The Final Self-Guided ATV Journey Round Santorini

There’s a purpose Santorini is among the hottest journey locations in Europe.

From the white cave homes perched over glistening water to among the most lovely locations to look at the sundown to scrumptious Greek meals, it’s a dream vacation spot Greece, and Europe, for that matter!

Whereas islands like Mykonos are recognized for his or her events, Santorini is way more laid again. 

It’s an unimaginable place for a romantic getaway and honeymooners. And it’s additionally a beautiful place to get a style of journey! Whilst you can simply splurge, you can even journey Greece on a price range. Listed here are useful ideas for touring the Greek Islands!

We stayed in some of the common cities — Oia — which served as a incredible base to discover extra of the island.

And what higher solution to discover the island than on a self-guided ATV tour?

We completed this itinerary in someday, however it might be simple to spend a number of days in Santorini earlier than island-hopping your manner via Greece. Attempting to determine what different locations to go to? Try my fast information to one of the best Greek Islands to go to!

Not staying in Oia? No downside! You possibly can simply modify the itinerary based mostly in your start line.

Although, for those who’re simply starting to plan out your Santorini journey, most folk often keep in Oia because it’s the enduring postcard place (simply take a look at all these attractive photographs to encourage your journey!). In the event you’re aren’t staying in Oia, I’d extremely suggest stopping there for probably the most unbelievable sundown of your life.

Wish to discover the island in full? From cliffside church buildings to gorgeous seashores — right here’s the final word self-guided ATV journey round Santorini!

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An Overview of the 1-Day Itinerary

  • Begin in Oia
  • Fira — Three Bells, Skaros Rock
  • Santo Wines
  • Megalochori — Coronary heart of Santorini + Church buildings Carved Into the Cliff
  • Purple Seaside
  • Akrotiri
  • Pit Cease at a Well-known Bakery
  • Perissa Black Sand Seaside
  • Again to Oia for Sundown

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The placement we rented our ATV from: Santo Moto

How you can Lease an A T V in Santorini

I received’t be the primary to let you know that Oia is completely attractive. However you’d be doing your self a disservice for those who completely stayed in Oia and didn’t discover extra of Santorini. For my part, one of the best ways to do that is by renting an ATV!

There are greater than a handful of locations to lease an ATV from in Oia (and across the island), so that you’ll undoubtedly have choices.

The place we rented from was proper on the entrance of Oia, and I believe it might have been barely costlier than different locations. So do your analysis and store round.

Additionally, test to see in case your resort/lodging affords to arrange the ATV rental for you. Some properties will maintain the rental course of, so it’s value trying into!

Renting an ATV prices round 30 to 50 euros per day. In the event you’re visiting Santorini throughout the excessive season (July – August), you could wish to make a reservation beforehand. Nevertheless, more often than not you’ll be able to stroll in and reserve an ATV on the spot.

The License You Have to Lease an ATV

We went to get info on the ATV earlier than renting and so they have been capable of present us with all the data we wanted: an Worldwide License was required. The excellent news? It’s truly tremendous simple to get.

You possibly can obtain the International License here for under $24 and get it emailed to you to print inside just a few hours of ordering. 

I’d recommend doing this earlier than your journey or at the very least the day earlier than renting your ATV, simply so you’ve it in time. They will rush it, however it may cost a little a charge, and it’s higher to be protected than sorry.

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Useful Suggestions for the A T V

Be aware that the seat on the ATV is often black and throughout the summer time it will get INCREDIBLY scorching in Santorini. A lot of the ATVs have a bit of field to retailer issues—and I’d suggest packing towels, water bottles, and sunscreen to reapply.

You’re principally within the solar the complete day. What we’d do is lay one towel down on the seat in order that once we would sit on it, we wouldn’t fritter away…however we have been undoubtedly sweating. We just about wore simply our swimsuits for the entire day.

In the event you’re parking someplace, depart the towel masking the seat because the black seat will entice daylight, and it retains it from getting unbearably scorching.

Pack loads of water, cash, and your license so that you’re good to go and discover!

When It Involves Security

Ensure that to apply warning and be aware of the roads — as you’ll for those who have been driving some other automobile. There are fairly just a few bending roads with out guard rails, so drive good. Take the corners steadily and “learn the highway.”

Be aware: the picture shared originally of the publish was just because we have been posing on the ATV, some other time our helmets have been strapped on. 

Moreover, in case you are caught not carrying a helmet, this might invalidate your journey insurance coverage and end in hefty fines.

I understand helmets aren’t probably the most trendy factor to put on, however be sure to put on it on your personal security.

Opting to not put on one will not be well worth the danger—I do know fairly various people who’ve been severely injured on journeys (whether or not it was their fault or not) as a result of they weren’t carrying helmets. So please put on one!

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First Cease: Fira

From Oia, you’re going to drive south alongside the coast. The primary cease you’ll make is the subsequent “huge” city: Fira. Fira (additionally spelled Thera or Thira) is Santorini’s capital.

In Fira, you’ll be able to see the Three Bells of Fira.

Formally generally known as The Catholic Church of the Dormition, you might need seen photographs of this iconic church earlier than. Its three attractive bells and blue dome are frequent pitstop because of the really picturesque views for days and days.

As a heads up, it may be fairly awkward to really {photograph} the bells, so preserve that in thoughts!

