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Things to do in Firostefani, Santorini

Our most recommended things to do in Firostefani, Santorini

Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

1. Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

Start the day with a traditional Greek coffee after meeting with a local food guide in the square of Firostefani village (next to Fira). Walk towards the famous blue-domed church of Santorini (the perfect spot for photos) followed by a sample of local mezes in a traditional tavern. Walk towards Fira on a footpath on the caldera's edge with sea and volcano views. A glass of local beer is the perfect welcome to the capital of Santorini. Follow your guide through the historical alleyways and paths with several stops for samples of local treats, including olive oil and souvlaki. Visit the daily market with fresh fish and vegetables. Enjoy a midday meal at a tavern with caldera views. Try the sweetest Loukoumades. Experience both the Mediterranean and Santorini sides of Greek cuisine. Meet locals, from the tavern owners to local farmers, souvlaki griller to honey producers. 

Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

2. Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

Get picked up from a location of your choice on Santorini and meet your private driver/guide. Decide with your guide which sights you would like to see on this fully-customizable tour. The below itinerary is just offered as an example.  First, stop in the traditional village of Firostefani famous for its blue-domed churches. See and learn about the geological formation of the island, and the genesis, and history of Santorini.  Continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Next, head to Profitis Ilias, which is the highest hill in Santorini. From its top at 567 m, enjoy the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. There, you are able to visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and a Greek Orthodox chapel, listen to the sounds of Byzantine music and get a taste of their hand-made products.  Alternatively, opt to visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan village that was buried by the island’s colossal volcanic eruption. Don't miss the chance to see the incredible, well-preserved remnants of the settlement for yourself. Afterward, head to Red Beach, named for its distinctively colored sand. On your way to the south, stop to explore the famous black beaches and its nice viewpoint. Take many beautiful pictures of this unique landscape. Lastly, wind your tour down with an indulgent stop at a local winery. Santorini has produced its own wine since ancient times, and sampling its product is the perfect way to get a taste of the island's history.

From Santorini: Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni & Thirassia Cruise

3. From Santorini: Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni & Thirassia Cruise

This experience starts with our pick up service from a centralized pickup point near to your hotel. We get to the port of Athinios and first stop is to the lava island of Nea Kameni where you will have the chance to ascend the soil path and approach the crater of the active volcano. Next we will sail to the second island, the island Palea Kameni. The boat makes a stop approximately 50 meters away from the Hot Springs, so you can dive in the orange sulphur waters and enjoy the view. The tour continues to Thirasia island where you will have free time for lunch, swimming or to explore the charming traditional village of Manolas. On the way back you will enjoy breath-taking views of the cliffs and the amazing scenery. One of the best Santorini day tours ends full of memories!

Santorini Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting

4. Santorini Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting

Journey to Oia to get panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and neighboring islands. Admire the white houses and blue domed churches, and get stunning views from the village of Imerovigli. Stop in Firostefani to see its blue domed church, and then make your way to the top of Prophet Ilias, 200 feet above sea level. Look inside the monastery at the top of the mountain. Visit the village of Pyrgos and stroll the narrow paths to the ruins of a Venetian castle.  Taste some rare wines in the Venetsanos winery and learn more about the island's wine making traditions. Head to Black Beach at Perivolos and get recommendations on where to enjoy lunch, or get dropped off at your hotel or in Fira.

Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

5. Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

Spend a day on a private-guided tour exploring Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city, frozen in time by ash that fell during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Some speculate this is the origin of the mythical city of Atlantis. Admire the elaborate drainage system, sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall painting, and excavated furniture and vessels that show the former settlement's great prosperity. Next, you will head over to admire the Red and Black beaches. The red layer of sand at the Red Beach is a spectacular sight. The Black Beach of Perivolos is the largest beach on Santorini and is covered with a black volcanic pebble. Take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands. Enjoy an optional lunch at a seaside restaurant. Continue your visit at the village of Emporio, the largest village on the Greek island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills that have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village Emborio, you will discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas. Then, you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you (360 degrees), and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain's summit. From here, you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital, where you will take a guided walk along narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle. The next stop is at a traditional Venetsanos Winery, where you will learn the secrets of wine making and enjoy the tastes of the famous local wines. On the way to the northern part of Santorini, you will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini's postcards. You will visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. In front of the village is an enormous rock called Skaros, which used to be the best spot to look out for pirates. Continue through the beautiful Santorini countryside to the village of Oia. Built in the northern part of the Caldera Rim. Oia is the most photographed location in Santorini, and a place where many artists have found their inspiration in Oia's beauty, the traditional architecture  and the amazing sunset. Enjoy the stunning views of the Caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You will also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea.

Private Half-Day Tour in Santorini

6. Private Half-Day Tour in Santorini

Start from the north part of Santorini Island, where the spectacular villages of Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli are located. Experience the endless panoramic views of Caldera, Thirasia Island and the volcanic islands Palea and Nea Kameni.  Have the opportunity to take pictures of white houses and blue domed churches whilst there. Later on, head toward the traditional settlement of Megalochori, where you will be able to explore it, walking through the traditional alleys and being able to see the local houses and architecture.  Finally, stop at the unique Red Beach, which is full of red iron volcanic lava rocks, and the famous 2.5-mile-long Black Sand Beach.

