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THE TOP 10 EXPERIENCES IN SANTORINI

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Enchanting, romantic, cosmopolitan, stunning… However you describe it, Santorini is a one-off. A life’s dream for millions around the world, the volcanic Aegean island invokes powerful emotions and intense feelings in everyone who visits.

Find your balance on the edge of the precipice

The walk from Fira to Firostefani, on to Imerovigli and then Oia on the edge of the Caldera will, quite simply, be unforgettable.

Exploring the hiking trails of Santorini

Hiking is the perfect way to experience Santorini’s views that will stay with you for the rest of your life - Michaela Hampi

 

Visit a volcano (and take a thermal dip)

Take a boat to the island of Nea Kameni, in the centre of the famous Caldera. Around the islet of Palaia Kameni, those who dare will take a dip in Agios Nikolaos bay with its warm springs that give the water its exotic orange colour!

 

Tourist walking to volcano island in Santorini, Greece

Indulge in a touch of luxury

Suites and villas with a Caldera view from the pool or jacuzzi, followed by a massage and specialised treatments. And of course, a gourmet dinner with local wines served with a private waiter. And what about a helicopter or a private  a sailing experience around the Caldera?

Experience the sunset of Oia

Take your position early on in Goula, near Oia, for this unique experience. Then get to know Oia from up close, with its colourful, hyposkafa buildings, minimalist churches, sea captains’ houses, old wineries, and collection of restaurants, cafes and elegant shops.

Sample the wines of antiquity

In the wineries of Santorini, you will be introduced to the flavours and aromas of the wines produced more than 3,000 years ago on this island. Try the renowned Vinsanto and the wines made from the local varieties of grape… asyrtiko, atheri and aidani.

Sampling the wine routes of Santorini

More than 50 grape varieties grow here – chief among them the Santorini’s famous, crisp white award-winner Assyrtiko and the PDO-protected sweet Vinsanto-Gaiawines

 

Visit volcanic beaches

Perivolos and Perissa, Kamari, Vlihada, Kokkini (red) and Aspri (white) beach… Marvel at the rocks hewn by nature’s most visceral forces and the black and red volcanic sand you will find there!

Top view of Perissa beach

 

Discover the unexplored Santorini

The tower of Nimborio, Skaros in Imerovigli, Akrotiri castle and lighthouse, ancient Thera above Kamari, the hyposkafa hamlets of Vothonas and Karterados, Megalohori, Finikia and its old wineries are but a few of Santorini’s secrets waiting to be uncovered!

Experience award-winning flavours

The award-winning chefs of Santorini’s restaurants will bring you the exquisite and original flavours of the island. Try the local cherry tomatoes, grown in arid conditions, tomato fritters, white aubergines, fresh cheese and locally grown cucumbers.

From touring the wineries to wine-tasting accompanied by local cheese and cold cuts this is where Santorini has chosen to bottle much of its authenticity-venetsanos_winery

Visit Akrotiri, the Aegean Pompeii

Covered with an ultra-modern bioclimatic shelter, Akrotiri is one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the Aegean.

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