Santorini Island Travel Guide

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Santorini Island Things to Do

  • Oia Village

    “To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.” The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe (1980, written by Douglas Adams) Do you think of the scenic postcards with blue domed churches? the whitewashed houses along the caldera rim? The world famous sunset in Santorini? Then you think of Oia (also transliterated as Ia), one of the...

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  • Volcano

    “The sleeping giant”, 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. Definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in Santorini. It is an active volcano that erupted in 1956 and in the coming years it may do so...

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  • Pyrgos Village

    Pyrgos (it means tower) is probably my favorite village of Santorini. Officially known as Pyrgos Kallistis it has about 600 permanent inhabitants, much more during the summer of course as many choose to have a summer house here. Actually we were invited to drink coffee in one of the traditional cave houses there, it must be great to have a summer...

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Santorini Island Hotels

Santorini Island Restaurants

  • Nikolas Taverna

    4 out of 5 stars

    Nikolas Tavern is popular with tourists and it is at the centre of Fira. We came here for Gyros. The tavern is on the pedestrian shopping alley of Erithrou Stavrou, around the corner from Hondos Centre. located right at the centre of Fira. The little eatery of Nikolas has been around for a half century, serving all sorts of homey creations from...

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  • Akrotiri

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A family run taverna on the caldera. Unpretentious. Lovely fresh fish. Unpretentious and friendly. Support this honest littel restaurant. Fried calamari Obviously very fresh. Squeeze of lemon - delicious!

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  • Stani Tavern

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    If you want to have dinner with a volcano and sunset view but without the expensive prices, Stani tavern is a good alternative. The tavern has a rooftop area with the necesary views (just don't mind the ugly roofs of the neighbours and the electricity wires blocking your perfect sunset view). Service is (in my opinion too) quick, as it is a...

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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

    Santorini has a good bus system. You can go to several villages there by bus. There is no need to rent a car or a bike in my opinion to explore this island. I think buses run until 10 in the evening.

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  • Car, scooter and bike hire

    We rent two scooters from Rent me love me office in Santorini...and we love this Scooters alot their Service is the best on the island of Santorini in Greece. We make beautiful trip around the island , villages and beaches for swimming and eat local food.

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  • Ferries and boats

    Oh my, the first time I was shocked when I saw 3000 people from one cruise coming into Fira. The cruise ships are huge and can’t get into the small ports of Santorini so they usually hold position in the caldera near the Old Port (under Fira). Pic 1 shows a cruise while at the background you can see the Old Port on the bottom and Fira up on the...

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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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  • Souvenirs

    I am from Greece originally, but grew up in Spain. Last summer I went for vacation to the island of Santorini and found it magnificent. The reason I am posting this is I would very much like to know this earlier too! Shopping in Santorini was great, I only had a problem with fitting things I wanted to buy in my luggage and as a result I only bought...

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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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Santorini Island Local Customs

  • Smashing Plates And Partying

    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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  • Donkeys And Mules

    Donkeys are connected with Santorini. They were always there at the Old Port below Fira transferring cruise passenger up the 260m hill. The thing is that since 1979 there is a cable car that transfers 1200 passengers per hour but still many tourists prefer to take the “mule taxis” because they find it romantic or trantitional (in most cases the...

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  • Local Food

    Meletini (meletinia in plural) is a traditional sweet from Santorini that is very popular during Easter period, usually served after the Anastasis. But it is so tasty many people eat it any other time of the year too and no surprise a great gift to take back home and give to the people you love. It usually costs 16 to 19e per kg depending the store...

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Santorini Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Donkeys and Mules

    I agree with Miozzi. Please DO NOT ride the donkeys. We have just rebooked our flight tickets and will leave the island 4 days before what was planned due to what we have witnessed last three days. The ways many owners treat their donkeys are extremely cruel. Yesterday we saw a man kicking a donkeys leg really hard, and after that forcing it to...

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  • Roads Driving Gas Stations

    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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  • Steps

    Santorini is all about stairs. Being 70 years old isn't as important as how much you're using stairs daily. There's a big difference if you use elevators or go up regularly a few flights of stairs. Going up can strain you heart, going down – your knees. And if you have bi- or multifocal glasses, there may be a problem of seeing the stairs clearly,...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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

  • Pyrgos Village

    I think Pyrgos is one of the nicest villages on the island. It is situated eight km southeast of Fira. It used to be the capital of the island until early 1800. This village is built on the slope of a mountain.

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  • Ancient Thira

    Ancient Thira sits on top of a huge barren rock outcropping which divides Kamari and Perissa, known as Cape Mesa Vouno. Immediately behind Ma (as shown in the picture), is the summit of Mt. Profitis Ilias, with the radar station tower quite evident. The entrance to Ancient Thira itself is located to the left of the photo, with a slight valley...

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  • Emporeio Village

    Emporio is the biggest village on Santorini are perhaps my most favourite. Its built on the centre of the plain in the South part of Santorini. The old village part is much different to the newer part - look for signs saying traditional centre, walk up a shady avenue of trees and past some old mansions to find small picturesque streets and stepped...

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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 General

  • 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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  • Beaches

    We did a 3 hour tour on a yacht called Dreamcatcher (Santorini Saling) ... had fabulous time ... swam at couple of beaches and saw Oia village from the sea .... thanks Vladi (Captain), George (Chef) and Pete (Bartender) for a great time!!!!!

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