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Welcome to Santorini

Santorini has been called several things over the ages—including Kalliste, meaning “The Most Beautiful One”—and it’s an apt description of an island with high cliffs set around a volcanic caldera in the azure Aegean Sea. Fira, the capital, is an enchanting mix of Venetian and Cycladic buildings set into steep cliffs, which are often climbed by cable car or donkey. Meanwhile, Oia's whitewashed walls and blue domes show off one of the most famous and beautiful sunsets in Europe. On a guided tour, these towns reveal Santorini’s charm, which also extends to the sea. Take a boat tour to experience the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, the hot springs of Palia Kameni, and the ancient lighthouse Akrotiri. There are beaches of many colors to enjoy on shore excursions: white, red, and even the black beaches of Perissa and Kamari. More private tours take visitors to traditional villages such as Megalochori and Pyrgos. The highest point on the island is the Monastery of Prophet Elias, and it’s a popular spot on guided tours for its views. Of course, no outing would be complete without sampling the Santorinian wine, distinctive for its minerality courtesy of the volcanic soil—sip while touring the wineries where each bottle was made.

Top 10 attractions in Santorini

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Santorini Volcano

Santorini Volcano

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The “Santorini volcano” may refer to two different peaks: the first, Thira, exploded around 1600 BC and ended the thriving Minoan civilization and may have spawned the legend of Atlantis. Millennia of eruptions formed the second “Santorini volcano”—the island of Nea Kameni, drawing visitors eager to hike to the rim of its active crater.More
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Oia

Oia

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Perched on the steep edge of the caldera, looking out over the glittering Mediterranean, Oia (pronounced “ee-yuh”) is famed for its dreamy sunsets. Oia is also one of the most picturesque villages in Santorini, with its striking white buildings, blue-domed churches, and atmospheric cave houses burrowing into the volcanic rock.More
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Red Beach

Red Beach

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Santorini’s Red Beach is not your average white-sand beauty. Rather, it’s a narrow, pebbly stretch hemmed in by high scarlet cliffs and scattered with large volcanic rocks. Together with the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea, these volcanic features create a striking natural color palette that draws photographers to its shores.More
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Santorini Hot Springs

Santorini Hot Springs

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Santorini’s hot springs are on the tiny, uninhabited islet of Palea Kameni. Continuous volcanic activity underground maintains the springs’ temperature between 86ºF and 95ºF (30°C and 35°C). The sulfuric, orange-tinged spring waters that bubble up into a shallow cove off the islet’s coast are said to be curative for the skin and joints.More
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Nea Kameni

Nea Kameni

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Centered around a rugged volcanic crater, the small island of Nea Kameni offers a dramatic landscape, with dark cliffs sculpted from lava rock and orange-tinged natural thermal waters. The island’s striking landscape and natural hot springs make it a popular destination for day cruises from Santorini.More
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White Beach

White Beach

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Tucked away on the south coast of Santorini, White Beach (Aspri Paralia) is sheltered by chalk-grey cliffs. This minuscule strand is actually composed of coarse black—not white—sand, and liberally peppered with grey and white pebbles as well as massive white volcanic boulders.More
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Akrotiri

Akrotiri

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Akrotiri came to an abrupt end in approximately 1613 BC with a catastrophic volcanic eruption that buried the Bronze Age settlement in a carpet of ash. Beginning in 1967, excavations of the Minoan town revealed buildings, drainage systems, and pottery, but no human remains or gold valuables, indicating locals had time to flee before disaster hit.More
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Pyrgos (Pyrgos Kallistis)

Pyrgos (Pyrgos Kallistis)

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This picturesque hillside village is set on a volcanic crater at the highest point on Santorini, offering panoramic views over the island. With whitewashed Cycladic architecture, Byzantine churches, and small winding cobblestone lanes, Pyrgos (Pyrgos Kallistis offers the historic charm of the Greek islands without the tourist crowds.More
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Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou)

Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou)

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The Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou is perched on the mountain of the same name, the highest point on the southern half of Santorini. Built in the early 18th century, the complex is now home to a fine collection of Greek Orthodox icons and religious items, and the resident monks hold demonstrations of artisan crafts.More
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Thirasia (Therasia)

Thirasia (Therasia)

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Before a violent volcanic eruption in 1650 BC, Thirassia was part of Santorini’s mainland and now the pretty islet lies just off its western coast. With small pretty beaches, blue-domed churches, ancient stone villages and a population of only about 200, the little island is a perfectly serene spot to visit.More

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Top activities in Santorini

Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!
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Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks
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Santorini Luxury Catamaran Day Cruise with BBQ,drinks,transfer
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Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer
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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks
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ATV-Quad Santorini Experience Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Santorini

