As a popular name for travel destinations, Santorini has lived up to the hype. This exquisite Greek Island displays its permanent scars from a volcanic eruption that happened long ago in the 17th century which you would observe seeing as the topography stands out. The scars have become the beauty of this island, earning it some popularity for its uniqueness, driving a lot of couples in for an experience of the ethereal sunsets, and bewitching travelers with its volcanic sand beaches that showcase colorful lava pebbles.
It’s not surprising that the popular island pulls in over two million visitors in a year, which is quite a lot of people. But who can blame the people for crowding it up? The island is undoubtedly one of the best islands in Greece and there are just so many interesting things that you could do in Santorini. Certainly, you too may not want to leave once you start having so much fun. Heck, you would even be confused at first as to where you want to start, whether it’s to stay at the hotels that look like caves or immediately take a ride on a donkey.
No matter the confusion, there’s an experience that you certainly must have on this island. You should take a trip to Oia to witness the magical sunset that is one of its major attractions. You should be aware that it’s not a place you can be alone because almost every visitor to the island wants to experience the sunset just like you. If you are looking for a more secluded place to see the sunset, then perhaps you would like the view from Profitis Ilias Monastery just on the opposite end of the island.
As an island surrounded by water, of course, your stay in Santorini must include a boat ride tour of the island. You will get to see lovely historical sites like the churches that overlook the ancient Santorini maritime fleet, you’ll also be lucky to gaze upon the copper ring residue from the volcanic eruption that happened more than three millenniums ago. On your tour, at the bottom of Oia, you’ll get to see the island’s fishing ports, and many times, travelers also take time to enjoy a splash in the tremendous Aegean Sea.
The capital of this Greek island is not left out of the fun things to do. Fira is not such a large capital as compared to others in the European countries of the world but the satisfaction you’ll get from the view of this place beats almost anything elsewhere. For lovers of antiquities and history, the Thera museum holds a lot of archeological bliss and can immediately transpose you into the historical origins of the island.
A hike from the capital down to Oia is recommended to have a full view of the island. As you hike through the caldera, you’d be facing the city directly and can easily see the domes, the churches, and other beautiful structures that Oia has to offer. The hike is an average of four to five hours, and the beautiful sunset you’ll see from Oia may be all the reward you need.