All 28 Santorini Sightseeing
Here are all the Santorini sightseeing that we suggest. Have a look on various attractions that you can see during your visit in Santorini, such as churches, monasteries, museums, castles and other sights.
All sightseeing in Santorini
The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos is located between Firostefani and Imerovigli. Founded in 1674, it hosts important relics and Byzantine icons.
Argyros Mansion is an elegant Neoclassical house, located in Messaria, a village famous for its architecture. This mansion was constructed in 1888 by Georgios Argyros, a landowner and wine merchant. Today, it has been renovated and works as a museum. It hosts wall paintings, traditional furniture and other artistic objects.
Located in the central square of Perissa, the church of Holy Cross is among the largest churches in Santorini. It was originally constructed in the 19th century and was reconstructed after the earthquake of 1956.
The church of Panagia Episkopi is one of the most important Byzantine churches on Santorini. South of Mesa Gonia village, this church was constructed in the 12th century AD and it is dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary.
The church of Holy Trinity has been constructed according to the traditional style. Located in Pyrgos village, it also houses a small museum with Byzantine icons and ecclesiastical clothing.
Located in the centre of Pyrgos, this castle was built in the Medieval times. Some walls of this castle survive today.
This is one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece,as it was constructed in 1892. Its position on the south western side of the island gives amazing view of the caldera and the Aegean Sea.
The Museum of Ancient, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Musical Instruments was inaugurated in October 2010 and it is housed in the old Community Building of Oia. It houses the personal collection of Mr Christodoulos Halaris, a prominent musician.
This small church is located on a hillside above the beach of Perissa, on the way to Ancient Thira. Due to its location, it offers marvelous view to the sea.
The Monastery of Prophet Elias is located on the highest peak of Santorini, at an altitude of 565m. It is a great destination for trekking and gives gorgeous view of the island. It also hosts a small ecclesiastical museum.
Walk about 20 minutes west of Imerovigli and you will reach Skaros, a strange rock where the remains of a Venetian Castle can be seen. The rock has great view to the caldera.
Located on the highest spot of Akrotiri, this Castle is actually the centre of the village. It was built in the Medieval times by the Venetians to protect the island from invasions.
The Caldera of Santorini is undoubtedly one of the natural wonders of Earth. The volcanic explosion that occurred here more than 3,500 years ago changed forever the topography of the Mediterranean coast.
The Catholic Cathedral is very close to the Orthodox Church. It is located in the Catholic quarter of Fira Santorini and distinguishes for its vibrant colours. The church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The bell tower was rebuilt after the terrible earthquake of 1956 that hit the island.
The Folklore Museum of Santorini is located in Kontohori, a suburb of Fira on the way to Oia. This museum is a private initiative of Mr Emanouel Lignos and it is housed in a typical cave house of 1861. The museum includes an underground winery with wine press, workshops of traditional jobs, a gallery and a small chapel dedicated to Agios Konstantinos.
Bellonio Cultural Centre is housed in a beautiful building in Fira, the capital village of Santorini. It hosts a library with rare editions of the 18th and the 19th century and it frequently organizes art exhibitions, lectures, musical concerts, theatrical performances and other events.
The Domenican Convent is dedicated to Saint Catherine. Founded in 1596, the convent works till today and has 12 nuns from different countries. It is located in the Catholic quarter of Fira, next to the Catholic Cathedral.
The sunset of Santorini is probably the most famous in the world. It is gorgeous from every part of the island, but the sunset in Oia is the best. Thousands of couples in love come to Santorini every year to see the sunset or get married with this lovely background.
The famous volcano of Santorini stands in the middle of the sunken caldera, right opposite the coastline of Santorini. It is located on the island of Nea Kameni and many tour boats go there from Fira. On the neighbouring island of Palea Kameni, there are the hot springs, which are said to have curative properties.
The Minoan Town of Akrotiri is one of the most important ancient sites on Santorini. It is located on the southern side of the island and the town was found almost intact, covered with layers of ashes. Scientists believe that this town was destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Santorini in about 1,650 BC. After many years of being closed down, the site reopened to visitors in April 2012.
Megaron Gyzi is where the Cyltural Centre of Thira is housed. The exhibits include old maps, engravings, old photos of Santorini and a library with rare editions. In summer, many cultural events are housed there.
The Nautical Museum of Santorini is located in Oia, the most picturesque village on the north of the island. It is located in an elegant mansion and houses nautical instruments, shipping documents, aquarelles, parts of ships and a small libary.
The Orthodox Cathedral stands in Fira. Originally built in 1827, the church got serious damages from the earthquake that his Santorini in 1956, so it was rebuilt. It has beautiful frescoes painted by the local artist Christoforos Assimis.
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is located in Fira and exhibits findings from the prehistoric times that have been excavated from Akrotiri, the Ancient Thera and other areas on Santorini. Exhibits include ceramics, marble statues, Minoan frescoes from Akrotiri, tools and weaponry.
The Archaeological Museum of Santorini is located on Fira, the capital village of the island. It hosts sculptures, ceramics, statues, small vases and findings from the ancient cemetery of Thera. The exhibits may not be as impressive as the exhibits of the Prehistoric Museum but it is still worth a visit.
Taking a donkey ride is one of the most popular activities on Santorini. Particularly, in Fira and Oia, donkey rides are very common. The most famous route is from the old port of Fira up to the town.
Ancient Thera is located on top of a cliff. The road there is a bit difficult and windy, but this is one of the must-see sights in Santorini. It is situated between two beautiful beaches, Kamari and Perissa.
Thirassia is a small island just opposite Oia, frequently connected to Santorini by tour boats. This is a remote place with untouched nature and few inhabitants.
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