Santorini's unique landscape has gifted the island a worldwide reputation, and thousands tourists visit it every year to enjoy its picturesque white-washed alleys, beautiful sea views and exquisite sunset views. It's naturally the perfect romantic destination, however, the past few years, more and more families and solo travelers are interested to take a bite of its charm.
Fortunately, Santorini is packed with many wonderful activities to do either you are a family, couple or solo travellers. In this list we are going to focus on things to do that we would recommend to anyone visiting in Santorini. If you want to find activities for families, we highly recommend you read this article that focuses on this subject.
So, what kind of activities can you do in Santorini? All sorts of! But, one common characteristic among them is that they are all somewhat luxurious. From beautiful catamaran cruises in the caldera, to wine-tasting tours and luxurious dinners overlooking the sunset.
Catamaran Cruises is one of the most popular things to do in Santorini, loved by all kinds of travellers. You can either go with a private catamaran cruise (favored by couples and large groups of friends), or you can enjoy a shared ride with other guests. Usually these cruises last for hours. On top of the catamaran, you will be enjoy fruity cocktails, delicious Greek food, and, of course, the beautiful views of the Aegean. These cruises tend to last until sunset, as many people think that from the sea is the best way to admire Santorini's sunset.
Santorini is the result of a tremendous volcano eruption that happened thousand of years back. This dreadful event has given Santorini its beautiful landscape, as well as a rich soil for grapes (and not only) to thrive. Santorini might be the most popular wine production area in Greece, so a wine tour is a must. There are plenty of wineries on the island that will guide you to the local vineyards, inform you about the local varieties, and, of course, let you try them accompanied by delicious local treats like olive oils, sun-dried tomatoes and more.
Your vacations in Santorini won't be complete unless you choose the right accommodation. Choosing a hotel in the caldera is now considered part of the Santorini experience. After all, nothing beats waking up in your cave suite, overlooking the breathtaking Palea Kammeni. These hotels are usually luxurious, so the budget is a bit higher - it's definitely worth it. Choose a suite with a private balcony/terrace and enjoy your breakfast overlooking the beautiful sea. If you feel avant-garde, we highly urge you to pick a room with a private jacuzzi/infinity edge pool - it will be your favorite spot to be during the evenings.
Santorini is great for many reasons, but traditional Greek cuisine is not one of its strong characteristics. If you want to enjoy traditional Greek Cuisine, Crete might be a better option for you. However, if you want to enjoy Greek Cuisine with a modern twist, then Santorini will definitely surprise you. The island is home to an abundance of awesome luxury restaurants, serving gourmet cuisine in a beautiful setting. Many restaurants also offer private dinners overlooking the Caldera, which is a particularly popular activity.