains the springs’ temperature between 86ºF and 95ºF (30°C and 35°C). The sulfuric, orange-tinged spring waters that bubble up into a shallow cove off the islet’s coast are said to be curative for the skin and joints.More
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White Beach

White Beach

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Tucked away on the south coast of Santorini, White Beach (Aspri Paralia) is sheltered by chalk-grey cliffs. This minuscule strand is actually composed of coarse black—not white—sand, and liberally peppered with grey and white pebbles as well as massive white volcanic boulders.More
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Nea Kameni

Nea Kameni

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Centered around a rugged volcanic crater, the small island of Nea Kameni offers a dramatic landscape, with dark cliffs sculpted from lava rock and orange-tinged natural thermal waters. The island’s striking landscape and natural hot springs make it a popular destination for day cruises from Santorini.More
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Akrotiri

Akrotiri

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Akrotiri came to an abrupt end in approximately 1613 BC with a catastrophic volcanic eruption that buried the Bronze Age settlement in a carpet of ash. Beginning in 1967, excavations of the Minoan town revealed buildings, drainage systems, and pottery, but no human remains or gold valuables, indicating locals had time to flee before disaster hit.More
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Pyrgos (Pyrgos Kallistis)

Pyrgos (Pyrgos Kallistis)

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This picturesque hillside village is set on a volcanic crater at the highest point on Santorini, offering panoramic views over the island. With whitewashed Cycladic architecture, Byzantine churches, and small winding cobblestone lanes, Pyrgos (Pyrgos Kallistis offers the historic charm of the Greek islands without the tourist crowds.More
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Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou)

Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou)

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The Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou is perched on the mountain of the same name, the highest point on the southern half of Santorini. Built in the early 18th century, the complex is now home to a fine collection of Greek Orthodox icons and religious items, and the resident monks hold demonstrations of artisan crafts.More
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Thirasia (Therasia)

Thirasia (Therasia)

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Before a violent volcanic eruption in 1650 BC, Thirassia was part of Santorini’s mainland and now the pretty islet lies just off its western coast. With small pretty beaches, blue-domed churches, ancient stone villages and a population of only about 200, the little island is a perfectly serene spot to visit.More
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Fira–Oia Hike

Fira–Oia Hike

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Winding through whitewashed villages and rugged Mediterranean landscapes, the clifftop Fira–Oia hike is one of Greece’s most beautiful walks. The trail links Fira (Santorini’s postcard-perfect capital) with Oia (a village known for its sunset views) and takes you along the rim of the sunken crater of the island’s dormant volcano.More
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Perivolos Beach

Perivolos Beach

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A deep expanse of black lava sand, Perivolos Beach (Paralia Perivolos runs along Santorini’s southeastern coast, merging into lively Perissa Beach to the north and quieter Agios Georgios Beach to the south. Buzzing beach bars, often with DJs, and coupled with sun loungers and a range of water sports, make the strip popular with a younger crowd.More
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Kamari Beach

Kamari Beach

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Stretching for around 3 miles (5 kilometers), dark-sand Kamari Beach is sandwiched between the blue Aegean waters and the mountain peak of Mesa Vouno. With a bar- and restaurant-lined promenade behind it and lots of facilities nearby, it’s one of the best places to park yourself for a day of relaxation.More
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White Door Theater (White Door Theatro)

White Door Theater (White Door Theatro)

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White Door Theatro performs itsGreek Wedding Show, Santorini’s top theatrical performance, in the courtyard of a historic building in central Fira. The interactive show casts the audience as guests at a traditional 1940s Greek wedding, complete with song, dance, and plate smashing. The ticket price includes local wine and meze snacks.More
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Skaros Rock

Skaros Rock

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A rocky promontory jutting into the caldera, Skaros Rock soars 65 feet (20 meters into the sky, cutting a striking silhouette that can be seen as far as Fira and Oia. One of Santorini’s most memorable natural features, this black lava-rock cliff is an ideal vantage point for admiring the sunset over the Aegean Sea and Kameni islands.More

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Top activities in Santorini

Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!
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Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia
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Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks
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Santorini Luxury Catamaran Day Cruise with BBQ,drinks,transfer
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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks
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Recent reviews from experiences in Santorini

