Traveling to Santorini had been on the top of my travel bucket list for ages! I was a little hesitant traveling there solo as a female, but I always felt safe. It was a warm, friendly, and welcoming trip that I highly recommend. Santorini was formed by one of the largest volcano eruptions in recorded history and means “Thera” in classical Greek, the goddess of gold. We can thank this volcanic eruption for the unique and surrealistic beauty that makes up Santorini.  

Ready for an unforgettable adventure?
Here’s our Santorini bucket list!

 

 

The food and coffee in Greece are absolutely to die for – everything is fresh, airy, and fluffy. From their whipped coffee frappes, baked feta, savory pastries, to the moussaka. I regularly seek out Greek restaurants now, because the food is unforgettable.

Moussaka: This is my absolute favorite! A traditional Greek Moussaka recipe made with thick layers of eggplant, beef in tomato sauce, potatoes, and topped with béchamel sauce.

Spanakopita: Spinach and feta cheese ‘pie’, with flaky phyllo dough crust makes for a great meal when you’re on the go.
Souvlaki (sometimes referred to as gyros): You’ll find souvlaki options all over – from the restaurants, to street vendors, and is easy to find. Some places will even bring them to your hotel once they’re ready.

Krasi (Wine): The wine here is unlike any wine I’ve had before. With the arid air and volcanic soil, winemakers are able to grow such flavorful grapes, resulting in unique and delicious wine varieties.

Saganaki: So delicious, and a little sinful. It’s fried cheese in a phyllo pastry covered in honey.

Greek Coffee Frappe: The cafes in Greece make this amazing whipped coffee with the old fashioned milkshake machines, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever had before.

 

 

Oia at sunset

Watch the Sunset in Oia –

This is one of the most famous sunset spots in the world, which can also make it a bit crowded. We recommend finding a spot off the beaten path to enjoy the sunset, snap some photos, and soak in the sights, without a hundred strangers in your photos. 

Additionally, you can book a table in one of the restaurants that overlook the town, and enjoy a glass of wine and amazing food with the gorgeous view.

 

Akrotiri Archaeological Site –

The Akrotiri Archaeological Site is actually rumored to be the lost city of Atlantis. Over 3,000 years ago one of the largest Volcanic eruptions in the world caused the city to disappear into the ocean. This Archaeological site can give you amazing insight into the island’s past, how the people lived, and it’s been compared to visiting the lost city of Pompeii. 

 

Island Boat Tours –

Sail around the island, and take in breathtaking sights from the water. Most tours offer a sunset cruise, complete with dinner, drinks, and swimming opportunities – so don’t forget to bring your bathing suit! 

 

 

Visit the Black Sand Beaches –


Santorini is home to some of the most unique and colorful beaches in the world. The Black Sand Beach in particular, is a result of the catastrophic eruption around 1600 BC, which mixed pumice, ash, and volcanic lava with the sand. The black sand is a striking contrast to the crystal clear waters, and is a top destination for visitors.
The Black Sand Beaches actually refer to multiple beaches around the island. There’s the Perissa and Perivolos, two stunning black beaches with a long shore. The other famous black beach in Santorini is Kamari Beach. Each of these beaches are perfect for a little getaway, there are many beach bars and restaurants, as well as umbrellas and comfortable lounge chairs along the shore. 

 

santorini overlooking the ocean and volcanos

Visit the Volcano Hot Springs –

The volcano tour is absolutely amazing, and is a great way to indulge in the volcanic history of the island. Get an adrenaline rush (and those steps in) hiking up the volcano that started it all, and enjoy luxuriating in the healing waters of the hot springs.
For the real VIP treatment, take a boat tour that allows you to go swimming, and also enjoy the amazing food and drinks. This is how you create the experience of a lifetime that you’ll never forget. 

Have you travelled to Santorini? Let us know in the comments what your favorite adventures were!