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Greece Travel Series: What to do in Santorini

August 3, 2016
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Today, I bring you part 3 of the Greece travel series, what to do in Santorini. Santorini is a breathtaking island.  It is such a romantic island with the most beautiful sunset views in the world.

Getting to Santorini

We took one of the many ferries that leave Mykonos daily.  We bought our ferry tickets for the Hellenic Seaways Hellenic Highspeed online before we left.  It was a large ship, but unlike the Blue Star, we had assigned seats that were similar to airline seats, but larger and more comfortable.  Our ship wasn’t busy, so we each had our own row to spread out on.

The ferry ride between the two islands is 3 hours long.  Once we arrived on port, we caught a shuttle to our hotel.  Don’t worry about per-arranging transportation if your hotel doesn’t have it.  There are taxis and a shuttle stand that can get you anywhere on the island.

Where to stay in Santorini

Santorini is divided up in to four towns along the caldera on the west and beaches on the east of the island. Every town has its own unique beauty and feel to it. Fira is the largest town with the most nightlife and shops.  Firastefani is just a short walk from Fira, but it is not as busy.  Imerovigli is my favorite town and has the most gorgeous views.  Oia is romantic and full of shops and restaurants but no nightlife.

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We read up on the towns before we left and decided to stay a couple of nights in both Imerovigli for the views and Fira for the nightlife.

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Imerovigli

In Imerovigli, Colton and I stayed at Remezzo Villas.  Upon first sight of this gorgeous place, I wanted to move in and stay forever.  The views from the balconies are spectacular.

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We walked down the steps to the first balcony and lobby and were greeted with a glass of wine and staff that helped us tweak our entire itinerary.  They were wonderful.  The villas were in a great location, close to restaurants and right off the hiking path.

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Breakfast is offered for $16 per person each day.  If you like breakfast and are staying at the Remezzo, definitely try this multi-course feast overlooking the caldera at least one morning.

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Walk down to hotel at sundown

Fira

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In Fira, we stayed at the Cori Regas Suites.  This hotel was hard to find at first.  We had to carry our suitcases down a ton of steps to reach it.  However, it is a beautiful hotel with stunning views and close to many restaurants and shops.  image

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Breakfast is included and is made to order.  The night before, you submit what you would like from the menu to the kitchen.  The next morning, you eat breakfast on a balcony with a view of the caldera. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

What to do in Santorini

Touristy things to do in Santorini

Skaros Rock– Climb and explore the remains of a medieval castle fortress.  There are a ton of steps going down and around the rock, so be prepared to walk up them afterwards.

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Explore all of the towns-  Each town has such a different vibe.  There are many hidden alleyways and steps that lead to walkways.  Explore them all.  Stop. Take photographs.

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Watch the sunset from Oia-  Hundreds of people gather to watch the sunset here every day.  Several restaurants offer “the best view,” but there are no shortage of places to watch it from.

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Walk down the 588 steps to Old Port– (or take a donkey or cable car) Not only is it a great workout, but there are plenty of boats below that can take you around the island.

Take a boat to the volcano and mud baths-  We pre-booked with Santorini Sailings for 26€ before we left.  There is an additional charge of 2,5€  per person to tour the volcano.    We enjoyed learning about the history of the island from the tour. love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger travel blogger Greece travel couple what to do in santorini volcano

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Our favorite part was the mud baths. We jumped off the boat into the icy blue waters and swam to the warmer brown muddy waters.  You should be a strong swimmer or bring your own life jacket, because it is deep where you jump off.  Then, we covered ourselves in the sulfuric mud.  Unfortunately our Go Pro wasn’t charged, so these are the best photos we got.

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Amoudi Bay- This is the spot to grab sea food, according to everyone we talked to.  It’s worth the walk down the steps to grab a bite to eat down here.  To get here, walk through Oia town to get to a long staircase.  Walk down steps to this quiet little fisher bay.

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View of Oia from Amoudi Bay

Red Beach– The red beach is one of the most famous beaches in Santorini.  It’s a small beach, so it can get pretty crowded.  There is parking just past the ancient site of Akrotiri.  Follow the crowd around the rocks and down the steps to the red and black volcanic rock beach.

