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Our Santorini, Greece Travel Guide - Our Itinerary Recommendations



We had a phenomenal 2-week trip to Greece with a focus on the Greek Islands. This was a trip we took 09/2017 and I still get asked about our itinerary!


Our entire trip was booked with Asimina Tours and I am SOO amazingly pleased with the job that they did that the following year we tried booking through them for a trip to Italy. Unfortunately, this didn't pan out, but I for sure will use them again.


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Absolutely fantastic views from this place with a delicious breakfast that was included. The staff was very friendly and helpful in bringing your bags up/down the stairs. The location is great with many places to walk to to eat and a perfect starting point for the Fira to Oia Hike!

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Santorini. Check-In to Cliff Side Suites. Walk around the town, eat at Lucky's Souvlaki and get couples massages and Fish Pedicures at Fish Spa Kangal (which has now closed)


Day 2 - Cooking and Wine Tasting Tour by Santorini Wine Tours There are so many to choose from, so I found a few deals on similar tours (below). Then we set up transportation to go to an outdoor movie at Cinema Kamari (see more below about Cinema Kamari)


Day 3 - Akrotiri Excavations, Winery and Oia Village Tour with Santorini Day Tours



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Date of Trip: September 2017

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Things to Do

Cooking Classes

Our cooking class was so much fun (I love cooking - but even for those that don't cook as much). And the entire meal was fantastic! There are so many classes to choose from, so here are a few that looks similar to what we did. The actual tour we did was booked through Santorini Wine Tours.

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Akrotiri Village

Akrotiri is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. The city was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the 17th century BC, but the ruins of the city are well preserved. Akrotiri was inhabited from the 4th millennium BC. The city was an important trading center, and it is thought that the city was destroyed by the eruption of the volcano that created the nearby island of Thera. The eruption was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, and it caused the city to be buried in ash.


The city was rediscovered in the early 20th century, and excavations of the site have been ongoing since then. The site is open to the public, and it is a popular tourist destination. The city has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Oia and Santorini Tours

We were lucky enough to get an Oia Village, Winery and Akrotiri tour in one through Santorini Day Tours. It was nice to have a tour guide in Oia for one half day and then go back later. So, it's not entirely needed, but it can get VERY crowded, so nice to have someone that can direct you and give you insights.


Hike from Fira to Oia

The Fira to Oia Hike in Santorini is still one of our favorite things that we did - in all of our trips. I love that you could make it completely self-paced and HUGE shout-out to Santorini Dave that has an amazing guide for the hike. We actually took a wrong turn at a fork and I was able to pull up his site to help guide us!


The Fira to Oia Hike is a 3-4 hour 6.2 mile hike hike that starts in the town of Fira and ends in the village of Oia (you can also from Oia to Fira). If you stop and take lots of pictures (like us), the hike will be closer to 4-hours and we also stopped at Skaros Rock. The hike is considered to be moderate in difficulty, there was some rather difficult footing spots on lava rock/sand so very important to time your hike so you're not in the middle of the day as that lava rock/sand gets soo hot. There are many restaurants and cafes along the way where hikers can stop to rest and refuel, which Santorini Dave has a great guide to. The views from the hike are truly breathtaking and are some of the best in all of Santorini.


We did our hike without a guide, but there are plenty of tours to choose from, if you'd like a guide - which I do recommend if you're worried about the difficulty level as the tour guides can guide you better than we can. We ended the hike at the Lioyerma Lounge Cafe Pool Bar which was free to enter and we ordered snacks, drinks and cooled off in their pool.


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Ammoudi Bay

The Ammoudi Bay is well known for its clear turquoise waters and its dramatic cliffs. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and fishing in the Bay. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes located around the Bay where visitors can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine. Some blogs report it's one of the best swimming spots in Santorini that also includes cliff jumping.


Perissa Beach

Perissa Beach is a beautiful black sandy beach located on the island of Santorini in Greece. It is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the stunning views of the Aegean Sea. There are many beach bars and restaurants located along the shore, as well as a few parasailing and jet skiing operators. The beach is also conveniently located near many of the island’s popular tourist attractions.


Sunset Spots


Santorini’s sunsets are legendary and there are many wonderful spots from which to enjoy them. The following are some of the best sunset spots on Santorini or you can book a tour that includes a great sunset!


Promenade in Fira

The promenade is along the cliff edge in the southern area of central Fira, near the cathedrals. As the sun sinks lower and lower, the orange and red hues become more and more pronounced. The views of the caldera and the surrounding islands are simply breathtaking. Get there early to the many cliff-clinging bars or restaurants to secure your seat


Skaros Rock

Skaros Rock is located in the town of Imerovigli and offers stunning views of the Caldera and the sunset. There is a small church located here and it is a popular spot for photographers.


