Top 5 Experiences in Santorini
Beyond the sunsets in Oia #GreekDaysWithMyLove
by Ruby Peng @wanderlustruby.
Santorini is a place we have dreamed of going for a long time and our 1st wedding anniversary seemed to be the perfect time to cross this off our bucket list. Most of our friends would say 2 or 3 days is more than enough for Santorini. However, with the way we like to explore all the little nooks and crannies, a week seemed like a more appropriate length to stay.
We have all seen photos of the white towns and with the blue domes, but there is so much more to this magical volcanic island. After watching that beautiful sunset in Oia, here are the top 5 experiences in Santorini that I think everyone should experience.
Red Beach – Akrotiri
Santorini island is known for having black, white and red Beaches, and after seeing them all, we can safely say that the red beach is by far the most impressive and truly is a red beach! Access to the beach is via a short hiking trail of roughly 10 mins. There are no facilities on this beach. Hence, make sure to take some snacks. On top of that, definitely take a snorkelling mask with you as the water is incredibly clear and there are some out of this world rock formations to see.
Caldera walk – Oia to Fira Hiking Trail
This is the best way to enjoy the incredible views of Santorini and for majority of the hike, we really felt like we had the island all to ourselves. First off let me say sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! The refreshing breeze from the sea would deceive you from how intense the sunshine really is. The full hike is around 12km but if you take all the extra detours along the way, it will take you about 4-5 hours to finish the entire trail. We definitely recommend all the detours ( you will know when you pass them) as the views are just out of this world.
Amoudi Bay – Beyond the Restaurants
Amoudi Bay is officially located within Oia. However, unless you do some research on Amoudi Bay specifically, you would not know that you could go cliff jumping in Oia!
You have to swim out into the sea a little to get to jump point, however, for adrenaline seekers, this is an experience you definitely should not miss! Now one thing you should note: the walk back up to Oia is a long and steep 300 steps up, accompanied by massive amounts of donkey poop!
The Town of Many Churches – Pyrgos
White walls and cobbled streets, this little town does not disappoint. An amazing maze of tiny roads—only accessible on foot—we would see local school kids returning home for lunch with their Mamas and Nonnas while shop owners would still use donkeys to carry their goods uphill. Time seems to stand still here. This brilliant little town is also home to a lot of churches—reports vary from 36 – 45—which certainly adds to the charm of Pyrgos.
Ancient Thera is an ancient city that sits on top of the very steep and high (360m) Mesavouno mountain since at least the 9th century BCE. To reach the top, you have the choice to either hike up from the village Perissa or take a bus from the village of Kamari. Regardless of which route you take, you would be rewarded by the most stunning view once you reach the top.
Ruby Peng is a London-based food, lifestyle and travel influencer. After backpacking around Europe, Asia and everywhere in between for 18 months, she now lives in London with her Instagram husband.
Follow her food and travel adventures on her widely popular Instagram @wanderlustruby.