A volcanic eruption that took place somewhat 3.700 years ago caused part of the island to sink, forming the imposing cliffs that plunge into the sea, allowing for the magnificent views of the Aegean.
Enjoying a cocktail at the caldera, whilst watching the sunset, is a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience. To fully appreciate the island’s intoxicating beauty, charter a yacht to cruise around the island. You can also hire a boat and take a trip to the tiny island of Asporinisi, right next to the volcano, where you will find an idyllic beach accessible only by boat.
Many people head to Oia to enjoy Santorini’s famous sunset, yet the best spot to watch the sun go down is the charming village of Imerovigli. Santorini offers some of Greece’s most superb wine, thanks to its fertile volcanic soil.
It is also a foodie’s paradise. From the charming sea food tavernas of Ammoudi to one of Fira’s high end restaurants, you are spoilt for choice. At Akrotiri, you will find the ruins of an ancient town that dates back 3500 years; take a stroll around the ruins and then head to one of the village’s traditional tavernas for some local treats – an unmissable experience.
Best beaches in Santorini
Amoudi Although there is practically no beach here, Ammoudi is perhaps the best place to enjoy the sea in Santorini. The cove has crystal blue waters and a beautiful seabed. After swimming, you can grab a bite at one of the tiny port’s superb tavernas.
Kamari The highbrow choice for Santorini’s cosmopolitan crowds. The beach is organised, offering loungers and an array of family-friendly venues for eating and drinking.
Monolithos A rarity for Santorini’s rugged coastline, Monolithos boasts a sandy beach and shallow waters that make it ideal for children, as opposed to the steep seabeds of Kamari and Perissa.
Perissa and Perivolos Perissa and Perivolos are, in essence, a long beach lined with very lively beach-bars and frequented by young party-crowds.
Red beach A stunning bay with warm waters backed by red and black cliffs that rise out of the ground. The pebbled beach is one of the island’s most popular and tends to be overcrowded during peak season.