Santorini for how many days? Suggestions

Santorini is the top tourist destination in Greece and it is known all over the world for its unique natural beauty. The caldera with the white villages on top, the sunken volcano, and the amazing sunset make it a popular place to be. We recommend 3 to 5 days in Santorini in order to visit as many places as possible. Santorini is a very interesting island and except for Oia, the volcano and the amazing views, there are many things to see and do. But you can also do it in 24 hours and many day trips are proposed from other nearby islands. It all depends on your priorities.

You will find below our excursions suggestions for 1, 2 or 3 days on the island of Santorini Greece. For a general idea, you can view the sights and things to do in Santorini.

First day in Santorini: Oia & the Sunset

The first thing to do in Santorini is to visit the island’s most picturesque villages in the northern part of the caldera. More specifically, make sure to include Oia, Imerovigli and Fira.
Imerovigli is known as the island’s most famous viewpoint. This is the best place to catch a great view of the Aegean Sea, the caldera and the volcano. Fira, the capital town of Santorini, is the most vivid place on the island and it also offers some of the most breathtaking sea views, since the settlement has been constructed on a cliffside.
Last but not least, remember to save Oia for the end of the day, as this is the best place to watch the world’s most romantic and most photographed sunset. Walking around these villages, you will spot some great shops, as well as restaurants, including Atlantis Book Store in Oia and Selene Restaurant in Fira.
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Second Day in Santorini: Fira & the Volcano

On the second day, visiting the famous volcano is a must. Tour boats leave from the small port of Fira and go to the Volcano several times per day. Most tours are guided and the volcano’s hiking path is not considered challenging.
It is also recommended to visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, which actually exhibits findings from Akrotiri Minoan site and other excavation sites on the island. It is a small museum, so the visit must not take more than an hour and most of the time, the museum is only open during morning hours.
Alternatively, you may choose to explore some of the island’s most charming traditional villages, such as Emporio, Pyrgos or Megalochori.
Organized tours and winery visits are also quite popular activities.
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Third Day in Santorini: Red Beach and other beaches

The best thing to do on your third day in Santorini is to take it easy and relax!
Rent a car or motorbike to explore the beaches of Santorini and find your favorite seashore! The most famous beach is the Red beach, but some people may find it too rocky.
Other popular beaches are Perissa, Kamari, and Perivolos; these are organized, with clear water and small pebbles on the shore.
You will find small taverns by the beachside where you can enjoy fresh fish and seafood.
In July and August, these beaches are usually very crowded, but because of their large size, you will always find room to lay down.
Their pebbles and sand have a distinctive black or red color due to the island’s volcanic origins.
While visiting the beaches of Santorini, you will have the opportunity to try out some adventurous watersports! Jet ski tours, scuba diving and paddling are some of the options.
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