Home » Destinations » The Perfect 4 Day Santorini Itinerary

The Perfect 4 Day Santorini Itinerary

I think a visit to Santorini, Greece should be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you choose to visit on a Greek islands cruise or island hop on your own, you should spent at least 4 days in Santorini. This blog post is going to cover the perfect 4 day Santorini itinerary. I’ve been lucky to visit Santorini TWICE and can confirm it is even more beautiful in person than the photos you see online. Santorini isn’t a huge island, but it offers both adventurous and relaxing activities for couples, friends, families, and solo travelers to enjoy. I think 4 days is the perfect amount of time to spend here. If you’re cruising the Greek Islands, you will most likely just have one day to visit, but if you have the time for it, here’s how to spend 4 days in Santorini.

This post contains affiliate links. If you click and book through any of these links, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for reading and supporting my little corner of the internet!

Background Information On Santorini

Santorini is one of the Greek Cyclades Islands located in the Aegean Sea. It was devasted by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, which shaped its rugged landscape into the volcanic island we know and love today. The main towns on the island of Santorini are Fira (also called Thira) and Oia. These towns cling to the cliffs high above an underwater caldera (volcanic crater) and are speckled with blue-domed, white-washed buildings.

You can take a ferry to Santorini from nearby islands or from the mainland, however, the easiest way to get to Santorini is to fly <1 hour to Santorini from Athens. Check out this post to read all the details!

4 days in Santorini

What Is Santorini Famous For?

Aside from the white and blue homes mentioned above, the island of Santorini is also famous for its sunsets. It’s a very romantic island, so it’s a popular place to visit for destination weddings and honeymoons.

The island’s volcanic landscape also makse it the perfect breeding ground for exceptional Greek wines. Plus, Santorini has very unique beaches. You won’t find any white sand here… more on that below!

4 day itinerary for Santorini, Greece

4 days in Santorini

When’s The Best Time To Visit Santorini?

Santorini’s peak season is during the summer months. As with other islands and destinations in southern Europe near the Mediterranean, tourists flock here during the warm months and school breaks. During this time, prices increase. For this reason, I recommend visiting during shoulder seasons. My first visit to Santorini was in September. The weather was still warm enough to swim and enjoy the one of Santorini’s best hidden gems (more on this at the end!), but there were a fraction of the crowds. You can expect warm weather through October in Santorini, with a quiet season during the winter months, and beautiful spring weather again around March.

Where To Stay During Your 4 Days In Santorini

Budget-friendly Options In Oia:

SUNSET PARADISE OIA

Apartments at Sunset Paradise in Oia have garden and city views, and offer balconies! The rooms come with air conditioning and free WiFi. Additionally, all units have a fully equipped kitchenette with a fridge and stovetop. Kitchenware and a coffee machine are also available.

KIKLAMINO SUNSET STUDIOS

Located just 2,625 feet from the center of Oia, Kiklamino Sunset Studios is PERFECT for enjoying views over Santorini and the Aegean Sea! This family-run inn features apartments with furnished balconies, free WiFi, air conditioning, kitchenettes, and private bathrooms with amenities, like a hair dryer. The reception area here would be happy to organize island tours and car rentals so you can easily explore the hidden gems in Santorini on your own! Two-way transfers from the port and airport are also available on request. There is also a bus stop to Fira just outside the property.

Mid-Range And Luxury Options In Oia:

ALMYRA OIA SUITES

Located on the northern coast of Oia, Almyra Oia Suites offers accommodations with Aegean Sea views — one of the best views in Santorini! Guests can enjoy direct access to a beach from the hotel’s private terrace. Each suite is air conditioned and comes with a furnished terrace with a pool, umbrellas, and sun beds. Almyra Oia Suites is located 2.5 miles from the center of Oia, but car and motorbike rentals can be arranged by the hotel.

If you’re striking out with B&Bs in Oia, check Thira! Thira, or Fira, is the capital of Santorini and is just as stunning as Oia without all the crowds. This city is located centrally on the island, making it the perfect jumping off point to Oia, wineries, Red beach, and beyond. Thira has dozens of its own restaurants and shops. I was only here for a short period of time, but had I known about this town, I would’ve looked for hotels here as opposed to Oia — especially since I tend to travel on a budget.

Ammoudi Bay, Santorini, Greece

Staying In Fira, Santorini:

ABASA SUITES

Abasa Suites offers hotel rooms equipped with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Central Bus Station Fira and Megaro Gyzi.

LEMON SUITES SANTORINI

Lemon Suites is only a 3-minute walk from the Archaeological Museum of Thera in Fira! Additionally, Lemon Suites Santorini provides accommodations with access to a hot tub! The condo hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned units offering a desk, a coffee machine, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with a shower. Free Wifi is accessible to all guests, and some rooms have a balcony!

