Oia, one of the most photographed and coveted travel destinations on earth, is right at your doorstep from Santo Collection, just 5 minutes walk along our footpath. But there are so many other incredible aspects to this multifaceted island that you can also experience whilst here.
Described by Plato as the land where the Atlantis once existed, Santorini is blessed with incredible beaches with red or black sand, wineries that have been lauded by the world’s leading experts, a gastronomic culture that spans millennia, ancient sites like Neolithic-Age Akrotiri, stunning architecture, vibrant cultural spaces and events and a multitude of activities to set your heart on.
Santorini’s allurement has long beckoned visitors, even those who only have a few days to spare. With wild natural beauty, landmark whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches, and spectacular caldera views, it is truly one of the most magical places on earth.
So, you may feel overwhelmed figuring out how to spend time in Santorini in a way to get the most out of your holidays. From relaxing wine tastings to thrilling sailing excursions, Santorini offers a variety of activities and emotions to cherish forever.
With so many things to see and do in Santorini, it may feel overwhelming where to start or how to organize your days to get the most out of your holiday. Indeed, when thinking of what to do in Santorini, you could quite literally spend years exploring its winding pathways and hidden secrets and still be intrigued to dive deeper.
Santorini is known to captivate all who descend upon the island, and though small in size, it is mighty in emotion. You’re invited to learn more about the island’s beauty, grandeur, and mythic tales, which have made it revered for centuries.
The island, with its vividly volcanic nature took its current form some 3,700 years ago. It transformed following a cataclysmic volcanic eruption that tore the main body of Thera away, leaving the iconic Caldera as you see it now, looking like it’s floating like a crescent of steep cliffs on the glittering Aegean sea.
You can check out the caldera’s bluff hills from the deck of a yacht or a catamaran, or even walk or swim around it; note the multi-coloured rock types with rainbow effects on their cliffs.
The island’s history dates back to over 4000 years ago. Closely linked with the eminent and pre-classical ancient world, the island’s oldest inhabitants enjoyed a culturally lively existence, building sophisticated settlements that can still be admired at the Akrotiri archaeological site in the southern part of the island, easily reachable from our hotel.
Reach the center of Oia village by following the stone-built little path from our hotel straight to its heart in just five minutes. Famously scenic and romantic, Oia is petite but bursting with colourful vibrancy, although it has tranquil pockets.
The village welcomes visitors from around the planet who journey here to experience the extraordinary appeal of what is commonly known as one of the most stunning places on earth.
It comes as no surprise that Santorini is famed for its excellent wines: with minimal rainfall, volcanic soil and abundant sunshine year-round, it has the perfect earth for growing some of Europe’s finest grapes.
Winemaking on the island flourished in ancient Greek and Roman times but actually became an established practice during the Venetian rule in the Medieval era.