21 Best Places To Visit In Santorini, Greece
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
Photography is popular at this unique volcanic landscape at the base of a steep red cliff.
2. White Beach
Small, quiet pebble beach known for its surrounding white cliffs.
3. Black Beach
Black-pebble beach in the island’s southwest, near Mesa Pigadia.
4. Vlychada Beach Santorini
Surrounded by rocks resembling a lunar landscape, this beach has many recesses and caves to explore.
Islands of Santorini`s Caldera
5. Palea Kameni
This small volcanic island in the center of Santorini’s caldera (submerged crater) offers swimmable hot springs.
Lesser known part of Santorini with views across the caldera and small villages, including one atop a cliff.
7. Nea Kameni Island
Barren, uninhabited volcanic island in middle of the caldera.
Strollable Villages At Santorini
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.
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.
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
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.
Colorful houses and prickly pears fill the narrow streets of this village, while vineyards surround it.
Surrounded by wineries that produce volcanic wines such as dry white Assyrtiko and sweet Vinsanto, this village is full of cave houses and churches.
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
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
Small archaeology museum featuring a large amount of ancient Santorini artifacts, mainly from Excavations of Akrotiri.
17. Tomato Industrial Museum
Former factory turned museum tracing the history of Santorini’s tomato industry.
18. Naftiko Mousio
Picturesque naval museum in a 19th-century captain’s house, with model boats and regional nautical artifacts.
19. Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
Well-known and beautifully preserved whitewashed church in a square with views of the ocean.
20. Panagia Episkopi
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
Situated on the summit of Santorini’s highest mountain, this walled monastery was founded in 1711.