13 Romantic Things To Do In Santorini

romantic things to do in santorini
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If Casanova had been immortal, perhaps he would be living in Santorini today. Santorini is an island famous for its breathtaking views of golden evening light cast on whitewashed, blue-topped houses. The small, crescent-shaped island hugs a volcanic caldera that you can visit. North of Crete, and almost equidistant between the Greek and Turkey coastlines, Santorini is THE place to go in the Mediterranean to woo your lovely lady or treat your man.

1. Watch an Oia sunset at Ambrosia restaurant

Posted by Oia-santorini Ambrosia on Friday, 15 May 2015

If you have ever seen a postcard of Santorini at sunset, it was probably of Oia. This city is world famous for its whitewashed cube-shaped buildings, painted gold by the setting sun, capped with blue domes and built on the northwestern cliffs of the island. And there are few better places to enjoy the setting sun than Ambrosia. Enjoy traditional Mediterranean meat dishes, seafood, pasta, salads, and vegetarian specialties with an unimpeded view of the Mediterranean Sea.


Address: Cliffside Terrace at Village Center, Oia Santorini 847 02, Greece

Website: Ambrosia

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2. Windmill Villas

Posted by Windmill Villas - Santorini on Wednesday, 30 April 2014

I know staying in a windmill may not seem like your cup of tea, but hear me out! This windmill is like no other. The Windmill Villas are set in an exclusive three-story windmill, equipped with a pool, panoramic sea views, private terrace, garden, and an array of rooms. The villas have the charm of a time bygone, with the luxury and elegance of modern style. So waste no time, book a stay and collect your complimentary wine and fruit, upon arrival.

Windmill Villas

Price: 250 - 350 USD, per night for 2 adults

Number of Guests: Up to 6 guests

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3. Have a sunset dinner overlooking Nea Kameni at Naoussa in Fira

Posted by Naoussa Restaurant Santorini on Tuesday, 11 November 2014

If you want to find an authentic Greek restaurant in Fira, the type that serves more locals than tourists, with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea and Nea Kameni, then there are few better places to go than Naoussa. Munch on some complimentary dip and pita bread while you soak in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. The yummy tomato balls are recommended!


Address: Fira Santorini, Next to the Central Orthodox Cathedral of Fira Town, Mitropoleos, Fira Town Santorini 847 00, Greece

Facebook: Naoussa

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4. Take a cable car ride up or down the cliffs of Fira

Santorini, Greece
Source: Photo by user John Karakatsanis used under CC BY-SA 2.0

The fastest and delightfully scenic way from Fira down to the Old Port, a hub for sea travel around the island, including to Nea Kameni, is by cable car. For about 7 USD, you can climb in the cable car which will move almost vertically up and down the cliff. It is a pleasant and smooth experience. Of note: Out of the consideration of the donkeys kept in poor conditions at Fira, it is recommended that you use the cable cars, instead of them.

Santorini Cable Car

Address: Thera 847 00, Greece

Website: Santorini Cable Car

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5. Go to Nea Kameni: A volcanic island

Nea Kameni volcanic island - Santorini - Greece - 09
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Norbert Nagel used under CC BY-SA 3.0

After hopping off the cable car, take a skip over to the Old Port and book one of the dozen daily passages to the island of Nea Kameni, a short boat ride away. The island was formed over the past two millennia by repeated eruptions of lava and ash. It is a protected scientific site, filled with sulfur vents and red soil. Imagine Mars with Mediterranean shrubs.

Nea Kameni

Website: Nea Kameni

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6. Volcanic hot springs

The next time you are at a party with fellow travelers and someone brags about the time they went to the hot baths of Budapest, then rest assured, you can one-up them! You went to hot springs heated by a volcano in the Mediterranean Sea. The hot springs are offered as part of an excursion sold at the Old Port. And while you are at the Hot Springs, you might as well enjoy the volcano mud baths, too!

Volcano and Hot Springs

Website: Volcano and Hot Springs

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7. Wander hand-in-hand on the southern peninsula to the Akrotiri Lighthouse

Akrotiri Lighthouse
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It’s easy to lose the rustic beauty of the Mediterranean landscape while in Oia or Fira. So slip away from the bustle, lose your tourist hustle, and take the hand of your partner as you walk on the quiet, peaceful southern peninsula, toward the Akrotiri Lighthouse. If done during the middle of the day, I recommend a hat and plenty of water. Once there, enjoy the old beauty of the lighthouse and atop its perch, witness the vastness of the Mediterranean Sea.