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Nice way to see the volcanic island
Mariela_C, Jun 2022
Semi Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks
There are no hot springs in Santorini.
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Must do in Santorini!!
Kerolos_N, Jun 2022
Full Day Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small Group Tour
If you’re looking to see all of Santorini, while learning about it and taking some breathtaking pics, book this.
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5 star review
bconley90, Jun 2022
Private Santorini Day Cruise All Inclusive
One of the best activities that we did in Santorini.
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Great experience and tour!
Gina_W, Jun 2022
Santorini Highlight Private Tour 6 hours
We started our tour late (our fault) but he still managed to take us to see all the beautiful and picturesque sights Santorini is know for.
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Sunset catamaran cruise
Kristina_P, Jun 2022
Semi Private Premium | Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board & Drinks
Great way to see the beauty of Santorini.
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Great way to see Santorini
Kimberly_M, Jun 2022
Full Day Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small Group Tour
It was a great way to see Santorini with amazing views.
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Great fun!
Natalie_H, Jun 2022
Caldera Half Day Tour (Volcano, Hot Springs, Thirassia)
We enjoyed jumping off the boat to swim in the crystal clear water and climbing up to see the volcano craters.
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So much fun
nicole_o, Jun 2022
Santorini: Sea Kayaking with Light Lunch
We got to see more of Santorini like the white beach and red beach.
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Kayaking in Santorini
JaninePaola_C, Jun 2022
Santorini: Sea Kayaking with Light Lunch
It was a beautiful way to see Santorini’s beaches, cliffs, and caves.
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Wonderful tour!!
Pamela_K, Jun 2022
Santorini Private Custom Tour-5 Hours
We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this tour and everything we were able to see in a short 5 hours.
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Totally worth it!
Whitney_E, May 2022
Santorini Must-See Highlights: Private Sightseeing Tour
This was the best way to see all of Santorini!
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Amazing Tour
Anonymous, May 2022
Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!
Saw everything there was to see in Santorini .
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Great Excursion
Richard_R, May 2022
Semi Private Premium | Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board & Drinks
The tour took us two different parts of Santorini and including the hot springs.
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The volcano was very cool...
Alex_T, May 2022
Caldera Half Day Tour (Volcano, Hot Springs, Thirassia)
The volcano was very cool to see and had a great view of Santorini.
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Book It - Best Way to See Santorini
Kelvin_A, May 2022
ATV-Quad Santorini Experience Tour
We would have not been able to see these other parts of Santorini ourselves.
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Great Tour of Santorini
TORI_H, May 2022
Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour
If you're planning to visit Santorini then I highly recommend this tour!
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SALLY_C, May 2022
Explore Santorini with a local - 4 Hours Private Tour
He took us to see the highlites of Santorini.
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Santorini… Girls on tour
HilaryJane_M, May 2022
Santorini Tour on Electric Bike
Great way to see and learn about Santorini.
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Does what it says on the tin.
wayne_t, May 2022
Half-Day Exclusive Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with Meal and Open Bar
You have to see santorini from this perspective.
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Amazing way to see the island
Joel_W, May 2022
Explore Santorini with a local - 4 Hours Private Tour
This is probably the best tour to do in Santorini if you want to see all the highlights of the island.
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What is Santorini known for?

Santorini is famous for its cliff-top villages, with white houses and blue-domed churches clinging to the edge of a volcanic caldera. Island sunsets can be spectacular, while Santorini beaches come in three colors: black, white, and red. Santorini wines, grown in volcanic soil on ancient stock, are unique in the world.

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How many days do you need in Santorini?

Many travelers visit Santorini as one stop on an island-hopping adventure by ferry (which is cleaner and greener than flying). You can see the essentials in three days or spend a week or even a fortnight enjoying the beaches, the nightlife, the restaurant scene—and those fantastic views.

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What should I not miss in Santorini?

Those dramatic caldera cliffs are the focal point of any Santorini visit: savor a sunset and stroll some of the Fira-Oia hike. Don’t miss a sailing cruise, with stops at hot springs and a gently smoldering volcano. Wine tastings are a must for foodies, while history buffs will adore the Akrotiri ruins.

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What is the most famous part of Santorini?

Nestled into the edge of the volcanic caldera, the cliff-top villages are the most famous parts of Santorini. Oia is the best known village, thanks to glorious sunsets, gorgeous hotels, villas, and restaurants, and striking historic windmills. But bustling, lively Fira also has a claim to fame: it’s the island’s capital.

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What is the nightlife like in Santorini?

Santorini nightlife varies depending on location. On the cliff-top west coast, Oia offers stylish restaurants and elite lounge bars, while the capital Fira boasts some lively bars and clubs. The seafront resorts of Perissa and Kamari on the east coast have beach bars, beach clubs, and restaurants.

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Is Santorini expensive?

No. It’s possible to live a very luxe lifestyle in Santorini, but the island does not have to be expensive. Staying in the stunning cliff-top village of Oia will cost top dollar, but Perissa and Kamari, on Santorini’s beach side, are popular vacation destinations for ordinary European travelers.

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