Whether you have gone ahead and booked your dream trip to Santorini, Greece or you haven’t quite pulled the trigger on booking yet, obviously you will want to be sure you get the absolute most out of your holiday. Santorini is a popular destination for travellers, and with good reason, as it is brimming with sights, attractions, and spectacular natural beauty. So, how can you essentially narrow down the list of things you want to do and experience, and make sure you pick the best of the best? Not to worry, as we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a look at the five things you simply must experience in Santorini, whether it is your first time visiting or you’ve been lucky enough to have visited in the past.
Experience Villa Accommodation
You can ensure you have an incredible and memorable experience right from the get-go by experiencing what it’s like to stay in villa accommodation. Villas offer the height of luxury and you’ll feel like a celebrity while on holiday. Not only will you have a villa all to yourself, which means all kinds of extra space, but many come with exquisite outdoor space that includes such things as areas to sit and relax and your own private pool.
Take, for example, the options available in Santorini from the BlueVillas Collection. BlueVillas have this infinity pool villa where it looks as though the pool and the sea become one. The vistas are nothing short of stunning, and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a whole other world. There are a number of villas in the collection that offer an infinity pool Santorini.
BlueVillas is great for couples looking for a private retreat, all the way to large families or multiple families that want to stay in one place together. You can take advantage of multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and many other amenities.
Take in a Movie at the Open-Air Cinema
Here’s a unique experience that allows you to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the island while enjoying a movie. Located in Kamari Village is an open-air cinema. Santorini is well known for its lovely weather all year-round, so the odds of getting a perfect night for a movie are high. The cinema uses comfortable director chairs which are surrounded by stunning gardens and trees. You can also purchase food and drinks to enjoy while you watch the show, just like in the regular movie theatre.
Exploring by Foot
One of the very best ways to actually take in the sights and beauty of Santorini is to explore on foot. The popular hiking trail that takes you from Fira to Oia is an excellent option. The trail can take anywhere from a half to a full day to explore, depending on the pace that you set. It is six miles one-way, so you can move as slowly or quickly as you like. Along the way, you’ll walk through the towns of Fira, Fiorstefani, Imergovigli, and then Oia.
Keep in mind that this isn’t a marked trail or pathway, so it would be wise to have a map on hand just to be sure you’re heading in the right direction. Experts also recommend getting an early start so that much of the hike can be done during the morning shade.
Enjoy the Beaches of Santorini
Another must is to enjoy the many beaches that Santorini has to offer visitors. Red Beach is among the most famous, thanks to its red cliffs that tower above the shoreline. It has red and black volcanic pebbles in the water, and the water is also hot. It should be noted that this one is on a watch list for landslides, and can be tricky to access since there is no paved path. Those with young children and seniors may be best to choose another beach. Not to worry, there are plenty of others.
Other beaches you can check out are Perissa, Kamari, Vlychada, Perivolos, Agios Georgios, White Beach, and Monolithos. Each has its own unique attractions, so do your research ahead of time to pick the best for your interests.
Sample All the Greek Food You Can
Then there is the dining in Santorini, which for many people ends up being the highlight of their trip. This is your opportunity to get your share of Greek cuisine, as everything is authentic, fresh, and often local. As for what to try, there are a few dishes you’ll want to sample. Be sure to try the tomato gefthedes (tomato fritters), fava me kouia (mashed fava beans), Greek salad, Saganaki (fried cheese stuffed in filo pastry that is drizzled in honey), Greek wine, and keftes/kofta (a ground meat).
A Trip to Remember
By adding these experiences to your “must-do and must-see” list, you’ll be making the absolute most of your time in Santorini.
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