7 + 1 must-see spots in Santorini

Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and you can explore the whole island with Santorini Private Tour. However, there are certain spots on the island that we consider must-see and we definitely suggest you to visit them, if you visit the island for your vacations. Below there are 7 + 1 must-see spots in Santorini.

1. Oia

Oia, the first settlement that was declared protected in 1976, is without a doubt one of the most photographed places in Greece. Its sunset has been a source of inspiration for inexperienced artists, while its alleys function like magnets that invite you to get lost in their well-hidden secrets.Oia, which is about 40 minutes drive from Fira, will enchant you, because it is truly irresistible. The main road divides it into two areas. The one is towards the caldera and it has impressive cave buildings, the other is full with old captain houses.

Do not be surprised by the infinite domes that appear in every corner, since in Oia there are more than 60 churches. At the end of the settlement is the Castle, with the pieces that have been preserved to offer a unique view, but also a charming journey into the past. The restaurants and café bars of Oia will satisfy you completely, while the minimal suggestions for shopping (apart from the tourist businesses) will put you in a consumer temptation.

2. Firostefani

You can reach Firostefani from Fira, following the route of the caldera and covering a distance of about 10 minutes on foot. Firostefani, which has always been the favorite stop of every visitor to the island, owes its name to the fact that it “crowns” Fira.

The view of the caldera is simply unbeatable, with the cliff being so steep that many times your heart will beat louder. In Firostefani you will find several remarkable suggestions for food, restaurants and taverns that have as their main feature the relaxing atmosphere.

3. Imerovigli

Imerovigli occupies the most privileged position and has the most breathtaking view of the caldera and Thirasia. It is famous for the luxurious hotels that offer their guests a “natural balcony” in the caldera, calm atmosphere and super relaxing landscape.

4. Ammoudi Bay

You can reach Ammoudi, a picturesque port that is a must see of Santorini, going down the 214 steps that separate it from Oia. The commercial port of the 19th century today welcomes mainly lovers of sea fruits, who want to enjoy fresh fish and seafood.

5. Akrotiri

It is the most important archaeological discovery of the Eastern Mediterranean. Akrotiri is a picturesque village in the southwestern part of the island, about 10 km from Fira. The most important attraction in Akrotiri is the prehistoric settlement, which was first inhabited around 4500 BC. and came to light after the systematic excavations that began in 1967.

The archeological site was upgraded and acquired a new bioclimatic shelter, attracting thousands of visitors. Do not miss the opportunity to visit one of the most important historical sites of Greece and not only Santorini, walking in an ancient city that remains alive. The archeological site of Akrotiri remains open from April 1st to October 31st. From the port of Akrotiri you can be transported to nearby beaches by boat. Also, from here starts a path that leads to Red Beach.

6. Pyrgos

The village of Pyrgos an attraction for thousands of visitors every year, looking for tranquility, natural beauty and quality in everything. Pyrgos, which is about 5-10 minutes drive from Fira, is definitely the most beloved village of the island.

In 1800 it was the capital of Santorini, while today it manages, through the impressive architecture, the curves and the beautiful alleys, the whitewashed narrow and the infinite churches with the “painted” domes, to keep unchanged the glamor of the past.

7. Nea Kameni

The locals call it a “volcano”, visitors make it a priority of their explorations and the legend adores it. The reason for Nea Kameni, the middle of the three islands of the caldera (Thirasia and Palia Kameni the other two) that were eyewitnesses of the eruption of the volcano.

In Nea Kameni is the largest crater, called Daphne. Visiting here is truly an inconceivable experience. You will walk around the crater, your gaze will be captured by the color variety of the rocks, your smell will be captured by the smell of sulfur, while all your senses will be awakened by the majestic spectacle.

+1 .Megalochori

At a distance of 10 minutes from Fira is one of the most peaceful and beautiful diamonds of the island. Megalochori is a traditional small village, which will steal your heart with its unique aesthetics. The village is famous for its close relationship with wine and the absolute tranquility. There are the famous wineries of Boutari and Gavalas. Walk to the main square and admire the impressive bell towers of the white churches strolling in its alleys. You can visit it either in the morning or in the afternoon or even in the evening.

Read more about Santorini Private Tour: