How we wished our trip to the Greek Island Santorini never ended!

One of the top things to do on Greece Holidays is visiting one of the beautiful Greece islands. Santorini is one such gorgeous Greek islands located in the southern Aegean Sea. The whitewashed buildings crowned with blue domes perched on the cliff overlooking the perpetual blue sea is a postcard-perfect picture.

The sublime vistas and mild Santorini weather have made the island a tourist paradise and one of the best honeymoon destinations. Some of the super hit Bollywood songs of Salman Khan in ‘Wanted‘ and Hrithik Roshan in ‘Bang Bang‘ shot in these locations have pushed Santorini to the top of the bucket list of every Bollywood fan.

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Fira and Oia are the two major tourists towns of Santorini. Fira, the capital of Santorini is the cultural and commercial center and is a bit touristy and Oia with a laid back experience in the north of Santorini is best known for its breathtaking sunset views and the picturesque cobblestone alley exuding a tranquil aura.

How to get to Santorini

We were visiting the Greek capital Athens and visiting Santorini was easier for the options of both flight or a ferry from Athens. Santorini airport is only 10 minutes ride from the town of Fira. We chose to travel by ferry which was a different experience altogether. Sailing amidst the never-ending blue expanse, the sound of waves crashing and the fresh chilled air to respire gives us an immense feeling of rejuvenation.

We embarked the ferry early morning around 7 am from Piraeus port in Athens. We had booked the tickets for the ferry online and collected the tickets early morning from their office at the port. To reach Piraeus port, you can either book a taxi or choose to travel through the metro. Metro line 1 (green line) serves you to the Piraeus port and as soon as you come out of the station you will see the port. (Gates E5 and E6).

Ferries are definitely time-consuming we reached the Athinios port in Fita at around 12 in the noon.

Where to Stay in Santorini

Fira is always the first choice to stay for the choice of hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. We were looking for a relaxed trip and hence we booked a room with kitchenette in Oia. Our host had arranged for a pickup on request and a vehicle was waiting for us on arrival which took us around an hour to reach. There are frequent buses running from Fira to Oia which isn’t much frequent so a pickup was the best choice.

Things to do in Santorini Island

Oia Town Sightseeing and Famed Sunset

We freshened up, had our lunch and planned to do some Oia town sightseeing. Our host guided us through a tourist map of the Oia town center, which was just a km away from our hotel. Luckily his wife was driving to Oia and she offered to drop us.

We wandered through the cobbled stone alleys lined with whitewashed buildings, souvenir shops, taverns, and cafes. The town of Oia with its houses, churches and the restaurants painted white and blue is perched on a cliff with awe-inspiring views over the caldera. We could spend hours watching the snaking boats leaving white trails in the deep blue sea.

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Dinner with a View

One of the unmissable things to do in Santorini is to watch the whitewashed houses on the cliff enveloped into a golden glow as the sun dips into the horizon.

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

The best vantage points are always crowded, other option would be to book a table in one of the wonderful restaurants which offer a view of the caldera and the famed sunset.

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Oia to Fira Hiking

There are many places of interest around Oia and Fira. You can do it either by renting a car or by hiking. Oia to Fira hiking is considered one of the best things to do in Santorini. The hiking path along the edge of the caldera which takes around 3 hours has unbeatable vistas of the caldera and the deep blue sea. One can also explore the nontouristy villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli which fall on the hiking route. The route also has few shops and restaurants where you can take a break and soak up in the heavenly vistas.

Catamaran Tour

The Sunset catamaran tour is one of the best ways to spend the Santorini holidays. Unfortunately, as we had our ferry back to Athens in the evening and hence the only option we had was to book a morning tour with lunch included. The sunset tours have complimentary dinners.

Our tour was a semi-private tour where we had 3 more couples joining us. A shuttle picked us from our hotel in Oia and dropped us at Amoudi Bay for ferry pick up. Sailing on the azure waters of Aegean Sea and enjoying the spectacular vistas of the whitewashed towns perched on the caldera cliffs and Santorini beaches was a euphoric experience.

Oia also has a small port, Amoudi, which can be reached by a set of 300 steps leading down and has some of the best swimming spots. To behold the best sunset view possible you may need to reserve a table in one of the restaurants as the best vantage points will always be crowded with the tourists waiting there well before the sunset.

We returned to our room after the sunset. Had our dinner and retired to our bed. There are many places of interest around Oia and Fira. You can do it either by renting a car or by hiking. We had only one day at hand and had to take a ferry back to Athens next day evening hence the best option for us was to do a catamaran tour.

