Discover Volcanic Santorini – Feel the Magic of Love

Santorini is one of the most famous, magical, romantic and charming Greek island of the world.  It is a Cycladic island located in Aegean Sea at about 200 km south east of mainland Greece.  Santorini is an active volcanic island.  This Aegean island is a caldera with rugged landscape formed due to volcanic eruption in 16th century.  Recently, the last recorded volcano erupted was in 1950.  White-washed, irregular cuboid houses with multicolored cliffs, blue domes churches, turquoise colored clear waters, dramatic sunset skies, colorful natural beaches makes Santorini more mysterious and a charming place. So Discover Volcanic Santorini – Feel the Magic of Love……………………  If you love islands then read this post to know about the Best Islands of the world to Visit with Kids

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel the Magic of Love
Discover Volcanic Santorini – Feel the Magic of Love

Discover Volcanic Santorini – Feel the Magic of Love and presenting you the Perfect Things To Do in Santorini……..

SUNSET AT OIA – Santorini is divided into many parts like Oia, Fira, Akrotiri and Pygros according to settlements.  Oia is northern part of Santorini which is famous for world famous dramatic sunsets. The orange-reddish skies with its reflections over the white-washed towns  is worth capturing.  In peak summer times, Oia is over crowded. Oia is full of hotels and restuarants facing Aegean sea and sunsets.  

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel the Magic of Love
Sunset at Oia

RED BEACH – As the name, so is the color of sand and cliffs of this beach.  This beach has naturally red colored sand and cliffs and lies to southwest of Akrotiri area.  Due to volcanic eruptions the sand and rocks of Santorini are either red or black in color.  The soil of this place is rich in minerals.

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel the Magic of Love
Red Beach

KAMARI BEACH/BLACK BEACH – Due to Santorini’s volcanic history, there many unique beaches.  This beach has black sand and pebbles.  It is about 6 kms southeast of Fira.  There are beach shacks at this place.

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel the Magic of Love
Black Beach/Kamari Beach

STAY IN CAVE STYLED BOUTIQUE HOTEL – We stayed in Pantelia suites with a beautiful view of Aegean Sea and located on volcano .  Whitewashed hotel with many terraces, blue doors framed by fresh fuchsia flowers with stunning views of sun setting into sea is always so perfect for a romantic and lovely stay.  There are also similar kind of  traditional boutique styled hotels in Fira near old Church.  These stays are over-priced and very expensive in peak seasons. But staying in such hotels are worth.  Read my reviews on Pantelia suites. 

SAILING ACROSS TO VOLCANIC ROCKS AND TAKE A HOT SPRINGS –  Take a boat/private yacht or cruise to sail around Caldera(volcanic crater) Hike along volcanic rocks or Dip into hot springs with red mud wrap.(red mud is from lava). This Caldera is the Volcanic crater, from where Volcano erupted and till date natural hot springs are emerging out. 

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel the Magic of Love
Sailing across Caldera(volcanic crater)

ROAM AROUND NARROW ZIG-ZAG STREETS OF OIA AND FIRA – The pathways or stairs are improperly laid out on volcanic hilly rocks to reach irregular shaped white houses or hotels.  The doors of houses are blue with colorful decor.  Every street is photogenic and there are many antique shops selling traditional products of Santorini like pure Greek olive soap, volcanic rocks pumic stones or scrubs, beauty products made from volcanic sand/soil, paintings, precious stones and many more.  

PYRGOS VILLAGE – Pyrgos is one of the settlements of Santorini which is famous for beautiful blue domed churches.  Pyrgos is situated at about 8 kms from Fira.  

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel the Magic of Love
Pyrgos Church

ENJOY LOCAL FOOD WITH TRADITIONAL TAVERNS – Slurp the delicious authentic, Mediterranean Greek food in traditional Taverns(restaurants) with a Aegean sea view in Santorini.  Don’t miss special fava Beans, Stuffed Tomato and Capsicum filled with aromatic rice, Greek Risotto, Aubergine Moussaka(veg. style), Tomato and Zucchini fritters, Saganaki(Cheese filo pastry), Greek salad and Spinach pie.  

SOAK INTO WINE AND SUNSET – Santorini is a famous Greek wine region. Due to island’s volcanic soil, a popular white grape breed is cultivated in Santorini.  The wine made from these mineral rich, aromatic grapes have distinct flavor and is famous all over the world.  Just take a glass of wine and grab your favorite place to watch the drama in sky played by sun and its various reflections over blue Aegean sea and volcanic Caldera.

