Many of our guests that want to visit another famous Cycladic island often opt to take a day trip from Mykonos to Santorini. Here’s what they experience.
Charter a Boat for a Santorini Day Trip
Many of our villa guests choose to book a yacht or catamaran to Santorini. They leave early in the morning to make the most of the day and return after sunset.
Another way to travel from Mykonos to Santorini is by ferry but the ride is slower (up to 2.5 hours each way with stops). Also, be aware that schedules can change at the last minute. There are no flights between Mykonos and Santorini.
No matter what you decide, there are many things to do once you’re on Santorini. Pick and choose from our list below:
Visit a Unique Santorini Beach
The beaches of Santorini are a different experience from the beaches of Mykonos. Mykonos is home to idyllic sandy and rocky beaches. Santorini is famous for its beaches created from volcanic rocks and sand. That’s why they are also quite colorful. Head to the beautiful Red Beach which has various tones of amber and deep crimson. The black sand beaches on the southeast coast are unique too. There you’ll find Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos and St. George.
If you are arriving by a chartered boat or yacht, you can also plan to stop by the romantic White Beach which is only accessible by sea.
Visit a Santorini Winery
Mykonos is home to one fantastic winery but Santorini is different. This island has a whole wine story to discover. It is world famous for its wine production and boasts some of the best wines from Greece. If you love wine, you must take time to stop for a tasting at one of the dozen or so wineries dotting the landscape.
We recommend Sigalas Winery just outside of Oia. Sigalas offers a fantastic wine tasting with food pairing with a view of the lush vineyard.
Watch the Santorini Sunset
The best place to see the sunset is in Oia. Plan for the boat or yacht to stop in the waters of Ammoudi Bay which is a fishing village known for its seafood tavernas. You’ll be joining other private boat excursions and boat tours that specifically make their way to that spot for the sunset hour.
Visit the Akrotiri Archaeological Site
If you love ancient history, be sure to take time to visit Akrotiri. This covered archaeological site is considered one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. Known as the “Greek Pompeii,” Akrotiri was once thriving community until the volcano erupted in 1627 BC. That natural event buried the city in ash but also preserved the fine frescoes, homes and artwork of the period.
Stroll the Caldera Towns
The caldera towns offer a fantastic view of the sea and caldera from where they are — perched high up on the cliffs of Santorini. These villages are very picturesque and simply walking through them is one of the loveliest experiences to have in Santorini. Their whitewashed buildings tumble down the side of the cliff and you can enjoy the views as you explore the steep stepped warren of lanes. The three towns to see are Fira, Firostefani and Oia. You can visit artisan shops or simply relax for a while a have a coffee, drink or a meal with a classic Santorini view.
Day Trip to Santorini Tips
- Santorini is a big island. To make the most of your time on land you can rent a scooter or a car.
- Be sure to pack a swimsuit. Water shoes are ideal if you plan to step around on those hot black sand beaches.
- Stay to experience the sunset before heading back to the villa. Like Mykonos, Santorini has a magical sunset to admire.
Would you like to take a day trip to Santorini from Mykonos?