From jet-skiing to a spot of fishing, Santorini is jam-packed with activities for avid adventurers to try. See the countryside on horseback and glide through the rolling hills, or put on your walking boots and amble along the Fira-to-Oia trail. Then, why not go kayaking, which allows you to glide across the gorgeous coastline?
If you’d prefer to just sit back and unwind, head to the open-air cinema at Kamari instead, for a night you’ll never forget.
Lap Santorini by bike to zoom past the glorious landscapes this stunning spot has to offer.
Start by booking a Santorini: Around the Island by Electric Bike tour. This features a live, English (or Greek)-speaking guide who will accompany you, talking you through the spectacular sites you see along the way.
You will cycle for up to three hours, starting from Emporio (the island’s largest village), before passing through traditional settlements. During your journey, you’ll visit one of the oldest wineries in Santorini. Plus, you’ll get to explore winding paths which lead to the impressive medieval fortress, Castelli of Emporio.
Alternatively, head on a guided eBike trip with Santorini MTB Adventures to uncover the places you’ve so longed to see, at your own pace! If you’re an avid cyclist, embark on this operator’s custom enduro tour. Simply hop on a mountain bike to venture on downhill trails and high incline climbs that take you to rustic villages. Perfect!
If you’re looking for an activity that’s a little different to the usual water sports or hiking adventure, book onto a fishing tour. You will get to see the beautiful glittering ocean in all its prime while catching some tasty local fish.
A key reason travellers love fishing here is because of the gorgeous volcanic backdrop and immense scenery which surrounds you as you try and find the greatest catch. Fishing is an age-old tradition in Santorini, so embarking on this excursion will give you a taste of Grecian life. Plus, you’ll be introduced to many friendly and welcoming locals along the way.
Giorgaros Fishing Tours will take you and your fishing rod along the Aegean Sea to discover the varied fish swimming below, as well as the beautiful landscapes all around you. Alternatively, embark on a trip with Santorini Fishing Tours, taking you on a cruise from the Old Port at Fira, all the way to Oia or the volcano (where you can visit the hot springs!)
As well as the glorious sunshine, Santorini also boasts an incredible array of landscapes and adrenaline-filled activities to enjoy. Skaros Rock (also known as Castle Skaros and Fortress Skaro) is a prime example of this.
Avid hikers will love climbing up to this rugged landmark. The site is actually home to the lasting remains of the original Venetian “Epano Kastro” castle, which was destroyed over time by several sudden earthquakes. When you reach the top, you can unwind by taking in the sublime, scenic surroundings, before watching the sun sink into the sky.
Be sure to pack plenty of water before heading out on this adventurous trip; you’ll have to climb a lot of steps to reach the rock, so you will need a drink and a rest once you get to the summit. Nearby, you can also find the Chapel of Theoskepasti, so a walking adventure here is certainly worth adding to your to-do list.
If you’re a thrill-seeker looking for an adventurous activity under the Greek sun, we have just the thing for you: a jet-skiing trip. There are many great water sports to enjoy in Santorini, but this is definitely one of the best. Why? Because of the huge adrenaline rush you’ll get and the glorious landscapes you’ll uncover as you whizz across the seas.
Book onto the Jet Ski Safari From Perivolos Santorini tour, also coined as “the Volcano Tour”, for an adventure like no other. You will skim over the gorgeous Aegean waters to secluded sea caves and remote, untouched beaches. Then, simply take in the spectacular views of the island’s black volcanic rock.
Even better, you might see a beautiful pod of dolphins swimming nearby as you ride along the waves. So, not only are you enjoying a truly thrilling day out but also collecting some unforgettable memories. Alternatively, hire your own jet-ski from Perivolos beach in Perissa and explore the area at a pace that suits you.
Looking for an exciting way to spend an afternoon of your Greek getaway? Consider booking one of the many kayaking tours in Santorini! A certified professional will show you the ropes, before leading the way as you travel across the waters.
There are loads of trips to choose from, such as the Morning Sea Kayak Tour. On this aquatic adventure, you’ll be taken to various sights around the island, while actively gliding along Santorini’s captivating coast. You will also venture to magical, remote sea caves and the iconic Red Beach. Here, you can admire the impressive volcanic sands and make everlasting memories.
