Fall: the perfect time to visit Santorini. With the high season at its end and summer sizzle on its way out, the island will be yours to explore. Whatever your interest — food and drink, nature and adventure, culture and history — Santorini has it all. Here’s a dose of inspiration for your next trip.
1. Sail in style
Two words: private cruise. Pack your sunnies, some sunscreen (don’t be fooled by fall weather) and get ready to feel fancy. Enjoy sailing on a luxurious catamaran as you drop anchor to walk the beaches, dip in hot springs, and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
2. Discover ancient Minoa
Calling all history buffs: Take a break from Santorini’s beaches and travel back to ancient Minoa. Explore Akrotiri, a settlement frozen in time after a volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Gaze at ruins, admire surviving frescoes, and learn about traditional ceramic artifacts.
3. Sip like a sommelier
Despite being home to the nectar of the gods, Greek wines tend to fly under the radar. Discover the hidden gems of Santorini with a sommelier and visit family-run wineries. Develop your palate (or pretend to), enjoy local bites, and learn about the kouloura method of pruning vines.
4. Zip across the island
A regular bike will have you huffing up Santorini’s hills. Why not make exploring a breeze? Hop on an electric bike and experience lovely landscapes without needing to change shirts before dinner. Navigate the countryside with ease and admire whitewashed homes before heading to the tranquil village of Megalochori.
5. Get your Greek on
Discover true Mediterranean flavors in a private cooking class. Sample Raki and Ouzo as you learn to cook traditional dishes alongside a local chef. Dine on appetizers as you work and savor the fruits of your labor with a glass (or two) of regional wine.
6. Bait, cast, hook
Climb aboard a traditional fishing boat and head off in search of shrimp and octopus with local fishermen. Learn fishing techniques as you bait your own hook and see if anything bites. After the day’s catch, enjoy a fresh fish lunch before sailing back to the harbor.
7. Explore explosive islands
You’ll have a blast. All puns aside, the bay of Santorini is an active volcano crater. Sail to the small islands and see sulfur vents up close. After that, stop by Thirassia for a snack before enjoying a golden sunset on Oia.
8. Kayak in the Aegean Sea
Never kayaked before? No problem. Learn the basics of navigation and head down the southern coast as you paddle through protected areas with ever-changing scenery. Marvel at rock formations, crystal-clear waters, and beautiful beaches. Oh, and don’t forget the local sea life.
9. Eat like a Greek
Sample local treats and get to know the hidden gems of Greek cuisine on a food-filled tour. Stop by local taverns and eateries and enjoy mezes (appetizers), loukoumades (honey dumplings), souvlaki (traditional kebabs), and quintessential Greek street food. No, you’re drooling.
10. Hike Santorini’s highest peak
There aren’t any gods rumored to live at the top, but the view is spectacular. Climb Mount Profitis Ilias and visit the famous monastery of the same name. Admire classic Cycladic architecture, colorful frescoes, religious iconography, and of course — a stunning panorama.
11. See the island on four wheels
Discover the past with the ease of the present. Explore Santorini by bus on a tour that includes a little bit of everything: history, culture, and of course — Greek wine. From Bronze Age settlements and medieval castles to centuries-old churches and vista views, this tour ticks all the boxes.