Activities to do While in Santorini
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What attracted you to Santorini in the first place? If you’re like most people, you saw a few wonderful photographs of the beautiful, white washed buildings or of the amazing sunset. Or maybe people told you that visiting Santorini was one of the best vacations they ever took, and now you want to experience it for yourself. No matter what your reasons are, Santorini exceeds expectations. It’s every bit as beautiful as the photographs make it look and the sunsets truly are that amazing. With that being said, there’s a lot more to the island than that! Here are some activities you absolutely need to do while on Santorini.
While many people are attracted to Fira because of the shops, restaurants and amazing views, there’s another activity that people often underestimate. The famous hiking trail along the water in Fira offers a great way to experience the views from a more hands on perspective. The trail connects Fira and Oia, two popular Santorini destinations. Since Oia has some of the best sunsets on the island, you may want to time your hike so that you can glimpse the sunset from some of the more iconic viewpoints. If you plan to do the whole thing, make sure you give yourself plenty of time.
As mentioned above, Oia is the home of the most famous sunset in all of Santorini. Visitors have long realized that the light hits the horizon in a way that makes the sky light up! Since it’s such a popular spot, you’ll want to get here early so that you can reserve a space before the crowds trickle on. Also, Oia isn’t the only place on Santorini that has an amazing sunset. As long as the part of the island is on the west, you’ll be greeted with a beautiful display of color as the sun dips below the horizon. In fact, some of the more out of the way places will give you some of the best photographs.
Santorini is one of the most unique islands in all of Greece because it has actually been built on an extinct volcano. In fact, it has been populated since Minoan times, and back then, the volcano was still active. The center of the island actually collapsed during a particularly violent volcanic eruption, and many think that Santorini was the physical location of the fabled “Atlantis”. Anyway, taking a boat tour of the island is the best way to glimpse the unique geography that was shaped by the volcano so long ago. A good boat tour will not only show you the geography, but also educate you on the history, as well. You can also charter a sailboat or a yacht to explore the waters on your own.
Even though much of the island is located on the actual rim of the volcano, Santorini still has some gorgeous beaches. In fact, the beaches are the best place to view the island’s volcanic past. Red beach, for example, features red sand that was shaped from volcanic lava eons ago. Other beaches to visit include Kamari Beach, White Beach, and Monolithos Beach.
This post was written by Greek Boston