Destination

Santorini

Hints & Tips on the island of Santorini

You might have seen and heard many things about Santorini but wait until you truly face the amazing beauty of the caldera, taste the products, explore the villages, discover the history, and relax at the volcanic beaches of an island like no other. Santorini is among the world’s top destinations, its wild beauty enchanting every visitor, whether they reach the island for their holidays, to get married, to spend their honeymoon or just to see for themselves what makes this island so unique.

Every corner of Santorini hides new surprises, spectacles of savage wilderness and remnants of a rich history that travel the visitor back in time. The medieval allure of the Kastelia (the castle cities and fortifications of the mainland villages), the majestic mansions of the 17th and 18th century, the iconic canavas of wineries hidden in caves carved in the rocks, all add their charm and subtle elegance to the magic of Santorini.

And that is not all; Santorini is special in so many ways. Views that will stay etched in your hearts forever, tastes and flavours you have never sampled before, feelings of awe and bliss in an environment so mystifying and captivating; these are just some of Santorini’s precious gifts to its visitors, and these are the characteristics that support the myth that Santorini truly was the Lost Atlantis, a slice of heaven in the middle of the Aegean Sea.

 

Activities

The best activities in Santorini

A things- to-do list by Kasimatis by La Perla

There are so many things to discover and feel on the island of Santorini and Kasimatis by La Perla can be the starting point of your excursions across the island. During your stay at Kasimatis by La Perla you can go:

Hiking

One of the top activities in Santorini is hiking from Fira to Oia. If you wish to save some energy, you can actually avoid starting the trail from Fira, as it passes through the village of Imerovigli and Kasimatis by La Perla. It takes approximately 2 exciting hours of hiking through the marvels of Santorini to reach the village of Oia with the unique architecture and the amazing views. Alternatively, you can choose to walk just as far as to the capital of the island, Fira. It will take you 20 to 25 minutes to be in the liveliest spot of the island. Keep in mind that both routes offer amazing caldera views all the way through. For more hiking, you can visit the village of Pyrgos, where paths will take you down to the alluring village of Emporio and the beaches of Perivolos and Perissa or up to the Monastery of Prophet Ilias for awe-inspiring panoramic views!

Sightseeing

The closest landmark to Kasimatis by La Perla is the impressive rock of Skaros. There’s nothing left of the once-mighty castle-city, but you have to visit it to admire the amazing views to the sea and the volcanoes. Other must-visit sights are the archaeological sites of Akrotiri and Ancient Thera, the villages of Pyrgos and Emporio with their medieval castle cities and the evocative atmosphere, the village of Akrotiri with its lighthouse and its Goulas tower. Do not miss the picturesque village of Oia, the neighbouring Finikia and of course the capital of the island, Fira, for shopping, dining, and visits to its museums. At Kasimatis by La Perla we will give you all details you may need to discover the best spots in Santorini and feel part of this magnificent island.

Sailing

This is Santorini’s top activity and there are many reasons why. A cruise around Santorini with stops to the volcanoes and the Thermal Springs or around the island of Santorini along with the amazing feeling of being surrounded by the imposing rocks of the caldera, make sailing in Santorini an experience that simply cannot be missed. Options vary, from modern catamarans to traditional vessels, from day to sunset time cruises, and from private to group tours. At Kasimatis by La Perla we will guide you through every option to help you choose the ideal cruise for you and we will take care of all necessary arrangements.

Wine Tasting

Santorini is not famous just for its landscape and its sunset views. The gastronomic scene of the island is an intriguing one thanks to the strong character of its wines, from sweet Vinsanto - made only in Santorini - to wines made of Assyrtiko, Aidani and Athiri varieties. At Santorini’s wineries you will enjoy delicious wine tasting and nonchalant strolls through the vineyards, and you will leave with the extraordinary aftertaste of local wines. Kasimatis by La Perla is housed in an old canava, the place where Santorinians made and stored wine, so we can give you a first-hand account of the wines and viniculture of Santorini.

Swimming

The volcanic beaches of Santorini are one of a kind, with amazing colours, unique backgrounds, and crystal-clear waters. Starting from the Red Beach, which we suggest visiting by sea to better admire the impressive red rock surrounding it, you can then head to the amazing Vlychada with its red volcanic cliffs. The organized beaches of the island - Perivolos, Perissa and Kamari - are all awarded with EU Blue Flags and offer everything you might ask for relaxing or adventurous summer days; beach bars, cafes, restaurants, tavernas and water sports are available throughout their coastlines. As for the natural beaches of Santorini, the closest ones to Kasimatis by La Perla are those of Pori and Koloumbos, which will enchant you with their wild beauty. At Kasimatis by La Perla we will give you all necessary details on visiting the best beaches of the island according to your preferences and interests.