Outdoor Sports to Do in Santorini
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Santorini is one of the most popular Greek islands to visit. People come here to enjoy its gorgeous setting, and the scenery, particularly the sunsets, are legendary. This is a great island for enjoying the beach, relaxing, and even shopping. However, it is also the perfect destination for enjoying some outdoor sports. Here’s more information:
Located in the Aegean Sea, it is only natural that Santorini would be a prime diving destination. The island’s best dive sites are located next to a 400-meter drop-off, providing exceptional aquatic viewing opportunities. The Perissa and Kamari Rock dive sites are famous for their crystal clear water and black sand.
The volcanic rock formations come together to form a stunning underwater labyrinth. For a more remote dive experience, choose to travel to White Island. Located on the western edge of the caldera, this small island boasts the opportunity to get up close and personal with octopus, barracudas, and eels.
The azure warm waters of Santorini practically beg to be enjoyed with a host of recreational activities. Although the island boasts miles of coastline, the majority of the water sport opportunities are found at the Kamari and Perissa beach resorts. At these places, you can choose to get wet by enjoying an adrenaline-filled jet ski or wakeboarding adventure, stand-up paddle boards, or peaceful windsurfing or parasailing. You can also choose to take the whole group out on a banana boat ride, kayaks, waterski boats, and much more. There will be no shortage of fun when you choose to get out on the water and enjoy some of Santorini’s best ocean activities.
Horseback riding is an ideal way to get out and explore this diverse island. Ride past rolling vineyards, along majestic coastlines, and through quaint villages. There is a variety of riding outfitters to choose from, making it easy to find the best tour for your needs. You can choose to go it alone or tag along on a guided tour. You can even choose to ride a mule! Riding a horse gives you a great vantage point as you take in all of the natural beauty of idyllic Santorini.
Hiking aficionados will appreciate the vast network of trails scattered throughout Santorini. Be sure to bring along your hiking boots because you are surely going to want to be able to hit the trail. The most popular hike on the island begins at the port town of Fira and winds along the rim of the caldera for approximately ten kilometers before ending in the town of Oia. Hikers delight in the sweeping views of the Aegean Sea and the towering cliffs of this gem. This hike will also take you past a myriad of historical sights such as the Firostefani and the Church of Saint Gerasimos.
If you love outdoor sports, you will find something to satisfy your need to get active in Santorini. Consider trying at least one of these during your time on the island!
This post was written by Greek Boston