What to see in Santorini and surroundings in 7 days

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Martí Micolau

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Santorini is one of the most beautiful pearls of Greece and is part of the Cyclades archipelago. It is famous for its ancient origins, for its breathtaking views of the sea and the caldera and for the typical narrow streets and white houses with cobalt blue doors and windows. In a week I am there are really many attractions that you can visit in this magnificent location: you will pass by the nerve centers of its past (such as Akrotiri), to the most characteristic beaches (Red Beach and White Beach) and you will love the magnificent views from the most important points of the island, such as the one that can be admired from The heart of Santorini, a natural heart shaped rock.
Here what to see in Santorini and surroundings in 7 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Santorini
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Dedicate your first day in Santorini to visit of its capital: Fira. Absolutely suggestive with its white houses, it offers postcard landscapes with its caldera. You could start visiting the Folklore Museum, absolutely not to be missed if you want to know the true soul of the island: it is housed in a cave house built in 1861 and it is an old cellar that recreates a dwelling of the past. It is open every day from 10:00 to 17:00.
The second stop will be the archaeological Museum, which is only 10 minutes away on foot, full of curious historical artifacts such as a 480 kg volcanic rock. Open every day, except Tuesdays, from 8:30 to 16:00.
Finally, from here, go up by walking about two minutes on foot towards the beautiful Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, built in 1823 and characterized by white, blue and cream colors. The Church is open every day from 9:00 to 21:00.

After having lunch at the Salt & Pepper restaurant, where you can enjoy grilled meat and an excellent Greek salad (cost about € 12,00), you could move north, to the small town of Imerovigli, the "Aegean balcony", reachable in 10 minutes by car. You can also reach the destination on foot or rent a bike (from € 5,00 per day).
It is an unrepeatable experience to immerse yourself among the houses built around the volcano's caldera, the narrow streets of the village and reach the fortress of Skaros (always accessible), built by the Venetians of the island and the perfect place to take refuge from the attacks of the pirates. When it is almost sunset, you have to go to the Chapel of Panagia Theoskepasti, perched on the cliff overlooking the Skaros fortress. It can be reached either on foot in 40 minutes, or by taking a bus (€ 1,80). Characteristic is the white church with blue domes, a wonderful spectacle close to the Aegean Sea.

For the evening, then return to the center and reach The Athenian House restaurant for dinner, where you can enjoy Greek cuisine with good wine starting from € 35,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 14 km / 3 h 20 min
  • Places visited: Folklore Museum (€ 5,00), Archaeological Museum (€ 2,00), Catholic Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista; Imerovigli (free), Skaros fortress (free), Chapel of Panagia Theoskepasti (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60
  • Santorini: Island Tour by Electric Bike
  • Lunch at Salt and Pepper (Get directions), Dinner at The Athenian House (Get directions)

2 day

Oia is a chic resort on Santorini, originally a traditional and simple village, today renowned place full of luxury hotels very particular as they are derived from ancient Greek houses.

In the village of Oia walking is recommended, starting with the spectacular classical Greek style church of Panagia Platsani, from which you can enjoy a splendid panorama being located north of the island of Santorini. Then get lost in its streets, admiring the beautiful views and views of the sea and taking lots of photos.

For your lunch you could go to Ammoudi which is about 600 meters on foot heading towards the beach, then stop at Dimitri Ammoudi Taverna, where you can taste excellent linguine with seafood while sitting a stone's throw from the sea spending about € 25,00 , each.
After lunch, it would be perfect to spend the first part of your afternoon at the pebble beach of Ammoudi, reachable on foot through 300 steps, or with a rented scooter (starting from € 5,00); the beach is truly spectacular and unique with its red shades and clear water. In the late afternoon you could go up to the ruins of Oia castle: from here you can enjoy a unique sunset, made of many colors ranging from yellow to blue, the distance is 14 minutes on foot. Then admire theAtlantis Book, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, open every day from 14:00 to 20:00. What is striking are certainly the location, the irony of the indications, the suggestions given on small signs or the story in stages of the bookcase represented on the ceiling.

For your dinner you could enjoy a nice plate of moussaka or squid at Kastro Oia Houses, an excellent restaurant that enjoys a beautiful view of the sea near the ruins for about € 25,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 40 min
  • Places visited: Panagia Platsani church (free), Atlantis Book (free), Ammoudi (free), Oia castle (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Santorini: sunset wine tour in Oia
  • Lunch at Dimitri Ammoudi Taverna (Get directions), Dinner at Kastro Oia Houses (Get directions)

3 day

Dedicate your third day in Santorini to discovery of the prehistoric city of Akrotiri; it was an important village in ancient times, however unfortunately in 1627 BC it suffered the damage of a violent eruption and then the ash and lava buried everything. In 1957 it was finally brought to light by the Greek archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos and, by removing dust and ash, unique artifacts and testimonies of that time were found such as vases, frescoes, furnishings and other everyday objects. Spend the morning in the streets of the city and visit the Prehistoric Town of Akrotiri, accessible every day from 8:00 to 20:00.

