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10 Awesome Things to do in Santorini

October 17, 2016

Delicious Gyro | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

1 Eat €2 Gyros, everywhere!

Santorini is upping its game and creating a serious foodie culture, but you can’t go wrong by sticking with a classic. Pork, chicken, lamb gyros, it’s all delicious. We averaged about two gyros a day while on the island without a single dud. Here’s a few of our favorites:

Pitogyros – Oia | Oia tends to be a bit pricey, so if you’re looking for cheap eats and an amazing gyro, this place won’t do you wrong.

Lucky’s Slouvaki – Fira | No doubt you’ll pass through Fira at some point during your stay in Santorini, so be sure to have a taste of Lucky’s Slouvaki.

Gyros Time – Perissa | If you visit the Black Sand Beach in Perissa and need a delicious snack, head past the overpriced tavernas lining the promenade and over to a little shack called Gyros Time. My favorite gyro on the island.

Fira to Oia Cliff Walk , Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

2 Fira to Oia Cliff Walk

We love to hike, and while this is more of a level walk, there’s no shortage of breathtaking views. The path along the caldera between Fira and Oia is about 10 km. The trek takes about 3 to 5 hours, depending on how many times you stop to gush over the view. We usually keep up a pretty good pace while hiking (or at least like to think so), but we were on more of the 5 hour end of the spectrum on this hike. It was way too beautiful not to stop and enjoy. 🙂

The first hour or so is through the towns of Fira and Imerovigli, with plenty of shade. After that, you’re a bit exposed, to both the sun and the view. 

Oia, Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

3 Hang out in the pool

Bonus points if you’ve got one of those amazing infinite edge pools. If your place doesn’t happen to have a pool, check out Lioyerma Lounge Cafe Pool Bar in Oia.

Amoudi Bay, Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

4 Go cliff jumping

If adventure is what you seek, go cliff jumping into the deep blue sea at Amoudi Bay. Click here for a link to google map directions. From Amoudi Bay, follow the path south (or turn left if facing the ocean), climb over a few rocks, and within a few minutes you’ll see a large boulder jutting up from the ocean. It’s a short swim from where you’re standing to the rock, and the perfect place to take the plunge!

Donkey in Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

5 Ride a Donkey!

When I imagined Santorini, I pictured donkeys clopping up on the edge of the caldera, pure ocean views on one side, whitewashed cave houses on the other. This dream became reality with a donkey ride (or, technically, a mule ride) up from Amoudi Bay. Rides are €5, and saves you the trek up the steep stairs.

Perissa, Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

6 Relax on the beach

While the towns may be whitewashed, the beaches in Santorini are anything but. Head to Perissa on the east side for a long stretch of black sand, a taverna-lined promenade, and plenty of beach umbrellas and lounge chairs for rent. While I’d heard this place can get packed in the summer, it was practically empty in late August and so, so relaxing.

For something more colorful, visit the striking Red Beach. Just 12 km southwest of Fira, a deep red wall of lava rock rises from the clear blue ocean while the shore is covered in red and black lava rocks.

Oia, Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

7 Watch the sunset over the caldera from Oia

We’ve seen a lot of epic sunsets, but the one in Oia is hard to beat. Crowds gather in the streets of Oia to applaud the sun as it sets over the caldera. And when I say crowds, I mean every single person on the island. If you don’t want to jockey for your place, grab some drinks and a cheeseboard and stake your claim early. We ended up finding a seat on the stairs, which also happened to be the path for the donkeys’ evening commute home. We had to jump out of the way a few times, but that just made it one of those “only in Santorini” type of experiences.

Blue Domes in Oia, Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

 8 Wander the streets of Oia

Oia is one of the most unique places in the world and one of the coolest places to wander and explore. To have it all to yourself (or at least mostly to yourself), then the earlier the better. With the sun pouring directly overhead, it can be incredibly bright when you’re surrounded by stark white cave houses. Santorini is a popular cruise stop, so it’s best to get out before the gangplanks drop. We were practically alone earlier in the morning, but by 10am we felt like we’d been swarmed. It was hard just to see the views, much less get a picture without 10 little heads making an appearance.

Perissa, Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

9 Get out of Fira and Oia

Now that I’ve told you to explore Oia, I tell you to get out of Oia! But for good reason. No doubt you’ll go through Fira, and you can’t miss Oia, but take some time to explore other parts of Santorini. Whether it’s visiting a vineyard, exploring inland towns like Pyrgos, or heading to the east side of the island for the black sand beach, there’s so much to see and do in Santorini.

 10 Watch a movie under the stars

Open air cinemas have been popular in Greece since ancient times, and thankfully, there’s one on Santorini. Enjoy a new flick under the stars at Open Air Cinema Kamari, near Perissa.

Blue Domes in Oia, Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

Oia, Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

Blue Domes in Oia, Santorini | 10 Fun Things to Do in Santorini

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7 Comments

  • Reply Mike Clauss October 17, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    SPEC-tacular! My favorite country so far (only been twice). Great reporting. Super impressed you braved it with you little one as well. Safe travels! Thank you.

    • Reply nomanbefore October 18, 2016 at 3:26 am

      Thanks Mike! Hope you get to go again soon, and maybe do a few of these things if you haven’t already!

      Travel is definitely more exciting with our little man, but so worth it. I think people mostly think it’s going to be harder than it actually is (and I’ve had my fair share of diaper explosions on planes and trains :/ ). Travel is just part of our lifestyle, and we’re so lucky we can see the world as a family!

  • Reply سایبان خودرو October 19, 2016 at 9:40 am

    too many thanks

  • Reply Scribbling Geek October 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous and so very “Greek.” I long to try these recommendations after seeing them.

  • Reply Postcards from Perissa, Santorini October 24, 2016 at 4:29 am

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  • Reply Emily November 2, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Santorini looks absolutely gorgeous. Watching the sunset looked particularly amazing . I have always wanted to go there but even more now after reading this!

    • Reply nomanbefore November 2, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Hey Emily! Even though it sounds kinda corny, it really is a magical place to just watch the sun set. We planned our last trip all around going to Santorini, and it was totally worth it! Hope you get to go soon!

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