Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. It is located between Ios and Anafi islands. It is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the strange white aubergine, the town of Thira and naturally its very own active volcano. There are naturally fantastic beaches such as the beach of Perissa, maybe the best beach in Santorini, the black pebble beach of Kamari, white beach and red beach. antastic, fabulous Santorini deserves all the superlatives.
Cost and Budgeting in Santorini
Things to do in see in Santorini
While the island is full of medium- and top-cost hotels and villas, there are still lots of abandoned caves and modest private houses where noone seems to live for a long time — even in western Oia where every inch seems to be occupied by some villa. And this doesn’t seem to change for years, judging by 2001-2005.
* Faros. A lighthouse near Akrotiri, west of the southern part of the island. Rocky cliff, interesting for taking photos. Although you cannot enter the lighthouse, which is run by Greek Navy, it’s a great and tranquil place for taking photos. edit
* a viewpoint behind Iris hotel (close to center of the island): great for taking sunset photos with a sea and palm trees.
* Black Beach- see Kamari and Perissa
* Red Beach- it’s worth taking the Red Beach/Akrotiri bus from Fira and then climbing over the very rocky trails to get here (though there are water taxis and various schooners that make their way here as well). Red Beach earns its name from the iron-rich sedimentary rocks in the cliff face towering above you, as well as the red sand. It’s quite crowded; you can rent an umbrella and a pair of chaise lounges for 7 euros, though there is also some good free space nearby that gets packed by midday.
* White Beach- available only from the sea; get there by boat from Red Beach.
* Vlichada- relatively uncrowded. An umbrella with 2 chaise longues cost €13. (5€ (July, 2007) if you go to the left side of the beach).
* Amoudi- this is not really a beach with sand, but is a wonderfully secluded swimming area reachable from Oia. There is a road around the far side of Oia that leads down to a small parking lot. From there, you can reach the swimming area on foot past a few small restaurants.
There is also a platform on a large rock that people can swim to and dive off of.
* Walk along the caldera from Fira to Oia
* Climb to see Ancient Thira, or more ambitiously, the monastery, for an amazing view of the ocean, beaches, and island from up high.
* Horseback riding in Exo Gonia
* Scuba diving and snorkling. Even non-qualified divers can dive up to 14 metres down on a wreck next to the volcano.
* Caldera Cruise and Oia Sunset
* Plan your weddings in Santorini