What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you think of Greece? The great beaches, the warm sun, or the delicious food? All of these things are a symbol of this beautiful country. But when we speak of famous places in Greece, there is one particular place which probably is one of the first places a foreigner thinks of when it comes to Greece – Santorini.
This is a place which looks as if taken out of a fairytale book and definitely deserves to be seen to be believed and the magic to be relived. If you still have not been to Santorini, maybe it is time to consider doing so. And if you do, then have in mind all the things that you must do while you are there in order to be able to experience the real spirit of Santorini.
#1 Watch the sunrise
One of the things that you definitely should experience when you are in Santorini is watching the sunrise. If you are wondering where exactly, since there are a few villages, you can definitely do that in Oia.
The scenery there is breathtaking and you can be sure that it will take your breath away no matter which season you decide to do it. You will know that it was definitely worth waking up so early in the morning.
#2 Ride a donkey
Donkeys are one of the symbol of Greece. You can see a lot of souvenirs with donkeys in many shops. And the good thing is that you can actually experience riding a donkey in Santorini. They are calm animals and are really cute and you should not be afraid of them. But you need to be aware of the poop on the streets since the donkeys often leave traces.
#3 Take a boat tour
Santorini’s beauty is so big that any way of having a look over it is one you should try, like having a boat tour around the islands. If you hire a boat and travel around the islands you will have a chance to get another look at Santorini and experience even more of its beauty. You will be also able to get some sunlight and to have a great time on the boat.
#4 Visit the Reb Beach
Santorini cannot boast with having the beast beaches in the world with the finest type of sand, but there is one very special beach – the Red beach. As you can guess from the name of it, the name of the Red beach comes from the color of it, which is dark red. And of course, when you go there do not miss to have a swim in the crystal clear water.
#5 Visit the smaller towns
The next thing you can consider doing when you go to Santorini if you are not much into places which are too popular among people is to visit the smaller towns, like Pyrgos. Oia is an amazing place which you surely should not ignore, but this does not mean that you cannot give the other, smaller, towns a chance as well. This is how you can also experience the real spirit of the place.
#6 Admire the blue domes
What is the first thing which pops in your mind when you think of Santorini? Probably the most famous icon of the place which is the blue domes. The blue domes emerge from the woods of white houses around and can really make one feel they are in another place and time.
You can be sure that all the pictures of the domes which you are going to take are going to be great from any angle. And they will be worth to be used as postcards.
#7 Learn more about the history of the place
The scenery in Santorini is great and the place is surely perfect for a relaxing vacation where a person can admire all the beauty around them. However, this does not mean that a person cannot learn more about the history of the place they are visiting.
The islands have a long history and have played an important role in ancient times. If you want to learn more about the history of the place, you can visit the archeology museum in Fira and the ancient ruins in Akrotiri.