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel the Magic of Love
Wine with sunset

VIEWING GALLERY OR VIEW POINTS – While driving, look for the picture perfect points. As driving through the cliffs along the sea there are many points which are perfect for photography and enjoy the peaceful sea surrounded by Volcanic cliffs.

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel the Magic of Love
Viewing sea with cliffs

ENJOY SANTORINI’S NIGHTS- Looks like a fairytale with lights illuminating on an irregular shaped hill from small houses. 

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel magic of love
Santorini at night

Some Valid Questions about Discover Volcanic Santorini – Feel the Magic of Love

Q.  How to reach Santorini?

Ans- Santorini can be reached by air or cruises. I took Ryan air from Athens to reach Santorini and took cruise to Mykonos while exiting.  Check my friend’s tips on how to reach Santorini from Athens. 

Q.  What is the local transportation in Santorini?

Ans – Rent a car or Quad bikes are the best way to explore this island. Nearby islands can be done by Day cruises.  Public transport is there but not having good frequency and also it cannot reach everywhere. There are main 4 settlements in this island to be explored like Oia, Fira, Akrotiri, and Pyrgos. Better to carry your International Licence and drive yourself.

Q.  Where to stay in Santorini?

Ans – Grab a deal in luxury styled Greek villas turned into hotels with views. They are authentic greek homes with private terraces, pools, cave styled bathrooms and all with a priceless view.  Read about a cave and luxury styled options of many stay options in Santorini … Click for Where to stay in Santorini

Q.  Which is the best season to go?

 Ans – Summers  that is May to September are best season to visit this place. If you want to avoid crowd then go in off shoulder peak seasons that is just before the peak season like in April or October.  I visited in April so managed to take pictures without crowd and also all prices were not overpriced.  Also Santorini have good weather all year round.

Discover Volcanic Santorini - Feel the Magic of Love
Volcanic Santorini – Feel the Magic of Love

Read about why you should not miss Santorini while booking your Greece trip.

So till then,   Keep Traveling………………………………..Keep Exploring…………………………………………

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  1. There’s quite a lot in here that I didn’t know about Santorini, I’ve only read about the colorful houses and hike before. I knew about the caldera but not about the hot springs. The red and black beaches are new for me too, very informative!

  2. I’d really like to take a cruise to the volcanic rocks, they sound incredible. Nothing beats the sunsets at Oia, they’re so magical. I agree that the best time to visit is September; just after the school and summer holidays; it’s less busy too!

  3. Santorini. The magical landscapes of Santorini…. I really hope to head to the gorgeous Greece sometime in future. The black beach looks inviting. The blue architecuture of Pygros will be in place for non-ending photoshoot…

  4. I have been to Greece and absolutely love it, but not yet to Mykonos or Santorini. Both the islands have been written about quite a bit but the beauty of them never fail to amaze me. I would very much like to visit the Black Beach and of course the views are spectacular including at night of the island. Thank you for all the tips.

  5. I have been to Greece and absolutely fell in love with it, however I did not visit Mykanos and Santorini which are no the two most popular islands there. One of the reasons I hold back are the crowds, but from your photos and description I really want to make a plan for Santorini soon. The Black Beach looks really awesome and the island at night is spectacular. The viewpoints are the highlight I am sure. Thanks for all the pointers and places of interest.

  6. Aaah beautiful Santorini, I remember I have seen it with my own eyes and for me it was really a magical place. Ia gree, Oia – the most visited spot is usually very crowded but you can make some amazing photos there. Your post brings back many memories – I really would love to see this place again, especially the beaches, that I have not seen yet. What fascinated me the most was this amazingly beautiful mix of blue and white houses everywhere.

  7. I MUST put this on my bucket list – the views, the sunset, the charming city – wow! You’ve provided wonderful tips, especially about going during shoulder season to avoid the crowds.

  8. You had me at soak into the wine at sunset! And learning about the Greek wine made here that is using mineral rich aromatic grapes sounds so intriguing! Ohh how I would love to visit Santorini one day – to see those white washed buildings and bright blue rooftops would be amazing.

  9. No matter what angle, Santorini always looks breathtakingly beautiful – great photos! I would love to visit a black sand beach too and to try the hot springs and mud wrap!

