Santorini is one of the most popular islands in Greece. The island is divided into several different towns. Perissa and Kamari are resort towns. Fira, the capital of Santorini has ample shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Other towns include Oia, Imerovigli, Akrotiri, Pyrgos, and Vlyhada.

Be prepared to walk a lot in Santorini, Greece. Since the region is on cliffs, you’ll have to maneuver up and down a lot steep stairs to get around. The steps do not go straight up. There are small platforms after every few stairs. All of the villages have pretty much the same set-up. There are plenty of cobblestone sidewalks and sometimes the steps are uneven.

People rent scooters and cars to get around, but be forewarned that tourists are not accustomed to driving on Santorini’s winding streets. So, be alert for careless or baffled drivers. In Santorini, Greece, people drive on the right side of the road.

Port of Santorini

You might want to snap a few photos at one of the docks in Santorini. When you arrive to the  Santorini area, you’ll probably have to transfer from the ship to a local boat that will take you to the dock.  Then, you will have to either climb hundreds of treacherous stairs to get to the street level or you can take the cable car up (beware there might be a long line).

 

Santorini Cable Car by Michael Gaylard

Santorini Cable Car by Michael Gaylard

The  cable car is worth the price if you are not into climbing about 600 steps to reach Fira, the capital town of Santorini.

 

 Go Sightseeing

This is one of the most recognizable photos of Santorini, Greece. The white and blue dwellings on this island are positively picturesque. During your meandering, you’ll going to get hungry.

 

Where to Find Seafood in Santorini

Try the seafood at the Sunset Taverna. This seaside restaurant is said to have some of the freshest seafood in the area. Sea Side by Notos has high ratings on TripAdvisor for its food.

 

Red Beach

Red Beach in Santorini

Red Beach Santorini Greece by Pietro Motta, CC

Red Beach is another of the  well-photographed destinations in Santorini. It’s located near Akrotiri. The beach is tiny and is usually crowded, but if you go there, you can nab pictures like this.

 

Kamari Beach

Kamari Beach is popular for its black sandy beach and the cute restaurants and shops that surround it. Kamari is a well-developed town with plenty of hotels and resorts. This beach gets crowded quickly, but it does have umbrellas and cabanas.

 

Akrotiri Ruins

Visit the Akrotiri Ruins, an excavation site where you can the ancient streets and buildings. Pottery like the pottery pictured above have been found during excavations there. The site is indoors, making it a great option for history buffs who want to get out of the heat. The ruins are the result of a volcano eruption in 1450 BC. The inhabitants evacuated, leaving behind their city and valuables.

 

Aerial View of Santorini

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