The 10 Best Things to See in Santorini

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Santorini: A Picturesque Island

My first trip to Greece was to Santorini, and although it is not an actual city, all the cities on the island are fairly small and can be easily accessed by car a bus on the island. Santorini is everything that people picture when they think of Greece: steep hills, white houses, beaches, and beautiful blue sea. So here are some of the best things to do and see in Santorini.

Beaches of Perissa
10. Go quad biking: this seems like the best way to get around the island if you love adventure. They're small quads that can fit two people and they're probably more reliable than the bus. So why not have some fun while going from one side of the island to another?

9. Find a good view: Santorini is an island full of hills, so finding a good view is not that hard, it just might take some exercise. All the beautiful towns are next to the ocean, so it creates this beautiful blend of pristine white architecture and deep blue water. 

8. Visit the ancient ruins: what do you go see when in Greece? Ruins of course! As one of the most famous ancient civilizations, it seems that finding some ancient ruins is a must. And these are scattered all throughout Santorini and are pretty easy to find.

Hotels and Houses in Perissa
7. Catch a sunset: this beautiful island is incredible during the daytime, but when the sun goes down it is one of the best displays of colors there are. For some reason sunsets over the water always seem the most beautiful. And luckily Santorini has a variety of locations to do this!

6. The Red Beach: Santorini is beautiful because of its unique colors all over the island. And the Red Beach is one of them. Due to the volcanic activity of the island, there are different minerals (or something sciencey) making the sand red. How often do you get to see that?

5. Oia: this is probably one of the most iconic cities of Santorini because of its location on the steep hills. Also its beautiful houses and buildings add to the beauty of the city. Wander the winding, up and down streets and get lost in the city's beauty and charm.

Beaches of Perissa at Sunset
4. Swim in the blue water: some of the most beautiful water in the world is in this region, and Santorini has plenty of beaches that give access to it. It is a deep blue that isn't that salty compared to other parts of the world. So swimming here is really nice and relaxing. 

3. Hiking in Oia: you can cross from one city to another by hiking. It is along the mountains so of course you get a beautiful view of the deep blue water and the nearby towns. If you're into outdoor activities and don't mind climbing up a hill, this hike is for you.

2. The beaches of Perissa: these beaches are interesting because they are black sand and from the lava. So when you walk on the beach barefoot its like an exfoliator for your feet, they're so soft afterwards. And the view is pretty nice too!

1. Fira: this little city is a great day trip from wherever you are staying in the island. It gives amazing views of the ocean and picturesque scenes full of hillside buildings on the mountain. The white buildings is what everyone thinks of when they think of Greece, and Fira does not disappoint.

At the beaches of Perissa

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  1. Wonderful - I really want to go to greece and more so to Santorini. It looks absolutely stunning and I love the idea of quad biking around the area, how fabulous. Also good to hear the water is not that salty. Ive been to Nice, France where the sea water was so salty it really stings the eyes.

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    1. Yeah it is different quality there too. And the sand is so nice because parts of it is volcanic, good for the feet!

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  2. Wow! Santorini, one of my dream destinations. I am always in awe everytime I see those white buildings and structures seated on a hillside with endless blue in the horizon. Such a marvelous place to explore. :)

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  3. This is great. I love Greece but haven't been to Santorini yet, you've definitely sold it to me though...it's been added to my must visit places!

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  4. I can't wait to make it to Greece one day! I never though to go quad biking, sounds like a blast!

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    1. It really is a unique thing to do there!

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  5. I didnot realize Santorini has so much to do. Of course, the white and blue landscape and beaches are signature but hiking , ruins were news to me. Thanks for this. Santorini is lodged firmly in my bucket list

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    1. There's things to do for everyone, which is nice!

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  6. I have seen so many posts about Santorini , but this is the most informative one. It's on my bucket list and seeing these pics and reading this post is urging me to travel there soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. You are right, When I picture Greece I myself see Santorini. Everything is so picturesque there and the place has so much to offer. I haven't been to Greece yet but it is really high on my list and hopefully soon.

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    1. Hopefully one day you will make it! It is worth the trip!

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  8. Thanks for making this list. Bloggers like you makes it easier for travelers in planning the trip. Do you have any idea how much should be the budget to do all these activities?

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    1. Hi Karla! Most of the stuff is free, which is nice. The most expensive thing would be quad biking, the price is per hour, and it depends on where you are. Compared to many other destinations in the world, it is not expensive. If not the bus cost barely two Euros to get from one side of the island to the other, so it was much more convenient for me to use since I try to save money when I can. Overall nothing was very expensive, even the meals! I hope this helps

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  9. Great list. The views and particularly the sunset views are high on my list as well. And then your suggestion to go visit the ancient ruins - that also sounds very interesting to me. Will definitely do that

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    1. The sunset is such a beautiful experience!

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  10. Santorini is an ultimate destination for me. I feel it is a very tomantic place just like Paris but with beautiful beach!i would love to cath the sunrise and sunset here! Must be breathtaking! If I go to this place, I'll try the ten things you recommend!

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    1. Yes it was great! I would love to go back!

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