Akrotiri Lighthouse

Address: Unnamed Rd Santorini 847 00

Website: Akrotiri Lighthouse

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8. Take a swim at the Red Beach

Santorini red beach
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Hartmut Inerle used under CC BY-SA 3.0

If you are intrepid enough to hike down the steep (but manageable) red cliff overlooking it, then at its base you will find a remarkable beach of red sand, as if from the scenes of a sci-fi film, set on Mars. Red Beach is a great place to sunbathe and a place that you and your partner can tell friends back home about. You may want to take a jar and fill it with some sand, then go to Black Beach and do the same!

Red Beach

Address: Grecia, Thira

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9. Ooze in a volcano-side mud bath

Swimming in the hot waters (2792913345)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Klearchos Kapoutsis used under CC BY 2.0

There’s nothing quite like having hot mud ooze around your body. Venture on out to the center of the caldera and you’ll actually find volcano hot springs. In the sea, in a shallow cove you’ll find the luxurious mud baths!

Volcano-side mud baths

Address: In the caldera

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10. Alas, head toward the vineyards for wine tasting at Santorini Wine Adventure Tour

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Did you know Santorini is one of the oldest wine regions in Europe? Well it is, and Santorini Wine Adventure Tours is a great place to not just learn about the vineyards of Santorini but also taste the vineyards of Santorini. Decked with delectable wines, these vineyards are a treat for any wine lover.

Santorini Wine Adventure Tour

Address: Santorini Wine Adventure Tours Messaria P.O Box 1564, 84700 Santorini, Greece

Website: Santorini Wine Adventure Tour

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11. Get a great angular shot of the famous Blue Domed Buildings

Blue domed buildings in Greece
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If you want a perfect shot of the famous blue domes in Santorini, make your way to the Church of Panagia and from the church, the famous blue-domed scenery can be found a few steps away. You will go through narrow alleys and yellow-colored buildings, walk through them until you see Bulgari Alexandros signboard then walk some more until you see a pathway that leads to a viewing terrace of the Mediterranean waters. Many tourists often explore this part of Santorini on their own as the terrace view near the church will get you a great scenic view and angle of the Blue Domed Buildings everyone in Greece on Instagram keeps posting.

Blue Domed Buildings

Address: Church of Panagia, Oia 847 02, Greece

Website: Blue Domed Buildings

Price: free entry

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Hidden Santorini tip! Want a picture of those white-washed buildings and blue-domed houses without the huge crowds of Oia? Try a visit to Imerovigli! A small village just south of Oia, Imerovigli can offer a piece of Santorini with less people around.
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12. Sunbake at the black sand beaches

Perissa Santorini Black Sand Beach

There’s a lot of beaches in Santorini and it’s no doubt many tourists and travelers will make their way to them at some point in their Greecian trip. For something a little more different from another white sand beach, make your way to black sand volcanic beaches like Perivolos Beach. Located on the southeast coast of the island, just 3 km (1.86 mi) from Perissa Beach. It’s covered in black lava sand with accessible beach equipment at your disposal, from beach loungers, showers, lifeguards, and other facilities for scuba diving and windsurfing to name a few. For those who wish to experience the beach nightlife, there’s also a couple of beach bars that let guests use their swimming pools while capping off the night with their best selling cocktail drinks.

Sunbake at the Black Sand Beaches

Address:Perivolos 847 03, Greece

Website: Perivolos Black Sand Beach

Opening hours: 24/7, Sun-Mon

Price: free entry

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Perissa Perissa
You can find another black sand beach in Santorini in Perissa. I visited it from Pyrgos by bus. Perissa is a small town next to the beach, on the other side of the Santorini island. Here you will find a quieter ambiance, perfect for relaxing and just lying on the beach. It’s one of the few places in Santorini where you can find a sandy beach to enjoy, as most of Santorini is rocky with a few ports but not a lot of traditional beaches.
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13. Try out your haggling skills while souvenir Shopping

Greek Souvenir Shops

No trip is complete without going souvenir shopping and when in Santorini, it’s hard to stay away. There’s a lot of interesting finds and amusing trinkets to get your friends and family back home, from authentic first edition books, vintage comic books, hand-drawn postcards, to handmade jewelry, local art, artisanal and homemade Greek products like chutney or olive oils, indeed, there’s a ton to take home with you. Some popular stores to check out include Speira, Secret Room, and Thiras Art Gallery.

Souvenir Shopping

Address: Santorini, Greece

Opening hours: hours may vary

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The sands of Santorini are waiting

If you are interested in the beauty of the Mediterranean climate, volcanoes, windmills, mud baths and hot springs, or world famous sunsets, book a flight, because Santorini has them all. It is the land of black sand, red sand, and regular sand. It is the volcanic land of golden sunsets. If you are traveling in Europe, or just pondering the remote possibility of traveling, you do not want to pass this destination up.

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