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Things To Do In Santorini (Thira)
Santorini is one of the most popular islands in all of Europe and is especially known for its picturesque sunsets, beaches and towns. Packed with tourists almost all year round, there are many things to do in Santorini that will keep you occupied for many days without ever getting tired of this beautiful island. From its pristine beaches with unique coloured sands to the still standing volcanic island. From pretty pathways that are crowded with shops selling all kinds of souvenirs to remarkable views of the Aegean Sea. Here's our list for you.
Exciting Jet Ski & Kayaking Tours On The Caldera
One of the most interesting activities you can do in Santorini, filled with adrenaline, is the Jet Ski or Kayaking tour around the Caldera. A similar tour can also be done on a Boat with plenty of boats offering such services multiple times in a day. There are different tours available depending on your budget and time. The most popular is the one that includes a trip to the Volcanic Island, the Hot Springs (where you can also take a dip in the warm waters) and the island of Theresia. Some of the boat tours also offer a sunset view over the Caldera and dinner.
Hike from Fira to Oia
The 10km hiking trail from Fira to Oia is a very popular activity. The journey is long - one can take up to 3 to 4 hours, but the hike is a beautiful one. You will get to see almost every scenery that is usually printed on the postcards of Santorini. The trail covers many small villages and sticks mostly to a coastal road. You can also take a small detour to Skaros Rock which would add about an hour extra. Part of the route is a pedestrian walkway while the rest are dirt paths. Start your walk early so that you don't get caught in the sun.
Wine Tasting & Vineyard Tour
There are many wineries in Santorini worth visiting. Choose one that suits your budget and proximity and you can spend a good few hours there. While the tour may not be all that expensive, the wine tasting can be - so be prepared for it. You can choose to visit one Winery or multiple, but if you are planning to go in for a guided tour, be sure to book them in advance as they fill up fast. Santo & Venetsanos are the most popular wineries and usually, if you go for a guided tour, it will include either one of them. Both these places have a beautiful restaurant which overlooks the Caldera where you can rest and have multiple tastings.
Watch The Magnificent Sunset
Santorini sunsets are one of the most talked about in the world. On a clear day, the sunset over the Caldera is truly breathtaking. Most tourists prefer to see the sunset from Oia, as it is at the tip of the Island. But Fira, Imerovigli and Firostefani also have excellent views. As the sun goes down, all the narrow pedestrian walkways overlooking the cliffs are lined with tourists simply watching the sunset and doing nothing else! It is definitely a dreamy experience! And post-sunset, the Santorini by night with the lights on across the cliff-facing resorts and hotels makes for a gorgeous sight.
Experience An Open Air Cinema in Kamari
The Open Air Cinema at Kamari is one of the best open-air cinemas in all of Europe. It's an interesting experience to watch a movie under the night sky. Movies are usually in English with subtitles in Greek and start by 9:30 pm. The cinema has a snack bar which provides food and beverages like any regular cinema. The place is open only from May to October and seats are limited, filling up too fast for your pleasure. So make sure you book in advance.
ATV Quad Bike or Electric Bike Tour
If walking or hiring a car is too boring, try renting out an ATV Quad bike or an Electric bike for a tour around the Island. You can also opt for a guided tour using these vehicles, though it is much more expensive. Visit the beaches, wineries, traditional villages, windmills and more. This can be a full day or half day activity depending on your interests and budget.
Ride On A Donkey
There are many tour operators who offer Donkey/Mule rides across the Island. You can choose to ride through the island or specific villages, perhaps when you get tired of walking around. The experience is unique and is popular with tourists. Another way to experience it is while coming or going to the old port of Fira. The port has roughly 600 steps to get to it. Climbing down is, of course, easier, but still takes about 20 to 25 minutes. Climbing up is a much more difficult task. So people opt to take a donkey ride up.
Note - there is also a cable car service to reach the old port.