Island hopping gives the opportunity to get a taste of many wonderful Greek islands at once, each of them offering something special to visitors. Santorini is one of the most popular departure points for island hopping.
Island hopping vacations from Santorini to Crete
A very interesting island hopping option is from Santorini to Crete, the largest island in Greece. Crete offers an equally beautiful but totally different landscape and history. Crete is perfect for relaxing in nice beaches, hiking at the mountains, and visiting museums and historical sites. The most important historical site in Crete is the Minoan Palace of Knossos, an impressive archaeological site that was found almost intact, buried under the volcanic ash from Thera eruption. The regions of Heraklion and Chania are the most popular tourist places in Crete, while a drive around the island will bring you to many secluded spots for total privacy.
From Santorini to Mykonos, Folegandros and Milos
Another island hopping route is from Santorini to Mykonos, Folegandros and Milos. Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands offering a lot of stunning beaches and beach bars that turn into extraordinary party scenes. While Myconos is great for partying, Folegandros and Milos are ideal for relaxation and romance with magnificent beaches and picturesque villages.
From Santorini to Paros, Naxos and Koufonisia
Another exciting choice is to go on island hopping vacations from Santorini to Paros, Naxos and Koufonisia. Paros is a beautiful island with cosmopolitan atmosphere, renowned for its fun nightlife and amazing villages. Naxos is a wonderful island distinguished for its fantastic beaches and the traditional villages in the countryside. Paros and Naxos beaches are mostly sandy and organized, ideal for windsurfing and kite. The final step of the tour is the tiny Koufonisia island, a peaceful place with exotic naturist beaches, which can only be accessed by foot or bike.
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Let’s imagine that you want to leave your very own pool at Santorini Heights. Just a fifteen-minute drive away are the two charming volcanic beaches with black sands and crystal clear waters; Perivolos and Perissa. Both beaches are fully organized and extremely popular. Another choice is the secluded beach of Vlychada, surrounded by volcanic rock cliffs that give out an almost lunar sensation.
For those who are fans of hiking, the best way to experience the beauty of the island away from the hustle and bustle is on foot! Hiking routes go through secret spots of Santorini, walking through ancient paths and picturesque alleys as well as through Santorini's famous attractions like the caldera and the whitewashed villages.
For those with an adventurous spirit, Santorini offers many options. From water sports such as jet skiing, scuba diving, water kayaking, sailing and parasailing to land based activities such as climbing and horseback riding. The islands’ unique and picturesque topography also offers a dreamy background for paragliding and cliff climbing that starts close to Santorini Heights
Visit the churches
The architecture of Santorini, with the simple, white washed cubic structures and the Cycladic blue adornments is evident in the islands numerous churches. Blue domes, little or no decoration and imposing bell towers with some Western influence make for the island’s ecclesiastic scenery. Don’t miss the chance to visit the churches of the village of Pyrgos, close to Santorini Heights like Theotokaki, the Agios Georgios and even the hidden little church of Katefhio, whereupon we can provide snippets of detail, which make all these unique churches so interesting.
Visit the Museums
Starting from Pyrgos’s museums and here you will find a collection of Byzantine Icons, together with photos and items depicting “Santorini of the past” with photos and everyday life. Also, visit the museum of Prehistoric Thera, situated at Fira, which hosts many of the findings of Akrotiri and showcases its prime period of history. The Archaeological museum, sited near the cable car landing at Fira, displays sculpture and inscription tablet collections dating back from the Archaic to the Roman era, as well as ceramic pots, artifacts, and figurines from the Hellenistic and Geometric periods.
Santorini is an island full of breathtaking attractions. Discover all aspects of this magical island by visiting all parts of the island in a day, including Fira Town, trips to Caldera (volcano), Santorini's famous beaches and wineries. Explore the island's history by visiting Akrotiri, Ancient Thira and their museums. Wander around the island’s charming villages and observe their rich traditions. Experience an unforgettable sunset on a trip to picturesque Oia.
Wine-tasting tour Santorini
Santorini is an island with long wine-making tradition. The volcanic soil and the special climate of Santorini give a unique taste to the local wine. Wine- tasting tours at Santorini wineries, spread all over the countryside, performed by competent sommeliers, demonstrating greatest expertise on the field, do not only invite to seizing the opportunity of tasting the world-known wines of Santorini, but furthermore take you on a voyage through the history, origins and production processes. The experience is topped by local delicacies matching the selected wines at extraordinary locations.
In Santorini, one of the most idyllic destinations of the world, the sights and sounds may be what draw travelers in, but it’s the vibrant flavors that truly complete their experience. Highlighting the local flavors of the island, our tasting tour will ensure that guests have and impressive culinary experience and taste all the gastronomic delights that Santorini has to offer.
Also worth visiting are the Maritime Museum in Oia, the cultural centre “Megaro Gyzi” in Fira and the Art Space in Exo Gonia.
Also, all kind of Private Tours are available: Sailing, Climbing, Photoshooting tour, Sunset photo tour, Helicopter ride.
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