At the end of your visit to Akrotiri, go for lunch at Asterias, an excellent Greek restaurant that offers excellent soups based on mussels, clams, scampi and prawns for a menu that costs around € 35,00.
Spend your afternoon visiting the surrounding beaches to explore with a rental vehicle such as a scooter: you could start from Red Beach, a beach created in ancient times by the erosion of the mountain behind it, thus assuming the typical reddish color of those rocks.
The other beach not to be missed is the White Beach, small and uncrowded for those who love quiet places, it is characterized by coarse black sand and large pebbles; this bay is perfect for snorkeling!
For the sunset go with a vehicle in 13 minutes (car or scooter) at the famous Akrotiri lighthouse: offers breathtaking landscapes, especially at this time of day where you can venture along the cliff between lava rocks and thyme plants illuminated by the purple hues of the sunset.

For dinner, you could opt to stop and eat seated at the tables of the Giorgaros Tavern, a family restaurant that serves fresh fish such as grilled octopus at cheap prices (starting from € 18,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 12 km / 2 h 48 min
  • Places visited: Prehistoric Town of Akrotiri (€ 12,00), Red Beach (free), White Beach (free), Akrotiri lighthouse (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Akrotiri: Prehistoric City Private Guided Tour
  • Lunch at Asterias (Get directions), Dinner at Taverna Giorgaros (Get directions)

4 day

Pyrgos is a very ancient village built in the th century by some Venetians who lived on the island: it is characterized by particular winding and labyrinthine paths. Start your visit to this place right away starting from the Monastery of the Prophet Elias, which is located 4 km from Pyrgos and can be reached by vehicle: it is open to the public and includes the church and the garden with the vegetable garden, located at a height of 560 meters, offering a magnificent view over the whole island of Santorini. It is accessible every day from 6:00 to 21:00.
Get back downtown in just 10 minutes and explore the medieval castle of Pyrgos, with its church of Agia Theodosia placed near the entrance, while inside the walls the Theotokou church built in the th century.
The square in front of the Castle entrance was called Ypsilos Kafenes, a place where aristocrats used to have coffee. The next stop will be theArt Space Museum Winery Art Gallery, the entrance to this gallery, built entirely in the pumice rock, is free and is open every day from 11:00 to 19:00.

When it's time to have lunch, you could reach The Chatíri-at Kostas tavern in just 8 minutes, where you will feel like you are eating traditional dishes prepared by Greek grandmothers, such as the famous Pastitsio for around € 20,00 per person.
In the afternoon, drive towards Kamari, a particular black beach divided from Perissa beach (to the south) by the large rock Mesa Vouno. It is a very quiet and less crowded location than Oia, you could take the opportunity to relax under your umbrella sipping a cool drink. This beach, about 2 km long, is preferred above all by families with children and is well-equipped for various activities, from water sports to diving.

For the evening, this location is perfect for shopping (it is really full of shops and boutiques of various kinds) and for strolling along the seafront especially at sunset. Dine at the Elia restaurant, a very refined place where you can enjoy excellent dishes starting from € 18,00 per person

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 9,5 km / 2 h 7 min
  • Places visited: Prophet Elias Monastery (free), Pyrgos Castle (free), Theotokou church (free), Art Space Museum Winery Art Gallery (free), Kamari Beach (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00
  • Best of Santorini: 6-hour private tour
  • Lunch at The Chatíri-at Kostas (Get directions), Dinner at Elia (Get directions)

5 day

Dedicate this day to Megalochori, a small village on the west coast, in particular between the villages of Pyrgos and Akrotiri: it is famous for being the largest wine production center of the entire island. The most famous landscape referring to this destination is certainly the one in which, during the harvest period, the roofs of the houses are totally covered with grapes that must be matured in the sun.

Dedicating yourself to this lovely town, start fromexplore the village center, you will come across the Megalochori bell tower, in the shape of a white and beige arch and with its traditional sky blue inserts. Then, if you want to have an innovative cultural experience, take advantage now of a tour at the Symposion by la Ponta, a very traditional cellar where you can taste local wines with the musical accompaniment of a local musician (from € 10,00).

Arrived at lunchtime, stop by Raki, a very particular small restaurant (the tables are made from barrels that contain the wine), just 2 minutes walk from the cellar; you will pay about € 17,00 per person. Walking through the small alleys of this delightful center you will find the Panagia ton Eisodion, a typical Greek church with a spectacular blue and gold interior.
Subsequently, in 15 minutes on foot via the Epar.Od. Firon-Ormou Perissis, go to the discovery of one of the most romantic places in the place and preferred by lovers: we are talking about the rock known as "The Heart of Santorini", precisely a heart-shaped rock facing the sea and perfect for being secluded in a place where the only noise you will be able to hear will be that of the wind. A few dozen meters away you will find the Chapel of Agios Nikoloas, built on the side of the caldera is a small Orthodox church reachable after a very steep staircase.

