If you're travelling to Santorini, you'll want to know the best places to go for beautiful views and experiences. Below are our suggestions for the 5 most spectacular spots on the island.
We visited Santorini at the end of October, and loved every moment of this sun drenched Aegean Greek island. It was the end of the ‘season’ so it wasn’t as busy as it would be in the summer months, which made for a relaxing break without crowds. It was still warm during the day - around 22 degrees celsius, but it cooled right down at night so if you’re going at this time of year you will need a few sweaters in your luggage!
We spent our trip exploring the island, quad biking and soaking up the rays. We found many beautiful and picturesque spots, here’s 5 of them that you should definitely visit when you go to Santorini.
Fira has all of the elements you’d expect of a Santorini city, white washed buildings, stunning views and beautiful sunsets. We sat at a bar watching the sunset with a glass of wine, and had dinner at one of Fira’s many restaurants. It’s not cheap to eat with a great view, but if you walk a bit inland you can find some great spots for traditional Greek cuisine. The view from Fira out to sea is truly mesmerising, you won’t be disappointed!
2. Venetsanos Winery
The Venetsanos family are famous in Santorini for producing amazing wine, and their winery was recently restored and opened to the public for tours and wine tasting. The winery overlooks the stunning caldera and the view is breathtaking. The Venetsanos experience is not to be missed. Start with a tour of the building and learn the history of the family, and then sit outside to sample the delicious wines, alongside some lovely cheese and fruit tasters. Perfect for a date night! You can find out more about Venetsanos here.
3. Vlychada Beach
Vlychada is a unique beach featuring dramatic white cliffs which crumble on to the black sand. We got there by quad bike, and when we arrived we couldn’t wait to plop down on the soft sand and relax. This is a perfect spot to watch the sunset and catch some rays. The water is very swimmable but we weren’t quite brave enough to brave the October sea temperature. There were only a few people scattered on the beach but I suspect this would change in the summer months. This was our favourite beach on the island and is well worth a visit.
4. Akrotiri Lighthouse
The lighthouse is located on the south western tip of Santorini, and is not particularly interesting in itself but the views from its base are worth the trip. Blue, blue and more blue as far as the eyes can see. We sat for a bit just looking out to sea, and Ryan flew up his drone for some great aerial shots.
Pyrgos is a picturesque small village built around a hill, around 7km from Fira. We loved walking through the small whitewashed streets to the top of the hill, where you will find the ruins of an ancient castle. We also lit a candle in a beautiful church, and had fresh lemonade at the art gallery cafe across from the church. There are small stalls selling souvenirs along the way up, and it’s a great place to get some holiday snaps.