Santorini is known for its picturesque white and blue houses and its beautiful sunset locations. But the Island is so much more than that.
My boyfriend and I went to Santorini for three weeks this summer. As my boyfriend is actually half greek, we were able to stay at his dads house for the whole three weeks. Not only did we have the luck to live at his families house but also spend our days at the beachbar his dad owns.
I really wanted to share some activities with you that I got to do over the course of our three week dream holiday. I hope to inspire you, incase you are planning on going to Santorini and don’t really know what to do there.
Hope you enjoy! 🙂
#1 Hike from Fira to Oia
This is most definitely one of the things I would advice everyone to do, when they are in Santorini. We started at about 5pm in Fira because the sun sets pretty early on the island. The hike took us about 2 hours (with alooot of stops for taking photos) and we arrived in Oia at about 7pm, which was the perfect time to continue watching the sunset from a great spot there.
When you start walking from Fira you can get a great glimpse of some super fancy hotels and beautiful bars that are located on the outer part of Fira.
Walking out of the crowded city of Fira and into these beautiful views and landscapes. Never in my life have I seen something this beautiful and pure. On the path between Fira and Oia there are no hotels, bars or crowded areas. Also we were surprised that there weren’t crowds of tourists doing the hike, but that we were completely alone on this beautiful path.
As you walk down the super small path that is basically right on the edge of the mountain, you get to see all the different unique colors of rock statrums that are on Santorini. Because of the volcanic Eruptions that happened on the island the rocks are out of lava. Depending on how fast the lava cooled down, the rocks on Santorini are either Withe, Black or Red. Absolutely fascinating I think.
#2 Take a Boattrip to the Hotsprings and explore the Volcano
This part of Santorini shows that the island is so much more than just white houses, blue roofs and sunsets. Santorini has an amazingly interesting history. The island is basically the result of a complex history of volcanic eruptions over about 2 million years, during which the island has changed its shape and size repeatedly. The last volcanic eruption took place in 1950, which was just a really small eruption.
These Trips are offered in a package, which includes taking a Boattrip to the hotsprings and then to the volcano. When we arrived at the hot springs I was super excited to jump in and experience the warmth of the water. Apparently it was not really as hot or warm as I thought it was gonna be. It was more like cold to lukewarm, which didn’t stop us from jumping from the boat into the water numerous times.
When arriving at the volcano, you are offered a guided tour, which we took advantage of. This was a great way to wander around the island the volcano forms and get informed about the history of Santorini at the same time. Our guide was hilarious and I would advice everyone to take a guided tour.
#3 Go Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is something I always wanted to try for as long as I can remember, but I just never got the opportunity to. Luckily my Boyfriend has a Scuba Diving Licence and was friends with a lot of people from a Diving Center in Perissa. So I got to do an Introduction Dive, which was a Beginner Dive with about 8 other people and 3 guides.
There are definitely spots in the world, where you get to see a lot more corals and bigger fish when diving. But still it was an amazing experience and seeing all the cute little fish from so close and swimming with them was just incredible. When diving you have a feeling of silence and freedom which is incomparable to anything I have ever done.
#4 Watch the sunset from the lighthouse
There are many spots on Santorini to watch the sunset from but this one is for sure my favorite one out of all of them. The lighthouse is located on an amazing cliff in … . Sadly this spot was really really crowded, but other than that this was an experience that will stick with me for a while.
The atmosphere was just so peaceful and silent even though there were so many people. Watching the sun slowly set behind the horizon was just an incredible experience. When the sun had set people even applaud to the sun which was quite interesting to watch.
#5 Have dinner at the sunset
The food in Santorini is absolutely amazing. The small restaurants that are located right on the cliffs of the island are an amazing spot to have a romantic dinner with a beautiful view of the sunset and some greek music softly playing in the backround.
The atmosphere there was just incredibly beautiful and the view was stunning. Even though these types of restaurants can be pretty expensive, I think it is totally worth it.
The food was absolutely delicious. I ate some Tagliatelle with fresh tomato sauce, which was so good and my boyfriend ate these typical greek meatballs called Keftedakia. After dinner we strolled around Fira a little bit and overall this was a beautiful evening.
Overall Santorini is my most favorite place I have ever been to. Everything is just absolutely beautiful and I am so sad that my time there is over.
But I really hope you liked this post and that I inspired you a little bit to maybe go to Santorini one day too.
Leave a comment down below if you have ever been to Santorini and what your favorite vacay destination is.