How to Spend 3 days in Santorini

If you are looking to take a break in the Greek Islands then look no further than Santorini, the beautiful island in the heart of the Aegean Sea. Whenever you see those images of Greek islands with the whitewashed buildings and the mazy coastal path that leads down to the seafront, it is likely that you are looking at Santorini and in terms of raw beauty, this is the Greek islands at their very best.

Squeezing all that Santorini has to offer into a short 3 day break is not entirely possible but that is not to say that there isn’t plenty to see and do during your short break. Let’s take a look at what you need to doddering your 3 day stay.


Requiring a cliff walk to see this beautiful village, Imerovigli is the best place to go for views of the island and assuming that you arrive on a Friday, you should make an effort to get up here for sunset. There is no better place to witness sunset than in this typical Santorini village and there are several restaurants with viewing platforms so that you can enjoy it in all of its splendor. Expect to spend around 3 hours up here.

Sleeping and Beach

In the afternoons in Santorini, almost everything shuts down for a few hours which gives you the perfect chance to relax, go for a snooze or hit the beach to bask in the beautiful sunshine.


Pyrgos village is very different from the other villages on the island and it makes for a great place to explore. Here you will find an outstanding monastery to explore as well as plenty of street markets and you could even go on a winery tour and sample some of the local produce.


There are lots of beach to choose from and as you are short on time it is important that you get it just right. Perissa Beach is probably the finest beach on the island and whilst it does not offer the lush white sand that others on the islands do, the cobbled stone and volcanic grey sand still makes for a beautiful beach. Here you will find several tavernas and restaurants where you can enjoy the sunshine and most importantly, the view.


There are several boat cruises which you can do to the neighboring islands and I would recommend that you take the cruise to the volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kameni. Once you hit the islands you will have to do a bit of walking to get to the summit of the volcanoes but it is well worth the effort. The boat trip will take up a whole afternoon so make sure that you have planned it in well.

For your final few hours, you should look towhead back to the part of Santorini that you loved the most and once again enjoy the spectacular views which you can get from the island before heading back home. Three days may not be enough to see it all, but you can most definitely see enough to whet your appetite for next time.

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