10 Hidden Gems on Santorini: Your Private Tour
Santorini is an island of undeniably unique beauty inextricably linked with its volcano, its iconic whitewashed houses, its endless blue horizon and the stunning soft pinks, fiery oranges, and deep purples sunsets. Here’s a curated list of 10 enchanting locales, carefully tucked away from the well-trodden paths, awaiting discovery on your private Santorini tour.
1. Oia Village: Famous for its exquisite sunset views, perched on the northern tip of Santorini, Oia is the picturesque village that captivates with its unparalleled beauty. The iconic blue-domed churches, and narrow cobbled streets encompassed in the endless blue of the Aegean Sea will ease your eyes and soul. Apart from the whitewashed buildings on the cliffside, you will have the chance to sip your coffee in charming cafés, to taste authentic Greek cuisine in restaurants and to stroll around elegant boutiques, art galleries. Oia’s timeless elegance and romantic ambiance make it a must-visit destination, eternally enchanting all who behold its beauty.
2. Vlychada Beach and Sculptures: Vlychada Beach stands out not only for its lunar-like landscape but also for the hidden sculptures carved into the rocks. You can enjoy the beach for a walk or jump in into the waters of this South beautiful beach. You may also dive in the blue clean waters of the Vlychada Beach during a Daytime Santorini Boat Tour.
3. Pyrgos Village: Venture beyond the more popular villages and explore the timeless charm of Pyrgos. With its labyrinthine alleyways and traditional architecture, Pyrgos offers a glimpse into Santorini’s authentic character. Do not miss ascending to its top for panoramic views, uninterrupted by the throngs of tourists found in other parts of the island.
4. Emporio Village: Immerse yourself in the medieval ambiance of Emporio, one of Santorini’s oldest and less-explored villages. Wander through narrow passageways, discover ancient houses, and explore the imposing Venetian castle. This village provides a glimpse into the traditional Greek way of life even today.
5. Emporio Windmills: Originally grain-grinding beacons, they now serve as iconic symbols of the island’s cultural heritage. Silhouetted against the vibrant hues of sunset, the windmills create a postcard-perfect scene, inviting travelers to marvel at their enduring beauty and relish the gentle caress of the sea breeze—an ode to Santorini’s timeless grace and the whispers of its storied past.
6. Akrotiri Lighthouse: For a tranquil alternative to Oia’s sunset spectacle, head to the Akrotiri Lighthouse. On the very edge of the southwestern tip of Santorini, this hidden gem provides a serene setting to witness the sun dip below the horizon, casting hues of orange and pink across the caldera and the Aegean Sea. You may also enjoy an aerial view of the Akrotiri lighthouse during a private sightseeing helicopter tour.
7. Akrotiri Archeological Site: If you are interested in historical excursions, Akrotiri is the best place to visit. There lie the remains of an ancient well-preserved city, dated from Minoan Bronze Age, frozen in time by the volcanic ash from the volcanic eruption that occurred around 1600 BCE. Excavations have unearthed artifacts, pottery, and evidence of advanced urban planning. The site’s mysterious abandonment, believed to be linked to the catastrophic Thera eruption, adds an air of intrigue. Expert archeologists are available to guide you inside the site and the museum.
8. Imerovigli Village, Skaros: Imerovigli is often called the balcony of the Aegean. Although very famous, the rock Skaros located in this elegant village is often overlooked. Once a medieval fortress and residential area, Skaros offers a glimpse into the island’s history. Visitors can embark on a leisurely hike to the top of Skaros, where the reward is not just historical remnants but also breathtaking views that stretch across the sea.
9. Wine Tasting of Santorini Wines: Ditch the crowded locations and opt for an authentic wine-tasting experience in Santorini. The island houses boutique wineries, where you can savor local wines away from the tourist masses, gaining insights into Santorini’s rich viticulture.
10. Prophet Elias Monastery: Located on the highest point of the island, the monastery offers its visitors breathtaking panoramic views of the Aegean coast and the entire island. If you are on a private island tour, ask your driver- tour guide to take you off the beaten path to spots often missed by visitors, and discover the real Santorini. The monastery dates back to early 18th century and today it has its own museum, with a collection of religious items, rare handwritten books, and gorgeous Byzantine icons and sculptures.
As you embark on your private tour of Santorini, these hidden gems promise a more profound connection with the island’s soul and culture.