1 | Vlychada Beach
We didn’t join the large groups of travelers sunbathing on Vlychada Beach, but we did sit and watch the boats go by peacefully for quite a while! This rocky beach has the cutest little snack bar called Vlychada Beach Bar, which is perfect for re-energizing while boat watching.
2 | White Beach
While on our boat tour, the guide let us off to snorkel at White Beach. We loved the scenic backdrop and were impressed by the gorgeous marine wildlife we saw while snorkeling. I would recommend bringing sandals for snorkeling because of the large numbers of sea urchins. You don’t really see them until you are very close and trust me: you do not want to step on one! This rocky beach isn’t suitable for sunbathing, so head to Perissa Beach if you’re after a lazy day.
3 | Red Beach
Just like White Beach, the only safe way to get here is by boat. Alternatively, you can put on your hiking shoes and get ready for a dangerous trek that even the locals don’t recommend!
Be warned: our tour guide told us that the boat only runs until a certain time. If you aren’t back at the boat by then, you will be stuck on the remote beach until the next morning… no pressure!
4 | Caldera Yachting
This catamaran tour exceeded all my expectations! They showed us the best views, gave us detailed information about everything we saw, provided one of the most amazing lunches we had on our vacation, took us to the best snorkeling spots, and connected us with new friends! The price is definitely worth it; however, I would recommend taking the tour when it’s warm enough to snorkel and swim, because that was the best experience of the day! Did I mention they picked us up from and took us back to our hotel? Hospitality doesn’t get better than that!
5 | Perissa Beach
Perissa Beach was a 15-minute drive from Thira. This long, black pebble beach runs into another beach (Perivolos) and offers lots of sunbeds that we took full advantage of. There are lots of things to do on Perissa Beach, including jet-skiing, banana boat adventures, canoeing, or parasailing. Alternatively, just sunbathe, grab a drink at one of the many bars, or play volleyball with friends, other tourists, and locals.
6 | Santo Winery
Sometimes, the whole experience of a winery can be pretty overwhelming and intimidating. While Santo Winery had lots of variety, the staff members were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, so we never felt confused or like we were missing out. The winery also offered appetizers and small plates (we chose a charcuterie board) that were delicious and helped to line our stomachs. Even if you’re not a big wine drinker, the views alone make Santo Winery worth visiting!