Santorini Island Travel Guide

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Santorini Island Highlights

  • Pro
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    Jmill42 says…

     Food, Romantic Setting, Vin Santo, View 

  • Con
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    Lilasel says…

     Very expensive island! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Wonderful Destination, Paradise On Earth 

Santorini Island Things to Do

  • Oia Village

    Like an enormous crescent moon, Santorini encloses the pure blue waters of its caldera, the core of an ancient volcano. Its two principal towns, Fira and Oia (also transliterated as Ia), perch at the summit of the caldera; as you approach by ship, bending back as far as possible to look as far up the cliffs as possible, whitewashed houses look like...

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  • Volcano

    Doesn’t the Caldera look lovely? What a romantic view. Ahhh… Wait! That is an active volcano that could explode at any moment and destroy large parts of Greece! It last erupted in 1950 and you can even get postcards with a photo of this. Good luck! The volcano first erupted in about the year 1,650 B.C. and caused one of the largest explosions...

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  • Red Beach

    Santorini is an absolutely spectacular location to visit just for its views, however, is not a place famous for its beaches. Here you can not find golden sand beaches, but you find the strangest beaches you have ever seen. One of them is Kokkini, the Red Beach located on the eastern shore just like the others, because the west side of the island...

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Santorini Island Hotels

Santorini Island Restaurants

  • Fira Town

    While in Santorini, you must eat, and when you do, pick a Taverna that is on the edge of the cliffs of the caldera. Remember that the view is of a volcano's violent eruption. Not only is the food going to taste better, but the view is worth the price of the dessert. Many tourists gather in the restaurants that are near the cliffs. A great way to...

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  • Kamari

    “Greek night..................................................Brilliant!!!!!!!”- George and the rest of the staff at the restaurant welcomed our group over over 30 people for the brilliant greek night on Monday 12 September... Our party was in Santorini to celebrate our wedding. We couldn't have asked for more. Enough food to feed 100, brilliant...

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  • Oia Village

    Fantastic place, really friendly and personal service. Great atmosphere thanks to Michaelis and sometimes a guest or two playing live music. The food, the service and the family is right out of central casting. Mihalis greets everyone while playing and singing. Mileana ensures service is friendly and the food is excellent. Sit down for a nice...

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Santorini Island Nightlife

  • Where the party never stops...

    The best place to party in Santorini. Excellent music varying on the mood of the guests, so that dancing never stops. Many happenings. It even stays open until the sun comes up. Of course, dancing on the bar or in the dancing cage is a must experience!If you feel too warm by dancing, it has an outstanding outdoors patio, equiped with large screen...

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  • "Open Air Cinema"

    It's summertime, you are in Santorini and you would like to watch a or some films that you missed, while in your country.What to do then? It's quite simple: you visit the ""Cinetheater" in Fira, the capital of Santorini and enjoy your favourite film!What is more: in a pleasant atmosphere, surrounded by Hi-Tech features, under the stars of the...

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  • Cool Nights

    The Tropical Bar is a place where the cool people of a wide range of styles and ages joints every night. The bartender Nikola is the soul of the place, kind, pleasant and hyperactive moves the night ahead. Of course, with the invaluable help of girls and guys trying to make feel better each person taking his drinks orders. The balcony looks face to...

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Santorini Island Transportation

  • Buses

    First things – first. The Bus Station does not look like a Bus Station. It is just a big parking area for the busses in Fira. It is just South of the main Square and on a one-way side street. Schedules are in English and posted to the right-hand side near where the benches are to sit on. Most routes are served every hour or half-hour from 7am to...

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  • Ferries and boats

    We made all connections in Greece by plane, except from Santorini to Mikonos. It was a very boring experience, wasting nine hours of our precious time in the sea, in a very basic boat, only with a short stop at Patmos to brake the tedium. Yachts around the islands may be one thing! A ferry is another...