My suggestion is to go away Oia early within the morning, go to the Three Bells, after which hand around in Fira for a bit of bit longer to have breakfast.

A couple of 5-minute drive north from the Three Bells is an space the place you’ll be able to hike out to Skaros Rock. Whereas we didn’t find yourself doing this—you possibly can probably begin right here first earlier than heading all the way down to the Three Bells.

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Second Cease: Santo Wines

Santo Wines is a fairly well-known stopping level. If wineries with epic views are your calling — don’t miss this!

It may be fairly touristic, however you possibly can cease right here and do some wine tasting or have a mid-morning snack (particularly for those who skipped breakfast in Fira…otherwise you’re simply ensuring you get to pattern the entire native meals in Greece — I don’t blame you!).

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Third Cease: Megalochori

There are two little church buildings on the coast referred to as the church buildings of Agios Nikolaos and Our Woman of Plaka, and they’re constructed into the cliffside. How cool is that?

You possibly can attain the church buildings by way of a steep path which affords views of the Santorini caldera. Additionally within the space of the hike to the cliff church buildings is that this darling yellow church, too.

So many church buildings, so little time!

The village, Megalochori, is a real hidden gem with its labyrinth of winding alleys, whitewashed homes, and sooo a lot allure. General, the city is kind of sleepy however for those who’re trying to wander in a quaint Greek village, this can be your cup of tea!

Right here you’ll be able to pop by an space that’s known as the “Coronary heart of Santorini.” It’s a small heart-shaped gap that naturally carved into the caldera, and you may see the ocean via it.

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Fourth Cease: Purple Seaside

We went all the way in which across the southern tip of the island to Purple Seaside. In the event you’re making your manner across the island in a counter-clockwise loop, you’ll be able to’t miss it. The indicators are fairly apparent and can level the way in which.

There’s additionally a White Seaside you’ll be able to go to, however the actual stunner is Purple Seaside, which is known for its purple cliffs.

We deliberate to go and cling on the market for a short time, and we ended up spending nearly two hours right here. You possibly can swim out to the rocks and it’s general a beautiful place to discover.

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Akrotini Santorini

Fifth Cease: Akrotiri

You probably have the time and it pursuits you, make a cease at Akrotiri archeological website. Whereas it may be fairly touristic—when else are you going to discover historical ruins in Greece?

Courting again to the Minoan instances, Akrotiri was a Cycladic Bronze Age settlement that was destroyed in a volcanic eruption someday across the 16th century BC. As the location was buried in volcanic ash (very like Pompeii), a lot of it’s preserved—so that you’ll see issues from frescoes to artworks.

It’s been stated that this settlement might have impressed Plato’s story of Atlantis.

Whereas we didn’t go, for those who’re desirous to be taught extra about historical Greek historical past, that is the place!

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Cease at Theofanis for Scrumptious Greek Meals

Whereas within the space, one thing you really don’t wish to miss is the family-run restaurant: Theofanis.

I’m nonetheless drooling pondering of their fried feta with black sesame seeds and honey. It’s candy and savory and all kinds of deliciousness.

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Santa Irini Bakery

Sixth Stop: The Famous Bakery of Santa Irini

On your way to the Black Sand Beach, make a stop at Santa Irini, which is a famous bakery. I highly recommend getting a box of cookies here!

Whether you want to grab fresh pastries or cookies, an iced coffee, or fresh orange juice—this is the place! There are loads of breads and delicious goodies to try: baklava, sesame breadsticks, typical Greek treats.

Make a Pit Stop for Cookies!

Open 24 hours, Santa Irini is worth making a pit stop at…and you might find yourself wanting to come back here multiple times.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, you may want to try a traditional spinach or cheese pie!

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Perissa Black Sand Beach

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Seventh Stop: Perissa Black Sand Beach

On the way to Perissa Black Sand Beach, you can decide how you want to travel that route. We cut back up and around — but figure out what works best for you (if you didn’t stop at Akrotiri, you can head straight here).

Continue on to Perissa Black Sand Beach. While this isn’t surprising…be prepared — the sand is VERY hot, so be careful.

There’s way more beach infrastructure at Perissa compared to the Red Beach. At Perissa, you can rent a beach chair, umbrella, whereas at the Red Beach you’re pretty much on your own.

Overall, Perissa is more comfortable if you’re wanting to spend the majority of your time on the beach. So, if you’re wanting a true beach day, plan to hang out at Perissa for a better portion of the day.

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Drive Back to Oia

We drove back toward Oia without any real agenda as basically all the main roads eventually lead back to Oia. Use this time to explore — and find an epic spot for sunset (Oia never disappoints).

If you’re not staying in Oia, 100% stay here for sunset and grab a bite to eat.

Pitogyros was one among our go-to locations for affordable and scrumptious meals whereas in Oia!

They’ve acquired scrumptious gyros that are basically pita bread stuffed together with your selection of lamb, beef, halloumi, french fries, or veggies. Select from souvlaki, kebabs, handmade sausages, and seize a chilly beer when you’re at it.

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These are the principle highlights in terms of ATV-ing round Santorini and exploring the seashores and exquisite church buildings.

In the event you wished to interrupt up this itinerary and lease an ATV for just a few days, that’s undoubtedly an possibility. Whereas Oia is extraordinary, it’s very nice to get out and see extra of the island and locations which can be devoid of vacationers.

Have you ever explored Santorini earlier than? Let me know within the feedback under!

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