Santorini is one of the most popular destinations in Greece because of the following details; its infamous white and blue colored houses, serene beauty, amazing weather, enthralling sunset views, dramatic rocky landscape, thriving nightlife and excellent beach. Located on the southern part of the Aegean Sea, this Greek island is part of Cyclades archipelago. The glamorous Santorini is known as Thira officially. Santorini hosts 2-3 million visitors annually. Some come here on a yacht from Mykonos and other Greek destinations while some fly directly from European capitals and US cities. If you are planning to visit this picture-perfect island anytime soon, then check our Santorini travel guide to discover and explore everything that this magical island has to offer.

Top Attractions of Santorini

  • Minoan Town of Akrotiri: This ancient site in Santorini opened for visitors in 2012. It was covered in ashes after the volcanic eruptions of 1650 BC.
  • Archaeological Museum of Santorini: It is located in Fira where you will find sculptures, ceramics, statues, vases and historic findings.
  • Catholic Cathedral: This cathedral is located in Fira and painted in vibrant colors. It is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • Volcano and Caldera: The Caldera of Santorini is a famous attraction. This natural wonder was formed after a volcanic eruption that changed the Mediterranean coast. The famous Volcano of Santorini is located in Nea Kameni.
  • Oia: It is the most photographed village of Santorini because of its cave houses, captain quarters, luxury hotels, restaurants, cafes and beautiful sunsets.
  • Fira: The capital city of Santorini is located on the caldera and has a port called Ormos. It is the leading destination for nightlife.
  • Emporio: It is a fortified center of the island and boasts several churches and towers. Enjoy strolling the streets and alleyways of Emporio.
  • Perissa: It is known for its black sand beach. It stretches over several kilometers. From the beach, you can visit Mesa Vouna Mountain to see the archaeological site of Ancient Thera.
  • Megalochori: This village is home to neoclassical houses, bell towers, traditional houses and churches. It is where you can experience rich alleys and taverns as well as taste phenomenal wines.
  • Pyrgos: This former capital of Santorini has houses built around the Venetian castle. Explore the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and enjoy impressive vistas.
  • Imerovigli: This picturesque village is a must-see destination as you can view the sunset, explore churches and houses overlooking the sea and experience the ruins of a medieval castle.
  • Other Attractions: Argyros Mansion, Lighthouse, Kasteli Castle, Lost Atlantis Experience, Nautical Museum, Megaron Gyzi, Venetian Castle, Thirassia Island, Skaros Rock, Bellonio Cultural Centre and Prophet Elias Monastery.

Best Beaches, Hotels and Restaurants

Paradise Beach contains numerous fantastic restaurants and bars for you to choose from. Some of the top bars include Cavo Paradiso, TRU Paradise Mykonos, Check Point Mykonos, Paradise Lounge, Paradise Restaurant, Pepper Mykonos, Tropicana Beach Bar, Guapaloca Beach Club, Tasos Taverna, Nikolas Taverna, Kuala Beach Bar and the Jackie O' Beach Club/ Restaurant.

Beaches: Santorini has some amazing beaches that boast unique details that you won’t be able to see anywhere else. Some of the most popular beaches we advise you to check out are Kamari Beach, Perissa Beach, Perivolos Beach, Red Beach, Monolithos, Caldera Beach, White Beach, Vlychada Beach and Ammoudi Bay.

Hotels: Santorini has some of the most impressive hotels in the world. With stunning views, infinity pools and caldera views, these hotels have everything that you need for a perfect Santorini vacation. Some of the best hotels are Grace Santorini, Hotel San Antonio, Katikies Hotel, The Tsitouras Collection, Astra Suites, Aqua Luxury Suites Santorini, Mystique, Perivolas Hotel, Santorini Secret Art MaisonsOia Castle, CanavesOia Suites, Iconic Santorini, Petit Palace Suites, Andronis Luxury Suites, Avant Garde Suites, Homeric Poems, Gold Suites, Cosmopolitan Suites, Senses Boutique Hotel and Grace, among others.

Restaurants: Most of the restaurants in Santorini provide unique and tasty cuisine, caldera and sunset views and a friendly atmosphere. Try delicious dishes at Athenian House, Yalos, Lucky’s Souvlaki, Cacio e Pepe, Argo, Cava Alta, Metaxi Mas, Naoussa, Ouzeri, Avocado, Anogi, La Maison, Roka, Candouni, Elinikon, Karma, Panorama Balcony, Ambrosia, Lotza, Ammoudi Fish Taverna, Remvi, Da Vinci, Taverna Geromanolis and Kiria Roula’s.

Best Things to Do in Santorini

  • Swimming: Santorini is an exceptional place to enjoy some sun and swimming. Take a dip into the cold waters of the caldera then swim towards volcanic hot springs for some therapeutic healing.
  • Sunset Watching: Santorini is a beautiful place in Greece that gives you amazing sunset views. Oia's sunset is famous worldwide. Skaros Rock at Imerovigli is another spot for watching the sunset. Other best places to watch the sunset is Akrotiri lighthouse, Franco’s Cafè – Bar, Santo Wines Winery, Santorini’s alleys, the Orthodox Cathedraland of course, from its beaches.
  • Boat Tours: You cannot leave Santorini without seeing the beautiful town from the waters. A charter on one of our yachts will gives you amazing views of the caldera and the picturesque villages. As we customize all of your charters, talk to our charter specialist and tell them all of the sites and details you would like to experience.
  • Wine Tasting: This is a popular activity in Santorini. You can take a guided tour to learn about the history of winemaking on this island or directly visit Santo Wines and Venetsanos Wine for an amazing experience.
  • Hiking: If hiking is one of your favorite hobbies, explore the walking paths from Oia to Imerovigliand to Fira.
  • Diving: Scuba diving in Santorini is idyllic because of then rare water conditions and volcanic active caldera. You will find shipwrecks, black and white nudibranchs, sponges, groupers, barracuda, snappers and many other varieties of fish.

With black sandy beaches, panoramic views, stunning sunsets and amazing vistas, it isn't surprising why Santorini is on everybody's bucket list. If you are planning to visit this unique island, the best way to explore and enjoy it is on a private charter. Contact our charter specialist and start planning your dream vacation today with Mykonos Yacht Charters. We have a wide range of luxury yachts and boats to cater to your individual needs and preferences. We provide crewed yacht charters with aexperienced staff and skipper as well as, all amenities that you need for a perfect vacation. From that perfect sunset views in the village of Oia to the wine tasting tours, we will help fulfill all your vacation needs. Whether you are coming to Santorini on your wedding, honeymoon, or just travelling, we can assure you that you are going to have the most memorable time here. To book your private yacht charter, contact our expert at +1(702)816-6667 or email your queries to