Santorini is lovely in October! The majority of restaurants and bars are still open and vivid with locals, the weather is just perfect, and the best part is that you can fully explore the magic of the island without the crowds. So, here are 5 insider tips for your autumn holiday in Santorini.
1. Horseback riding on the beach
Whether you are an experienced equestrian or simply a horse enthusiast, you should not miss this unique activity. There are many routes you can take either on the beach or through the picturesque villages and caldera. Just let your senses free and enjoy the breathtaking landscape while the gentle Aegean breeze caresses your skin.
2. Visit a winery
Santorini is famous for its wine production. Due to its fertile, volcanic soil and mild climate, the island produces some of the finest wines that are exported worldwide. Santo Wines and Boutaris are only a few of the known vineyards that you can take a wine tasting tour with mesmerizing caldera and sea views. Plus, the winemakers will have free time to have a chat and share with you some insider secrets about their work.
3. Hiking to Skaros Rock
Santorini has many hiking paths, the most popular one - and the most beautiful as well – being the one starting from Imerovigli village to Skaros Rock. Skaros stands at 20 meters in height, offering the best 360° view, and is one of the five historic settlements on the island. Take the concrete stairs leading up to the rock, where a small chapel faces directly at the Aegean Sea. If you love exploration, there is a second path that passes through ancient ruins and cave houses, and then you’ll have to climb to reach the top of the rock. Either way, it should be on your bucket list!
4. Explore the villages
It’s no secret that Thera town is a majestic and scenic place. However, there are many hidden gems like Megalochori and Emporio villages that are definitely worth a visit. Megalochori is a picturesque village featuring admirable, blue-domed churches and whitewashed houses, perfect for your instagrammable photos! Emporio is also an interesting place with traditional windmills and the medieval Kasteli castle. You will find plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars there while the volcanic beaches of Perissa and Perivolos are nearby. So, stroll around the narrow streets and explore the traditional Cycladic architecture.
5. Be spontaneous!
October is a wonderful time for your Santorini vacation. The weather is perfect, warm yet not blazing hot, and the island is not crowded so you don’t have to make reservations or follow a strict program. In other words, you can do anything that pops into your mind! Lay all day on the beach, unwind in your private pool, watch the romantic sunset, or take a yacht cruise around the volcano. Santorini is waiting for you!
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