Author: Olly Gaspar
Whether you're a solo backpacker, young couple, or a group of friends chasing adventure, Santorini is one of the best Greek Islands to visit.
The Greek Island of Santorini is well-regarded as one of the top honeymoon destinations in Europe. And, it's hard to argue that its iconic sunsets, romantic cave hotels, and picture-perfect Cycladic streets scream romantic fantasy.
Okay, so, it's no surprise that you might be asking yourself, why visit Santorini as a young, adventurous traveler then?
The truth is that this incredible volcanic island has so much more to offer! Whether you're a solo backpacker, young couple, or a group of friends chasing adventure, Santorini is one of the best Greek Islands to visit.
1. Swim at Santorini's Black Sand Beaches
We've all seen those picture-perfect white sand beaches typical of the Greek islands on our social media feeds.
But, the volcanic nature of Santorini means that on this island, you'll find otherworldy black sand beaches instead.
In fact, these extraordinary black beaches are a unique spectacle that attracts beach lovers from all over the world! Picture dramatic volcanic cliffs, fine-onyx sand shores, and crystal clear waters– Santorini's beaches are like no other!
2. Witness Breathtaking Sunsets
If you were asked to picture Santorini, you'll likely form the iconic image of a beautiful sunset reflecting off beautiful whitewashed buildings. However, trust us when we say that NOTHING compares to the experience of witnessing these Cycladic sunsets from the caldera in person.
3. Experience Santorini's World-Famous Nightlife
Yes, the party islands of Ios and Mykonos are likely where you'll be doing most your partying when island hopping in Greece. However, if you want to keep the party going, there are plenty of iconic cliff bars, all-night nightclubs, and panorama cocktail bars in Fira and Oia.
Alternatively, for those who prefer to take the beach with them into the night, there are plenty of beach bars and black-sand beach parties in Perissa and at Perivolos.
4. Get Off The Beaten Path
Okay, so visiting Greece's most popular island doesn't seem like something you'd do if you're chasing an off-the-beaten path adventure.
But, hear us out.
More often or not, luxury travelers spend way too much on their cliffside accommodation that they feel the urge to spend most of their vacation sitting by the pool! The result is that nobody really gets to SEE Santorini beyond the cliff villages of Fira and Oia.
This is a shame because there's a lot to see and do when visiting Santorini! Taste the best gyros in Greece in secret back-alley spots, sip cocktails at the remote black sand eastern coast, or ditch the sun-umbrellas and explore hidden coves edged by crystal-clear water!
Santorini is full of hidden gems!
5. Adventure in Santorini
Prefer adventure travel to poolside sips? Santorini's unique volcanic landscape means there's plenty of adventure to experience!
For some of the best views on the island, you'll definitely want to hike the caldera from Fira to Oia, stopping by remote cliffside churches and jaw-dropping Aegean Sea backdrops.
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