Santorini is a popular tourist destination known for the Caldera and its beautiful views. There is so much more to this picture perfect postcard island in the Cyclades. To really appreciate Santorini, you have to get out and explore some of the areas beyond the packed Caldera.
Staying at Santo Maris Oia is a good idea if you want to be a few steps away from the crowded Caldera and still enjoy a beautiful view. There are several benefits to being at this property including a relaxing escape and a sweet staff to help coordinate your adventures on the island. I worked with the hotel to arrange transportation to Fira, Akrotiri, and other locations.
Red Beach is well known for its sand and cliffs. The best advice I can give here; allow plenty of time and bring water shoes or tennis shoes. The climb down to the beach is quite tricky. The rocky bottom on the beach is not the easiest on your feet either. But once you’re in the water, you will really enjoy it. There are plenty of boats pulling in for an afternoon on the beach and up near parking, you can get smoothies and all sorts of snacks.
From Red Beach, I took a boat to Black Sand Beach. This part of the island is scalding hot with the Greek sun beaming down. In addition to sunscreen, you will want water shoes or flip flops to trek across the sand. There is an underwater cave that is pretty cool to swim too if you can handle the choppy waters. It’s not for the faint of heart but worth the adventure.
Fira is another popular part of the island with eateries and shopping. It’s a bit of a drive from Oia so you will want to plan for time. Exploring the island in general, there are so many cliffs and views to stop along the way. If you rent a car or arrange for a driver, make sure to allow time to stop and enjoy the view.