Fun things to do in Santorini Island

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    RENT A JET SKI !

    by DAO Updated Sep 23, 2010

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    Riding a jet ski is not better than sex. It is very very good though! I only found one beach on the island that actually does jet skis so I am sure their price is suitably expensive. If you have never been on one, it’s like wrecking a motorcycle without any pain. These babies go FAST! My favourite manoeuvre is to run over my own wake and kick it sideways when I’m airborne to do an aerial 360 degree turn. Wow! Never seen it done? You need to let me take you out and show you! You pay for the rental, I will teach you. Unfortunately the owners of the Jet Ski usually ban me afterwards.

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    LOOK STUPID

    by DAO Updated Sep 23, 2010

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    Thank goodness for Democracy! It was invented here in Greece. Thankfully you have the right to wear entirely inappropriate outfits and look absolutely silly. Going on a cruise? Going to wear a little white sailor cap with anchors or a Greek fisherman’s hat? You look silly and the crew of the boat laugh at you and/or plot your death. Tall black socks with sandals and shorts – NO! Do not do it. Provocative outfits for ladies that a supermodel would look great in? Are you a supermodel? I won’t even get into beachwear for men except to say – SHORTS ONLY boys!

    I know if my Grandfather was going to buy a sailor cap I would either talk him out of it or hide it before he left. Families – PLEASE – give them some advice BEFORE they leave.

    On the other hand, Greece and the European Union protect your Human Right to look dumb.

    NO ! NO ! NO ! NO ! GIRLS YES! BOYS NO!
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    POST THOSE POSTCARDS

    by DAO Updated Sep 22, 2010

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    Posting a postcard form Santorini is amazingly easy. Virtually every shop that sells postcards has stamps. Hellenic Post then has bright yellow post boxes to put them in. If you need additional postal services, the Post Office is in the town of Thira:

    Location: just South of Thira Square (50 meteres)
    Telephone: 22860-22238 fax 2286022698
    Opening hours: 07:30-14:00
    Postal Code for Santorini: 84700

    The main office is pictured.

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    SCOOTER AROUND THE ISLAND

    by DAO Updated Sep 22, 2010

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    This is a must do activity! Santorini is small and beautiful, but it does have some big hills. Rent a scooter and go for it! I only found 2 hills where my passengers had to briefly get off the back. You get there more quickly than the bus, you decide where you stop and for how long, and its fun. There is not much road traffic and visibility and the roads are excellent. You can also get an unspoiled Caldera view (pictured) from areas where there are no tourists.

    Enjoy! And wear boots.

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    THIRASSIA, a Close island very near Santorini.

    by greekcypriot Updated Aug 18, 2010

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    It is a small and beautiful island very close to Santorini, not very touristy. Ideal for quiet holidays.
    Just 300 residents struggling to fish and farm living in the two villages -Potamo and Manola that face Caldera and Oia.
    A small island where time stands still.
    Its serene landscape changes picture only the moments when visitors carry out excursions from Santorini during summer!

    It has not been tourist developed and it is an ideal place for peaceful holiday if you can find lodging of course.

    Thirassia island

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    VLIHADA, Santorini

    by greekcypriot Updated Aug 15, 2010

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    It is a charming fishing village built on the southern coast of Santorini. It is the ideal destination for quiet and serene holidays, where visitors can relax at seaside taverns and cafes. If you are looking to slow it down a bit and get away from most of the action, consider this village.

    You can enjoy a local Greek dish inspired by local fresh products, relax away from the crowds.
    Part of the charm in Vlihada rests in the seaside cafes and tavernas.

    Vlihada beach is a relaxing alternative to the busier beaches, like Perissa, and its black sand offers a perplexing experience. The dark sand takes a bit of time to get used to, and it is unique to see where the beach quickly meets the light pumice-stone cliffs.

    The beach follows a smooth descent.

    Be sure to have with you flip flop, sun-tan lotion, a hat and a pair of sun-glasses.

