Famous for its stunning caldera, the volcano, and the romantic sunset, Santorini is considered one of the top places to visit in the world. Perched on the edge of steep cliffs, the picturesque villages of Santorini offer a great view to the Aegean Sea and the submerged volcano. Apart from the caldera villages with the traditional Cycladic architecture, such as Oia and Fira, there are much sightseeing to visit in Santorini. The most important ancient site is Minoan Akrotiri, a town that was entirely covered by volcanic ash when the volcano of Santorini erupted in about 1,500 BC. Another less-known archaeological site in Santorini is Ancient Thera, located on top of a hill above Perissa and offering a breathtaking view.
In this section, you can see the best Santorini Sightseeing but also by location. You can also view all things to see in Santorini by category: villages, beaches, museums, and churches or view our suggested excursions.
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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 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 neighboring 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.
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.
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.
Location: 11 km north west of Fira
Description: Oia, pronounced "Ia", is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is world known for its quite life and the fantastic sunset. Obviously the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini.
Location: 10 km from the main port, Athinaios
Description: Fira is the capital of Santorini and the main transport hub of the island. Although it gets very busy in summer, it still offers some of the greatest view to the volcano and the famous caldera of Santorini.
Location: 2 km north of Fira
Description: Firostefani is a small village within a walking distance from Fira. It is like a suburb to the capital of Santorini. It distinguishes for its traditional architecture, the wonderful view and its tourism developement.
Location: 3 km north west of Fira
Description: Imerovigli is like an extension of Fira but it is situated on a higher cliff. Providing some very romantic views, Imerovigli is more quiet than Fira but still enough tourism developed.
Location: 5 km south east of Santorini
Description: Pyrgos is a beautiful, traditional village with remarkable tourism development. It is built on the slopes of a hill and offers magnificent view.
Location: 12 km south west of Fira
Description: Red beach is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches of Santorini. It has black and red volcanic pebbles and hot water.
Location: 10 km south east of Fira
Description: The beach resort of Kamari is situated on the southern part of Santorini, right next to Perissa, with the enormous rock called Mesa Vouno between them.
Location: 10 km south east of Fira
Description: Perissa is a tourist resort that gets very crowded in summer. An impressive and organized beach, Perissa has black sand on its shore. The remains of Ancient Thera are close by.
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