In Santorini on spring 2023, besides relaxing dives and carefree strolls in the alleys, you can do many other things, such as hiking, tasting and seeing various sights.
Santorini, or Thira, is located in the southern Aegean Sea in the Cyclades group. A volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC. it was the cause that changed the landscape forever. This is one reason why the island is considered one of the most impressive destinations in the world.
It is an island with developed tourist facilities and is a pole of attraction for tourists, who exceed one million a year. The whitewashed houses combined with the blue sea and the famous sunset make the island a very attractive and romantic destination.
1. Explore Fira, the capital of Santorini on spring 2023
Fira is the capital of Santorini and is the most popular spot on the island. It is a primitive Cycladic town with excellent architecture, white houses and narrow streets with a panoramic view of the caldera. From Fira to reach the port of Skala you will have to go down 587 steps.
There are a few museums in the area, such as the Museum of Prehistoric Thira which is dedicated to the discovery of the ancient remains of Akrotiri and the Archaeological Museum of Santorini, which houses one of the largest collections of artefacts discovered on the island.
Fira is buzzing with life from morning to night and some of the most sought after clubs, bars and restaurants are located there.
2. Oia, the most beautiful village of Santorini with amazing sunsets
After Fira, Oia also offers some of the best things to do in Santorini. It is famous for the unique sunsets it offers, its picturesque streets with whitewashed houses and the view of the caldera.
In Oia you can stroll through the hidden staircases and passages of the village, shop at the local souvenir shops, visit its blue-domed churches and spend relaxing moments in a tavern enjoying the local food.
For the more adventurous, I would suggest visiting Ammoudi Cove, with its towering cliffs, an ideal spot for diving and diving. You can also hike from Fira to Oia, following the path or find a nice place to watch the sunset.
3. Take a boat ride in Santorini, a top thing to do in Santorini on spring 2023
Boat tours are one of the best things to do in Santorini. The most popular excursion is the one-day cruise to Palea Kameni with its thermal springs and the surrounding volcanic islands.
You can take a private tour with Santorini Tours without the 35 degrees Celsius and also a lot of people.
You can explore the island of Nea Kameni, stand on the edge of the volcanic crater and enjoy the thermal baths with Santorini Private Tours. Also, tour the picturesque island of Thirasia.
In general, there are many types of cruises in Santorini. Some are just boat rides in the caldera and some include activities like fishing, dining, sports activities.
4. Hit the beach!
There are many beaches on the island, different from each other and you can see them all to choose your favorite one. Santorini is warm in spring, so you can swim as you want.
Perissa’s long black sand beach is ideal for all ages and has all the amenities you will need, restaurants, snack bars and water activities.
If you prefer a quieter beach, there is Kamari, where you can enjoy the blue background of the sea, while the Red Beach offers a stunning view of the red colored volcanic rocks.
Aspri Paralia and Vlyhada are beaches with white sand and rocks and Monolithos is ideal for small children as it has calm and shallow waters. There are plenty of activities to do on the beach and in the water, from scuba diving to canoeing and paddling.
5. Take a wine tasting tour
Santorini is famous for its fine white wines and has some of the oldest vineyards that are still in operation and open to the public. Vineyard tours and wine tasting are particularly popular activities on the island. You can take a private wine tour with us!
Typically wine tasting tours last from one hour to the whole afternoon and you can choose between different packages. You can book a half day tour of 2-3 wineries or an island highlights tour with wine tasting ending in Oia for sunset.
6. Imerovigli, romantic streets and the best view of the Caldera
Imerovigli is a luxurious village located on top of a cliff and is called “the balcony of the Aegean”, since it has the most beautiful view of the caldera and its islands. It is a favorite place for romantics and couples who want to enjoy the golden hour of the sunset.
7. Visit the ancient site of Akrotiri
Akrotiri is a village in Santorini that became particularly famous thanks to the prehistoric settlement discovered there in 1967. It is believed to have been a Minoan city that was destroyed by the eruption of the volcano.
Excavations continue at Akrotiri, as no human remains were found during the excavation, meaning the village was abandoned before the explosion. You can book a guided tour of Akrotiri.
Also worth seeing is the Akrotiri Lighthouse and the view it offers, which was built in the 19th century and ceased to function during World War II.
+1. Go to Pyrgos, the highest village in Santorini
Pyrgos is a medieval village of Santorini that dominates the slope of Prophet Ilias. It is the highest village of Santorini and was the capital of the island until 1800. The architecture of the village has Venetian elements, with mansions and churches that are in harmonious coexistence with each other.
The Castle of Pyrgos built in 1580 is open to visitors and you will get an idea of the medieval life on the island. The incomparable view that the village offers will enchant you and you will enjoy local food in its taverns.