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Black beach– There are several popular and quiet black beaches in Santorini.  We ended up at Perissa Bay, a little less crowded than the main part of Perissa Beach.  We stayed here for hours, relaxing, eating, and drinking.

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Unique things to do in Santorini

Hike from Fira to Oia– This is an incredible hike that can be done all at once or split apart.  Since we stayed in Imerovigili, we did the hike from Imerovigli to Fira and back the first day.  Then, the next morning, we hiked from Imerovigli to Oia.  There were a couple of spots on the hike with loose rocks and steep hills.  Be cautious. love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger travel blogger Greece travel couple what to do in santorini

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Cliff Diving Amoudi Bay– If you continue to the left of the stairs, past all the restaurants, around the cliffs, and through the rocks, you will find a swimming hole.  It’s hard to find and not super crowded, but there is a great cliff you can climb up to dive off into the clear Santorini waters.

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Atlantis Books– Even if you aren’t a fan of books, you should check out Atlantis Books.  It is located in one of the cool houses in the heart of Oia. Atlantis isn’t your average bookstore, it really is a one of a kind place.  Don’t forget to drop some money in the donation jar if you don’t pick up a book or poster.

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Fish Spa– If you haven’t seen one of these before, it is definitely unusual.  Little toothless scavenger fish eat at the dead skin on your feet to leave them feeling smooth and refreshed.  There are several fish spa locations in Santorini.  We tried Dr. Fish Spa in the central square and loved it.

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Rent a 4-wheeler– When you rent a 4-wheeler, you can see the whole island, go beach hopping, wine tasting and more.  You can drive up to Oia for the sunset or Fira for shopping and nightlife.

Watch the sunset from your balcony– We had an unobstructed, beautiful view of the sunset from our hotel in Imerovigli.  We went to a local store and bought a bottle of wine to enjoy while listening to beautiful music. love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger travel blogger Greece travel couple what to do in santorini Remezzo Villas

Where to eat and drink in Santorini

Food

Anogi– Our first night in Imerovigli, our hotel recommended Anogi.  Colton and I were blown away by their great prices and delicious food.  We both ordered different lamb meals and they were wonderful.  All of the ingredients were from local places.  Don’t forget to grab dessert.

Meat corner– One of the many souvlaki restaurants in Fira.  Great prices and good quality, so stop in for lunch during your Fira exploring.

Volcano Blue– One of the other restaurants recommended by our hotel.  Volcano Blue has a little bit of everything.  Colton and I both enjoyed pasta (he had a seafood pasta and I had a chicken and broccoli penne).  The food was wonderful, but the view was unbeatable.  Our recommendation is to make reservations for around sunset.

Apollon– We had pizza, drinks, and brownies at this restaurant in Perissa Bay.    The dessert was so good, I licked the bowl. (I even posted this on Snapchat for those of you who saw). If you eat here, you get free beach lounge seats.

Pelikan Kipos– This little hidden gem in the central square is like a garden hideaway.  It is an open air type restaurant with beautiful, romantic seating.  Check it out!

Drinks

Passagio– Although you can’t climb up the ladder, there is a staircase in the back that takes you to the rooftop bar.  They offer beer, wine, mixed drinks, coffee and shakes.

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Two Brothers- This bar In Fira gets busy and at night, but during the day a good place to grab buy one get one drinks. 

PK Cocktail Bar- Not only does this bar boast beautiful views, but they advertise the “best bloody mary” and many more delicious drinks.  There are two terraces that are open daily from 9 am until late every night.

Yogurt/Gelato

Chillbox- I recommended this in Athens too.  Their yogurt is delicious and creamy the perfect consistency. love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger travel blogger Greece travel couple what to do in santorini Chillbox

Leaving Santorini

We left Santorini by the Blue Star Delos ferry.  We bought our tickets in Athens through Corfu travel. Colton and I were impressed with the ferry and how much room we had.  Although, one of the stops during the 8 hour ferry filled the boat up, so it became a little cramped.  I was just glad we had room to walk around and stretch our legs (and that we had several movies loaded up on the iPad).