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  • Car, scooter and bike hire

    BIKELAND is a great place to hire scooters and quad bikes. They charged me 10 Euros a day when others wanted 15 and 20 Euros for a basic scooter. Great guys and very helpful. They will even do quad bikes for 15 Euros. All are topped up with fuel and ready to go. You can even keep your rental until 8pm the day you need to return it. Please Note:...

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Santorini Island Shopping

  • Jewellery/jewelry

    One of the most popular things tourists want to buy from Santorini besides local products is jewels. Prices are generally moderate and there are pieces available which are difficult to come by in other parts of the world. A popular and favourite shop is Nakis, offering a big collection of jewels. "Fabrica and Kostas Antoniou" jewelleries are...

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  • Clothes

    Branded men's and women's clothes of well-known fashion houses (Just Cavalli, Versace, Galiano, Alberta Ferreti, Pinko, Nolita, Cinema, Fred, Perry, Jlo), along fantastic accessories and beachwear pieces by famous designers ( Emano, Heid Klein, Melissa); they are all at your disposal to help you create a style to steal the show ...... Women's...

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  • Handicrafts

    The town of Fira has all the basic shops required with a couple of small supermarkets, a bookshop (with some English titles) and the various other necessary bits and bobs but most of the main street is very upscale arts and craft, jewelry and designer clothes shops aimed, I should imagine, at the cruise shoppers who stop off for the day. However...

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Santorini Island Local Customs

  • SMASHING PLATES !

    Why do they smash plates anyway? Plate smashing used to be a common practice in restaurants here. It was done during dancing and music for celebrations, often weddings, but any excuse will do. This practice has been linked with the Greek concept of ‘Kefi’ meaning fun and high spirits. It has also been said to be good for relieving stress and...

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  • To Learn Greek Cuisine...

    If you have left your loved one behind to go to Santorini, naturally that person should be pissed off at you. To lessen the blow when you return home, why not learn how to cook Greek, so you can give that someone special a good Greek meal and hopefully make him/her forget what a jerk you were for leaving them in the first place? Its FULL PROOF!!...

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  • Lessons on the Greek Cuisine!

    At "Selene Restaurant" a visitor has the chance to taste the Local wines, try the Greek cuisine, and also have a one day cook course, or a three day cook course.This place here offers cooking lessons for the last 10 years.It used to be at Fira, but the new location is very near the central square of Pyrgos.(check the site)

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Santorini Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Roads and Driving

    About 4,000 people a year, die, as a result of Quad, Motor Bikes and Cycles in Greece every single year. On Santorini alone, at least 20 tourist a season are killed on the roads. In Greece it is law, that you must have a motor cycle licence to ride scooters or motor bikes, it is also the law in the UK, but................for some reason, I think it...

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  • Donkeys and Mules

    Not entirely certain whether to post this under Transportation or as it is under Warning or Danger. Clearly, riding a donkey is transportation however when I was in Santorini, the stench from the poor animals was overpowering and the warnings back from those that did partake in this tourist attraction was to "burn your clothes." As a horse...

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  • Crowds

    Well, Oia is one end of Santorini , and THE place where seemingly a few thousands of people gather to watch the sun set in the blue sea. Crowds throng every lille lane and every nook and corner to the side facing the sunset. There are cafes and small tavers hanging from every little ledge with a couple of chairs balancing themselves for aseated and...

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Santorini Island Tourist Traps

  • Sunset in Oia

    The sunsets in Santorini are awsome! However because of the crowds of people it is hard to enjoy them. The alleys are filled and people are found standing for hours waiting for the moment the sun sets. You can stay at one of the hotels facing the caldera and then you have the sunset all for yourself on a balcony near the pool with a glass of white...

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  • Cable Car

    We showed up at the Cable car at 11am, we neeed to catch our boat for the day. We waited in the steaming heat for about one hour and a half. The boat wasnt going to wait for us as there was another group on board and we were told to move to the front of the line. Next thing I hear is this old woman with a scraped up bloody nose yelling and waving...

