Unwind and Embrace Nature: A Weekend of Ecotourism in Santorini

Santorini is famous for its unique and spectacular landscape, which is the result of the eruption of a volcano in ancient times. The island’s cliffs are formed by layers of multi-coloured volcanic ash, which creates a striking contrast with the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. The villages of Santorini are perched high up on the island and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.


The Fira-Oia hike in Santorini is an unforgettable experience for lovers of nature and culture. This 10-kilometer (6.2 mile)  hike takes you along the edge of the Santorini caldera, offering gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea and the picturesque villages of the island. The starting point for the hike is the town of Fira, the capital of Santorini. From here, you walk to the edge of the caldera and cross the villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli, where you can admire the famous white churches and blue domes. The trail continues north towards the village of Oia, which is one of the most famous places in Santorini for its stunning sunsets and traditional cave houses. Along the way you will pass through wildflower fields, vineyards and steep cliffs. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, carry enough water and protect yourself from the sun, as hiking can be challenging (it is better done in the morning and off season).


Santorini also has a rich history and important cultural heritage. Travelers can visit archaeological sites, such as the ancient city of Akrotiri, which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption more than 3,500 years ago. There are also many museums and art galleries such as the Museum of Prehistoric Fira and the Art Space Museum in Exo Gonia.


Nea Kameni is an active volcano located on the island. It is one of its most popular attractions, offering a unique experience for hiking and geology enthusiasts. The hike to the top of Nea Kameni is a small challenge of 3 kilometers (around 2 miles), but it is worth it for the breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the Santorini caldera from a different perspective. Once there, you’ll have a chance to admire the fumaroles, hot springs and craters of the volcano. You can hire hiing experts who will make you discover the most interesting aspects of the geology of the island. After your descent from Nea Kameni, you’ll discover the hot springs of Santorini, located right next to the volcano. These natural hot springs are known for their healing properties and mineral-rich waters. They’re located in the bay of Palea Kameni and are accessible only by boat. Finally, finish your excursion by visiting the small island of Thirassia, located just opposite Santorini. This unspoilt island is a real gem, offering yet another spectacular view point of the cliffs of Santorini and the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Do visit the island’s small fishing villages and taste the local culinary specialities in the traditional taverns. 




If you’re traveling from Athens to the island of Santorini, there are two options: Take one of the more direct boat for about a 5 hour sail (approximately) from the port of Piraeus (Book your ferry tickets right here) or grab a 1 hour flight from Athens airport to Santorini.

Once on the island, walk, bike, or use public transport rather than a car, quad bike or scooter. Santorini is very well connected and buses are available to take you to all corners of the island. In addition, the island offers many hiking trails where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Santorini. Finally, if you wish to discover Santorini from the sea and go to the small surrounding islands, there are many sailing tours that by default respect marine ecosystems.

Check out our tours of Santorini right here



Visitors can opt for eco-friendly accommodation such as guest houses or villas built in the traditional Cycladic style. These properties are sometimes built with local materials and are environmentally friendly. Keep in mind that some properties in Santorini is quite expensive, especially in Oia. 

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Food and drink are an important part of Santorini’s culture. You can experience the local cuisine, which uses local and regional ingredients, such as fresh fish, vegetables, fruits, and olive oil. If you want to eat cheap and local we recommend the restaurants and taverns located inland, then go for a drink on the terrace and the bars by the sea to enjoy the view. Local wines are also a specialty of the island, with vineyards to visit in order to discover local wine production. You can also participate in cooking classes to learn how to cook traditional Greek dishes.  



By Lisa Chauvel, Yuna Le Pen and Maelys Le Trotter

Contact us: nature (at) ecotourism-greece.com