Fun Things to Do on Santorini

This list of fun things to do on Santorini include visiting an old tomato canning factory, listening to Greek bagpipes, and enjoying some local beers.

Oia on Santorini in the Cyclades Islands of GreeceOia on Santorini

Some of Santorini's attractions are obvious, and you can read our other page on the main things to do on Santorini. However, some things are less obvious so we've rounded up a few suggestions for some of the other fun things to do on the island.

Visit a Fruity Museum

The Santorini Arts Factory

The Santorini Arts Factory is a cultural centre which took over an old tomato canning works. Part of the centre is a museum telling the surprisingly interesting story of the factory's history. The arts factory is also an events venue, so check the program on their website for the music, arts exhibitions, and other events being held while you're on Santorini. There's also a pretty neat gift shop with some creative ideas for souvenir shopping.

Santorini Tomato Industrial Museum

Listen to the Greek Bagpipes

Symposion

One of the world's leading players of the Greek equivalent of the bagpipes, the tsabouna, lives on Santorini. In the summer Yannis Pantazis gives concerts in Symposion, a place which combines a live music venue, a bagpipe museum, and a workshop where Yannis can be seen making various Greek musical instruments. There's also a wine café, a botanical garden, and a shop where you can buy Greek music and Greek musical instruments.

Down a Donkey Beer

Santorini Brewing Company

You'll come across local brews from the Santorini Brewing Company, like White Donkey and Red Donkey, not to mention Lazy Ass, on many bar and restaurant menus. You can also find the whole range at the brewery itself, where you can also buy a neat 'donkey' t-shirt. The brewery has an interesting story, too, as it was founded by a Serbian brewer, an American, a Greek winemaker, and an English brewer.

Hike to a Venetian Fortress

Skaros Rock

Santorini's medieval fortresses are a little-known aspect of the island, and one of the most dramatic is Skaros Rock. Not much remains of the fortress that was built here in the 16th century by the Venetian rulers, but the views are worth hauling yourself up the last 300 steps for.

Find a Quiet(ish) Beach

Vlychada Beach

Very few beaches on Santorini are totally quiet, but while the crowds flock for the novelty value of the Red Beach and the Black Beach (and they are worth seeing), you'll find fewer people at Vlychada Beach, where the sand is a greyish-white colour and there are dramatic cliffs backing the beach.

Visit a Unique Bookshop

Atlantis Books

The vast Atlantis Bookshop is the kind of place you might expect to find in Athens, but not in little Oia. There are books in several languages, and it's worth buying one to be able to hear the story of how the founders came to Santorini in 2002, fell in love with the island, and as they noticed there wasn't a bookshop they decided on a whim to settle there and open one.

Atlantis Books

Where to Stay on Santorini



Some other Santorini pages

  • Luxury Weddings in Greece

    Luxury Weddings in Greece, including venues such as a boutique hotel with deluxe spa on Santorini, can be booked through Ionian Weddings.

  • Weddings in Greece

    Weddings in Greece and the Greek islands can be luxury or cheap, are easy to arrange from the UK or USA in Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes.

  • Things to Do on Santorini

    Some of the best things to do on Santorini, as well as seeing the caldera, include wine tasting, beaches, and visiting the sites of ancient Thira and Akrotiri.

  • Santorini

    Santorini or Thira in the Cyclades islands has cheap and luxury hotels, car rental, ferries from Athens, Crete and other islands, and flights from Athens.

  • Santorini Wineries

    Visiting Santorini wineries is a popular activity on this Greek island in the Cyclades, whose volcanic soil provides a distinctive terroir.

  • Santorini Car Rental

    Santorini car rental companies include Budget, Hermes, VIP Rent a Car and Euro Dollar, with Santorini car hire at the airport, and around Santorini.

  • Pictures of Santorini

    Greece Travel Secrets brings together some outstanding pictures of Santorini in the Cyclades islands of Greece.

  • Hotels on Santorini

    Hotels on Santorini, Greece, in the Cyclades, range from luxury choices to good cheap accommodation in Fira, with caldera views.

  • Athens to Santorini

    There are lots of flights from Athens to Santorini as well as a ferry service from Piraeus, with flights to Santorini leaving from Athens International Airport.

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