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The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

During my time in Greece, I hopped on a short plane ride from Athens to the crescent shaped island of Santorini. I highly recommend booking your flight in the morning so that you could enjoy the full day in Santorini. The flight from Athens is just short of 30 minutes.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

When we finally arrived, I was amazed by everything I saw. The first time I glanced over at the gorgeous cliffs with their beautiful Cycladic buildings overlooking the Aegean Sea, I was awestruck! It felt like all of those photographs from magazines and other travel blogs/vlogs came to life right in front of me, but even better.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Today, discover all of the best experiences you could receive on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Where to Stay:

Santorini offers stunning cliffside hotels, beautiful boutique hotels, Airbnbs and hostels. Depending on your budget and type of trip, there is an accommodation to suit everyone.

Everything to Experience in Santorini, Greece

Spend the Day at Perivolos Beach:

This beautiful beach lies on the southern end of the island and features gorgeous blue waters and a tranquil atmosphere. Perivolos Beach was my first black sand beach experience and there was no better way to enjoy it than in Santorini where most of the beaches are composed of volcanic sand.

One thing to note is that when you go to a black sand beach, especially during the summer or warmer weather, it is important to not forget sandals or water shoes. If you think the sand at your local beach gets hot during summertime, then you have never stepped foot on a black sand beach in July. It is blistering hot, so be prepared.

The best part of Perivolos Beach is swimming in the beautiful and clear Aegean Sea. The cliffs that surround the beach and the dark sand that you don’t get to see everyday are surreal when swimming in the refreshing water. You have to pinch yourself a few times to actually believe where you are. It is amazing!

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

In addition, Perivolos Beach offers lounge chairs and bamboo umbrellas so that you can relax comfortably in the shade. Another great thing about this beach is that you don’t even need to leave your lounge chair to get food or a drink. The beach has servers that come over to your chair and take your order. It’s amazing and it is definitely something I am not used to.

Party in Firá:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Firá is the capital of Santorini and definitely the liveliest part of the island. It is located on the western side of the crescent shaped island and features gorgeous caldera cliffs, opposite of a volcano, that overlooks the Aegean Sea and breathtaking white Cycladic houses situated on the cliffs. It is here where you could also grab a nice Greek dinner, enjoy drinks, dance the night away and get wonderful sunset views!

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Speaking of the sunsets, the Greek Islands is where you can catch the best views during golden hour. One of my favorite sayings is “Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.” Whenever I am having an off day, I always love to go back to my sunset photos from Greece and pretend I am still there. The sunset we saw in Firá was breathtaking.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Attend a Greek Wedding Show:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

One thing you cannot miss out on when you go to Greece is attend a Greek wedding show. Located in Firá is The White Door Theatro where you can get the party going!

Set in the post World War II years, we took part as being “invited” guests (aka the cousins) of a strong-willed Greek family. The show begins in the interior of the home where you get to meet each member of the family. We then headed out to the courtyard where we sat at dining tables and enjoyed delicious wine along with a selection of Greek tapas. After we ate, we had an amazing time listening to the best Greek wedding music, dancing with all of the family members and wishing good luck to the newlyweds by participating in their tradition of breaking plates against the floor.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

We had such an amazing time laughing, dancing, singing and making memories with our Greek family!

Enjoy a Morning in Kamari Beach:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

A great place to start your day is by soaking up the Greek sun at Kamari Beach. Situated southeast on the island is a beach covered with small black rocks. (Just like in Perivolos Beach, I recommend you bring water shoes to Kamari Beach since it is tough to walk barefoot over the rocks.)

In addition, Kamari Beach has lounge chairs and bamboo umbrellas where you can take a nap in the shade and feel the breeze coming off of the sea. They also have servers that come around and serve food and drinks. Since we went to Kamari Beach in the morning, there were servers coming around with homemade donuts. There were even masseuses walking around and giving people massage services.

On the right side of the beach (looking out to the sea) is an enormous rock that ascends from the crystal blue sea and leads up to the highest point in Santorini. Even though we didn’t get to go to Kamari Beach at night, locals informed us that the rocks shine at night as the sea peacefully flows over them.

Savor the Views at Profitis Ilias:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Another thing you cannot miss out on during your time in Santorini is driving up to the highest peak of the island. It is a monastery of the Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elias).

The drive up to the mountain is along the edge of a cliff, so I recommend closing your eyes or not looking out the window if you are scared or get carsick easily. Once you are at the top, the views are phenomenal!

