Life is a collection of moments, so it is important to make every moment count even when on holidays. Imagine that you are planning your holidays in Santorini for a week. What should you do first, what is there to see and how can you possibly fit an entire island into a week of moments, sensations and snapshots? Well, let’s begin by living this week of yours…a moment at a time.
Travel to the island of Santorini by airplane or ferry and settle to your luxury hotel. If you are travelling with your other half, you may choose to rekindle romance at Katikies luxury boutique hotel situated in one of the most romantic villages of Santorini, the picturesque village of Oia or hideaway in the mesmerizing Villa Katikies. If what you are looking for is an even more serene and inviting place, then enjoy your stay in a luxury suite at Kirini Suites & Spa only a breath away from the village of Oia. Travelers of a more discreet nature seeking for an atmospheric hotel in the bustling town of Fira will find the Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel to perfectly fit their unique taste while the more adventurous souls will certainly enjoy staying at Chromata Santorini sea view rooms and suites cascading down the cliff side in the scenic village of Imerovigli. Once you settle, simply grab your camera, leave your hotel room, drive or walk to the closest village and start wondering around the neighborhood.
The First Snapshot
Welcome to Santorini! You may now begin collecting moments. From the first souvenir shop you encounter, the first picturesque chapel, cozy restaurant or Cliffside café. Yes, café, but not just a regular café but one that seems as if floating amidst the sea and sky. Pick one on the way and enjoy your coffee in view of the awe-inspiring Caldera and the cobalt blue of the Aegean Sea right at the edge of the cliff.
A Night Out
As the sun begins to set over the shimmering sea seek for a restaurant with view and taste some of the finest Santorinian delights along with a glass of fine local wine. Continue with a mouth-watering dessert or ice-cream and call it a night or if you are still not feeling ready for the day to end head to the bustling capital of Fira and enjoy an ice-cold cocktail at one of the best bars and clubs in town.
You’ve now taken your first glimpse of the island and you are probably wondering what are the best places to visit in Santorini. Considering that you are indeed in a Greek island, let’s begin the day with a swim in one of the island’s most stunningly beautiful beaches. You can either head to the island’s unique volcanic beaches, the Red Beach and the White Beach, lay on a sunbed or pump up your adrenaline with some of the best water sports and leisure activities in Santorini at one of the more popular beaches such as Perissa, Kamari and Perivolos or simply relax and unwind on a pristine beach away from the crowds such as Vlychada or Pori beach. When you feel that you had enough of the sun for the day, locate a local tavern serving fresh seafood by the sea or a cozy restaurant with exceptional sea view nearby and enjoy a scrumptious Mediterranean meal prepared with the finest local ingredients. Then head back to your hotel to relax for a while, put on your best outfit and experience Santorini by night.
You have already visited one of Santorini’s beaches so you can either go back or try a new one for your daily swim. If you haven’t yet been to Kamari you may head that way so as to combine your swim and lunch with a visit to the archeological site of Ancient Thira, discover the Sanctuary of Artemidoros, the Agora, the Temple of Dionysos, the Sanctuary of Apollon as well as the Theatre and add a dash of culture to your holidays in Santorini.
Following your beach routine, you may leave your afternoon open to discover the village of Imerovigli and marvel up-close the famous Skaros Rock. Then head to the village of Oia. Take a stroll through the cobblestone alleys, the cave houses, the blue domed churches and find the perfect spot to watch the legendary sunset. Enjoy a candlelight dinner under the moonlight and cheer with a glass of Santorinian wine.
After a refreshing swim in one of Santorini’s beaches head to the village of Akrotiri to see for yourself the remains of the Minoan town. Besides the historical interest the area of Akrotiri is also worth visiting for its beautiful natural surroundings and very good fish taverns. You may also visit the villages of Pyrgos evoking an atmosphere of a forgotten era with its neoclassical mansions and the Medieval fortress of Kasteli as well as the authentic village of Megalochori known for its many vineyards and wineries. Make sure to become a member of the Klepsydra Club of Katikies Group of hotels while enjoying your holidays in Santorini and let the concierge arrange for you a wine tour to some of the island’s best wineries including Boutari, Antoniou and Gavala.
Plan a daily cruise on a yacht to Santorini’s volcano, feel the island’s energy as you sail through the azure and swim in the Hot Springs. Then spend the rest of the day in the capital of Fira, do some last minute shopping and spend the evening relishing gourmet delights at a fine dining restaurant or refreshing drinks at a local bar.
You only have a few moments left to cherish before you head back home. You’ve now seen the best that the island has to offer, you’ve visited the best places to visit in Santorini and you’ve taken in more views than you can possibly grasp. But if you are really still wondering what to do in Santorini on your final day, the answer is simple…indulge!