    Vlichada bech

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    PYRGOS IN SANTORINI

    by greekcypriot Updated Aug 15, 2010

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    Pyrgos is a traditional village built on the slopes of Mt. Profitis Ilias, in the center of Santorini Island.

    One of the most impressive Santorini villages, with Byzantine churches, Medieval Manors and Venetian Castle.
    The beaches of Kamari and Perissa are located just a few kilometers from Pyrgos village.

    View of Pyrgos village Awsome!

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    Amoudi and Armeni beaches

    by greekcypriot Written Aug 15, 2010

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    The beaches of Amoudi and Armeni are quite popular.
    Small beach at the foot of the village of Oia , at the caldera, with clear blue water, which get deep just at the first steps; families with children should be cautious.

    It is accessible only on foot or on mules' back via the 214 broad steps which you have to descend and (that is the difficult part of the story!) to ascend.

    Turquoise waters

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    The Volcano "the sleeping giant" of Santorini

    by greekcypriot Written Aug 15, 2010

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    I consider the volcano of Santorini “the sleeping giant”, which is asleep for the time being, but not dead !!

    It is believed that when the volcano erupted in the 14th century BC it caused a tidal wave that destroyed the cities of Minoan Crete.

    It is an active volcano that erupted in 1956 and in the coming years it may do so again.
    Nea Kamini in the centre of the bay, emerged in 1707 is a proof of the life that still exists within this giant hole filled with water.

    Thirasia which is actually the other rim of the volcano and was once part of the same island is across the bay.

    Both these islands can be reached by excursion boats.

    The sleeping giant of Santorini

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    Akrotiri and The Two Best Beaches

    by greekcypriot Written Aug 15, 2010

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    It is a quiet village and enjoyable to wander around in. There is an old fortress at the top of the town which was destroyed during the earthquake in 1956. This was the site of the town and instead of restoring it they rebuilt the town below the fortress. You can still go up and wander around. From the top of the village you can see the caldera of the volcano and miles of grapes. In fact you can see most of the island.

    Akrotiri has the two best beaches (Red Beach and Vlichada), some of the best (and cheapest) tavernas, and is close enough to the popular Perissa beach too.

    Santorini is considered to be an ideal location for filmings and shootings... Parts of movies like the "Summer Lovers", "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life", "Santorini Blue" and the "Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" and its sequel were filmed here.

    Vlichada beach Filming in Vlichada

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    Riding Donkey Up the top of Santorini

    by AusPinay Written May 20, 2010

    This was an unplanned activity for our family which easily became the highlight of our trip to Greece and our first cruise to the Mediterranean. Having been on line for quite a while to get a ride on the cable car, my youngest son suggested we should just follow the mule path where the donkeys pass to go up. So we went there and to our surprise, the Greek donkey owners thought we wanted to ride! Of course out of pride we all did and at first it was truly scary!

    I was screaming fro dear life as the donkey made its way up, up and up. It seems to have its own mind as it decides when to stop for a few minutes then continue trodding the path up the mountain town! It proved invigorating as we smell the fresh air (and sometimes the not so nice donkey poo) and view the great vistas around us!

    Be sure to try it too, you won't be sorry as long as you hold on for your life!

    donkey ride was the highlight Awesome view below! before the ride my brave family Fun, fun, fun & scary, scary too!
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    A Day Out By Boat (with a bar!)

    by johngayton Updated Dec 25, 2009

    There's more to Santorini than just the main Island, Thira. There's the Island of Thirasia which is a sort of undeveloped Thira but has a good selection of bars and restaurants. The volcano itself lies dormant under the newly-formed landmasses of the uninhabited Islands of Nea (new) and Palea (old) Kameni. Nea Kameni makes for a fascinating visit to observe the early evolution of an Island as straggly flora struggles to establish itself in the barren lava rock. Palea Kameni reminds you that there is a volcano under there with its hot springs emerging from the seabed.

    This makes for an excellent day out on one of the organised boat trips. Several companies offer differing tours ranging from a 3-hour boat trip to a full-day excursion finishing at Oia to catch the sunset. Prices start from about 18 Euros and the boats usually leave from Fira Old Port - at the bottom of the 588 steps!

