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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 15 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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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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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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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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Fira–Oia Hike

Fira–Oia Hike

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Winding through whitewashed villages and rugged Mediterranean landscapes, the clifftop Fira–Oia hike is one of Greece’s most beautiful walks. The trail links Fira (Santorini’s postcard-perfect capital) with Oia (a village known for its sunset views) and takes you along the rim of the sunken crater of the island’s dormant volcano.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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Perivolos Beach

Perivolos Beach

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A deep expanse of black lava sand, Perivolos Beach (Paralia Perivolos runs along Santorini’s southeastern coast, merging into lively Perissa Beach to the north and quieter Agios Georgios Beach to the south. Buzzing beach bars, often with DJs, and coupled with sun loungers and a range of water sports, make the strip popular with a younger crowd.More
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Kamari Beach

Kamari Beach

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Stretching for around 3 miles (5 kilometers), dark-sand Kamari Beach is sandwiched between the blue Aegean waters and the mountain peak of Mesa Vouno. With a bar- and restaurant-lined promenade behind it and lots of facilities nearby, it’s one of the best places to park yourself for a day of relaxation.More
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Skaros Rock

Skaros Rock

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A rocky promontory jutting into the caldera, Skaros Rock soars 65 feet (20 meters into the sky, cutting a striking silhouette that can be seen as far as Fira and Oia. One of Santorini’s most memorable natural features, this black lava-rock cliff is an ideal vantage point for admiring the sunset over the Aegean Sea and Kameni islands.More
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White Door Theater (White Door Theatro)

White Door Theater (White Door Theatro)

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White Door Theatro performs itsGreek Wedding Show, Santorini’s top theatrical performance, in the courtyard of a historic building in central Fira. The interactive show casts the audience as guests at a traditional 1940s Greek wedding, complete with song, dance, and plate smashing. The ticket price includes local wine and meze snacks.More

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Top activities in Santorini

Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!
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Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia
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Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks
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Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer
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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks
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Experience Santorini: Wine Tasting Small Group Tour
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ATV-Quad Santorini Experience Tour
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Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
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Explore Santorini with a local - 4 Hours Private Tour
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Private Santorini Day Cruise All Inclusive

Private Santorini Day Cruise All Inclusive

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Recent reviews from experiences in Santorini

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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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Really fun excursion...
ajlynagh, May 2022
Santorini: Sea Kayaking with Light Lunch
Really fun excursion that's a bit different from other Santorini activities.
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Good overview of all of Santorini
Catharine_M, May 2022
Full Day Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small Group Tour
Great way to see the highlights all over Santorini in one day.
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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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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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Thorough Tour and Friendly Guides
Jill, May 2022
Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10)
Thank you to Gina and Will for a great way to see many areas in Santorini and learn the island's history.
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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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An absolute must do!
Robert_M, May 2022
Santorini Luxury Caldera Cruise with Full Greek Meal and Drinks
Fun cruise, great service & food and we were able to see so many incredible sights!
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Great day out in Santorini
Eloi_M, May 2022
Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia
Such a great way to visit key sites around the island without needing to hire a car or bike.
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Great tour of Santorini
Kristin_R, May 2022
Full Day Santorini Highlights and Venetian Castles Small Group Tour
Must do in Santorini if you want to see more of the island.
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Excellent service
Tamara_S, May 2022
Economy Arrival Transfers From Santorini Airport To All Destinations
He gave us suggestions on what to do during our time in Santorini, which was extremely helpful!
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Lovely morning and nice, caring owners!
Lauren_D, Apr 2022
Horse Riding to Black Sandy Beach
You will get to see a part of Santorini that is off the beaten path.
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The Calerda experience in luxury.
Amy_C, Apr 2022
Full Day Hybrid Luxury Catamaran Sailing Cruise 2 islands + walking tour
The crew was lovely, food excellent and the Hybrid Catamaran was a way to see history in luxury.
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Amazing
Allana_G, Apr 2022
ATV-Quad Santorini Experience Tour
This was a great experience, you get to see southern santorini through a quad bike!
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GREAT time!!
Megan_E, Apr 2022
Semi Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks
But beware, the hot springs are not as hot as advertised haha.
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Best day with everything you would want to see!
Scott_H, Apr 2022
Private Classic Santorini Panorama: Visit the most popular destinations!
I would highly recommend booking if you want to see everything Santorini has to offer!
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Great Day
Janice_H, Apr 2022
Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia
Great trip and well worth it as you get to see a lot of Santorini and what it has to offer, Christina our tour guide was extremely helpful and very good.
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Excellent private tour....
Heather_M, Apr 2022
Santorini in a Day: Best of Santorini Private Tour
Highly recommend if you want to see Santorini in a day.
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Solid experience
Tracy_M, May 2022
Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
My husband and son stayed on the boat but my daughter and I swam to the "hot" springs.
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Let maestro Stelios show you the best of Santorini
DavidR_A, May 2022
Santorini Private Custom Tour-5 Hours
Perfect way to see the entirety of Santorini in the designated 5 hours.
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