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I will be going to Greece next year and someone I am traveling with is obsessed with photos of Santorini and wants to go.

From what I can gather, most people say just to spend a few days and then move on, but this person is pushing for a longer stay.

Is there enough to do on Santorini so that spending a week or more makes sense? She wants to enjoy the sunsets, the food (I heard the food is better in other parts of Greece), and beaches (I also heard that there aren't as many beaches).

Don't get me wrong, I think it looks lovely, I just feel deep down that a week might be too long.
 
It is possible to stretch the days out to a week in Santorini, but you should rent a car or check the bus schedule so that you can visit the vineyards and all of the villages in the interior. The archeological digs and museum are definitely worth more than a glance. There are boat trips out in the Caldera to Therasia. The cliffside walk from Fira to Oia is lovely, especially in the early morning before the tourists are awake and the cruise ships have arrived. Ammoudi (below Oia) is lovely for a swim off the rocks and a fish lunch or dinner. The beaches generally are pebble. You could stay at a place like the Arassana Hotel near the Cathedral, that has a swimming pool - or - a luxury villa with horizon pool right on the cliffs.

I guess that the answer really depends on the time of year you are going and your tolerance for high temperatures and crowds. Staying overnight does allow you some relief from the masses that exit the cruise ships and staying multiple overnights will give you a better chance of being recognized in your favorite tavernas and getting to interact more with the locals. The answer also depends on your budget; Santorini is a more expensive island both there, and getting there if you fly.

Santorini is definitely a must-see in Greece, but after a few days if your main interest is good beaches and food, I would be tempted to move onto another quieter Cycladic island, or my favorite ….. Chania, Crete….. where there’s so much to do, you’d never want to stay less than a week.
 
It is possible to stretch the days out to a week in Santorini, but you should rent a car or check the bus schedule so that you can visit the vineyards and all of the villages in the interior. The archeological digs and museum are definitely worth more than a glance. There are boat trips out in the Caldera to Therasia. The cliffside walk from Fira to Oia is lovely, especially in the early morning before the tourists are awake and the cruise ships have arrived. Ammoudi (below Oia) is lovely for a swim off the rocks and a fish lunch or dinner. The beaches generally are pebble. You could stay at a place like the Arassana Hotel near the Cathedral, that has a swimming pool - or - a luxury villa with horizon pool right on the cliffs.

I guess that the answer really depends on the time of year you are going and your tolerance for high temperatures and crowds. Staying overnight does allow you some relief from the masses that exit the cruise ships and staying multiple overnights will give you a better chance of being recognized in your favorite tavernas and getting to interact more with the locals. The answer also depends on your budget; Santorini is a more expensive island both there, and getting there if you fly.

Santorini is definitely a must-see in Greece, but after a few days if your main interest is good beaches and food, I would be tempted to move onto another quieter Cycladic island, or my favorite ….. Chania, Crete….. where there’s so much to do, you’d never want to stay less than a week.

You paint a lovely picture as to how Santorini can be realizing for a longer visit. I can vouch for the amazing-ness of the beaches on Crete. I would personally enjoy Santorini for what it is, but then encourage everyone to be open to moving on to Crete for beach days. There's a beach that's pretty good on Santorini (Red Beach) but the beaches on Crete are just as good, if not better. The "sand" on Red Beach, as I recall, is very coarse and doesn't feel very good to walk on, and the beaches on Crete that I've visited are sand.
 

Advice on galleries to visit in Fira?

I heard that Santorini is a great place for artists and people who admire art. I will be in Santorini for a cruise stop soon, but I will only have time to explore Fira.

I'm planning a trip to the beautiful island of Santorini and, as an enthusiastic art lover, I'm eager to immerse myself in the local art scene. Fira, with its stunning caldera views and charming streets, is on my travel itinerary, and I would love to explore some art galleries while I'm there.

From what I've gathered, Santorini, and Fira in particular, is a hub for vibrant art, showcasing everything from contemporary pieces by local artists to ancient artifacts that narrate the island's rich history. However, with such a plethora of options, it's a bit overwhelming to choose where to start.

Anyone have any advice?

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Best places for photographs in Santorini?

I am going to Santorini again this year and I am on the lookout breathtaking photo spots in Santorini, and we need your insights! Help us pinpoint the ultimate locations for capturing the island's charm.

What are your favorite places to take photos? I have a few photos snapped of the Oia sunset from other trips. For this trip, I want to capture some different things, and maybe even some slice of life moments.

Off the beaten track suggestions for Santorini?

I've been completely mesmerized by the postcard photos of Santorini, but beyond the blue domes and the sunsets of Oia, I'm looking to uncover some of the island's best-kept secrets. What do you suggest?

Have you stumbled upon any villages, beaches, or local haunts here that you loved? Or maybe historical sites too? I am just looking to do something different that what is typical.

Views like this wouldn't hurt!

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Do the crowds feel better if actually staying in Santorini?

The last time I was in Santorini, it was off a cruise ship. There were other cruise ships that had ported that day, so the place was a zoo. I didn't even really like it!

Does Santorini feel different if you're actually staying there at least for a few nights, or is it always that crowded?

There was a long line to the cable car, a crushing crowd at sunsets, and in some shops, I couldn't even really walk through - there were too many people! Everyone was nice though, despite that.

Can you spend a week in Santorini?

I will be going to Greece next year and someone I am traveling with is obsessed with photos of Santorini and wants to go.

From what I can gather, most people say just to spend a few days and then move on, but this person is pushing for a longer stay.

Is there enough to do on Santorini so that spending a week or more makes sense? She wants to enjoy the sunsets, the food (I heard the food is better in other parts of Greece), and beaches (I also heard that there aren't as many beaches).

Don't get me wrong, I think it looks lovely, I just feel deep down that a week might be too long.
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