    Most of the boats are traditionally-built wooden sailing ships (with motors as well) and one of the companies also offer a glass-bottomed vessel. They all have covered lounges for inclement weather, toilet facilities and even bars!

    The trip we took during Euromeet 2007 was a half-day excursion. This begun with a visit to Nea Kameni where the boat anchored up for an hour or so, giving ample time to wander round. Then off to Palea for a swim in the hot springs before heading out to Thirasia where we enjoyed an excellent lunch and and where I found the bar with my name on it - perfect end to the day out!

    Boats At Anchor At Nea Kameni Walking On The Volcano Swimming in the Hot Springs View of the Harbour on Thirasia Bar on the Boat!
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    Meet New Friends

    by 88Starflite Written Oct 2, 2009

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    I've often traveled solo, in 4 of my 5 trips to Santorini, and made new friends with every trip. As my new friend Elke pointed out to me "Santorini Has A Special Power", and she helped me see things from a different view. After four trips I was still looking at Santorini as an American tourist and I had to be shown the simple but beautiful parts of the island which were right in front of me if I just slowed down and looked. I guess what I'm trying to say is no matter what the thing you do you should do it in a way that you can tap into the feel of the island, or to put it differently just slow down and absorb the experience. And if you can reach out and make a extra effort to meet new friends as it really adds to the experience.
    Take you so very much Elke!!!!!!!!

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    Under the Shadow of Mesa Vouno

    by csordila Updated Aug 2, 2009

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    Moving towards the seacoast from the foot of the caldera between plantations of pistachio and of eucalyptus we reach one of the largest and most loved holiday resorts of the island: Kamari.

    The favourite holiday resort of all the people being desired to a classic beach holidays, which was destroyed totally in the 1956 earthquake, was rebuilt along the seacoast.
    The enormous Mesa Vouno, which reminds more of a steep rock that has accidentally fallen on the beach, the cosy promenade, the most various leisure facilities made the former fishing village a blooming recreation area.
    From the hotels with different standard, the bars, and discotheques to cosy cafes you may find everything here.

    Kamari is well known for its black-sand-and-pebble beach. The car-free waterfront promenade located on a length of about one kilometers is filled, with cafes and restaurants. The tourists come mainly from Germany and England. Behind the capital, Kamari has the most llively nightlife on Santorini.
    The resort is particularly suitable for tanning, bathing and sun bathing. Most tourists are families and couples spending a classic beach holiday
    The prices are like everywhere in Santorini, slightly higher than on the other Greek islands.

    However, it isn't anything special (I mean absolutely nothing special!!), and this side of the island is interesting but not so picturesque.

    Nearing Kamari Beach Sunbathers on Kamari beach Huge rocks, blue sky, tiny hiker on Mesa Vouno Beachside restaurants, Kamari Striking landscape
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    Town of churches - Fira

    by csordila Updated Jul 22, 2009

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    Fira is the capital of Santorini and the most important of all villages. It was built on the edge of the caldera, at a height of 260 meters and has a great view of the volcano and of the sunset.
    The town is a typical Cycladic village with white houses, blue windows, doors and narrow cobblestone streets. Most of its beautiful blue domed churches were built during the Venetian rule.
    The Orthodox Cathedral built in the 19th century is located in the centre. In the huge 1956 earthquake - 7.8 on the Richter scale - it has been seriously damaged, but has since been rebuilt in a quite modern form. Its dome is very impressive, and not blue!!

    Fira tiny port is only used by cruise ships. Here the water is so deep that ships can not anchor; there are giant floating buoys and ships can moor to one of them.
    From here you can visit the town either by cable car or by a mule ride and of course by a 30-40 minutes scenic walk.
    Nevertheless, Fira is a fine place to stay, because it is really picturesque, and has an enormous offer of hotels and restaurants. However, restaurants with caldera-view ask top prices.

    Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral's dom Waiting to the sunset Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral Shopping area in Fira Under the church dom
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