Oia

Oia is a traditional Greek village located on the north coast of Santorini. It is one of the most popular sunset spots on the island and is known for its beautiful whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches. Oia is one of the most popular and therefore, busiest, places to view the sunset. Even finding a ride out of Oia will be difficult after sunset, so be prepared


This winery is located in the middle of the crescent of Santorini. The best part is you can grab a table with some wine and snacks while catching the fantastic views.


The Lighthouse

This is a spot located at the bottom of the island with an outstanding view of the sunset. There is a parking lot and then you'll have to walk down to get to the lighthouse. In fact, there will be several spots in Southern Santorini that we'll have great views of the sunset.


Profitis Ilias

The Profitis Ilias is situated on the top of a hill in the picturesque village of Pyrgos, the Monastery offers stunning panoramic views of the Caldera and the surrounding islands - which makes it a great sunset viewing spot!


The history of the Monastery goes back to the 18th century when it was founded by a group of monks from Mount Athos. Since then, it has been a place of worship and pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians from all over the world. Today, the Monastery is open to visitors who can explore its beautiful grounds and learn about its rich history and culture. The Monastery also operates a shop selling traditional Orthodox icons and books.


Meso Vouno

This is a hiking spot in one of the highest points of the island and therefore provides gorgeous views of the sunset!



Ancient Thira

Ancient Thera or simply “Thira”. The city was likely founded in the 9th century BCE, and was prosperous for many centuries. However, it was destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption in the 16th century BCE, and was never rebuilt. Today, the ruins of Ancient Thera are a popular tourist attraction on the Island of Santorini. Visitors can explore the ruins of the city, including the remains of its walls, temples, and houses. The city also offers stunning views of the nearby volcano, making it a popular spot for photography.


Thirassia

The island of Thirassia is located to the east of Santorini. The island is home to a small village called Manolas. The village is home to a church, a school, and a few restaurants. The island is a popular destination for hiking and swimming. There are two main hiking trails on the island. The first trail leads to the top of the island where there is a church. The second trail leads to the other side of the island where there are some ruins.


The island of Thirassia is a popular destination for tourists who want to experience a more authentic side of Greece. The island is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The views from the island are amazing. You can see the other islands in the Aegean Sea, as well as the active volcano, Mount Thera.

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Bars

These bars were mentioned in blogs and I saved them to our itinerary. Our time spent in Santorini we really didn't plan to eat or drink anywhere, it was whatever place we hopped upon, so we didn't make it to many of these.


Koo Club located in central Fira is a unique clubbing experience in the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Santorini. With a stunning pool and views overlooking the Caldera, Koo Club is the perfect place to watch the sun set and then party the night away. Music ranges from commercial to deep house, making it perfect for any clubber, and the atmosphere is always electric. If you’re looking for a night to remember, Koo Club is the place to be.


The 2 Brothers Bar is a local favorite, known for its great drinks,friendly atmosphere, and the "baseball bat dare". The baseball bat dare earns you a cheap liquor shot, if you let the bartender hit you over the head with a bat (while wearing a helmet). The bar has a relaxed vibe, making it the perfect place to unwind after a long day. The bartenders are always happy to chat with customers and make recommendations, so you're sure to find a new favorite drink. Whether you're looking for a place to catch up with old friends or make new ones, the 2 Brothers Bar is the perfect spot.


The Tropical Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing drink while soaking up the stunning views of the caldera. The bar offers a wide selection of cocktails, beers and wines, as well as a menu of light snacks. With its relaxed atmosphere and spectacular setting, the Tropical Bar is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring santorini.


Hassapiko is located in Oia and is also called Marykay's that offers stunning views of the Caldera and the volcano. The bar is also known for its excellent cocktails and wide selection of wines. It is a great throwback bar with old timers and tourists sitting around while the music thumps. A small crowd usually moves about on the tiny dance floor.

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Restaurants

These restaurants were mentioned in blogs and I saved them to our itinerary. Our time spent in Santorini we really didn't plan to eat or drink anywhere, it was whatever place we hopped upon, so we only made it to Lucky's. Which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you visit! Truthfully it gets tricky because almost every restaurant offers fantastic views of the caldera and you can't really see what the views look like until you walk into the restaurants. So use google to help you and remember you can always use my Google Maps list to save to your own map!


