Santorini is a pretty big island and even though you can walk to Fira and hike to Oia from most hotels on the Caldera side, you will need to rent transportation to explore the rest of the island. Which is just what we did!
On a morning we rented a quad (you can easily rent a vespa or a buggy if you prefer) and off we went for a little road trip around Santorini.
First stop the archaeological site of Akrotiri. A giant excavation into the ground which reveals an abandoned town.
It is a really well preserved site and it gives you a good understanding of how the people were living on the island before they left following a series of seismic events in the 17th century.
Our second stop was the famous Red beach.
The place is beautiful and actually red! But there was too many tourists for us to really enjoyed it. So after taken a few pictures we were off again on the roads of Santorini.
Next stop, the ‘modern’ Akrotiri, a little quiet village.
We walked around the centre but it was so quiet that again, we didn’t stay very long.
Having worked up an appetite, we headed to Vlychada beach to grab lunch and enjoy a little bit of sun. The part of the beach we ended at was secluded which was really nice to get away from the crowd!
We grabbed a bite to eat at Wave bar, which, to be honest, was fairly disappointed compare to all the amazing food we had so far in Greece.
We then enjoyed a digestive walk on Vlychada beach.
The rocks and cliff are very impressive and took strange rounded shapes over the years.
And off we were again, next stop, the ‘mountains’ of Santorini!
Our last stop was Pyrgos a village nested in the heights of Santorini.
The village really worth a visit to appreciate the Greek architecture, and the views of the island are really impressive.
Here you go! If you are in Santorini, grab a quad (and an helmet!) and follow this itinerary!