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21 Best Places To Visit In Santorini, Greece

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Santorini is one of the best places to visit in Greece. Plan your trip to the dramatically beautiful Greek island by visiting top sites that welcome visitors year-round, even in winter.

Here are things to do and places to visit in Santorini, Greece.

Seaside Landscapes At Santorini

1. Red Beach

red beach santorini, place to visit in Greece
red beach santorini, place to visit in Greece – Photo credit: Jeniffer Caetano (google map)

Photography is popular at this unique volcanic landscape at the base of a steep red cliff.

2. White Beach

White beach santorini, place to visit in Santorini Greece
White beach santorini, place to visit in Santorini Greece

Small, quiet pebble beach known for its surrounding white cliffs.

3. Black Beach

Black Beach Santorini Greece
Black Beach Santorini Greece

Black-pebble beach in the island’s southwest, near Mesa Pigadia.

4. Vlychada Beach Santorini

vlychada beach santorini
vlychada beach santorini in Greece – www.santorini-gay.com

Surrounded by rocks resembling a lunar landscape, this beach has many recesses and caves to explore.

Islands of Santorini`s Caldera

5. Palea Kameni

Palea Kameni Island Santorini, Greece
Palea Kameni Island Santorini, Greece – Photo credit: Carmela Mascolo (google map)

This small volcanic island in the center of Santorini’s caldera (submerged crater) offers swimmable hot springs.

6. Therasia

Therasia Santorini, Greece
Therasia Santorini, Greece – Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Lozi (google map)

Lesser known part of Santorini with views across the caldera and small villages, including one atop a cliff.

7. Nea Kameni Island

Nea Kameni Island Santorini, Greece
Nea Kameni Island Santorini, Greece

Barren, uninhabited volcanic island in middle of the caldera.

Strollable Villages At Santorini

8. Fira

Fira Santorini, Greece. Place to visit in Santorini
Fira Santorini, Greece. Place to visit in Santorini -Photo credit: Bularca Andrei (google map)

Fira (Thera) is the capital of Santorini, with the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, the whitewashed Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral and a clifftop location with views of the islands of the caldera to the west.

9. Imerovigli

Imerovigli Santorini, Greece. Best place to visit in Santorini
Imerovigli Santorini, Greece. Best place to visit in Santorini – Photo credit: Oliver Saunders (google map)

On a rocky promontory jutting into the sea, this small village offers fantastic views of the caldera (submerged crater) and is especially nice at sunset.

10. Oia

Oia Santorini, Greece. Place to visit in Greece
Oia Santorini, Greece. Place to visit in Greece – Photo credit: Christopher Hynes (google map)

At the northwestern tip of Santorini, this town overlooking the vast, water-filled caldera is famous for whitewashed houses carved into rugged clifftops, and dramatic sunset views.

11. Pyrgos Kallistis

Pyrgos Kallistis Santorini, best place to visit in Greece
Pyrgos Kallistis Santorini, best place to visit in Greece – Photo credit: 黃莉玲 (google map)

On a steep hill above the island’s port, Santorini’s highest village offers panoramic views and a maze of narrow pathways, steps, chapels, and squares.

12. Finikia

Finikia santorini, Best place to visit in Santorini
Finikia santorini, Best place to visit in Santorini – Photo credit: Neil Graham (google map)

Colorful houses and prickly pears fill the narrow streets of this village, while vineyards surround it.

13. Megalochori

Megalochori Santorini in Greece
Megalochori Santorini in Greece – Photo credit: Joel Curcio (google map)

Surrounded by wineries that produce volcanic wines such as dry white Assyrtiko and sweet Vinsanto, this village is full of cave houses and churches.

14. Emporio

Emporio Santorini, place to visit in Santorini Greece
Emporio Santorini, place to visit in Santorini Greece – Photo credit: Giovanni Lobello (google map)

Santorini’s largest village, this medieval commercial center features homes that were built close together to protect from pirates.

Historic Sites, Churches & Museums At Santorini

15. Excavations of Akrotiri

Excavations of Akrotiri in Santorini Greece
Excavations of Akrotiri in Santorini Greece – Photo credit: Michael Sullivan

Enclosed archeological excavation of a Bronze Age settlement buried under ashes from a volcanic eruption, with preserved remains of fine frescoes and tools.

16. Museum of Prehistoric Thera

Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Santorini, Greece
Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Santorini, Greece – yourholidayhomes

Small archaeology museum featuring a large amount of ancient Santorini artifacts, mainly from Excavations of Akrotiri.

17. Tomato Industrial Museum

Tomato Industrial Museum Santorini, Greece
Tomato Industrial Museum Santorini, Greece – Photo credit: Mark Nielson

Former factory turned museum tracing the history of Santorini’s tomato industry.

18. Naftiko Mousio

Naftiko Mousio Santorini in Greece
Naftiko Mousio Santorini in Greece – Photo credit: Paolo Gatto

Picturesque naval museum in a 19th-century captain’s house, with model boats and regional nautical artifacts.

19. Ekklisia Panagia Platsani

Ekklisia Panagia Platsani Santorini Greece
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani Santorini Greece – Photo credit: Олег Бурневич (google map)

Well-known and beautifully preserved whitewashed church in a square with views of the ocean.

20. Panagia Episkopi

Panagia Episkopi Santorini In Greece
Panagia Episkopi Santorini In Greece – Photo credit: Milan Hlaváč (google map)

Many icons, along with restored frescos, adorn this domed church constructed in the 11th century and considered to be an important Byzantine monument.

21. Moni Profiti Ilia

Moni Profiti Ilia Santorini, place to visit in santorini Greece
Moni Profiti Ilia Santorini, place to visit in santorini Greece – Photo credit: Satyan Khushoo (googel map)

Situated on the summit of Santorini’s highest mountain, this walled monastery was founded in 1711.

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