Imerovígli: Santorini Guided Morning Hike with Food Tasting

7. Imerovígli: Santorini Guided Morning Hike with Food Tasting

Begin your amazing day by meeting your local guide in Imerovigli, one of the three suspended villages of your morning exploration. Appropriately, you’ll start off with a freshly brewed Greece coffee in a traditional wooden-table cafe, pairing it with a homemade local sweet made from fresh fruits straight from its family’s orchard, mingling with locals and admiring superb views over the Aegean Sea. While walking through the footpaths of Imerovigli, the highest of the caldera villages, hear stories about the Lost Atlantis, different conquerors, once-thriving civilizations and ghost fortified towns. Next, you’ll enter the fabulous Firostefani village being expanded along the eyebrow-shaped caldera cliffs of Santorini. Grab an ice-cream on the go and stroll around whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches, and bougainvillea-filled alleys. Afterwards, with your guide by your side, you’ll discover the photogenic Blue Dome of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, the most-renowned postcard location of Santorini. Definitely, a place to blow up your Instagram! Almost noon and it’s time to relax your muscles in a favourite spot where you’ll wake up those taste buds with local seasonal tapas and a freshly-brewed local beer, exclusively produced by using volcanic stones for filtration and local Aegean raw ingredients. Say “Yamas!”, drink a cold sip and enjoy the uninterrupted views to Santorini’s active volcano! This Santorini morning tour comes to an end at scenic Fira, the main island’s town, passing along local artists’ workshops and a deli with Greek products. Don’t forget to ask your local guide for more hints and tips on how to get the best out of your trip to amazing Santorini. How you help the local community by joining this tour: You support local farmers and help preserve Satorini’s culinary traditions by sampling food locally sourced from Santorini and nearby islands. You visit 100% locally owned and run stores. At least one store on your itinerary is dedicated to the preservation of locally produced crafts and edibles.

Santorini: Private Catamaran Tour with BBQ Meal and Drinks

8. Santorini: Private Catamaran Tour with BBQ Meal and Drinks

Explore the shores of Santorini on a private catamaran cruise from the southern port of Vlihada. View sights like Red beach, Indian Rock, the Venetian lighthouse and the volcano crater. Sit down to an authentic Greek meal paired with local wines, beers and soft drinks.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and transferred to the comfortable catamaran. Set sail from the southern port of Vlihada and follow the coastline until you reach Red beach in Akrotiri. Capture pictures of the unique reddish hue of the beach. Cruise to White beach and stop to snorkel through the crystal-clear waters and explore the local reefs. Head past the stunning 19th-century Venetian lighthouse, and the unique rock formations like Indian. Admire picturesque white houses hang from the cliffs, the volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kammeni. Have the option of sailing to the traditional villages of Fira, Firostefani, and Imerovigli. Sail around the crater of the volcano and soak in the therapeutic hot springs.   Continue to the island of Palia Kammeni where the boat will stop for swimming at a private bay. Be served a delectable meal of barbeque chicken, fish fillets, shrimps, Greek salads, tzatziki dips, and appetizers accompanied with local wine, beers and cold beverages. Return to your accommodation in Santorini at the end of your tour.

Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

9. Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

Hop off your cruise ship and embark on an excursion around Santorini. See cute villages such as Firostefani and Oia, volcanic remains, and beautiful vistas on this specially-designed shore excursion. Meet your driver/guide and head for your first stop at Firostefani. Admire the blue dome church and enjoy views of the volcanic remains of the caldera. Visit the observatory at Imerovigli to get a closer look at this amazing landscape. Listen to fascinating stories as you move onto Oia, a nestling hillside village and Santorini's most famous tourist destination. Encounter the well-known old Venetian castle, as well as hidden gems picked by your guide. Enjoy a walk around the village and its volcanic caldera at your leisure before the final stop at Finikia. This tranquil and picturesque village is the perfect spot to see the sunset away from the crowds, before heading back to your cruise ship.

Fira: Walking Tour with Cable Car Ride

10. Fira: Walking Tour with Cable Car Ride

Wander through the white cobblestone streets of Santorini’s capital, Fira, for a guided tour that will feature jewelry shops, donkey roads, a scenic cable car ride, and wine tasting. Begin your tour in front of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, which sits atop a cliff and offers breathtaking views. Explore the old town with your guide, admiring the beautiful jewelry in shop windows as you stroll down Gold Street. Walk along part of Santorini’s famous donkey roads, once used by the locals to transport goods and reach other parts of the island. Take in the panoramic views during a 5-minute ride in an aerial lift from the top of the volcanic caldera down to a small picturesque port. Get an up-close look at the edge of the caldera as you make your way toward the renowned blue domed church in Firostefani. At the end of the tour, get introduced to Pelican Kipos, located in the heart of Fira, where there is a unique wine cellar with renowned as well as rare local wines and other alcoholic beverages, collected from all over the world. Should you wish to have a wine tasting experience, it can be arranged on the spot.

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What people are saying about Firostefani, Santorini

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 465 reviews

This tour was perfect for our group! Mary was our guide and she was extremely helpful and knowledgeable throughout the entire tour. We had some history buffs in the group and she answered all their questions adequately. She also did a great job of balancing the tour activities and knowing where to give-an-take as we were touring during low-season with moderate weather. Highly recommended this tour (and Mary) if you want a solid tour of the island. It's especially good for your Day 1 while there to get a feel for different areas and activities on the island.

Although it rained and we did not realise that Santorini shuts down in the winter months we were able to explore the island without any crowds. Arthur took us to all the historic famous locations for some of the most unbelievable photos. Our visit to the winery and the tasting of the Santorini wines was fabulous. Lunch at the Black Sand beach was wonderful and we were grateful the Sun began to shine through.

Our guide was prompt, shared a wealth of information and took us to some of the best locations. Can not say what we liked best but Oia, the highest point on the island seeing the monastery and going to the winery were on the top of the list. I highly recommend for others visiting the island.

The tour guide explained in deep detail about life in Santorini. The best tour ever

The tour & guide was excellent . Highly recommend it