  10. I’ve always wanted to visit Santorini, I just love the idea of its color and the hikes (love your photos by the way)I was unaware of the hot springs, I’ve never had the chance to vistit hot springs anywhere this is something that would be first on my list to do. Very educational post 🙂

  11. Missing Santorini so much and would love to go back very soon! We remember how red beach was so gorgeous! Sunsets are indeed incredible there, would love to go back to capture better shots! It is as well indeed so beautiful at night! Love the pictures <3

  12. I am yet to discover a place as beautiful as santorini. Having visited 32 countries I still vote for santorini as the most beautiful place I have visited so far. I think I left my heart there. The beauty, simplicity and nature in the place is simply awesome. I spent close to week there snaking through the lanes of oia and Thira. Every click makes one feel like the best photographer in the world. I can go back anyday. Thanks for reminding me of my good times there

  13. Santorini is dream. I have been dreaming to visit Santorini from ages and after reading your post, I can’t wait to visit this breathtaking place. I would love to go around April or October to avoid crowds. Good tips as well.

  14. Santorini is straight our of a fairytale. With picture perfect architecture and the beauty of nature surrounding it, Santorini is quite high on my European bucket list. Would love to check out the beach with black sand.

  15. Your post really makes me miss Santorini! It is truly a very special greek island! We were there last year for my daughter’s first anniversary. We stayed righ next to the blue dome in Oia. I must say though that the sunset in Oia is a bit overrated! And we were unlucky having strong winds during our stay. We enjoyed a lot the hike we did in the early morning from Oia to Fira.

  16. How beautiful Santorini is, your photos speaks the serenity! Loved the read beach and the red Cliff’s, they look so different. I can just imagine how beautiful would they look with sunset and sunrise backdrop!

  17. I have loved all your posts on Santorini. The Red beach looks amazing. I have heard about Pyrgos and its blue domed churches. The sunset looks mesmerizing. Very helpful tips as to when to go and where to stay. Luxury styled Greek villas sound cool.

  18. Hi there! Thank you very much for this detailed post. It is full of good advice and basically prepared everyone for a trip to Santorini. I really enjoyed it and saved it for my future travels.

  19. There is just so much to love about a place as beautiful and wonderful as Santorini. I have wanted to go here for some time – I have just never seen an ‘average’ photo taken in Santorini – they all look so good. The black beach sounds so interesting and the fact that the weather is good year round is a real bonus. Also really love the idea of flying in and sailing out…can’t wait to put an itinerary together for this.

  20. Great rundown of the best spots in Santorini! Santorini is one of those destinations that we somehow keep missing, but that needs to change!! Love your beautiful pictures of Oia especially. Glad to see you still thought the trip was worth it in April!

  21. Aah Santorini. It makes me fall in love everytime I see the photos and I can’t wait to visit it. With tourism reaching it’s peak, I think it’s gonna be super expensive – what do you think?

  22. Yukti it looks like you had a wonderful time in Santorini. I have yet to visit there but your photos and story have given me incentive to visit and blog from there in the near future. Thank you and best wishes.

  23. Greece always looks so dreamy, especially Oia, with the white against the blue! it just looks very pristine. I didn’t know Greece had a red beach, it’s interesting to learn the rocks are red or black due to volcanic activity. Sailing across Caldera looks perfect, I think I’ll just come back to this post when I plan my Greece trip!

    1. what type of cost you want to know about like hotel costs or reaching here by cruise cost? As it matters a lot, where you are living in Santorini. Give me your requirements, so that I can help you more.

  24. Love the way you present your work. Very live and full of expressions. Beautiful images and very informative as well. Although there are differences in out travel but somewhere travellers share the same soul.. Happy to read your blog

  25. Santorini. What can I say about this paradise island. I have just visited this beautiful island and your post has brought back memories. As suggested by you May to September best time to visit. My personal favourite is the sunset in Oia. The whitewashed buildings in Thira and the red beach also are a great place to visit and make it a unique place. Your photos say a story themselves. Great post and beautifully covered most aspects of Santorini

  26. I have been here more than a decade ago. My most memorable moments are looking out at the caldera early in the morning when the water was absolutely calm. I would love to go back with my family now.

  27. Very photogenic island. The all white town is a classic picture and is so beautiful, I cannot wait to do Greece! So many places to see on Earth!

  28. I’ve never been to Santorini but I have a better understanding of the place now thanks to your blog. One thing that I hate about reading blogs is that your travel bucketlist grows longer each day! hahahahaha

  29. Santorini is the iconic island of Greece. Many say that it is over-hyped and gets too crowded. Whatever it be, I guess it still remains a dream destination and the stuff that dreams are made of. The white washed irregular houses framed against the beautiful waters is indeed a picturesque setting. Oia looks splendid and I am sure the sunset there is magical.

    1. Yes Sandy, people say it overhyped but it is still beautiful and dreamy. Go for places which are less crowded in Santorini then you will enjoy the true beauty of this place.

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