Santorini, Greece has been a top location for couples and travelers theses past few years. Ever since I saw the breathtaking view from Oia from countless pictures, I knew I had to visit.
I finally got to go to Santorini, Greece for my birthday. It was so hard to leave from the beautiful architecture to the clear blue water and the breathtaking view.
Tips Before Traveling to Santorini:
» Best Time to Visit Santorini
August – November is the best time to visit Santorini. We visited Santorini in September, which is still their high season, so getting a good view of the sunset or getting around, in general, can be difficult. If you’re looking to avoid crowds, I recommend going mid to late October.
» Entry & Visa Information
You don’t need a visa, however, we wouldn’t recommend staying longer than 90 days. Make sure to check your passport expiration date before you buy your ticket!
While in Santorini:
» Best Things To Do in Santorini
Watch the Sunset – Oia has been known for the best sunsets in the world, so I wanted to get a hotel close by to be able to get a good view of it. Once the sun was setting, my sister and I ran to the Oia Castle to get a better view. It didn’t cross my mind that everyone on the island will also be watching the sunset, so we had to push through people and climb up the hill to get a better view. It was well worth it.
Make sure to arrive early and get a good spot to watch the sunset, a few people had a picnic area set up while they waited, which was a great idea.
Stay in a Cave house – Who wouldn’t want to go to Greece and stay at a cave house? They have a lot of small houses in Oia, with great views. We stayed at Kaleidoscope Cave Houses, which was close to all the restaurants, bus stop, and shops in Oia. It also came with its own private hot tub and free breakfast delivered to your door.
- Transportation from Airport: We took a shared Taxi from Santorini (Thira) National Airport to Oia, which cost us 40 euros 🙁
Take a boat tour –This was one of the best ways to see the island and the “Caldera”, which was created when the area collapsed from a volcanic eruption.
They take you to all the famous beaches, the red, white and black beaches. You can jump off and snorkel, then they take you to the hot springs and includes lunch on the boat.
Shop till you drop – There are a lot of cute shops that sell clothes, shoes, souvenirs, paintings, books etc. Since this was a touristy area, the prices are more expensive here. You can find cheaper souvenirs and clothes if you go to Fira. It’s still a good way to learn more about Santorini and see what they sell.
Party in Fira – If you are looking for the nightlife, don’t even bother looking in Oia. They have like one bar, which isn’t that great. Oia is more for the romantic view and sunsets. You are still pretty close to Fira, so I would hop in a taxi or ATV down to Fira.
Clubs to check out in Fira:
- Casablanca Soul
- Club 33
- Enigma Club
- Koo Club
- Mamounia Club
- Tithora Club
- Town Club
Rent a Quad Bike *Top Choice*– There are places located all over the island where you can rent quad bikes for the day. It is the best option if you are in Oia and what to visit the other cities. The roads can be dangerous so make sure you do slow down around the turns and wear a helmet.
The scooters were around 20 euros a day and the four wheelers were 40 euros, this might vary depending on the time you go.
Bus – The buses cost 1.60 euros per trip. They are supposed to come every 30 minutes but can be unreliable. If you don’t want to be standing around for hours, just hop on a quad bike.
Taxis – The Taxis cost about 20 euros to Fira and also to Oia – depending on the time you go. However, the drivers don’t like to go to Oia, I guess because of the traffic and how far it is.
» Where to eat?
- 1800 (Oia)
- Aegialos (Fira)
- Skala (Oia)
- Melenio Cafe (Oia)
- Pito Gyros (Oia)
- 1500 BC ( Fira)
- Street Food – If you are traveling on a budget, there are plenty of cheap options, like gyros and fast food.
Until Next Time Santorini <3