Top things to do in Santorini/ Oia
Every year I go on Holiday for my birthday. Usually, it’s just for a long weekend, but this year we decided to take two weeks and use the first week to visit Santorini.
It. Was. Amazing. It was my second time there and I would recommend that everyone visits this wonderful island at least once in their lifetime.
We stayed in Oia at the 270 view villa (booked through Air BnB), which actually slept six people but it was birthday so why not? We had a beautiful view of Oia and were only a 15-minute walk from the start of the town. Our host was really helpful and gave us a map to point out the best places to eat.
Anyway, here’s what we got up to and what I would really recommend you try.
Watch the Sunset
Ok, I know EVERYONE says you should do this, but it’s so beautiful! On the first night we watched from the pool in our villa, but we also went into Oia and watched from various viewpoints and restaurants on other evenings.
I would definitely recommend booking a table if you want to watch from a restaurant, as they get booked up really quickly.
Descend and Climb the 250 steps
This one is hard work. Don’t try and do it in your wedges. We did this descend and climb almost every day because it left us feeling so refreshed and like we actually achieved something instead of just eating the whole time. The steps aren’t even at all and I’ll be honest, I was terrified of falling. But if you like a thrill you could come back up on a donkey (there was no chance I was risking that).
There is a great reason to go down these steps though….
Eat by the sea
At the bottom of the 250 steps are 4 restaurants right on the sea edge. We ended up only going to one because the team there were so friendly and the food was so good it seemed silly to try the others.
As a vegetarian, there were so many great little bites. I would recommend the Tzatziki, Tomato balls, Stuffed Vine leaves and Santorini Salad. The food is just so simple and refreshing, although a little expensive.
Go at Easter
Easter is a big time for Christians and although not religious myself, I do love a good celebration.
On Good Friday fires are lit across Santorini. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But it is incredible.
They start lighting the fires at around 9 pm and by 9:30 pm you can see them all along the cliffs. In Oia, it was magical and so hard to capture on camera. Imagine every path you walk down being lit by this inviting orange glow.
I like to think I know a little bit about wine and I certainly know a lot about booze. So when everyone kept talking about Santorini Wines we just had to go on a wine tour.
We paid €100 per person for a private wine tour that took us to three wineries across Santorini. I was really surprised at the quality of wine and felt quite bad for underestimating what this small island could produce.
One of the most fascinating facts we learnt on the tour was the way the vine is grown. The vines are weaved into a basket whilst they are young so that grapes grow inside them. This protects them from the sun and the wind. Genius.
Hike from Oia to Fira
It’ll be hard work, but a bit of exercise on holiday feels so refreshing! This hike takes around 2 hours and the path can seem easy to lose at times, but don’t be afraid! Just keep on walking, the views along the way make it all worth it.
We had the best week in Santorini and let me know about your experiences.