It may sound like a cliché, but if you were in Santorini for only one day, this would be the one thing you would want to do. Relax on your private hotel balcony, or at one of the numerous cafes the island has to offer, and take in the majestic views of the Aegean Sea and the Santorini caldera.
An excursion to the volcanic islands, Palaia and Nea Kameni, is an unique, other-wordly experience. Walk up the rocky paths and marvel at the dark, volcanic landscape. Stand next to the volcano, and look into the crater that has been there for millions of years. Depending of the time of year you visit and the type of day trip you choose, you can opt to swim in hot waters, visit the picturesque little island of Thirasia and watch the sunset from the boat.
The 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) footpath from Fira to Oia, passing by Imerovigli, is classified as an easy path. Taking a slow walk along the well-signposted trail will reward you with some of the best views on the island. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes, a hat, sunblock and lots of water!
Take a look back into the past at the archaeological site of Akrotiri, at the south of the island, and imagine life before the volcanic eruption at around 1,600 BC. You can reach Akrotiri by bus, taxi or private car. Guided tours are also available. In Fira, visit the Historical and Cultural Archaeological Museum of Santorini, and the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, and admire the civilization of ancient Greeks.
If you are interested in temporary culture, you can visit the Megaro Gyzi Cultural Center in Fira. The Megaro often hosts art or photography exhibitions, concerts, theatrical shows, traditional dance performances, and other events.
Santorini wine is unique. Due to the volcanic soil and Mediterranean climate, the types of wine produced on the island are unlike anything you may have tasted elsewhere. You may opt for an organized winery tour, visit the wineries of your choice individually, or simply order different types of wine to complement your meals or desserts. We recommend Vinsanto and Nychteri, both famous around the world.
While in Santorini, make it a priority to taste local dishes, such as tomato balls, the famous Santorini fava, capers (kapari), white eggplants, a kind of cucumber with a particular taste, and the plum tomatoes of Santorini.
Because of the volcanic rock, the beaches of Santorini are unlike most beaches on the Cycladic islands. Visit the black beaches of Kamari, Perissa and Perivolos, the red beach and the white beach, which is accessible only by a small boat.