10 things to do in Santorini 2020
From 1st to 10th of April 2020 I visited Santorini for the first time, which did not take long to become my new favourite Greek island.
The relatively few days of my stay allowed me to explore many aspects of the island and meet interesting people. So, I ended up with a list of 10 things to do if you’re ever in Santorini. Of course do not miss the chance to book a Santorini private tour.
1. Taste Santorini beer
One of the traditional products of the island is its beer called Donkey. There are red, yellow and crazy donkey, 3 different names for each of its 3 different flavours.
My favourite was red, the sweetest, since I love the sweet flavours of the spirits. If you are interested in buying these beers as… souvenirs, it will be difficult to bring them home because they need a refrigerator directly.
So… enjoy the pleasure while on the island! But you can carry their traditional sweet wine, Vincanto, which does not spoil even if the bottle is opened. Just be careful not to damage the cork.
2. Swim in the Monolith
You may have heard that Santorini is not famous for its beaches. But there are some exceptions to the rule, one of which is the Monolith Sea, which you will find on the way to the airport. It has wild waters, but it can satisfy all tastes.
Part of it is organized, with sun loungers, beach bars and tavernas, and as you progress it becomes more secluded for you who love the privacy and want to enjoy your swim at no cost.
3. Take pictures in the Caldera 2020
Caldera is called the whole western part of the island, which contains many elevated locations to enjoy the view and capture it with your camera! For example, I recommend the Caldera View Café Bar Restaurant, which has a specially designed photo area. If you have time, enjoy a rich breakfast there! What better than Greek breakfast with a view?
4. Explore the archaeological site of Akrotiri
Akrotiri is dominated by remnants of a prehistoric settlement that was first inhabited during the late Neolithic period and was levelled by the ash of the volcanic eruption. If you are a student or teacher, do not forget to take your card with you as you will not have to pay for entrance.
5. Enjoy a meal at Panorama Restaurant 2020
You can combine your visit to the archaeological site of Akrotiri with a dining stop at the Panorama Restaurant which is also located in the area. A quiet restaurant with prompt service, affordable prices and a wide selection of traditional Cycladic dishes.
And bonus… a great view that compensates even the most demanding visitor! Outside, the restaurant also has a children’s playground, thus meeting the needs of all members of a family with young children.
6. Shopping from Pottery Studio “Egli’s”
It is a pottery workshop, which is trademarked by handmade fish and donkeys. If you are leaning towards craftsmanship or just an appetite and love for art, you know that Pottery Studio Egli’s takes place at specific times each year in ceramics.
7. Get to know the art of wine at Roussos Winery
It is the oldest winery in Santorini, operating since 1836, where wines are being researched for cancer. Start your visit with a walk in the lab to get acclimated to the… secrets of the profession, try the production wines (red, rose and white) and leave a note in the impression book.
At this point, I would like to personally thank the owner, Mr Rousseau for his warm welcome and the wonderful gift he gave me: a bottle of Nama wine, used in the mystery of marriage. I promised him I would open it at my wedding and I intend to keep my promise. This gift has great emotional value for me because it was also the first I received as a… blogger!
8. Visit the Tomato Museum!
I’ve travelled to several countries around the world, heard about potato museums, artichoke workshops but never about a tomato museum! And so its uniqueness is one reason to visit it.
Daily tours (reduced for students) are paid for guided tours (in Greek and English) of the old industrial tomato factory that now serves as a museum space. The tour is short and not at all tedious, and at the end of it you can watch and a video of testimonies of people who once worked there.
If you want to extend your visit, there is a coffee shop where you can sample tomatoes or other specialities as well as cheesecake tomatoes. Even for me when the tomato and tomato dishes in general do not overwhelm me, this sweet was a delightful addition! As you leave, don’t forget to walk through the museum boutique to make your own souvenir pack!
Last but not least, the tomato museum hosts various exhibitions from time to time (I visited modern art exhibitions at the time), and has a specially designed space for summer performances and concerts.
9. Attend performances at the Fira High School
Throughout the summer there are mainly concerts for both young and older audiences. For example, on August 7th while I was on the island, Constantine Argyros who is also my favourite Greek singer happened to sing.
You buy tickets at the entrance of the high school on the day of the concert about 1.5 hours before it starts. If you want to find a place, it would be a good idea to be there at least 1 hour earlier. There are parking spaces just opposite the school.
10. See the sunset in Oia 2020
I left this particular activity not because it is the best but because it is the most… common and you might leave with a complaint if you do not taste it. In my opinion the sunset in Santorini is just as beautiful and spectacular as the sunset in any other part of the world and I find the promotion around it to be somewhat excessive and purely for tourist reasons.
Anyway… If you want to watch it, remember that the sun is setting exactly at 20:19 and to find a good place, you need to be at Oia castle at least 1 hour earlier. But if you don’t get there, there is an area near Oia called Finikia and it has an equally beautiful view of the sunset.