 

I hope you found this post helpful for what to do in Santorini.

Don’t forget to read part 1(what to do in Athens) and part 2 (what to do in Mykonos).

You can also check out this post for general tips for traveling to Greece.

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Is Santorini on your bucket list? What are you most looking forward to seeing when you go?  Leave me a comment below.

  • Rachel G August 3, 2016 at 7:43 am

    This sounds like the most incredible trip! I think I’d be highly tempted to just stare at the views all day…

    • Jessica August 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      It was beautiful. That is honestly what we did. Ate breakfast and stared…ate lunch…stared…dinner… you get the point. haha.

  • Katie August 3, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Those views are STUNNING!

    • Jessica August 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      It was seriously a dream!

  • Neely (@Neelykins) August 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    These photos are stunning! I would love to visit Greece sometime!

    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      You would love it! It’s gorgeous. 🙂

  • Candy August 4, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I have some great pictures of when we visited Santorimi. Yes we walked every step back down. Beautiful does not describe Santorimi.

    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      RIght? It was insanely breathtaking.

  • Amy Scott August 4, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I’ve traveled so much of Greece except for Santorini and it kills me. It looks like one of the most stunningly beautiful places. Surreal!

    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      You have to see it!! Greece is gorgeous, but Santorini takes it to a whole new level!!

  • Willow August 4, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I am pinning this for later. I have always wanted to go to Santorini, and I love the villa you stayed at!

    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you, Willow. It was gorgeous. I hope you get to see it one day!

  • Clare Speer August 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Wow – going to Greece is on my bucket list …. One day!!! It is so so beautiful and you captured it’s beauty with your amazing pictures 💜💚💙❤️💛

    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      I hope you get to go one day soon. Thank you so much!

  • Cait August 4, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Greece is on my travel bucket list for sure!!

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    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      You will love it! It’s the most beautiful place I have seen.

  • Maggie Unzueta August 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Swooooon! Your trip looks amazing. My brother got married in Santorini. Definitely a place worth visiting.

    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      A Santorini wedding sounds like a dream!! SO beautiful.

  • Abby August 4, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Stunning pictures! I have been to Greece once and would love to go back sometime!

    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      It won’t be the last time I go either. So beautiful. Thank you!

  • Bella August 4, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Looks like you had the best time ever in Greece, I would love to go one day. its been a dream of mine for a very long time!! if i ever go ill look back at your post for some great tips!!

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    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks, Bella! It was wonderful! I hope you get to go soon!

  • Mama Munchkins August 5, 2016 at 12:56 am

    What an incredible guide!!! I’ve never visited Greece but it’s one place I really would love to go in the next few years.

    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks so much! I hope you get to go soon! 🙂

  • Rae August 5, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    So glad you took so many fantastic photos! Now why do I have the overwhelming urge to watch “Mamma Mia” again? 😉

    Greece is on my definite to-see list, and this confirms that I really really want to go there!

    • Jessica August 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you! That’s exactly what I said the whole way home! Which reminds me… haha

  • Cathy @ Our Mini Family August 7, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Santorini is on our must-see travel bucket list!! Totally saving this post for when we travel there–hopefully for an upcoming wedding anniversary!!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks girl! You will love it. It was the most beautiful place I have ever seen.

  • Eva March 4, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Great post. Visiting
    In April so this will come on handy. 😊😊

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      You will love it! It’s such a gorgeous place.

  • How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch March 4, 2017 at 8:04 am

    First of all, these pics are to die for. Second of all, thanks for including the links to the places you stayed at cause WOW I WANT TO STAY AT ALL OF THEM!!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Of course! Thank you for visiting. It’s such a stunning place.

  • penelopi March 4, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I am happy that you enjoyed my country!! 🙂 🙂 Love from a Greek 🙂

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      It is stunning! I can’t wait to go back!!

  • ARIANA DEL RIO March 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

    The colors are so Iconic, and speak for themselves. Want to see Greece very soon. Lovely photos

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      It’s worth every penny for sure!

  • Brooklyn Murtaugh March 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Love this post! Santorini looks so beautiful! I hope I get to go one day!

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    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