Santorini

Things to do in Santorini

Santorini’s main draw may be its majestic landscape, cubic-white washed architecture, multi-colored sunsets and sweeping views of the Aegean Sea. That said, there are plenty of things to do in Santorini, including exploring the island’s two central towns, Fira and Oia. Make sure that you also wander through the countryside that surrounds each town, where you’ll find local vineyards, gardens, family businesses and restaurants, churches and ruins. Travelers looking for things to do in Santorini shouldn’t pass up the chance to spend a day at one of the island’s numerous beaches, which range from secluded remote destinations, to packed, crowded areas adjacent to bars, clubs and restaurants. While on the beach, consider partaking in some of the island’s activities, such as scuba diving and snorkeling. Santorini is also well known for its numerous nude beaches, including Vlychadda. Even on non-nude beaches, it is not uncommon for women to sunbathe topless. Finally, for those wondering what to do in Santorini, make sure to tour at least one of the local, well-regarded wineries, which dot the island and offer generous tastings. Don’t miss a visit to Santo Wines, which offers guided tours and is best known for its sparkling wines.

The charming bookstore is run by a pair of hyper-literate Brits, who love films and books in equal measure. The shop hosts frequent readings, as well as midnight screenings on the outdoor terrace of both classic cinema (Casablanca) and contemporary flicks (Napoleon Dynamite).

Jeweler and winemaker Kostas Antoniou's work puts a modern twist on classical Minoan pieces. His shop also stocks vino and offers tastings—but drinking and shopping could be dangerous: Antoniou's gold necklaces don't come cheap.

If you forgot to pack suntan lotion or your favorite perfume shattered in your carry-on, you'll have no problem finding replacements at the Santorini outpost of the beloved Greek one-stop beauty megastore chain.

With all that volcanic rock, not much grows on Santorini—except for grapes. Locally produced dry white and dessert wines are renowned throughout the country.

The ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri of Thera—Santorini's Pompeii—has the most famous ruins in the Cyclades.

Funky Oia is hardly Santorini's center of nightlife, but Hasapiko is an exception. It specializes in strong cocktails, and all "nationalities, sexualities and mentalities" are welcome.

The sophisticated spot with views over the caldera is the perfect counterpart to Fira's more raucous late-night lounges. Opera drifts across from the sound system, leaving patrons free to sip champagne cocktails and admire the view in a serene setting.