Having experienced the moment of sunset, return to the center of the village and enjoy a dinner at the Tzanakis restaurant (menu starting from € 20,00), with excellent dishes.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 52 min
  • Places visited: Megalochori (free), Megalochori bell tower (free), Symposion by la pota (from € 10,00), Panagia ton Eisodion (free), The heart of Santorini (free), Agios Nikoloas chapel (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Santorini: Megalochori Village Tour and Wine Tasting
  • Lunch at Raki (Get directions), Dinner at Tzanakis (Get directions)

6 day

Dedicate this day to the discovery ofisland of Ios, a small paradise in the Cyclades archipelago: the island can be reached from Santorini either by ferry which takes 2 hours (€ 12,00), or by the fast connection which costs an average of € 29,00 and takes 30 minutes, both depart from Fira. We recommend that you book your seat in advance.

Once you have landed in Ios, you are in the city of Chora, one of the most beautiful historical centers of insular Greece which appears to be a rocky conglomerate, almost disordered where the white color of its houses always prevails. Not to be missed here is the Ekklisia Panagia Gremiotissa which, together with two other sacred places in the immediate vicinity, is a small church overlooking the island and the small village.
Rent a scooter (on average € 15,00 for a day), then head towards Ormos Beach, a paradise beach where you can relax and have to sip a cool drink in one of the bars on the seafront.

Have lunch at Sousana's, a Greek restaurant that serves excellent traditional Greek dishes such as Moussaka, spending around € 15,00 per person.
In the afternoon move to Mylopotas Beach, very large and spacious beach where it is also possible to rent an umbrella or play on the beach and in the sea. After a few hours of relaxation, in the second part of the afternoon, move to the near FarOut Beach Club where you could have an aperitif (starting from € 8,00) and enjoy the sunset.

Return to Chora with your scooter in 6 minutes and dine at Hellenic Social Ios, having a full meal for around € 20,00 per person. Be sure to take the ferry at 20:55 to return to Santorini, the last available of the day.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,4 km / 1 h 47 min (to add the time spent on the ferry)
  • Places visited: Chora (free), Ekklisia Panagia Gremiotissa (free), Ormos Beach (free), Mylopotas Beach (free), FarOut Beach Club (free, aperitif from € 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • Ios Island: Speedboat cruise from Mylopotas beach
  • Lunch at Sousana's (Get directions), Dinner at Hellenic Social Ios (Get directions)

7 day

Your last day is dedicated to the discovery of the islands in the immediate vicinity, Nea Kameni, Palia Kameni and Therasia. To visit them you can refer to one of the many tours to the volcanic islands that depart daily from the port of Athinios.

Arrive by boat at the first stop, the island of Nea Kameni, where you will have to move on foot and, along the only path, in about 5 minutes arrive at the crater of the active volcano. After a short exploration of the island and a bath in the natural thermal waters located in the nearby Palea Kameni, return to the boat.

The latter will head to the island of Therasia, in particular, will land in the village of Riva, where you will go to Agistri Restaurant, the most picturesque tavern on the island with prices around € 18,00 per person.
After visiting the nearby church of Aghia Irini (10 minutes walk from the restaurant), spend the afternoon exploring the island and heading to the small village of Manolas, which is 30 minutes away on foot. It presents the typical aspect of the maritime centers of Santorini and among the places not to be missed is the church of Aghios Kostantinos, very small but characteristic; the small fishing port that seems to have stood still over time is also quite impressive.

Before sunset, return to Riva where the boat will be waiting for you and will take you back to the Port of Santorini; you could then dine at Spartacos, a small pizzeria (average cost per person € 13,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: tour duration 8 hours
  • Places visited: Nea Kameni, Palia Kameni with bath in thermal waters, Therasia, Riva, Manolas (cost of the tour € 28,00 per person)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Santorini: Therasia Island Tour (with Lunch)
  • Lunch at Agistri Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Spartacos (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Santorini

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Santorini is avery trendy island and very popular with tourists, the months between June and August are the most popular and also very hot, it is therefore advisable to bring light and comfortable clothes and avoid long stretches in the sun, preferring to travel by car or, better still, by scooter.

Finally, this being a very expensive destination especially in summer, it is highly recommended recommended to book your holiday well in advance in order to save on flight prices and overnight stays (at least 6 months before).

  • starting from € 80,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Santorini: tour to Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 860,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Santorini: from the end of April to June and then September. The temperatures are pleasant and suitable for swimming in the sea, and there is no summer crowd - find out more
  • direct flights from various Italian cities. The airport of Santorini is connected with the capital Fira by the public bus of the company KTEL (€ 1,70). By taxi, on the other hand, you will pay no less than € 20,00
  • the capital Fira is perfect for its great variety and is famous for its nightlife, Imerovigli is more calm and relaxing. Perissa is perfect for low cost stays especially in high season
  • Getting around: the best way is the car or the scooter. You can also travel by cable car (cable car), on foot, or singularly on the back of a donkey or mule to reach the highest points of the island - find out more

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