Things to do
There are many things to do in Santorini. It is a paradise for walkers and strollers. The walk along the caldera from Fira to Imerovigli and Oia takes in the awe-inspiring views of the volcano as well as the opportunity to wander in the tiny twisting streets of the national heritage villages of Oia and Imerovigli. Views of the caldera can be had from Fira, Firostefani, Oia and Imerovigli. Alternatively you can walk up to the ancient ruins of the city of Thira which is sited on Mesa Vouno, 396m above sea level. From here, as well as the fascinating ruins of this ancient citadel, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the island, its beaches and the vast ocean spreading away from all directions. For those visitors who enjoy the rich ancient history of Greece then a visit to the archaeological site of Akrotiri is another place to go to. Here you can see the ruined remains of a Minoan town of some 3,500 years ago preserved, like Pompeii, in volcanic ash. At Exo Gonia and at Perissa there is horseback riding, on many of the beaches there are schools where you can hire and learn scuba diving and snorkelling. Many companies also offer cruises to the caldera and Oia to explore the volcano and also to enjoy the amazing sunsets from a different vantage point. For visitors who enjoy history and culture many museums and important religious buildings can be found in Fira. it is worth visiting the Orthodox and the Catholic Cathedral, the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, the Bellonio Cultural Centre, the Cultural Centre of Megaro Gyzi and the Folklore Museum. August is a particularly good month, although also the busiest. However, many cultural events are organised during this time with the most spectacular being in the middle of the month when the island puts on a unique reproduction of the eruption of the volcano, with fireworks discharged from boats anchored nearby causing an explosion of colour that lights up the entire caldera.
The villages of Santorini offer peaceful walks with special architectural interest, rocky settlements, mansions, old churches compose a particular set. Visit Messaria with its impressive mansions, Foinikia, Ancient Thira and the traditional village in Karterados
The medieval jewel of the island Pyrgos located at a distance of 7.5 km. From Fira. It still retains the town planning of the Venetian fort settlement with winding streets and traditional houses. Worth to take the walk up to the castle, with panoramic views all over the island. Visit the church of Theotokaki, here Easter is celebrated ceremoniously, with lanterns that illuminate the entire village.
The untouched from tourism island of Therassia opposite Oia reminds Santorini stopped in the 50s. the island has two settlements, Potamos and Manola. If you like hiking visit the church of the Virgin and the monastery of the Assumption with an impressive golden temple from Russia.