Must Do in Santorini

Rent an ATV for a few days to explore the island

ATV in Santorini
North Bay Blonde. Santorini Guide

Getting a cab in Santorini is not easy unless your hotel can call it in for you. And cars aren’t even allowed in main area of Oia. I highly recommend renting an ATV for a day and exploring all Santorini has to offer! The rate is about $30-$40 euros per day, and it’s a lot of fun once you’re used to it. They offer a few diferent option to choose from (size, powers and storage). It’s also easy driving – there’s only so many roads on the island! You can rent them from any of the main areas, or your hotel.

 

Book a catamaran cruise

Catamaran Cruise Santorini
North Bay Blonde. Santorini Guide

We loved doing a sunset catamaran tour with Spiridakos Sailing Cruises. It’s a half-day trip, and they’ll stop at multiple swimming spots (the hot spring are no longer hot so I’d just stay on the boat). After exploring multiple beaches and vistas, you’ll have a big dinner on the boat. After that, they will sail the catamaran to a perfect location to see the sunset. The sunset in Santorini is truly magical! Bring something warm to wear as it will get colder later in the afternoon and you might get splashed a few times. Make sure to take meds if you are prone to motion sickness, the sea can be very rough.

 

Book a wine tasting tour with a guide

Santorini Wine
North Bay Blonde. Santorini Guide

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One of the highlights of our stay in Santorini was the small group wine tour to the main wineries on the island. The guide will make your experience very enjoyable and you will learn a lot about the history of Santorini and its wine making. Besides the wine, you will also be able to do food and wine pairing at some of the wineries and see what local cuisine is like.

Some of the Wineries to check out:
Terra Nera
https://www.artemiskaramolegos-winery.com/en/winery-santorini-wines-01.php
https://www.santowines.gr/en/

Book a photoshoot

Photoshoot in Santorini
Santorini Guide

If you’re traveling to Greece on your honeymoon or just want to have a few photos of yourselves with amazing scenery, check out the photographers you can book on AirBnB! It’s affordable and they know the islands much better than you do and can get you in the best spots for photos. I tried them out and we had so much fun on our 1-hour couples shoot. It was a great way to get photos you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get in a beautiful place like Santorini.

 

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Island Hopping in Greece

Wondering where to go in Greece? Island hopping!

If you want to see the best of what Greece has to offer, you can’t go wrong with island hopping. Greece has the most convenient ferry system that lets you explore most of the islands in days.

If you have a week or two to get to know Greek culture, I recommend visiting some of the main islands like Santorini and Mykonos and spend at least 5 days in each.

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The view from Santorini AirBnB

 

GREECE – TOP DESTINATIONS

 

  • Santorini

Santorini has its own airport that’s about a 30 minutes drive from Oia (pronounced ee`yah, the main part of the island), but flying to Athens and then taking the ferry over to an island might be an easier and cheaper option. Most hotels and airbnbs will arrange for an airport pick up so you don’t get lost.

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Oia, Santorini

First of all, Santorini is the most famous Greek island and it is touristy AF. Oia is crowded (even in a slow season), full of tourists from all over the world and more expensive than most other islands. That being said, you cannot beat the views and sunset in Santorini. It almost brings me to tears thinking about how magical this place is.

Depending on your budget, you can get a cute and cozy AirBnB and still be right in the middle of it all. The prices start from $40 depending on the amount of space, view and amenities.

 

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Viae from the Studio, Santorini

 

If you want to chill and just enjoy the view, I recommend splurging on a nicer place. However, if you know you’ll be out and about everyday, no reason to waste $$$. Get a small place and don’t worry about the views. All clubs, restaurants, and vista points will provide that for you anyway.

Where to stay:

For couples – The Studio

For groups – Luxury Villa

Adults only – White Pearl Cavalieri

 

  • Mykonos

Mykonos is the party island and is full of clubs, bars, beach bars, etc. If you’re looking to party, go to Mykonos between June and September.

The place to stay in Mykonos is Mykonos Town (awesome nightlife, lots of great restaurants, cafes, shops, and the beach). The best beach towns in Mykonos are Ornos and Platis Gialos (both have great sand, good restaurants, and wonderful hotels).

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Greco Philia, Mykonos

 

Make sure to rent an ATV for a few days and explore the island. It’s so worth it! Most hotels will provide you with a guide for all rentals, tours, and places to see. All you have to do is meet the guy to get the bike/ATV from and go on your adventure. The countryside is beautiful and you can go around the whole island in a day!

 

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ATV rental in Mykonos

 

Where to Stay:

For couples – Cape Mykonos

For groups – Villa “Mystique”

Adults Only – Greco Philia Hotel (outside Mykonos Town)

Mykonos Town – Paradise Hotel

 

Getting around Greece:

https://www.go-ferry.com is your best friend to coordinate the transfer between islands. Two-three hours and you’re in a new place.

The ferry takes about 2 hours and costs $65 per person one way (Mykonos to Santorini). If you rent a car, you can bring the car with you at extra cost.

You will have so much fun island hopping in Greece! I highly recommend planning free smaller day trips. Other islands to check out while you’re in Greece:

Naxos

Milos

Paros

 

 Food in Greece

The quality of produce in Greece is unbelievable. Everything tastes so fresh! Make sure to try the basics like Greek salad, gyros, dolmades and souvlaki. I promise it’s nothing like US food.

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Greco Philia Breaksfast. Mykonos
 
Always listen to the locals and try whatever they recommend! Greeks are friendly and truly appreciate everyone visiting their county and respecting the culture.