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  • Cruises

    Since the volcano has no main crater, which would make a tour more spectacular, we have decided to take a ride just around Nea Kameni. However, most of the trips were offered only in package, where you visit the hot springs being not hot at all, in Palea Kameni and afterwards also Thirasia with a lot of low quality taverns. The cheapest tour, I...

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Santorini Island What to Pack

  • Digital camera

    Now, I'm no photographer, so I offer no technical advice and no solutions.My (cheap) digital camera suffered rather in the extreme light intensity. The high sun reflecting off the white buildings has led to rather washed out photos, as the more observant of you may have noticed.Take advice - an expensive camera may do it, or you may be reduced to...

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  • Light Luggage, Flat Shoes, Camera are a...

    Carry a light baggage. Your hotel might be on a steep road.You don't want to carry heavy things under the burning sun here! Depending on the season. During summer wear long cotton dresses or short tops and shorts.Flat shoes always....the roads can hide traps. It can become slippery in many places. You need the best camera here. Carry an extra...

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  • Two Girls...way too much luggage...

    Depends on how you are getting to the island. I flew from Athens so you are restricted to the amount of luggage you are allowed to check-in. I had a full size, a carryon and a backpack which I kept on my back at check-in, I also used it as a day pack for hiking around the island. Of course you will want to shop a little so make sure to leave room...

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Santorini Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Hot Water Dip

    This is an arranged trip, which we booked through Kamari Travels. It is about a half day trip The trip begins from Near the Kamari Travel office at around 9 Am and finishes by about 1.30 Am.The two main attractions are the hot water point and the volcano.The charge was around 25 Euros per head in Aug 2010.

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  • The Akorini Lighthouse

    The Akorini lighthouse was built in 1892, stands 10 meters high and is perched on a rocky point covered with white sandstone . It's a nice place to walk with some nearby caves and of course those amazing panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the distant Caldera to be explored.

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  • The Mediterranean at your feet...

    ... this is the place for breathtaking ancient ruins, intriguing folklore and discovery. With views like this you would not be blamed for booking a lifetime of holidays here!

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Santorini Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Watersports

    At Caldera Beach you will find the Diving centre. It is a small remote beach with traditional caves below the cliffs of Akrotiri. Ask to be transfered from your hotels here. Santorini Dive Center has an office also in Perissa village, at the southeast part of the island and is located in Perissa Camping in front of the famous Black Sand Beach,...

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  • Beaches

    Perissa Beach is a beautiful black beach where one can leisurely pass the time away. It is recommended for all who just like to take life easy. Perissa Beach is easy to get to and the water there is magnificent. It is a great place to get a tan. If it gets too hot, just jump in the water and cool off. Bring along sunblock, swim truncks (or...

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  • BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    I always wanted to build one of those rare sports tips with pictures of attractive and athletic women and men playing a fantastic game of Beach Volleyball. I wanted to have 5 great pictures of this event. With my bad luck I ended up with some severely uncoordinated school kids making the game look bad and making a good example of why there should...

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Santorini Island Favorites

  • Fira Town

    Santorini is probably best known, by people that have never been there, by the dramatic white buildings with the blue domed roofs. Hiking around the island you'll see all sorts of colors but the hills of Thira are very dramatic with their stark appearance against the volcanic cliffs.

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  • Nea Kameni - The Volcano

    The present-day funny shape of the island is created by a huge eruption of the ancient supervulcano, which dates back more than three thousand years. The 30-40 kilometers high eruption cloud was seen from hundreds of kilometers and the thundering noise from the explosions must have been heard in almost the entire world. The height of the following...

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  • Oia Village

    Our accommodation was in Firostafani Village only 10 minutes walk from Fira Town. It would have been easy to remain in this comfort zone and have a memorable holiday on Santorini , however we made the trip to Oia twice, once for the sunset and again mid afternoon the following day to enjoy the village when it is less crowded. If you want to see...

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