7 Reasons You Need to Visit Santorini

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Ever since I traveled to Santorini, I consider the island to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Every new corner seems more picturesque than the last and pictures will never be able to capture its mesmerizing atmosphere. If you’re still contemplating whether to add Santorini to your bucket list, here’s 7 reasons why you need to visit the Greek island.

1. Because of the sunset in Oia

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Hands down, one of my favourite moments in Greece was being able to witness the Santorini sunset. It’s the only sunset in the world I’ve seen that gets a round of applause once it subsides. Get down there early though (at least half an hour) for a good spot. The crowds can be a bit of a nightmare and the last thing you want is to be running to find a spot, dodging photos whilst simultaneously trying to take your own before the sun disappears (been there, done that).

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Waiting for the sunset in Oia (along with everyone else…)

If the crowds prove too much, and you would prefer somewhere a little quieter, another sunset spot is Imerovigli. Again, it offers a beautiful, uninterrupted view of the sunset.

But in all honesty, you can’t really have a bad sunset in Santorini. It’s kind of magical anywhere you are.

2. Because you can quad around the island

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There are a few ways to get around the island: renting a car, ATV, taxi or bus. However, taxis can get expensive and buses give you less time flexibility. Roads are mostly cobble-stoned, narrow and Grecian drivers are crazy (but extremely talented), which leaves us with renting an ATV. Renting an ATV, also known as a quad bike, is the best and most popular way to get around the island, especially thanks to the steep hills and heat which make it a rigorous task walking from point A to B. Plus it’s SO much fun, promise.

Depending on the season, size and type of your ATV it could cost anywhere from 25 to 40 euros for 24 hours. Plus around 8-10 euros per day for fuel, based on a 200cc ATV.

It’s a wonderful and fun way to see the island on your own terms and time. Definitely a must-do whilst in Santorini, just make sure to have a drivers license with you.

3. Because you can wine & dine with a view

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With stunning views sweeping over the Aegean Sea and caldera, Santorini will completely surpass any expectations you have of “dinner with a view” with the scenery that surrounds you.

If you’re looking for restaurants that marry heavenly views with delicious cuisines, popular ones include Ambrosia, 1800 and Lauda in Oia, Archipelagos and V Lounge in Fira, and Kapari Wine Restaurant in Imerovigli.

4. Because of the unique beaches

Santorini is not known for its beaches, so don’t expect the typical white sand & crystal clear water view that you generally associate with Greece. The beaches are volcanic, not white sand, so they’re either red or black rocks, pebbles or grit, and get very hot on the feet. However, this makes them unique and some prefer them to the typical white sand beach, which makes them well worth a visit. Here’s a few I’d recommend.

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Red Beach: The ‘famous’ beach of Santorini. It has black and red volcanic pebbles instead of sand and hot water. Make sure to wear closed shoes (no thongs or sandals) as the walk in can be slippery and the sand gets extremely hot.

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Kamari: A cosmopolitan beach resort situated on the southern part of Santorini, right next to Perissa, with the enormous rock called Mesa Vouno between them. The sand is black and the waters are deep and blue, with activities such as diving available. There’s close-by cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets, as well as a lively nightlife which makes it a more popular tourist destination.

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Perissa/Perivolos: Perissa and Perivolos Beaches are essentially one very long beach. Perivolos is at the far end of Perissa Beach and is a fairly quiet, more up-market scene that is more alive during the day than night. Perissa is more catered towards the party and backpackers scene, with easy access to all of the bars, restaurants, cafes etc.

5. Because you can go cliff jumping at Amoudi Bay

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From Ammoudi Bay in Oia, take the steps down to the water from the road and follow the signs that say “Ammoudi Bay”. Once you reach the water, take a left and keep walking down until you see a seafood restaurant. Keep following the path past the restaurant, and around the bend. You’ll eventually reach a little rock cliff on your right, which you have to swim to. There’s a stairway located around on the backside of the cliff facing away from the city.

There’s different places on the cliff you can jump from if you’re not to keen on the highest point. The waters are absolutely beautiful around there. ce!

6. Because of the nightlife in Fira

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Although Santorini is no Mykonos or Ios when it comes to partying, it does still offer a vivid nightlife, which is mostly concentrated in Fira. There’s Franco’s Bar which is known for its classical music at sunset. People who want to hear Greek music go to Club 33. The Koo Club is probably the most popular club in Santorini and plays progressive, mellow, house, trance and Greek music. The Highlander is the island’s only Scottish bar but the music ranges from typical mainstream pop and rock to trance & dance party beats. There’s also Enigma bar which offers three rooms (with separate bars) where you can dance all night long or lay back in their open air courtyard.

A lot of bars and clubs will have “happy hour” offers to get people in early, but during high season (July to August) the fun and crowds don’t start until after midnight, so be sure to pace yourself!

7. Because you can shop til’ you drop (but literally)

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Now to an area I personally thrive in, shopping. I did the most damage to my bank account in Santorini due to the gorgeous handmade jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, wine stores, local art, crafts and so much more. If you get a chance, I highly recommend heading to Oia after the sunset and walking around all the little markets and boutiques. The view and atmosphere entirely make the experience. There’s cheaper finds like jewelry, crafts and clothes for a few euros, and then there’s luxury boutiques with real jewelry from brands like Cartier and Chanel.

