Santorini is at the top of many travel wishlists, and it’s not hard to see why. The Greek island is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and luxurious places in the world. The topography, sunsets, beautiful buildings and amazing views all come together to make Santorini the top tourist attraction it is today.
Here are 12 attractions to visit when you visit:
This is the highest village in Santorini and was also the city’s former capital. One of Santorini’s more subdued locations, this isn’t the first place tourists look out for, but it should be. The traditional architecture and panoramic views in Pyrgos give it its own unique vibe. On an island that tourists always swarm, Pyrgos is a place where you can take a step back and enjoy a different side of Santorini.
2. Perissa Beach
This beautiful beach is filled with tiny volcanic pebbles that make the sand here dark and aesthetically pleasing. The water is clear and the general atmosphere is peaceful and picturesque, which makes it the most popular beach in Santorini. There’s even a waterpark with slides and pools for added entertainment. Perissa beach is the perfect place for a day of relaxation with friends and family.
3. Santorini Caldera
The Caldera in Santorini was formed by a volcanic eruption over 3,000 years ago. It’s partly immersed in water, giving it a magnificent crescent shape. A lot of discoveries have been made over the years, but this natural beauty has never lost its mystery. Volcanic activity is still present in the region, and the hot springs here are loved by all who visit.
Oia is a picturesque village made up of white buildings with vibrant, colourful rooftops. This is the most picturesque part of Santorini thanks to the amazing view of the Caldera, beautiful sunsets and the stunning architecture that it offers. Oia attracts many visitors every year, so much so that tourism is the primary income of this magnificent town.
5. Ancient Thira
This is one of the oldest places in Santorini, and it has existed since the 9th century. Here you’ll find ruins of Ancient Greek temples and buildings that have Roman roots. Among the ruins, you'll find religious sites, old administrative buildings, a theatre and even a gym used to train the military. It’s a place with a lot of rich history.
6. Ammoudi Bay
Located at the very end of Oia, Ammoudi Bay is a picturesque bay with crystal clear waters. The bay is full of incredible restaurants selling freshly caught seafood. The isolated coves are ideal for swimming, and the bay also offers cliff diving for the more adventurous travellers. Ammoudi Bay should be on your bucket list if you're a lover of the sea.
7. Museum of Prehistoric Thira
This museum is small, but if you really immerse yourself in it, it will keep you enthralled for hours. It has a rich collection of finds from the Akrotiri archaeological site and other Cyclades Islands, all in an exquisite white building. This museum should definitely be on your list of stops if you’re trying to explore Ancient Greece.
Fira, the iconic capital of Santorini, is an unparalleled beauty. It’s no surprise that so many people are rushing to Santorini when it has cities as breathtaking as this. The whitewashed buildings with blue domes built on breathtaking cliffs make Santorini’s capital very unique.
9. Profitis Ilias
Profitis Ilias is the highest point in Santorini and the perfect place to get an amazing view of the entire island. On this peak, there’s a monastery that’s open to the public. You will find archives containing important information about the Island’s history here. There’s also a museum and a kitchen, in case you want to feed your mind and your belly.
10. Art Space
Art Space is very unique and is easily one of the coolest places to visit in Santorini. This gallery has three different sections: an underground cave art exhibit where sculptures and paintings are displayed; a museum that houses artefacts from the old winery; and a modern winery and tasting room. There is never a boring moment at Art Space.
11. Akrotíri Archaeological Site
After a volcanic eruption in the 16th century, Akrotiri was buried underneath lava. When it was excavated, ruins were revealed, and these ruins are still there to be explored at the Akrotíri Archaeological Site. The site has remnants of big buildings, drainage systems and other remnants that prove Santorini was a flourishing region before the eruption.
12. Archaeological Museum, Fira
This small archaeological museum displays finds from Ancient Thira that encompass all periods. It’s a place with a lot of historical significance, as some of the inscriptions here date back to the Roman period. Clay figures of animals and extremely detailed ceramic pottery are just some of the things you will find in this incredible museum.