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Fun trip but not for the unfit!
Richard_v, Aug 2022
Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
The swim in the 'hot' spring was brief but fun.
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This was a great way to...
Tricia_T, Aug 2022
ATV-Quad Santorini Experience Tour
This was a great way to see the south part of Santorini!
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I strongly recommend this tour!
April_B, Jul 2022
Traditional Villages Full day Tour in Santorini
From the tour guide to the order of things, it is the perfect opportunity to see a lot of Santorini within 1 tour!
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Fun and informative
Chris_R, Jul 2022
Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10)
The tour was a great way to see and learn about Santorini on our first day here!
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The BEST way to see Santorini!!
Faith_D, Jul 2022
Santorini Instagram Tour
The best way to see Santorini!!!
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Excellent tour
Sharon_O, Jul 2022
Full Day Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small Group Tour
Best way to visit Santorini.
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Amazing way to see santorini
Gitty_F, Jul 2022
Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10)
We got to see the highlights of santorini without using up the whole day which was great!
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Perfect day at sea
Marisol_R, Jul 2022
Santorini Luxury Caldera Cruise with Full Greek Meal and Drinks
It was a great way to see Santorini and swim in the Aegean sea.
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Marisol_R, Jul 2022
Private Flying Dress Photoshoot in Santorini
I cannot wait to see final photos.
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Amazing Views best I have seen on this Wonderful Earth we live on!
Julie_M, Jul 2022
Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!
We only had 3 days on Santorini and this allowed us to see so much of the landscape, cities, beaches, hear about the history and culture of island!
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Loved it
Shannon_S, Jul 2022
Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia
All the activities were great.
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Amazing experience!!
Sejal_S, Jul 2022
Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer Tour in Santorini
He also gave us great tips on restaurants and things to do in Santorini!
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Many Thanks For an Awesome Tour!
Barry_B, Jul 2022
Private Tour: Santorini Panorama SUV Adventure
We had a excellent time on this tour and I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to see parts of Santorini that are not well known to most but are must see areas like Perivusolo Beach.
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Must do……
Priston_P, Jul 2022
Santorini Caldera Classic Cruise with BBQ on Board and Open Bar
best way to see Santorini lovely sunset perfect for pictures, freshly cooked food and lot of options for drinks
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Major landmarks, loads of fun & memories
Sarah_N, Jun 2022
All time Classic in Santorini
Girls trip to Santorini & this tour was a great way to see it all!
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Exceptional experience.
Omoike_E, Jun 2022
Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia
Kept me and my wife very entertained and thrilled as there were several activities all packed in a whole day.
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A great four hours of sightseeing
Leslie_F, Jun 2022
Tailor-made Private Tour- Explore Santorini with comfort and style
He selected excellent locations for us to see and assisted with photos of us in picturesque areas.
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Good 1st time intro to Santorini
9grvfwpfc2, Jun 2022
Santorini Must-See Highlights: Private Sightseeing Tour
Do Oia village on your own and use the tout hours to see the rest of Santorini.
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BEST TOUR IN SANTORINI!!
Logan_D, Jun 2022
Horse Riding to Black Sandy Beach
So fun and a great way to see a new beach.
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Great Santorini Tour
FeliceA_J, Jun 2022
6-Hour Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour
We got to see the highlights of Santorini while driving in a comfortable car with our private guide.
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People Also Ask

What is Santorini known for?

Santorini is famous for its cliff-top villages, with white houses and blue-domed churches clinging to the edge of a volcanic caldera. Island sunsets can be spectacular, while Santorini beaches come in three colors: black, white, and red. Santorini wines, grown in volcanic soil on ancient stock, are unique in the world.

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How many days do you need in Santorini?

Many travelers visit Santorini as one stop on an island-hopping adventure by ferry (which is cleaner and greener than flying). You can see the essentials in three days or spend a week or even a fortnight enjoying the beaches, the nightlife, the restaurant scene—and those fantastic views.

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What should I not miss in Santorini?

Those dramatic caldera cliffs are the focal point of any Santorini visit: savor a sunset and stroll some of the Fira-Oia hike. Don’t miss a sailing cruise, with stops at hot springs and a gently smoldering volcano. Wine tastings are a must for foodies, while history buffs will adore the Akrotiri ruins.

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What is the most famous part of Santorini?

Nestled into the edge of the volcanic caldera, the cliff-top villages are the most famous parts of Santorini. Oia is the best known village, thanks to glorious sunsets, gorgeous hotels, villas, and restaurants, and striking historic windmills. But bustling, lively Fira also has a claim to fame: it’s the island’s capital.

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What is the nightlife like in Santorini?

Santorini nightlife varies depending on location. On the cliff-top west coast, Oia offers stylish restaurants and elite lounge bars, while the capital Fira boasts some lively bars and clubs. The seafront resorts of Perissa and Kamari on the east coast have beach bars, beach clubs, and restaurants.

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Is Santorini expensive?

No. It’s possible to live a very luxe lifestyle in Santorini, but the island does not have to be expensive. Staying in the stunning cliff-top village of Oia will cost top dollar, but Perissa and Kamari, on Santorini’s beach side, are popular vacation destinations for ordinary European travelers.

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