Middle Santorini (Fira, Exo Gonia, Imerovigli)

Lucky's Souvlaki is a must-try when visiting Santorini - such a most that we went twice in 5 days! The small, family-run small shop is located in the heart of the old town, and has been passed down for generations. The beef souvlaki is cooked to perfection, the pita is soft and fresh, and the fry's stay crispy INSIDE the souvlaki! The yogurt sauce is tangy and the perfect finishing touch. It is a SMALL place, so you'll likely have to eat on the go!


Ouzeri in Fira is a must-visit for any fan of Greek cuisine, with some blogs rating it the best restaurant in Fita. The menu features traditional Greek dishes like dolma (stuffed grape leaves), yiros ( Gyro), and various fish and vegetarian entrées. The restaurant has a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere, and the staff is happy to make recommendations. While you're there, be sure to try one of their signature ouzo cocktails.


There are few things in life more romantic than a sunset over the caldera in Santorini, and Naoussa is the perfect restaurant to enjoy it from. Located in the village of Imerovigli, Naoussa offers stunning views of the caldera, the Aegean Sea, and the tiny island of Thirassia. The menu is Greek, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is truly unforgettable.


Nikolas Taverna is hidden in plain sight in Fira. They are rated inexpensive traditional food and reservations are usually not required.


If you're looking for a delicious, upscale dining experience look no further than La Maison. Located in the heart of the city (Imerovigli), this French eatery offers a menu of classic dishes with a twist, all made with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. The intimate setting and attentive service are the perfect backdrop for a romantic night out, and the wine list features some of the best vintages from around the world. Whether you're in the mood for a leisurely three-course meal or just a quick bite before exploring the island, La Maison is sure to please.


The Avocado restaurant in Imerovigli has great reviews and highly rated. There is no view from this restaurant, but the reviews are still glowing, which is something to be said.


Anogi in Imerovigli has wonderful modern greek food with a trendy vibe, but getting a table can be tricky so call ahead for reservations!


If you want a breathtaking view of Santorini while enjoying delicious Greek food, then you need to head to Athenian House. Located in the town of Imerovigli, this restaurant offers both traditional and modern Greek dishes with pricing on the higher scale side. The ingredients are all locally sourced, so you know the food is fresh. The house wine is also worth trying - it's a blend of Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani grapes.


Da Vinci restaurant is a lovely Italian eatery in Firostefani. Some blogs rate it the best Italian restaurant in Santorini with views looking east (not into the caldera).


Metaxi Mas (reservations recommended) is a restaurant located in the village of Exo Gonia on the island of Santorini, Greece. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, serving traditional Greek cuisine with a view of the Aegean Sea. Metaxi Mas has a garden terrace where guests can enjoy their meal, and the restaurant also offers a takeaway service. Cinema Kamari is about a 5-minute drive away from here


Cava Alta is located in Pygros and is a hidden gem! It is located below the castle in Pygros with super-friendly staff and some of Santorini Dave's favorite dishes. Reservations are recommended for dinner, not required for lunch.


Yalos in Exo Gialos is right along the beach. The restaurant is casual, but the food is top notch. The menu features traditional Greek dishes, as well as some fusion options. They have fresh seafood and is about a 10 minute drive east of Fira


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North Santorini (Oia)

Pitogyros restaurant is a great place to try traditional Greek food and has been rated a close second to Lucky's. The menu features many classic dishes such as Gyro platters, Souvlaki, and various fresh fish. The outdoor seating is perfect for enjoying the incredible views of the Caldera, and the service is always attentive and helpful.


Roka per google has, "a traditional local menu is paired with a wine list at this snug venue set in a historic building." Reservations are recommended and this is another Santorini Dave favorite in Oia


Candouni is a great place to enjoy amazing views of Santorini while enjoying some of the best Greek food. The menu features traditional Greek dishes such as souvlaki, dolmades, and spanakopita, as well as a variety of fresh seafood. The relaxed atmosphere and attentive service make Candouni a great choice for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner.


Karma per google is a "romantic venue with a terrace offering local dishes & desserts, plus coffee, wine & craft cocktails."


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South Santorini (Akotiri)

The Good Heart restaurant is a good place to eat in Akotiri and is rated a Santorini Dave fave! They have a wide variety of food, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The food is reasonably priced, and the portions are generous, much of their food comes from their nearby farm. The atmosphere is pleasant and the service is good. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Akotiri.


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A MAP OF PLACES

I love using maps when planning my trips in order to see which places would be within walking distance, etc. See our map of places we went here (always easiest to view the map on the desktop)



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