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The most Instagrammable places in Santorini

  • Published 07 June 2018

If the Greek islands were represented by supermodels, Santorini would definitely be Naomi Campbell. Utterly striking and classically authentic, this glamourous destination is a vision in white and blue that perfectly complements the cerulean hues of the surrounding Aegean Sea, the studding of fuchsia flowers and the golden glow of the Oia sunset. The stunning scenery and the trademark landscape are enough to secure that double-tap on your photos but Santorini has so much more to offer including cultural landmarks, historical sites and natural formations. Illuminate your timeline with a heavy dose of Mediterranean sunshine with pictures in these Instagram-worthy locations that are sure to break the internet and thank us later.
 

Beautiful sunset over Oia village in Santorini

The Oia Sunset

Oia village in the heart of Santorini has gained a reputation for being one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the world to witness a sunset. A coastal town on the northwestern tip of Santorini, Oia is home to whitewashed houses carved into the rugged cliff face that overlook the stunning caldera making it a hotspot for tourists to capture a picture or two. When the sky starts to dim and the sun begins to fade slowly, your jaw is guaranteed to drop. The golden sunshine sinks into the Aegean Sea while the sky is awash with soft pinks and brilliant lilacs that require no Instagram filter whatsoever – there’s a good chance you’ll be so distracted by the sunset’s beauty that you’ll forget to tap the capture button.
 

Santorini Volcano and hot springs

Santorini’s iconic volcanic craters are certain to liven up your Instagram feed. The birthplace of the island’s natural beauty, the past volcanic eruptions resulted in a wild scenery that’s complemented by the striking caldera edge. The two islands of black lava are positioned at the centre of the basin of Santorini and are the youngest islets in the Eastern Mediterranean. Nea Kameni – one of the islets – is a pole of attraction for visitors thanks to its hot springs that are said to have healing properties. The cove contains yellow waters that hold a large amount of sulphur, perfect for a relaxing dip after the hike to the volcanic site. Palea Kamani is a 20-minute walk away from Nea. Plus, its offers hot springs as well as being the oldest volcano on the island. So, whether you want to snap the scenery from the peak or pose for a selfie while you soak in the hot springs, this is one location that certainly earns a multitude of approving hashtags and several thumbs up emojis.  
 

Santorini Volcano and hot springs

Santorini’s iconic volcanic craters are certain to liven up your Instagram feed. The birthplace of the island’s natural beauty, the past volcanic eruptions resulted in a wild scenery that’s complemented by the striking caldera edge. The two islands of black lava are positioned at the centre of the basin of Santorini and are the youngest islets in the Eastern Mediterranean. Nea Kameni – one of the islets – is a pole of attraction for visitors thanks to its hot springs that are said to have healing properties. The cove contains yellow waters that hold a large amount of sulphur, perfect for a relaxing dip after the hike to the volcanic site. Palea Kamani is a 20-minute walk away from Nea. Plus, its offers hot springs as well as being the oldest volcano on the island. So, whether you want to snap the scenery from the peak or pose for a selfie while you soak in the hot springs, this is one location that certainly earns a multitude of approving hashtags and several thumbs up emojis.  
 

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Red Beach in the heart of Akrotiri village of Santorini

Red Beach

An exciting contrast to the blue and white colour palette that makes Santorini so iconic, the famous Red Beach lies on the southernmost part of the island in the heart of Akrotiri village. The brilliantly red sands are certainly a sight for sore eyes, encompassed by steep burgundy hills that are worth a hike for the incomparable view when you reach the peak. The deep blue waters that lap up onto the crimson sands, the enormous volcanic rocks immersed in the sea and the small multi-coloured pebbles on the shore make this an Instagram picture that your followers are guaranteed to fall in love with. Most visitors just come for the view – yes, it truly is that beautiful. Guests should note that due to the natural volcanic formation of the beach, it temporarily closes throughout the year due to landslides and rock falls so check ahead before you make the journey.
 

Ancient Akrotiri Archaeological Site in Santorini Greece

Santorini is full of stunning archaeological sites but Ancient Akrotiri is certainly the most fascinating, and is often referred to as the Pompeii of the Aegean. In 1627 BC, the entire city of Akrotiri was destroyed and covered with a thick layer of ash after a massive volcanic eruption. Excavations took place in 1967 where pottery and precious artefacts were uncovered and put on display for visitors to take a look at what life was like centuries before. The chalky-white structures are perfect for those with an interest in history and archaeological discoveries, making snapping pictures of the lost civilisations ruins a must.
 

Ancient Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Santorini is full of stunning archaeological sites but Ancient Akrotiri is certainly the most fascinating, and is often referred to as the Pompeii of the Aegean. In 1627 BC, the entire city of Akrotiri was destroyed and covered with a thick layer of ash after a massive volcanic eruption. Excavations took place in 1967 where pottery and precious artefacts were uncovered and put on display for visitors to take a look at what life was like centuries before. The chalky-white structures are perfect for those with an interest in history and archaeological discoveries, making snapping pictures of the lost civilisations ruins a must.
 

Santorini vineyards of the Arygos Estate

Argyos Estate

Opa! When in Santorini, a little wine tasting is inevitable and there’s no better place to sample world-class vinos than the beautiful Santorini. This stunning winery is set amongst the island’s few stretches of greenery for the perfect backdrop while you sip on reds, whites and rosés in the Grecian sunshine. We recommend embarking on the food and wine pairing tour so a handy guide can take you for an informative walk through the vines before returning back to the estate for some authentic Santorini delights matched brilliantly with some of the island’s best wines. If you’re in love with some of the vinos that you’ve tasted, the estate allows you to purchase them so you can extend the experience when you return home. Strike a pose against the lush backdrop with a wine glass in hand – you’ll blend into the gorgeous scenery in no time.
 

ocean views from the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral in Oia, Santorini

Aside from the sunset vistas in Oia, the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral is said to have the best views on the island and one look at the fantastic monument will have you understanding why. Religion plays a significant role in the life of the locals, taking great pride in their churches to emanate sanctity and be attuned to the beauty of the island. The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral is located in Santorini’s capital, Fira (Thera), and was originally built in 1827 and reconstructed after Santorini’s earthquake in 1956. As well as its whitewashed walls and the sapphire dome, the church offers spectacular views of the caldera edge and the volcano in the distance. Oh, and don’t forget to take photos of the mosaic flooring, elaborate arches and staggering bell tower.
 

Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

Aside from the sunset vistas in Oia, the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral is said to have the best views on the island and one look at the fantastic monument will have you understanding why. Religion plays a significant role in the life of the locals, taking great pride in their churches to emanate sanctity and be attuned to the beauty of the island. The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral is located in Santorini’s capital, Fira (Thera), and was originally built in 1827 and reconstructed after Santorini’s earthquake in 1956. As well as its whitewashed walls and the sapphire dome, the church offers spectacular views of the caldera edge and the volcano in the distance. Oh, and don’t forget to take photos of the mosaic flooring, elaborate arches and staggering bell tower.
 

Can’t wait to strut your stuff in Santorini? Your Grecian dreams are just a phone call away so get in touch with one of our personal travel agents on 0203 916 0985 or click here to enquire. Happy holidays!
 

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