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Santorini Red Beach

Our first stop was supposed to be the red beach which we could not make due to the high tide but our captain promised to make for it by stopping at one of the swimming spots near Amoudi Bay.

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Red beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful Santorini beaches. The beach isn’t sandy but is made up red and black volcanic pebbles. If you are visiting by road the beach is some 15 hike down the mountain through rocky path.

Hot Springs Santorini

We headed to the Hot Springs, which is the major proof of the strong volcanic activity present even to this day. While few of us chose to remain on deck and take pictures others chose to swim through and soak in the volcano’s hot springs.

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Our cook on board was now ready with a delicious lunch and freshly prepared barbecued chicken.

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

While we all devoured the yummy lunch our captain sailed us back to the port with a shortstop near the Amoudi Bay.

Amoudi Bay

The swimming spot had surreal crystal clear waters surrounded by rocky cliffs. The spot is close to the Amoudi Bay which is a small port in Oia and can be reached by a set of 300 steps leading down. We could see tourists climbing up the huge rock in the midst of the waters and diving into the waters. The spot can be reached by 10 minutes walk along the cliff from the Amoudi Bay.

After some half an hour we sailed back to the port. The whitewashed houses of Santorini on the edge of the cliff looked like a fresh snow shower on the slopes of the mountain.

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

It was a well-organized and a fun-filled tour, and a memorable experience to cherish for the lifetime.

Other Santorini Attractions

Ancient Akrotiri

If you are intrigued by the history of Santorini then Akrotiri is a perfect place to answer all your questions. One can hire a guide who can walk you through the historical site. Exploring the archaeological site of Akrotiri is the best way to learn about the history of Greek islands and if you are keener make a visit to the Greek island Corfu which offers much more for the history buffs with its old town, castle, and ruins.

Volcano Hike

Hike to the island’s active volcano Nea Kameni is a popular Santorini activities for adventurists. There are several boat tours that will take you to the small island and from there it is some 20 minutes walk along the path dotted with several sulfur vents. You can also choose the catamaran tour which includes the hike to Nea Kameni along with the beaches and the sunset tour.

Shopping

The cobblestone alleys of Oia and Fira are lined with small shops selling jewelry, beach commodities, colorful clothes, paintings and wine stores.

We returned to our hotel, freshened up and hired a taxi to the port to take a ferry back to Athens.

Top Things to do in Santorini Greece

Like all good things come to an end so did our Santorini trip.

Have you visited Santorini or any other Greek island? Do share with us your experience in comments.

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43 thoughts on “How we wished our trip to the Greek Island Santorini never ended!

  • April 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm
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    I wish to go too someday!
    Santorini looks really a beautiful place… so glad you could make it!

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:22 pm
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      Santorini is beautiful indeed. Happy Travelling!

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  • April 30, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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    I have been to Mykonos but not Santorini, I was discouraged by the thoughts of taking a ferry there! It is such a beautiful place (and a lot less windy than Mykonos) , I can’t get over the blues! Beautiful photos 🙂

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:24 pm
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      I have seen pictures of Mykonos and that looks gorgeous too… Yes it wasnt windy for us… We wish to cover more of those beautiful Greek islands.

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  • April 30, 2016 at 5:11 pm
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    I so want to go to Santorini but something or the other keeps coming up. Now your post has made me realize what I am missing. Loved your tip about reserving a table in one of the restaurants for sunset views.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:26 pm
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      Thank you so much. Yes I would suggest you to make a plan soon you are definitely missing a lot 😉

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  • May 1, 2016 at 4:10 am
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    Your trip looks so fun! I loved the Ohia town images (BLUE + WHITE). I can only imagine seeing a town only displaying those colors. Angelic and magnificent all the same time.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm
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      Thank you so much Debbie Oia is gorgeous indeed 😉

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  • May 1, 2016 at 5:27 am
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    Thanks for showing details like which metro lines you used. Helpful tips for if we go too. I love those trips you never want to leave. Santorini looks beautiful

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm
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      Thanks Lily. Santorini is truly wonderful 😉

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  • May 1, 2016 at 8:46 am
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    I have never been but I really want to! It is so beautiful there and I think makes a great trip! I want to go to the hot springs and also eat that great meal!

