Explore the island's scenic villages
Following Santorini’s cobblestone pathways is the best way to discover its scenic settlements. Opt for walking instead of riding the lovely (but exhausted) donkeys. The hike along the rim of the caldera offers amazing views. Gaze at Oia’s white houses and domed churches, contrasting against the blue of the Aegean Sea, and take in the classic Cycladic beauty of Imerovigli, home to upscale bars, restaurants and boutique hotels. If you’re tired of walking, hop on a cable-car ride from Fira and swing above the volcano – low enough to almost feel the lava.