Top 5 Things to Do in Santorini

1) Ancient Thira

Ancient Thira

Separating Kamari from Perissa is Ancient Thira. First settled by the Dorians in the 9th century B.C., this archaeological site is home to ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras. Stroll down Ancient Thira’s main street and you’ll pass Roman baths, old mosaic houses and even an old agora (marketplace). And let’s not forget the spectacular views from the Terrace of the Festivals, where ceremonies were held in honor of the Greek god Apollo, son of Zeus and the god of light.

Ancient Thira is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., although hours may vary depending on the season. Admission is about $5 USD (€4).

2. Amoudi Bay-

Amoudi Bay

For beautiful views of the caldera, descend the 300 steps from the northern city of Oia to the tiny port of Amoudi Bay. Surrounded by steep cliffs, this little fishing area features several little tavernas serving up the catch of the day. According to one TripAdvisor user, “This is the most picturesque place on the island. … We had some wine and baklava and watched the sunset at one of the restaurants, just steps from the water. Also saw some of the fresh fish being delivered. It was simply amazing.” According to recent visitors, this is the best place to catch a Santorini sunset.

3. Kamari Beach-

Kamari Beach

Santorini’s volcanic history has lead to the formation of some of the more unique beaches in the Greek Isles, and Kamari is no exception. Sitting about four miles southeast of Fira on the island’s east coast, this stretch of powdery black sand is the largest on Santorini. Bordering it is the town of Kamari, the island’s most developed resort area. You’ll also find numerous hotels, restaurants, beachside bars and shops.

Keep in mind that because Kamari is so easily accessible with so many amenities, you won’t find the peace and quiet here that you would at other beaches like the Red Beach in Akrotiri. In order to secure a good sunbathing spot, plan to get here early.

4. Red Beach- 

Red Beach

Santorini’s volcanic history has lead to the formation of some of the more unique beaches in the Greek Isles, and Kamari is no exception. Sitting about four miles southeast of Fira on the island’s east coast, this stretch of powdery black sand is the largest on Santorini. Bordering it is the town of Kamari, the island’s most developed resort area. You’ll also find numerous hotels, restaurants, beachside bars and shops.

Keep in mind that because Kamari is so easily accessible with so many amenities, you won’t find the peace and quiet here that you would at other beaches like the Red Beach in Akrotiri. In order to secure a good sunbathing spot, plan to get here early.

5. Museum of Prehistoric Thira-

Museum of Prehistoric Thera

Taking a trip to the Museum of Prehistoric Thira is a great way to finish exploring the ruins of Santorini’s ancient cities. This tiny museum in the heart of Thira houses frescoes and other archaeological treasures found during the excavation of Ancient Akrotiri, as well as other digs sites around the Aegean Islands. Some of the pieces here date back several thousand years and offer insight into early human life on the Greek Islands, making this an interesting place to check out if you’re interested in history.

On the other hand, some visitors were disappointed by the museum’s small size. As one recent visitor tells TripAdvisor, “They had a lot of interesting items on display but sadly I think the bulk gets shipped to the bigger museums in Athens.”

The Museum of Prehistoric Thira is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is about $4 USD (€3) per person.

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