Your Santorini bucket list

Santorini Island
Santorini Island

Your Santorini bucket list

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

A magical destination such as Santorini needs no introduction. With blue-domed churches, unreal views of the Aegean Sea and picture-perfect moments with every turn of your head, this whitewashed beauty of an island will leave you awestruck until the end of your stay. To make the most of your time here, check the following off your bucket list:

  1. Treat your eyes to the best sunrise and sunset you’ve ever seen. For a good vantage point, check out the Byzantine Castle in Oia. Don’t forget to set your alarm to catch the sunrise, but be aware there may be a sea of people who had the same idea.
  2. Meander the narrow streets in Fira, Santorini’s capital, and shop for souvenirs to bring back home—olive oil, wines, ouzo and ceramic paper boats are popular items.
  3. Delight your tastebuds in Greek fare such as fava (a side dish made from pureed split yellow peas), “chlorotyri” (goat cheese found only in Santorini) and “saganaki” (fried cheese wrapped in Phyllo dough) to name a few. Seafood, of course, is a must.
  4. Clink your glasses and become an oenophile with the handful of wineries found on the island. Assyrtiko is the main grape variety here.
  5. Be adventurous and try your hand at water activities such as jet skiing, kitesurfing, windsurfing or diving. Or charter a boat and live the extravagant life for a few hours.
  6. If watersports aren’t for you, venture to the many nearby beaches to include Perissa, Kamari, Red Beach, White Beach and Vlichada Beach for starters. Note that the beaches are rocky, so be sure to bring water shoes.
  7. Take a high-touch history lesson and explore what may be the real Atlantis in Akrotiri, a settlement that was destroyed in the Minoan eruption.
  8. Admire the churches of Agios Theodori in Firostefani, Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Fira and Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, also located in Fira.
  9. Book the ultimate stay at one of the many cave accommodations—whether it’s through Airbnb or hotels such as Lava Caves
  10. Hire a photographer to capture that magical moment in this beautiful Greek island. There are several photographers on Airbnb.

Subscribe to our Stripes Europe newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, helpful PCS tips, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Europe
Pinterest: Stars and Stripes Europe
Instagram: @StarsandStripeseurope

Related Content

Recommended Content

Around the Web