Oia Santorini is Greece’s first preserved settlement (since 1976) and certainly Santorini’s most photographed place. Its sunsets have been a source of inspiration for countless artists and its alleys act like magnets inviting you to get lost in its well hidden secrets. Located about 40 minutes drive from Fira, it will captivate you because it’s simply irresistible.
The main street divides it into two regions, the one that overlooks the caldera with the impressive cave buildings and the one filled with majestic captain houses. You should not be surprised by the domes that appear on each corner, as in Oia there are more than 60 churches. At its edge you will see the Castle, part of which has been preserved and offers spectacular views as well as a fascinating journey back in time.
Located 12 km from Oia, the ever buzzing Fira is one of the stops that you should definitely make while on the island. Built approximately 260 metres above sea level, it seems to be dressed up in full white, as it hangs over the cliff and draws every visitor’s admiration. Its unique position at the caldera offers breathtaking views of New and Old Kameni, resulting in crowds flocking here all hours of the day.
A large number of stores and shops that have sprung in the streets of the most densely built part of Santorini years ago still stand the test of time. The starting point of your walk will be the main Theotokopoulou square which has many cafe bars. A little further down, you will find a road full of luxury jewellery shops inviting you for a multi carat experience! Indulge in the charm of beautiful streets and let your gaze wander the eerie beauty of the caldera.
Imerovigli occupies the most privileged position and has the most breathtaking views of the caldera and Thirasia. It is famous for its luxurious hotels that offer their guests a “natural balcony” at the caldera, calm atmosphere and highly relaxing scenery.
Anogi restaurant, at the central square, welcomes you for a perfect epilogue of your day, offering you some of the best dishes in Santorini and authentic Greek hospitality.
You can visit the greatest archaeological discovery in the Eastern Mediterranean in Akrotiri, a picturesque village in the southwestern part of the island, about 10 km from Fira. The major attraction here is the prehistoric settlement first inhabited around 4500 BC, that came to light after the systematic excavations which began in 1967.
Since last year the archaeological site has been upgraded and covered, attracting thousands of visitors. Do not miss the opportunity to visit one of Greece’s most important historical attractions and wander through the site of an ancient city which seems to be still alive.
Donkeys are an integral part of the island, as well as an attraction. Therefore, you should not miss the opportunity for a donkey ride, to experience a touristic but nevertheless unique experience. They are the most popular means of transport as well as a part of folklore and local culture.
Santorini is undoubtedly one of the world's top destinations for weddings. From May to September around 4-5 weddings take place here every day (last year there were about 900 weddings)! People from every corner of the globe come here to vow their eternal love.
Do not miss the opportunity to attend the cooking and degustation sessions at Megalohori's main square, which is an initiative of the local Raki and Spiti restaurants! During the course of the session you will be taught to make traditional Santorinian recipes.
Everybody has dreamt of sailing in the Aegean sea and everyone should, at least once in their life. At Aris caves we made sure to gather a variety of sailing packages in order to ensure that whether you are clueless or an experienced skipper we have something for you. Just ask Christina.
A stone’s throw from cosmopolitan Oia, you will discover the multicoloured hamlet of Finikia. These old wineries have been converted into homes that are not your typical Cycladic stonewash white but rather are painted in ochre, blue, and pink, and provide a beautiful contrast.
An essential stop during your visit to the beautiful Santorini, especially for lovers of music and art in general. It cannot be classified as ``museum`` and it cannot be restricted to titles, since it is something special and one of a kind.It is located in Kasteli of Akrotiri.