Getting around in Santorini is easy. Especially with a quad bike. The main island is relatively small and roads narrow, with usually plenty of warm and sunny weather. Visiting this special island is a must, definitely one of the world’s most beautiful places.
The most widespread and well-known postcard-pictures of Santorini are taken in the village of Oia, as above. Oia surely is the island’s most picturesque village with its small streets among dazzling white Greek houses built on top of the caldera and picture-perfect overall appearance. But keep in mind the village is mainly facing south, thus not directly facing the sunset. And can be very crowded.
Renting a quad bike for the duration of your stay can easily be done via your hotel once there. Driving one is simple, no problem if you have a driver’s license. Very manoeuvrable and easy to park. Note that most quad bikes can be ridden by 2 persons, so they are perfect for couples.
Santorini can roughly be divided in 2 parts: the one north of Fira (main city) and the one south of Fira. “North part” is the most touristic one with the villages of Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia at the northernmost tip. The “South part” is bigger and less crowded. Going from one tip of the island to the other with a motorized vehicle takes less than an hour without stops, so in only a few days you are able to see “everything” without having to rush.
Besides well-known and ultra photogenic Oia, following places are worth a visit: the drive between Faros lighthouse (westernmost point of the main island) and Akrotiri’s village, the famous red beach south of Akrotiri (only a few minutes’ walk away from the dedicated parking), impressive Akrotiri’s archeological site between the red beach and Akrotiri’s village (check opening hours and entrance fee), the village of Perissa on the east side of the island and its very long beach of black-ish sand, Pirgos and the monastery of Profitis Ilias with panoramic views, the town of Kamari also on the east side of the island (but no direct road connection between Perissa and Kamari though they are close to each other, because of the mountain between them) from where you can take a small uphill road to Ancient Thira with panoramic views as well. Santorini also features many wineries, well indicated from the main roads but not looking very appealing… Try at least the Vinsanto, a traditional dessert wine made on the island from macerated grapes and the Volkan beer also made in Santorini, lava-filtered with a hint of an endemic citrus. Fira town itself hasn’t a lot to offer, prefer the nearby and more authentic villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli. North of Oia, drive down to the small port of Ammoudi and the close-by beach of volcanic sand with beautiful views of the sunset. In Oia, make sure to visit the amazing bookstore Atlantic Books!
Top tip: At Santorini airport, take the stairs to the second floor where you can wait for your flight on an outdoor terrace with beautiful views of the tarmac.