There are over 40 jewelry stores, a lot of them also in Fira which is how it got the name ‘Gold Street’. Another great way to spend a few hours and then end it with some much deserved gelato, or in my case, frozen yogurt!

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Have you ever visited Santorini or is it on your bucket list?

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  • Somebody from Somewhere

    Looks like such a wonderful place!

    http://somebodyfromsomewhere.me/

  • Wow the view is breathtaking!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • I went to Santorini this summer too and I have never seen a place so beautiful. We stayed in Kamari and are hoping to go back next year. I miss it so much and this post has brought back so many memories! Especially loved Fira and watching the sunset xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • Natasha

      Do you suggest staying in Kamari? We are considering Exo Gonia, right near Pyrgos.

  • It looks so gorgeous and I really feel the need to travel there just for the sunset!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  • I’m going here for a wedding next year and now I can’t wait! x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • I visited Santorini a few years ago and I can’t wait to go back one day! It is absolutely stunning, and I truly understand why it is such a popular destination! :)
    — LisaLDN.com

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    Ahh, this makes me want to go back so badly!! It’s so gorgeous there

    x

    http://www.SiobhanRothwell.com

  • Laura Mareno

    OMG Santorini is just a perfect place! It’s so unique! great post! kisses:D

    http://laurasavenue.blogspot.com.es/

  • I am going to definitely visit Santorini someday, it’s on my bucketlist and I can’t really wait. Your photos are beautiful!

    Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

  • 25 Travel Stories

    Thank you for featuring my images, see more of my Santorini postcards here: http://25travelstories.com/santorini/

  • Santorini looks absolutely incredible! I’d love to visit one day, it seems like paradise!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Rachel

    Santorini is a dream! I will definitely visit one day!

    Rachel x
    thehappybits.blogspot.com

  • OMG this looks amazing. I need to save this post because I have been contemplating whether to go or not but this must be now. I love this post so much. x

    Sara Ali | http://www.saraswonderland.com

  • This is the reason why Santorini is on my top 3 places to go. Hoping to go in the next 2-3 years. Thanks for the post! It inspires me to save up more. Haha!

  • Doraine

    I’m even more in love with Greece now. It has always been on my to do list. Your vacation looked fabulous.

  • janet gunn

    Great post! This is so helpful, we are planning to head to Greece, and I will be using your post for planning our trip. Thank you,
    Janet

  • Michael Walmsley

    I love Santorini. If you go visit Akrotiri. It is spectacular in its own way.

  • I really want to visit Santorini! Will have to start researching flights and hotels :) xx

  • All of your photos look so magical

  • I love Santorini! My husband and I did a destination wedding there last summer, our wedding photos were stunning because of those views. I cannot wait to go back and visit in the near future.

  • Handmade Kids

    Such an amazing Island! Thanks for sharing and bringing back some great memories for me :)

  • Thanks and I am saving this post. Santorini is on my travel list, but my europe list keeps growing, haha! But these sunsets will pull me there. http://www.pippihepburn.etsy.com

  • Vale

    Yes !!! Santorini is a dream!!! Amazing place. I live i Santorini !!!

  • Agnes BeaderBubbe

    I am from Greek relatives on my moms side Always wanted to visit On my bucket list! Especially after this blog

  • M.

    Number one place to visit in my bucketlist. I mean, look at it! GORGEOUS.

    xx
    http://landofpermanentbliss.blogspot.com.br

  • Greece has been on my wishlist for so long! Maybe next year I’ll be able to finally make the trip. Your pictures are gorgeous!

  • Mandira Adhikari

    I totally agree with you. I just came back from Greece a month back and would say Santorinin is the most beautiful place in the world after being to several countries!
    http://www.docdivatraveller.blogspot.in

  • I already wanted to visit Santorini but now I have the urge to go right now! Xo, Stephanie

  • Kyle Miles

    I’ve always wanted to visit there. It is such a lovely looking place, one day I’ll be there. Great pics
    -Kyle Miles

  • andtimesforeverfrozen.com

    Been to a few of the greek islands, but never visit Santorini. Love greece!

  • Violet

    I would like to go to Santorini this summer. It’s one of my biggest dreams! This article is very useful and interesting.

  • It’s not like I needed reasons to visit Santorini, because I already dream about it, but still: beautiful post, great inspiration for my next trips in Europe

  • Mary B

    We loved Santorini and the breathtaking views. Take a sunset Catamaran cruise. The sunsets were truly amazing. If you want a beach vacation though, don’t go there. The sightseeing, shopping, great Restaurants, beautiful weather and scenery are amazing.

  • Tess Recoque

    Hi ! Do you think its nice to visit in februar?

  • Shannon Paige

    This article gave me chills lol my bf and I are looking at a group on right now for 1300…. includes Santerini, Mykonos, and athens. It has been my dream to go to greece ever since I saw sisterhood of the traveling pants- it was filmed in sintering! Thanks for all the tips lady, will definitely pin this for later :) *thegoodthingscomin.wordpress.com