Alternatively, experienced kayakers can book the Round the Lighthouse Full day tour with Santorini Sea Kayak. This excursion lets you explore the waters for up to five hours and allows you to paddle around the area’s spectacular lighthouse. After a good session, you can savour a tasty picnic right by the shore – bliss!
To embark on a true adventure, visit the volcanic island of Nea Kameni and seek out the iconic hot springs. You can reach this spot by hopping aboard a boat tour, where you’ll uncover an array of exciting new landscapes. Simply head to Athinios or Gialos port to enjoy the day trip of a lifetime!
Escaping to this incredible island is totally worth it for the spectacular scenery, as well as everything else you can benefit from along the way.
There’s nothing quite like its hot springs. You can admire the vivid volcanic landscape while sinking into (or swimming in) the spring’s wonderfully warm waters.
The water here is dark (and heated); it’s actually credited for the healing properties it possesses. It’s enriched with manganese and iron which is beneficial for your immune system. Why? Because it helps prevent a host of diseases that are prominent amongst the elderly!
The Open Air Cinema Kamari, also coined by locals as “Cinekamari” can be found as you enter Kamari town, located on the main road which leads to Fira. The history of this iconic cinema experience is really quite interesting, as all old theatres in Santorini were once open-roofed and centrally located like this one.
Now, open-air cinemas such as Cinekamari keep this tradition alive by introducing visitors to the world of ancient Greek entertainment. This pastime has survived and thrived over many years to provide top-class viewing pleasure to all who visit.
For travellers, the location of this cinema is ideal, as there’s a bus station situated just opposite the entrance. This means you can hop on a bus from your hotel and find this incredible cinema without any navigation problems.
If you’re unfamiliar with the local lingo, don’t worry; movies here are shown in English with Greek subtitles. So, you can watch the film without having to guess what the storyline is…
Explore blissful backdrops by horseback on a Santo Horse Riding trip. This fantastic family-run business breeds, raises and looks after its own horses on its farm near the iconic Red Beach.
Operating in Akrotiri village ever since 1997, this club will show you the beautiful outdoors on a thrilling afternoon out. You will get to gallop across specific suggested routes as well as the owner’s farm.
Ride for a quick 20 minutes, embark on a one-hour adventure, or, for a longer stint with these friendly animals, opt for an excursion which spans over two hours. Then, explore the lustrous landscapes which make this Greek island so spectacular.
First, you’ll learn all about the basic skills, instructions and requirements expected of you when riding. Then, you can expect to venture through the likes of local, authentic vineyards, as well as the glorious Vlychada black beach. Whichever plan you choose, you’re sure to have a blast on one of these tours.
The Fira-Oia hike is a wonderful way to spend a day in Santorini, as you will ramble across some of the most astounding landscapes this idyllic island has to offer.
Begin this exciting activity at the Atlantis Hotel in Fira, before venturing to several quaint towns and villages. Continue rambling uphill towards Imerovigli, using the helpful trail markers to guide you in the right direction.
Afterwards, wander up to the iconic Anastasi Church and admire its beautiful blue-domed structure. Or, venture even higher for an incredible view of this magnificent monument. Then, after a few winding paths and amazing sights, stroll along the caldera into Oia. Here, you can explore the scenic windmills, premium hotels and pristine white buildings.
Head on the trail either in the morning or late in the afternoon. This allows you to avoid the beating midday heat (particularly during summertime) and enjoy a leisurely walk at a comfortable temperature.
Santorini is filled with exciting activities to try, but what many forget is that it’s a hotspot for wine. In fact, there is an array of tasting tours to embark on during your getaway. If you’re an avid wine enthusiast, book onto a personable winery excursion. The Santorini: 5-Hour Private Wine Tour is perfect for discovering the various bottles this incredible island has to offer.
This intimate experience will allow you to savour the picturesque countryside while visiting three traditional Greek wineries with an informative guide. You’ll have plenty of time to relax, enjoying each glass at your own leisurely pace.
Alternatively, the Santorini Sunset Tour is an amazing way to spend your day, starting late afternoon and finishing in the early evening. On this tremendous trip, you will venture to three separate wineries and sample 12 different wines. You’ll be able to detect each one’s distinctive flavour, all while basking in the views of the spectacular orange skies. What could be better than that?