Perched on the very edge of steep cliffs, the island of Santorini is famed throughout the world as being one of the most picturesque, romantic places you could ever visit. It has spectacular views and great sunsets, but more than this, any traveler can find a whole lot of fun things to do in Santorini.
The Beaches of Santorini
One of the most fun things you can do when visiting the island is to go to the spectacular beaches that offer plenty to do and see. Perissa Santorini is a purpose built resort that offers many bars, restaurants and clubs to keep even the most discerning traveler happy. Its beach is long and black and it has a great rock rising from the sea that the locals call ‘Mesa Vouno’, which is particularly impressive when the lights hit it at night.
Another beach that is worth visiting is the Red Beach, which can be got to via rocky walkways or by boat. The views on the way are spectacular and while here, the Mediterranean climate makes it great for sunbathing. The sand and rocks are red as they are iron rich and the sea is warm and inviting, perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming. Agios Georgios is perfect for those who want to try water sports, it also has beach bars and small taverns. Quieter than some of the others, it’s perfect for avoiding the crowds but still having fun.
Santorini Historical Sites
As the island has been around for thousands of years, it has some great historical attractions for those whose idea of fun is to learn about the place they are visiting. The Ancient Thira Museum is a must see, even the outside is a sight to behold. As you walk around the air-conditioned building, you can look at the artifacts that are all accompanied by very detailed explanations of what they are and what time period they belong to.
The Santorini Archaeological Museum is a quaint little museum that will only take a short time to walk around but is well worth the visit. It houses many vases and figurines from pre-historic Akrotiri and a set of clay statues that depict various local animals. The Megaron Gyzi Museum is another must see as it is home to a great collection of photographs and memorabilia that compare Fira before and after the devastating earthquake suffered there in 1956.
The island has many religious houses to visit, of particular interest are some of the ones situated in Fira, including;
- Agios Minas
- The cathedral of Hypapandi
- The cathedral of Christ
- The monastery of Panagia ton Dominikanidon
- Panagia tou Rodariou
The Donkeys of Santorini
For a fun way to get around the island of Santorini, there are donkey rides on offer that will delight the whole family. Up until the late 1970s, this was the only way to get from the harbor to Fira but even though cable cars are now available to take you up the 600 or so steps, the traditional donkey ride is still an experience that will never be forgotten.
Auron Renius is a seasoned travel writer who recommends Akrotiri Santorini Hotel as the most fun place to stay on the island of Santorini.