Separating Kamari from Perissa is Ancient Thera. First settled by the Dorians in the 9th century B.C., this archaeological site is home to ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras. Stroll down Ancient Thera's main street and you'll pass Roman baths, old mosaic houses and even an old agora (marketplace). And let's not forget the spectacular views from the Terrace of the Festivals, where ceremonies were held in honor of the Greek god Apollo, son of Zeus and the god of light.
For beautiful views of the caldera, descend the 300 steps from the northern city of Oia to the tiny port of Amoudi Bay. Surrounded by steep cliffs, this little fishing area features several little tavernas serving up the catch of the day. According to recent visitors, this is the best place to catch a Santorini sunset.
Santorini's volcanic history has led to the formation of some of the more unique beaches in the Greek Isles, and Kamari is no exception. Sitting about four miles southeast of Fira on the island's east coast, this stretch of powdery black sand is the largest on Santorini. Bordering it is the town of Kamari, the island's most developed resort area. You'll also find numerous hotels, restaurants, beachside bars and shops. Keep in mind that because Kamari is so easily accessible with so many amenities, you won't find the peace and quiet here that you would at other beaches like the Red Beach in Akrotiri. In order to secure a good sunbathing spot, plan to get here early.
At the tail end of the road to Ancient Akrotiri, the Red Beach earned its name from its reddish volcanic sand. Like Santorini's other beaches, this red one comes with all the trimmings (beachside cafes and tavernas); however, it is much less crowded than the more famous black-sand Kamari Beach. Although the Red Beach is a great swimming spot, some report it's extremely difficult to get there. While its remote location means that you'll have a better chance at claiming some prime beach real estate, if you're not up for a hike, you may prefer to sun elsewhere.
Ancient Akrotiri is located along the shores of the caldera on the southern part of the island. This fascinating archaeological site was first discovered in the late 1960s, but its buildings date back to the 16th century BC. This former Minoan outpost was destroyed by a volcanic eruption, but thanks to years of excavation, enough of the site has been uncovered to allow visitors to explore. While you're here, you'll see former homes decorated with prehistoric frescoes and littered with pottery (however, much of Akrotiri's findings are now on display at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera). Unfortunately, you may be disappointed to find that much of the site continues to be blocked off due to construction: attempts to build a protective roof over the site have been taking place for a few years.
Mnemossyne artists house is the place where you will find an unique variety of pieces of art like photographs, jewelry, clothes, etc., all astonishingly handmade by local artists. The gallery has a very harmonic atmosphere in an elegant cave house located only a few steps before the famous sunset spot in Oia.
La Ponta, a 13th century tower, is located within the Venetian castle (Kasteli) of Akrotiri, 1km above the pre-historic archaeological site of Akrotiri, Santorini. The tower hosts a tsabouna - Greek folk wind instrument of the bagpipe family - exhibition and workshop along with traditional Greek percussion instruments and flutes. Daily guided tours explore the history of the tower, the origin of the tsabouna and offer a live performance of the instruments. Help us restore the tower and support Cultural Tourism at the "Restoration Donation Cafe". Savour a beverage on the tower terrace while overlooking a panoramic view of the island and the ancient vineyard below.