Spot a Donkey in Pyrgos:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

When you think of a traditional Greek village, Pyrgos is definitely that. This beautiful area in Santorini is built around an old fortress and is the perfect Cycladic village. It is in Pyrgos where you can catch people riding donkeys as a form of transportation. It reminded me of my favorite tween book and movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Sip Wine at Venetsanos Winery:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

I wish I could transport back to Santorini right now because I went to the most beautiful winery along the cliffs. Venetsanos Winery is located right above the port of Athinos, overlooking the breathtaking caldera in Santorini. It is the perfect place to enjoy refreshing wine, take memorable pictures and it makes for the perfect wedding or proposal spot. As you walk around sipping your wine, you can catch gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea as well as the small islands surrounding the caldera. There are even walking trails that take you down the cliff to the port.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

In addition to enjoying the views at Venetsanos Winery, you can even take an informative tour of the winery and learn the historical and modern wine making techniques. After the tour, we did a tasting of four different wines – red, white, rosé and a dessert wine.

Click here to discover more amazing wineries in Santorini.

Watch the Sunset in Oia:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

You cannot go to Santorini without visiting the quaint and charming village of Oia. The reason why Oia is universally famous is because the town is known for its three iconic and beautiful blue dome buildings and the best sunsets on the island. The city even offers wonderful restaurants, shops and bars.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

It is a little tricky, but when you are in Oia, it is a MUST to find the iconic postcard shot of the blue dome buildings overlooking the caldera. In that same area, you can even find the three bells of Firá that overlook the water. This area in Oia is the best place to take your travel photos.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

After you get your photography in, head over to the famous Oia windmill to catch the best sunset you will ever see! As my cousins, friends and I watched the sunset, we enjoyed sharing stories and laughter while sipping on cocktails.

Sail to Akrotiri:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Another amazing adventure to participate in during your time in Santorini is sailing to the beautiful red sand beach of Akrotiri. You can take a boat taxi from Kamari Beach (mentioned above) to the red beach or you could even book your own private boat tour.

Going to the red sand beach is weather permitting. When the tides are rough or if there is a storm, this beach could be very dangerous. There are a lot of rocks and the area is known for having some avalanches. On a beautiful day, it is amazing!


The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

I hope you all enjoyed reading about everything to experience in Santorini, Greece. If you have any questions about my time in Santorini or my trip to Greece in general, please feel free to email me at [email protected], contact me via social media or comment below.

Basic Facts of Greece:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Athens

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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Taylor-Greece

Ultimate Greece

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The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

During my time in Greece, I hopped on a short plane ride from Athens to the crescent shaped island of Santorini. I highly recommend booking your flight in the morning so that you could enjoy the full day in Santorini. The flight from Athens is just short of 30 minutes.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

When we finally arrived, I was amazed by everything I saw. The first time I glanced over at the gorgeous cliffs with their beautiful Cycladic buildings overlooking the Aegean Sea, I was awestruck! It felt like all of those photographs from magazines and other travel blogs/vlogs came to life right in front of me, but even better.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Today, discover all of the best experiences you could receive on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Where to Stay:

Santorini offers stunning cliffside hotels, beautiful boutique hotels, Airbnbs and hostels. Depending on your budget and type of trip, there is an accommodation to suit everyone.

Everything to Experience in Santorini, Greece

Spend the Day at Perivolos Beach:

This beautiful beach lies on the southern end of the island and features gorgeous blue waters and a tranquil atmosphere. Perivolos Beach was my first black sand beach experience and there was no better way to enjoy it than in Santorini where most of the beaches are composed of volcanic sand.

One thing to note is that when you go to a black sand beach, especially during the summer or warmer weather, it is important to not forget sandals or water shoes. If you think the sand at your local beach gets hot during summertime, then you have never stepped foot on a black sand beach in July. It is blistering hot, so be prepared.

The best part of Perivolos Beach is swimming in the beautiful and clear Aegean Sea. The cliffs that surround the beach and the dark sand that you don’t get to see everyday are surreal when swimming in the refreshing water. You have to pinch yourself a few times to actually believe where you are. It is amazing!

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

In addition, Perivolos Beach offers lounge chairs and bamboo umbrellas so that you can relax comfortably in the shade. Another great thing about this beach is that you don’t even need to leave your lounge chair to get food or a drink. The beach has servers that come over to your chair and take your order. It’s amazing and it is definitely something I am not used to.

Party in Firá:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Firá is the capital of Santorini and definitely the liveliest part of the island. It is located on the western side of the crescent shaped island and features gorgeous caldera cliffs, opposite of a volcano, that overlooks the Aegean Sea and breathtaking white Cycladic houses situated on the cliffs. It is here where you could also grab a nice Greek dinner, enjoy drinks, dance the night away and get wonderful sunset views!

