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Santorini sight seeing guide

The Santorini sight seeing guide gives you an idea of what to do in Santorini. It gives you a list of the activities to try whilst on the island as well as places to visit and a list of the historical sites that are worth taking a trip to.

You can use the filters below to find the places and attractions that suit your tastes and once you’ve narrowed down the list you can then click on the individual items to read more about them. If you click too many filters and end up with no results simply remove one or two of the filters or click the all button to reset and start again.

Historical sites in Santorini

Santorini has a couple of amazing historical sites, both Ancient Thera and Ancient Akrotiri offer a glimpse back at the history of the island and are well worth the trip to visit. There's plenty of information signs at both so you'll learn a lot as you go round.

Family friendly Santorini sights

Santorini isn't the most family friendly island, there used to be a water park but it's been closed for a while now. 

The towns of Parissa and Kamari have hotels with swimming pools that youngsters would enjoy but the beaches are generally volcanic stones and the only real attractions for young people are the open air cinema in Kamari and the caldera cruise boat trip. 

If you're looking to entertain little ones you would be better off looking at another island.

Religious sights in Santorini

There's a number of Greek orthodox churches on the island, several with the traditional Cycladic white wash walls and blue domed roofs but possibly the most famous church on the island is Panagia Episkopi on the outskirts of Mesa Gonia. It has some stunning icons and frescos that will delight anyone who enjoys religious artwork.

Other Santorini sights

The main attraction to Santorini is the unique volcanic makeup of the island and the way the villas, hotels and restaurants are built on the cliff face. For this reason one of the most popular things to do is watch the sun set with a caldera view. You can do this from any of the towns on the west of the main island with popular options being Fira, Oia and Immerovigli.

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  • Boat Hire
  • Boat Tours
  • Camp Site
  • Capital
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  • Choice of Restaurants
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  • Cinema
  • Families
  • Great Views
  • Greek Dancing
  • Harbour
  • Historical Site
  • Horse Riding
  • Karaoke
  • Live Music
  • Marina
  • Mini Golf
  • Museum
  • Night Clubs
  • Picturesque
  • Plenty of Hotels
  • Quiet
  • Scuba Diving
  • Selection of Shops
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  • Variety of Nightlife
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Ancient Akrotiri

Ancient Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement close to the modern village of Akrotiri. The ancient village was buried by the volcanic eruption that created the caldera and made the island the way it is and dates back over 3500 years.

Ancient Thera

Ancient Thera is found between Kamari and Perissa and is the ruins of an ancient city that was built in the 9th century BC and abandoned in 726 AD. It’s been excavated since 1895 by various archaeologists and the findings can be seen at the archaeological museum in Fira.

Caldera Cruise

The Santorini Caldera cruise is offered by almost every travel agent on the island, it consists of a visit to the volcano (Nea Kameni), along with a trip to the hot springs, a stop off for lunch and some sailing around the coast.

Museum of Prehistoric Thera

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera houses many artefacts that were discovered in excavations on the island, particularly from the Ancient Thera archaeological site as well as impressive vases and sculptures dating back as far as the 5th century BC.

Open Air Cinema Kamari

The open air cinema is located at the entrance to the village of Kamari on the Fira road. It shows movies in English with Greek subtitles, the films start at 21.30 with the doors opening 40 minutes before at 20.50 with a full bar it makes for a great night out.

Panagia Episkopi

Panagia Episkopi is a Byzantine church built in the 11th Century by Emperor Alexios A’ Kominos and is home to the icon of Panagia Glikofilousa. It's the oldest church in Santorini and considered the best example of traditional ecclesiastical architecture on the island.

Santorini Cable Car

The Cable car isn't really an attraction as such, it runs from the old port up to the main town of Fira above and allows you to bypass the 600 steps which takes 20 to 30 minutes to walk and is particularly challenging in the summer heat.

Skaros Rock

Skaros rock is a natural rock formation on the edge of Imerovigli, it’s a fantastic place for a hike where you’ll be rewarded with incredible views over the caldera and the hillside buildings of Imerovigli, Firostefani and Fira as well as Oia in the distance.

Sunset in Fira

The Sunset in Fira is a fantastic event and enjoyed by almost everyone in the town. The best thing to do is find yourself a restaurant or bar that has a Caldera facing balcony and simply sit back and relax as the sun goes down.

Sunset in Oia

Watching the sunset in Oia is probably one of the most popular things to do in Santorini, it's an amazing view and you’ll most likely find yourself waiting for the sunset on more than one evening, finding a bit of space to yourself can be challenging though.

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Santorini Resorts

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Santorini Beaches

Go to the Santorini beach guide to find out about some of the best beaches on the island.
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Santorini Sights

Find something to keep you entertained whilst in Santorini with our Santorini sight seeing guide.


Go back to the main Santorini guide to find out more about this stunning Cycladic island and what it has to offer.

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Santorini Climate Charts

Below are the average temperature, hours of sunshine and rainfall charts for Santorini.

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