You can get the cruise ship schedule not only for Santorini but also Athens and the other Greek Islands. Didn’t see signs posted or read about it beforehand. I did this during my first trip to Santorini when I first moved to Greece. Another great experience in Santorini is to take a sunset cruise. Santorini definitely deserves to be on that list of 100 most beautiful places! However, it gets insanely crowded so make sure to arrive early for the perfect spot! Though each windmill can accommodate five people, you may want to just keep it romantic and add it to your private Couple’s Bucket List instead. Later today or tomorrow morning I will be publishing a new article about what to do in Athens, if you are interested. During the day, temperatures were around 14 to 15°C (high 50’s) with winds up to 35 mph. You just can’t possibly leave Santorini or any city in Greece without indulging in a meal at a classic taverna, a small restaurant serving traditional Greek food. I love how the lights twinkle across the cliff top towns and how the ships out in the pitch-black sea shine in the water. I highly recommend booking with Blue Star Ferries which leaves from the Athens port of Piraeus. And taking a dip during the sunset would be equally as wonderful. From the port of Pireaus, there are 3 different ferries you can travel on, with the fastest option being the high-speed ferry, which costs $55 and takes 5 hours. 3 days – Venice Required fields are marked *. In fact, Santorini currently has 16 wineries producing excellent wines. One highlight during my last trip to Santorini was taking the Shotz Photo Tour. Akrotiri is an ancient Minoan settlement. There are a few transportation options for getting around the island of Santorini and one of the most popular (and fun) is renting an ATV. There is a KTEL public bus, find the schedules here. But I really get the appeal to staying in Oia…it’s the prettiest town in Santorini, in my opinion, and it would be nice just to go out and stroll the streets right from your hotel. callback: cb The Akrotiri Lighthouse sits on the southwestern tip of the crescent of the island. It is such a beautiful place. })(); For all the legal bits go to my Disclaimer and Privacy Policy, Local Secrets: Turkey’s Turquoise Coast (an Interview with Slow Travel Guide). From its glorious sunsets and staggering multicolored cliffs to whitewashed buildings and ash-laden calderas, Santorini is definitely blessed with a unique landscape. Soak up some history at Akrotiri, where you’ll find one of the most important prehistoric sites in Greece. Oia (pronounced ee-uh), is one of the best places in Santorini to watch the sunset. Hugs. Press, Do you want to learn all about Santorini’s traditional cuisine? The road finally terminates at the highest point of the mountain where stands the ruins of a beautiful building with courtyards that was supposedly the residence of a commander. Blue rooftops and sunsets may be the main reason why you travel to Santorini, but the beaches are sure to leave a lasting impression too. You can easily check for the best fare deals at Skyscanner, which also has the option to choose ‘cheapest month’ as the departure to find the lowest priced dates to fly to your destination. Doing it this way would make it an overall downhill walk (although you will have to hike up some hills), you get to see the amazing views of Oia in front of you (rather than having to turn around to see them), and you can end in Oia. Stop by Salt & Pepper in Fira for their fried tomato fritters and deliciously fresh Santorini salad. Doesn’t mean that it isn’t an issue, however. Thanks so much for the info. Other restaurants that made our list are Anogi, Mezzo, and Le Moustache. From the catamaran, enjoy the view of the white towns on the rim of the caldera and watch as the sun sets. Heaven on earth. Assyritiko is the main grape grown on Santorini and will be found in many wines made here. You can easily check for the best fare deals at. During the peak travel season (April – October), you can book flights directly to Santorini National Airport without having to fly out of Athens. From here, we were within walking distance of quite a few highly rated restaurants. And yes, you can walk to Fira from Imerovigli, but takes a little while. For a hotel with a little more extravagance, book a room at the Alonistra Oia Houses or Antoperla Luxury Hotel and Spa (both include airport shuttles). parabens however this otimo article writing, always like to visit the site of you, because I always find new things, We had an eighteen wine flight—that’s right, eighteen different wines served with cheese and a spectacular view. An exciting article. The towns of Oia, Fira, and Imerovigli are all perched along the rim of the caldera. I recommend Armeni Suites and Esperas Hotel in Oia. Ammoudi Bay sits just down the cliff from Oia. The cherry tomatoes are delicious! I say May, early June, September and October. Best to start from Oia in the morning (to avoid the heat of midday) walk towards Fira via the Imerovigli and Firostefani. You can see some of the best helicopter tours here. This is such a comprehensive list. You can read about my experience here: See a Movie at an Open Air Cinema in Santorini. and take a sunset sailing trip around the Caldera. The only way to get here is by boat but you can get a nice view of beach if you don’t mind going on a mini-adventure. Thank you for writing all of this. It also draws in crowds for unobstructed sunset views. Of course, there is also a tasting room where you can indulge in some of Greece’s best wine. You mentioned that you ate there on your last night. You’re welcome! Yes, Oia is famous as a sunset destination. Volcanic Santorini is home to some very colorful and unique beaches. In Perissa, Perivolos and Kamari you can enjoy a beach with black sand backed by a lively beach resort community. As far as restaurants to try, we have a lot of suggestions. I wish I had all this info before I was there. However, you can also take the public bus for 1.70€ each way. Learn where to stay for a great view of the caldera and get recommendations whether you are looking for a budget hotel, luxury hotel, or if you are traveling as a family.