Top things to do

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Santorini

Ancient Akrotiri

In 1967, excavations uncovered an ancient Minoan city buried deep beneath volcanic ash from the catastrophic eruption of 1613 BC. Housed within a cool, protective structure, wooden walkways allow you to pass through…
Top Choice Gallery in Santorini

Art Space

This unmissable, atmospheric gallery is on the way to Kamari, in Argyros Canava, one of the oldest wineries on the island. The atmospheric old wine caverns are hung with superb artworks, while sculptures transform l…
Top Choice Port in Oia

Ammoudi

This tiny port of colourful fishing boats lies 300 steps below Oia. It’s a hot haul down and up again but well worth it for the views of the blood-red cliffs, the harbour and back up at Oia. Once you’re down there, …
Top Choice Greek in Fira

Theoni's Kitchen

Theoni's isn't fancy and you won't be gazing out over the caldera, but this is the best 'mumma's kitchen' home-cooked Greek food you'll find, with smiling, friendly owners and good service. Expect decent-sized porti…
Top Choice Taverna in Santorini

Metaxi Mas

The raki flows at this convivial taverna, a favourite among locals and authenticity-seeking travellers. In the central village of Exo Gonia (on the steep winding road between Pyrgos and Kamari), park by the large ch…
Top Choice Cinema in Santorini

CineKamari

After the caldera sunset, this is one of the finest ways to spend a Santorini evening. On the road into Kamari, this tree-surrounded, open-air cinema screens movies in their original language throughout the summer. …
Top Choice Seafood in Fira

1500 BC

With top views south across the caldera, this elegant patio serves top-quality food. Braised lobster, royal crab legs with green olive oil, and chateaubriand veal fillet are just a few of the mouthwatering choices. …
Top Choice Museum in Fira

Museum of Prehistoric Thera

Opposite the bus station, this well-presented museum houses extraordinary finds excavated from Akrotiri and is all the more impressive when you realise just how old they are. Most remarkable is the glowing gold ibex…
Arts & Crafts in Fira

Mati Art Gallery

The installation pieces outside are sure to catch your attention before you even step inside this gallery. This is the main exhibition space of Yorgos Kypris, an internationally celebrated artist who takes much of h…
Bar in Fira

Kira Thira

The oldest bar in Fira and one of the best. Dark wood and vaulted ceilings give it an intimate, cave-like atmosphere, with smooth cocktails and smoother jazz. With a huge viola hanging on the ceiling, this tiny bar …