Santorini is undoubtedly one of the top travel destinations in the world. Its romantic atmosphere, the legendary sunset and the imposing view from the caldera are enough to make you a permanent resident. If you are looking for short alternative trips, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then Santorini may be on your list, despite its popularity. See how to to spend 2 days in Santorini in September 2023.
The first day on the island of Santorini in September 2023
Santorini is an attraction in itself, you realize this from the first moment you set foot in the port and face the imposing red rocks. When you manage to escape the army of rooms to let, then your journey will officially begin.
First stop is Firostefani! Enjoy your breakfast in one of the cafes in the area, which give you a great view and of course the necessary strength to continue your tour. If you feel rested, it is worth walking the path Firostefani – Fira and fill your camera’s memory with white domes and different shots of the volcano.
Continuing your route, stop at Finikia, a beautiful picturesque settlement just below Oia. In Finikia you will find everything you are looking for in the post-covid era, calmness, no crowds and of course absolute Santorinian hospitality. After regrouping and the necessary luggage arrangements, it is time for yourfirst dive.
Next stop Perivolos.The huge black beach of Santorini awaits you for unforgettable moments by the sea. Black fine gravel and dark blue waters marry with the volcanic landscape and challenge you to dive. As in any volcanic landscape, the ground literally “boils”, so your journey from the deck chair to the beach will be a chore, so make sure you have the right equipment nearby.
See the villages of Santorini in September 2023
Santorini has wonderful villages and it is worth taking a road trip to the mountainous and unknown villages of Santorini to most tourists. There is Emporio which is the largest village and has an impressive medieval Kasteli, the cave settlement of Vothona 3.3 km from Fira and the nearby lively village of Mesaria which was the center of industrial development in Santorini during the 19th century.
You can also go to the village of Karterados south of Fira, which during the 19th century was one of the largest captain’s villages on the island, to the small village of Vourvoulos in the northeast, to Exo Gonia in the south which is built on a slope and to the adjacent Episkopi Gonia with the famous church of Panagia Episkopi.
Finally, you can visit the traditional Megalochori near Fira with its wonderful architecture and of course the medieval village of Pyrgos which dominates the slope of Prophet Ilias and has a view of the whole of Santorini. The first capital of the island until 1800 is a castle that retains the characteristics of the Venetian empire with churches, while mansions and country houses coexist harmoniously.
Prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri
Among the attractions of Santorini, the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri holds the sceptre. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Aegean. It is located at the southwestern end of the island and is 15 km from Fira. The site can be visited again from April 2012, after the completion of the construction of the new bioclimatic roof.
The second day in Santorini in September 2023
Start back for the old port of Fira and set sail for the volcano of Santorini. A unique experience awaits you there, as you will arrive by sailboat in Nea Kameni and climb the craters. The view is impressive, as is the atmosphere that the place exudes. The continuation finds us in Palea Kameni for warmer dips in its thermal waters. You can take a Santorini Private Personalized Tour with us!
Take a trip to the volcano Santorini in September 2023
Take a trip to the volcano with the boats that start from Gialos i.e. the old port of Fira, the port of Athens and Ammoudi below Oia. The visit to the volcanoes Nea Kameni and Palaia Kameni with the thermal springs will bring you closer to the myth of the Lost Atlantis and the beginning of the creation of today’s Santorini. You will first go to Nea Kameni where you can walk up to the crater of the volcano.
You should know that in summer the route is not easy, especially if you are not in good physical condition. The path is uphill in several places and the ground is loose. However, the magnificent view of the caldera and its settlements from all parts of the island will compensate you for your effort. Then you will go to Palaia Kameni with the hot springs. If you want, you can swim. The waters have a yellowish color, temperature 5 degrees higher than the rest of the sea and the smell of sulfur is strong.
If you have visited the volcano, invest in a guided tour of one of the island’s wineries and close your day with a tasting.It is worth visiting the village of Pyrgos and Exo Gonia. You can combine it after your bath in Perivolos. For souvenirs, choose beyond the classic magnets, local products, such as Santorini cherry jam, fava beans and of course a vinsanto wine.