What to see in Santorini in 3 days

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Joel Fulleda

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Santorini, an island of volcanic origin in the Cyclades, is characterized by perched villages, lava beaches, blue sea and typical white and blue houses on which wonderful pink bougainvillea climb.
However, what made it particularly famous is the "Caldera" the huge basin formed following the eruption of 1450 BC that can be admired by taking a boat trip or from some villages in a panoramic position.
Here is an itinerary to see Santorini in 3 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Santorini cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast in Kamari, Ancient Tera ruins, Red Beach

Wake up early and have breakfast in the excellent Milopetra bakery in Kamari (€ 2,00 coffee and croissant); then reach the first stop of the day: le ruins of Ancient Tera (Tue-Sun 08: 00-14: 30, free admission).
From Kamari, by car or quad, follow the asphalted, narrow and winding road for 2,5 km or you can reach the remains from Perissa on foot with a scenic but somewhat tiring walk of over an hour. The alternative is to join a private bus tour from the main towns of Santorini.

After this historical cultural moment we suggest you go and rest in one of the most characteristic beaches of the island, the Red Beach with its rust-colored cliffs and reddish sand. The beach can be reached by your own vehicle in about 30 minutes (13 Km) from Kamari (or in 20 min, 11 Km from Fira) or with private tours.

2 - Afternoon: lunch, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Black Beach, relaxation and sunset at the Akrotiri lighthouse

After relaxing on the beach and swimming in the blue sea, go for lunch at the Greek Taverna Asterias, near the Red Beach moped parking (€ 6,50 lunch).
From here, visit the nearby area Akrotiri archaeological site (Tuesday-Sun 10: 00-17: 00, admission € 12,00), the place that represents the history of the island.
To cool off, take a dip at Black Beach (5,8 km from the Red Beach), characterized by black pebbles and crystal clear water.

A little before sunset, after buying yourself a couple of beers to take with you, reach the Akrotiri lighthouse, a not very touristy place where you can admire the sunset against the background of the caldera while listening to musical performances.

3 - Evening: Dinner and after dinner in Fira

End your first day in Santorini in the beautiful village of Fira, full of clubs and restaurants for dinner and after dinner.
We suggest you eat at Taverna Naoussa (€ 15,00 main course) with a spectacular view of the Caldera and then go for a cocktail on Franco's terrace in the scenic alleys of the town.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 49,4 km / 2 h by car
  • Places visited: Kamari (free), Ancient Tera ruins (free), Red Beach (free), Akrotiri Archaeological Site (€ 12,00), Black Beach (free), Akrotiri lighthouse (free), Fira (free)
  • Best of Santorini: 6-Hour Private Tour Akrotiri Excavation Archaeological Bus Tour and Red Beach Akrotiri: Prehistoric City Private Guided Tour
  • Breakfast at Miloπetra bakery (Get directions), Lunch at Taverna Asterias (Get directions), Dinner at Taverna Noussa (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Baxedes Beach

Stop for breakfast at Bar Galini nel bel Firostefani village and after drinking a good cold coffee accompanied by croissants (€ 3,00) take a tour of the characteristic town.
This place is called by the locals "the roof of the island" for its suggestive position and besides being an ideal location for sunset, it is worth a visit in the morning light (Firostefani is 1,2 km from Fira and you can reach on foot in 15 minutes or by car in 5 minutes).

From here go to another characteristic village, Imerovigli, which in addition to offering a wonderful panorama houses the ruins of the fortress of Skaros and the chapel of Panagia Theoskepasti, built on a rock Fira and goes towards Oia).
After visiting these two characteristic places, reach the beautiful one Baxades Beach north of Santorini, for a refreshing dip (from Fira by car / motorbike it takes 20 minutes, while from Imerovigli, 15 minutes).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Ammoudi Beach, sunset in Oia

For lunch, reach Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna and experience the thrill of eating sitting by the sea.
After filling your stomach with Greek dishes, go to the baby Ammoudi beach at the foot of the imposing cliffs: a place of extraordinary beauty! If you are lucky you can reach it by boat by agreeing with the restaurant staff, alternatively go down the 214 steps on foot or on the back of a mule.

