Magnificent landscapes, bright sunlight, the glimmering blue sea. Santorini is magical and as much as we are proud of our hotel, there's so much to enjoy outside it. Plan your own route, ask us for details or suggestions, look up the boat schedules, find the escorted tour that's best suited for you. There are many ways to discover the island and all of them have their perks, depending on the kind of traveller you are. Here's some of our suggestions:
- Hiking. The longest and probably the most satisfying hike on Santorini is the almost three hour long one from Fira to Oia. Make sure to start either early in the morning or later in the afternoon, because the heat can be unforgiving. If you take your precautions, though, you will enjoy some of the most magnificent views on Santorini, and the immensely satisfying full body experience of a good hike in a beautiful location.
- Sailing. The eruption of the famous volcano resulted in several small islands around the main one, as well as in stunning rock formations and landscapes you can best enjoy from the sea, so we'd say a boat trip is a must! You can take the boat from the port of Athinios or the old port of Fira, then visit Palea and Nea Kameni, the two small islands in the center of the Caldera, and continue to Thirasia and Oia. For a private, luxurious trip, and varying courses around the island, the best thing to do would be to check with our Santorini Sailing Center and take advantage of our unique offers.
- Tours. If you like company and you'd like an easy, affordable way to see the island, then you should definitely look up the escorted coach tour options. There are day long packages that include a guided tour to the Museum of Prehistoric Thira in Fira, a visit to the monastery of Prophet Elias, as well as to the village of Pyrgos and the church of Panagia Episkopi, with the great highlights of wine tasting in some of the best Santorinian wineries and enjoying the famous sunset of Oia. Check the various tourist offices to find the deal you most prefer and get ready for an unforgettable day!