First time in Santorini? 3+1 outstanding suggestions for the first day

Santorini is a stunning destination that boasts breathtaking views. Deciding what to do the first time on the island is significant. Therefore, we offer 4 suggestions for first-time activities in Santorini. As the days pass you become more acquainted with the island, its inhabitants, etc., and adjust to island life.

What to do on your first time in Santorini?

Our 4 suggestions for first time trip to Santorini

  1. The Wine 
First time in Santorini? 3+1 outstanding suggestions for the first day


The wine of Santorini is well-known in Greece and abroad. Some of the most exciting varietals, such as Assyrtiko and Vinsanto, are created by volcanic soil, strong winds, and intense sunlight. As a result, they are intricate, unique, and in high demand across the globe. 

Santorini’s vineyards are also quite remarkable. For instance, many vines are shaped like low-lying baskets to shield the grapes from strong winds. Another interesting fact is that vines on the island are not artificially irrigated, and since rainfall is uncommon, the plants rely on humidity and sea mist. As a result, Santorini escaped the grape phylloxera, making it one of the world’s oldest wine regions. 

What could be better than tasting the unique wine on your first time on the island? In addition, don’t forget that good wine cheers the heart, so why not use it to unwind? Nevertheless, always in moderation. 

The island’s interior is dotted with vineyards and traditional villages that provide a glimpse beyond the tourist bustle. You can always visit a vineyard to see how the famous wines of Santorini are produced, in addition to sampling them. 

  1. Food

Following the wine, tasting the traditional food of the island is a must, especially if you’re visiting Santorini for the first time. Five island specialties will leave you with a gaping mouth:

  • Tomato fritters 
  • Tomato Paste  
  • Grape Leaves Stuffed 
  • Fresh Fish  
  • Fava Beans Mash 

Tomato Fritters

Tomato fritters are a tomato-based specialty. Santorini is renowned for its unique tomato varieties that grow nowhere else. And Santorinians enjoy dicing these special tomatoes with onion and mint, mixing them with flour, and frying them. Tomato fritters are a delicious appetizer found on many Santorini menus. 

Tomato Paste 

The unique cherry tomato that grows only on Santorini is also used in another recipe. Those tomatoes are renowned for their high sugar content and flavor, attributed to the unique composition of Santorini’s volcanic soil and the fact that it grows with little water. In addition, the tomato’s skin is significantly thicker, so it is frequently used to make tomato paste. 

Grape Leaves Stuffed 

Grape leaf stuffing is one of the traditional Greek dishes. They are typically vegetarian, stuffed with rice and herbs. However, there is also the possibility that they contain ground meat. 

Fresh Fish 

In all Greek taverns along the coast, fresh fish is always available. To find the ideal fish for your preference, you visit the kitchen to select your fish from the day’s fresh catch. After the fish is weighed and the price is agreed upon, you can enjoy a beer, fried potatoes, and tzatziki while your fish is grilled. 

Mashed Fava Beans 

You can also find this dish under the name Fava me Koukia. One of Santorini’s most famous and beloved dishes, mashed fava beans are an easy-to-prepare appetizer with a distinct flavor. This dish is the ultimate comfort food with freshly squeezed lemon juice and high-quality olive oil! Fresh bread or pita bread is served with mashed fava beans. 

  1. Archaeology

The island of Santorini is dotted with archaeological sites due to its rich history. Thus in your first time on the island it is highly recommended to visit some of the most significant museums.  

You can visit unique places like the Gymnasium, the Sanctuary of Artemis, the Temple of Apollo Karneios, the Agora, the Royal Portico, the Basilistai House, the theatre, and the Terrace of Festivals. 

Oia is the first settlement in Greece to be designated as a cultural heritage site. Here, hundreds of visitors marvel at the world-famous sunset. Profitis Elias in Imerovgli is an alternate location for a magnificent sunset. 

In the south of the island is Akrotiri, one of the most significant early Bronze Age Aegean settlements. As a result of the volcano’s eruption, the settlement was abandoned, but it was also saved. Volcanic material covered it, preserving the evidence of its glorious past, like the vast territory, the stone streets, and an abundance of gorgeous vases and furniture.

4. The coastline 

First time in Santorini? 3+1 outstanding suggestions for the first day

Santorini’s beaches are very popular. However, the east coast of Santorini is less prominent than the celebrated and high west shore. The caldera-edge cliffs have sloped to sea level, and beaches and resorts with volcanic sand offer a unique attraction.  

You can also visit beloved and more scenic beaches like: 

  • Kamari  
  • Perissa  

You can always visit beaches affected by the island’s ongoing volcanic flare-ups like: 

  • Red Beach  
  • Palia Kameni  
  • Nea Kameni  
  • White Beach 

Small beaches with dark pebbles, excellent swimming, and a few tiny churches dot the coast. 

The peak season for Santorini is July and August, but June is also busy. Therefore,  May, late September, and October could be great alternatives. Regardless of the season, the locals of Santorini are incredibly hospitable and adore the tourists who visit the island, making them feel at home.

First time in a foreign location may be challenging since there are so many things to do, and you may feel rushed to begin. We recommend taking it easy and enjoying your first time in Santorini island. Tasting wines or local delicacies is always a one-of-a-kind experience that relaxes you through taste, smell, and sight. Additionally, visiting a beautiful beach, seaside, or archaeological site provides tranquility and peace.

At Arivia Group, we provide everything you need for all vacations. A pleasant, tranquil, and peaceful experience that promises to be memorable. Your return to Santorini and the mansions of the Arivia Group is more than inevitable. We will always eagerly anticipate your return.

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