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Speaking of the sunsets, the Greek Islands is where you can catch the best views during golden hour. One of my favorite sayings is “Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.” Whenever I am having an off day, I always love to go back to my sunset photos from Greece and pretend I am still there. The sunset we saw in Firá was breathtaking.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Attend a Greek Wedding Show:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

One thing you cannot miss out on when you go to Greece is attend a Greek wedding show. Located in Firá is The White Door Theatro where you can get the party going!

Set in the post World War II years, we took part as being “invited” guests (aka the cousins) of a strong-willed Greek family. The show begins in the interior of the home where you get to meet each member of the family. We then headed out to the courtyard where we sat at dining tables and enjoyed delicious wine along with a selection of Greek tapas. After we ate, we had an amazing time listening to the best Greek wedding music, dancing with all of the family members and wishing good luck to the newlyweds by participating in their tradition of breaking plates against the floor.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

We had such an amazing time laughing, dancing, singing and making memories with our Greek family!

Enjoy a Morning in Kamari Beach:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

A great place to start your day is by soaking up the Greek sun at Kamari Beach. Situated southeast on the island is a beach covered with small black rocks. (Just like in Perivolos Beach, I recommend you bring water shoes to Kamari Beach since it is tough to walk barefoot over the rocks.)

In addition, Kamari Beach has lounge chairs and bamboo umbrellas where you can take a nap in the shade and feel the breeze coming off of the sea. They also have servers that come around and serve food and drinks. Since we went to Kamari Beach in the morning, there were servers coming around with homemade donuts. There were even masseuses walking around and giving people massage services.

On the right side of the beach (looking out to the sea) is an enormous rock that ascends from the crystal blue sea and leads up to the highest point in Santorini. Even though we didn’t get to go to Kamari Beach at night, locals informed us that the rocks shine at night as the sea peacefully flows over them.

Savor the Views at Profitis Ilias:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Another thing you cannot miss out on during your time in Santorini is driving up to the highest peak of the island. It is a monastery of the Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elias).

The drive up to the mountain is along the edge of a cliff, so I recommend closing your eyes or not looking out the window if you are scared or get carsick easily. Once you are at the top, the views are phenomenal!

Spot a Donkey in Pyrgos:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

When you think of a traditional Greek village, Pyrgos is definitely that. This beautiful area in Santorini is built around an old fortress and is the perfect Cycladic village. It is in Pyrgos where you can catch people riding donkeys as a form of transportation. It reminded me of my favorite tween book and movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Sip Wine at Venetsanos Winery:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

I wish I could transport back to Santorini right now because I went to the most beautiful winery along the cliffs. Venetsanos Winery is located right above the port of Athinos, overlooking the breathtaking caldera in Santorini. It is the perfect place to enjoy refreshing wine, take memorable pictures and it makes for the perfect wedding or proposal spot. As you walk around sipping your wine, you can catch gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea as well as the small islands surrounding the caldera. There are even walking trails that take you down the cliff to the port.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

In addition to enjoying the views at Venetsanos Winery, you can even take an informative tour of the winery and learn the historical and modern wine making techniques. After the tour, we did a tasting of four different wines – red, white, rosé and a dessert wine.

Click here to discover more amazing wineries in Santorini.

Watch the Sunset in Oia:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

You cannot go to Santorini without visiting the quaint and charming village of Oia. The reason why Oia is universally famous is because the town is known for its three iconic and beautiful blue dome buildings and the best sunsets on the island. The city even offers wonderful restaurants, shops and bars.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

It is a little tricky, but when you are in Oia, it is a MUST to find the iconic postcard shot of the blue dome buildings overlooking the caldera. In that same area, you can even find the three bells of Firá that overlook the water. This area in Oia is the best place to take your travel photos.

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

After you get your photography in, head over to the famous Oia windmill to catch the best sunset you will ever see! As my cousins, friends and I watched the sunset, we enjoyed sharing stories and laughter while sipping on cocktails.

Sail to Akrotiri:

The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

Another amazing adventure to participate in during your time in Santorini is sailing to the beautiful red sand beach of Akrotiri. You can take a boat taxi from Kamari Beach (mentioned above) to the red beach or you could even book your own private boat tour.

Going to the red sand beach is weather permitting. When the tides are rough or if there is a storm, this beach could be very dangerous. There are a lot of rocks and the area is known for having some avalanches. On a beautiful day, it is amazing!


The Best Santorini Experiences For Solo, Couple and Family Travelers

I hope you all enjoyed reading about everything to experience in Santorini, Greece. If you have any questions about my time in Santorini or my trip to Greece in general, please feel free to email me at [email protected], contact me via social media or comment below.

Basic Facts of Greece:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Athens

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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