Stay in this wonderful place to sunbathe and swim until late afternoon and then calmly (if you can't find a boat for the return) go up to reach the town of Oia at least 1 hour and a half before sunset. Go to Kastro, the highest area of ​​the town where the ruins of the Venetian castle and the church of Agios Nikolaos are located; take a seat, just like in the theater, to admire the wonderful sunset between the houses and the windmills.

3 - Evening: Aperitif and Dinner in Oia

For the evening the suggestion is to stay in Oia and start with a good aperitif at the Passage (€ 12,00 cocktail - Get directions).
Then dine at Meltini, a restaurant a little out of the center and caldera view that serves good food at moderate prices (€ 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 18,5 km / 46 min by car
  • Places visited: Firostefani (free), Imerovigli (free), Baxedes Beach (free), Ammoudi Beach (free), sunset in Oia (free)
  • North of Santorini: private tour, sunset, wine tasting
  • Breakfast at Galini Bar (Get directions), Lunch at Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna (Get directions), Dinner at Meltini (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast and daily cruise departure to discover the coast

For your last day in Santorini we advise you to take part in a cruise to the volcanic islands and the springs on a sailboat or catamaran (cost from min € 30,00 to max € 110,00) which will allow you to admire the wonderful Caldera and take a dip at Red Beach first and Whyte Beach then.

2 - Afternoon: lunch on board, navigation and return to Fira

The navigation continues towards the island of Thirasia where they usually serve lunch on board and after digestion the afternoon continues with other stops for swimming in the bay where the Armeni and Ammoudi beaches are located.
We return to the port before sunset, so we suggest you go and see the last Santorini sunset at the Vr Cafe bar in Fira, in a wonderful location (€ 12,00 cocktail - Get directions).

3 - Evening: Dinner and after dinner in Fira

For dinner we suggest Nikolas Oinomagiremata who offers a menu based on local dishes cooked with fresh products (€ 14,00).
And if you're still in the mood for a party, head over to Two Brothers Bar to rock out and dance late (Get Directions).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,7 km / 1 h 51 min by car
  • Places visited: cruise to see the caldera (from € 30,00), Red Beach, Whyte Beach, Thirasia Island, Armeni and Ammoudi Beach, Fira
  • Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks Santorini Caldera: Meal Cruise and Open Bar Santorini Caldera: Catamaran Cruise, Lunch or Dinner
  • Kastro Breakfast (Get Directions), Lunch on Boat, Dinner at Nikolas Oinomagiremata (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend in Santorini cost

Santorini is an island that offers various opportunities.
You can stay in boutique hotels with splendid views and go to chic places where you can dine and have a drink at quite high prices.
Or you can opt for a cheaper weekend sleeping in simple but nice apartments or studios and eating in typical Greek taverns.

  • Costs to eat: from about € 30,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 12,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest (excluding the cost of the boat trip).
  • Transportation: about € 45,00 per person if you rent a car or a moped (rates based on 4 people for the car and 2 for the moped / quad). If, on the other hand, you travel only by bus, the cost will be around € 20,00
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 25,00 per day per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Santorini: from € 450,00 per person (flights excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Santorini: The best times are spring and autumn when it is not overrun by tourists and the prices are a bit lower. In summer it is overrun with people and it becomes more difficult to enjoy the places in peace - find out more
  • by plane. The airport is located 7 km from Fira town. It is connected by taxi (average cost € 40,00, journey about 20 minutes) or by private transfers often organized by hotels and agencies (about € 10,00 per person). Alternatively, buses depart towards Fira which take about 30 minutes and cost € 1,80 each way.
    Alternatively, you can arrive by ship, hydrofoil or ferry to Athinios port from the other Greek islands and from Athens
  • the best locations are Fira, Oia or Imerovigli for their panoramic position and the availability of premises, however they are not located on the sea. If you prefer to be close to the beaches, better Perissa, on the south-east coast, or Kamari even if this is closer to the airport and the risk of disturbance is considerable - Hotels and b & b from € 62,00 per room
  • Getting around: on foot, however sometimes the walk can be heavy. There is a good bus network on the island (7:00 - 22:00) and single journeys cost between € 1,80 and € 2,50. You can rent a car (average daily cost € 25,00) or alternatively mopeds and quads (the latter more suitable considering the numerous climbs on the island) which have an average cost of € 30,00 per day - find out more
  • Other: the Greek local currency is the euro and an identity card is sufficient to enter the country

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