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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      True Alison Santorini is worth a visit and the meal was too delicious 😉

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  • May 1, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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    Wow! Absolutely breathtaking. It’s awesome that you are exposing that little one to so many adventures!

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:36 pm
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      Thanks Karla, yes lil one has having fun too 😉

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  • May 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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    Santorini looks absolutely gorgeous. I would love to visit. I would love to watch a sunset from one of the restaurants. I bet it is breathtaking.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:36 pm
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      Yes Tori its an awesome experience!

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  • May 1, 2016 at 5:50 pm
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    Sounds like a nice trip, shame it was so short. I have heard that Santorini, with the beautiful white houses that go down the cliff is only on one side of the mountain. On the other side there’s emptiness. Is it true? I know someone who used to work on cruisers and he told me that.
    I think you did a great choice by hiring a catamaran. I bet it’s a great way to get away from the sun and just enjoy the breeze and the nice clear water.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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      We visited Santorini from Athens, Athens being our main trip. We could cover all the places on Catamaran and if we had stayed longer we had other option of trekking which wasn’t even possible with our lil one 🙂

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  • May 1, 2016 at 6:14 pm
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    Santorini is definitely on my bucketlist!! You have gorgeous pictures and it looks like you really enjoyed! What’s your fave part about Santorini?

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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      Thanks Lizelle. Our favorite was definitely the Catamaran tour 😉

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  • May 1, 2016 at 11:23 pm
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    Such a beautiful place! I’d be so afraid to travel there by ferry, so I command you. My adventurous side would want to swim through the hot springs.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:40 pm
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      Thanks Sara, We suggest you try ferry once its an awesome experience.

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  • May 2, 2016 at 1:22 am
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    I would love to go there one day. Every time I see photos I fall more and more in love. It looks like you had a great visit.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm
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      Yes Bella we had a great time. Thanks!

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  • May 2, 2016 at 10:30 am
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    Santorini is such an amazing place. The ocean’s view, the sunsets, food, architecture…. everything is perfect there! Shame the trip was short.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:44 pm
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      Thanks Argell. People stay longer if they would be interested in trekking along the towns which would never be an option for us with our lil one being with us 😉

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  • May 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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    If I was you, I would have never wanted this trip to end either ! I want to go there, Greece is definitely my number one country 🙂 Glad you enjoyed

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:44 pm
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      Thanks Maryam, Yes we had a great time 🙂

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  • May 2, 2016 at 8:56 pm
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    I would like to check visit this place one day, given a chance. I wished you shared a photo of the sunset, would love to see its beauty.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:46 pm
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      Agree but as already stated the sunset viewpoints are too crowded and we could not get the best pic enough to share. Sorry about that 🙂

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  • May 3, 2016 at 2:06 am
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    what an amazing experience, you’re so lucky to have visited there… it looks absolutely beautiful!

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:46 pm
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      Santorini is beautiful indeed 🙂

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:52 pm
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      Wow.. Would love to hear of your trip to Santorini it such a beautiful place.

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  • May 4, 2016 at 2:17 am
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    This is one of my dream trips. Looks like you and your family had a beautiful time.

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:52 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by

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  • May 4, 2016 at 10:16 am
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    Cant say I have been to an actual island but there is 1 for sale off Florida I have been watching for a few years now, its for sale. i can see why you wouldnt want your trip to end, looks amazing!

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    • mm
      May 4, 2016 at 6:52 pm
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      Thanks Bernadette 🙂

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  • May 12, 2016 at 12:33 am
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    How beautiful! My wife is native Greek and she’s been to Santorini once. She won’t stop raving about how beautiful her experience was there. Priceless! I spot a HUGE greek salad on that boat table, amazingly delicious with the crumbled feta cheese on top. I’m sure you dipped in olive oil for days on your trip to Greece, it is the Mediterranean culture to dip into their foods. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful trip!

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  • May 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm
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    A trip to Santorini is at the very top of my bucket list! I can see why you’d like to never leave. I love all of the beautiful, vibrant colors!

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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  • May 24, 2016 at 7:27 am
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    It looks a really amazing looking place, it is great to discover new places through your blog

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  • November 9, 2016 at 2:09 am
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    I totally would not have wanted to leave Santorini either! What an amazing trip you had. And the food on the boat looks delicious. I’m so fascinated by all the white washed building, with the splash of blue – how beautiful.

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  • November 28, 2016 at 3:12 pm
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    This is one dream destination of mine. Having done the mainland of Greece these islands have lots to offer I know. Great pictures.

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