Explore Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece, Ormos Athinios, Greece

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Running, Swimming, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

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Cliff Jumping

Cruise around on ATVs. Amazing Ocean Views. Fun Towns. Beautiful Beaches. Cliff Jumping.

Santorini is a fun little Greek island in the Mediterranean Sea. While the island does have a small airport, the most common way to get there is via a ferry from Athens.There are several ferry operators that differ in speed and price. I took a Blue Star Ferry and got to the island of Santorini in about 8 hours.

Once on the island you can take a bus from the port to Fira. Here you can either rent an ATV of some kind or take another bus to your town of choice. Perhaps the most popular town on the island is Oia which is famous for its beautiful sunsets.

You will find things are cheaper if you stay in an inland town like Karterados though.

The island is quite small and the main roads well maintained so an ATV is the best way to see the island. You can also go on some of the "less maintained" roads on the island with an ATV.

The island of Santorini has lots of great beaches to visit. Popular beaches include: Red Beach, Kamari, Perissa, Monolithos, Vlyhada, Katharos, and White Beach.

There are several great cliff jumping spots on the island including: at the beaches of Kamari and Perissa as well as on the small island off the coast near Oia.

The highest point on the island is Moni Profiti Ilia, a Monastery that overlooks the entire island. I highly recommend riding up to this high point and looking out over the island and surrounding ocean.

The towns on the island have plenty of restaurants and shopping to experience if you get tired of cruising around and visiting beaches.

Pack List

  • An ATV - There are several ATV rental places on the island. Avoid renting from the places right after you get off the ferry. Take the bus into one of the towns and rent from a place in town, it'll be cheaper.
  • Helmet - You can rent one with your ATV. (Helmet is not required so it is up to you whether to rent/wear one or not)
  • Gas - There are several gas stations on the island where you can fill up your ATV.
  • Sunscreen... lots and lots of sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses (There are grocery stores in every town that sell anything you may have forgotten)
  • Bottled Water - You can buy this on the island and will need to because there is no safe drinking water on the island. I only learned this after drinking the tap water for 2 days, but I survived.
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When I was 18, I took a solo day trip to Santorini by myself. I took a ferry from the island of Crete to get there, and if I recall correctly, it costed about 100 Euros round trip. Each way took four hours. I left at 6AM, so I got in at 10AM and explored the island until 5PM, when my ferry departed. Do keep in mind that you will need to take a bus from the port to the town of Fira (anglicized Thera), and then another from Fira to Oia, which is the island's main attraction. It takes about 45 minutes each way for that. However, once you're in Oia, it is absolutely breathtaking. All white buildings, beautiful blue doors and Greek orthodox domes, all built onto the side of an ocean cliff. The entire island of Santorini is actually the rim of an ancient volcano. I recommend spending at least one night on the island to maximize your time. Also, it is an island, and a tourist one at that, so any food/water/supplies you can bring yourself will save you lots of money. Let it be known, though, this place is incredible and I had one of the best days of my life here. If you are going to Greece, you must go to Santorini.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Michael Matti Explorer

Seattle based photographer and hiker. www.michaelmatti.com

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