HARMONY SUITES

The Harmony Suites complex will provide guests with air-conditioned units with a desk, a kettle, a microwave, a toaster, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a terrace, and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. A patio with outdoor furniture and inner courtyard views is offered in each unit.

The Perfect 4 Day Santorini Itinerary

Day 1: Stroll The Iconic Town Of Oia

There’s no better way to kick off your dream stay in Santorini than with a day in Oia! When you think of Santorini, you probably picture blue domes, white washed churches, cobblestone streets, donkeys, ocean-front restaurants, and rocky cliffs? This is Oia. Most of the photos you’ve probably seen on Instagram were taken in Oia. I know that I was personally most excited to explore Oia Village upon arrival into Santorini, so let’s start there! Once you check into your hotel and get settled, start walking.

Shop The Quaint Streets

Oia is a bit of a maze. The streets aren’t well marked, or are too small and narrow to have names. There are so many little shops hidden away in the alleys, so I recommend spending your first few hours just strolling the town. It’s ok if you get a little lost!

Oia Castle in Santorini, Greece

Try Traditional Greek Food

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to 1800 Floga on the main road, near the yellow church, for the world’s best baked feta. While you’re at it, you should probably order a Greek salad too —  a simple, yet delicious mix of cucumbers, red onion, green pepper, olives, olive oil, salt, pepper, and feta cheese. You may be on a mostly feta diet during your 4 days in Santorini and that is more than ok!

If you want something more filling, be sure to try Moussaka during your time in Santorini as well. It’s similar to a lasagna, but made with eggplant and other ingredients local to Greece.

where to eat in Santorini

Get A Fish Pedicure

Now that you’re satisfied, head to one of Santorini’s many fish spas. Be warned, these can sometimes be a bit overpriced and touristy. Also, you may find this concept totally disgusting, however, it is an unique experience to try!

Basically, the staff will tape up any wounds (gross, I know), and clean your feet before you’re allowed to soak for 10-15 minutes. Little fish will eat off the dead skin on your feet. It doesn’t hurt at all! They don’t have teeth, it feels like little suction cups. Honestly, it works like a gem. I’m not embarrassed to admit I’ve done this more than once.

Eat Some Baklava

In the late afternoon, stop into one of the many cafes in Oia for a little pick-me-up. I recommend trying local coffee and baklava! Baklava is a classic, flaky Greek dessert made from filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and honey. It is SO good. You can also save this for dessert after dinner, but I think it’s ok to enjoy dessert at any time of the day during your 4 days in Santorini!

I recommend going to Skiza Cafe in Oia for the views and the yummy treats!

Catch A Sunset At Oia Castle

After dinner, or perhaps before if you’re doing a late dinner, be sure to catch sunset. I honestly can’t think of a better way to end your first day of this 4 day Santorini itinerary. Try to catch the sunset as many times as you can. The best place for sunset in Santorini is at the Oia Castle. You’ll have to walk down some steps from the main shopping roads, but it’s very centrally located within Oia Village and easy to find.

Pro-tip: Be sure to arrive early! Like at least 30 minutes before sunset. It gets very crowded here, but it is a beautiful moment to share with others, so soak it in!

4 day itinerary Santorini Greece

Day 2: Explore Akrotiri: Black Beaches, Akrotiri Lighthouse, & Imerovigli

Today, on this 4 day Santorini itinerary, you will need a rental car or to book a tour to venture away from the Oia and Thira areas to Akrotiri. Akrotiri is located on the southern end of Santorini, opposite of Oia.

4 day itinerary Santorini

Tour The Akrotiri Archaeological Site + Lighthouse

Akrotiri is a preserved archaeologist site where tourists can get a glimpse of ancient Minoan civilization in Greece dating back to 1450 BC. It’s known as the “Greek Pompeii” due to its unfortunate background — similar to the famous Pompeii in Italy, a volcanic erupted in the area, preserving the nearby settlements under layers of ash.

Aside from ancient stone homes, here lies the 19th-century Akrotiri Lighthouse, a picturesque stone watchtower at the end of a cliff-edged road that winds around the island’s southernmost cliffs. This place is worth the journey and provides perfect caldera sunset views over Santorini’s rugged cliffs.

Swim At One Of Santorini’s Black Sand Beaches

Some of Santorini’s best beaches are located on the Akrotiri peninsula, including the Black Beach and the White Beach. The Black Beach is exactly what is sounds like — it is covered in black volcanic sand. Despite its name, nearby White Beach is also a black sand beach, but is surrounded by dramatic white cliffs. You can’t leave Santorini without swimming at a Black Sand beach!

4 day itinerary Santorini Greece

 

Visit Imerovigli

Finally, to end the second day of this 4 day Santorini itinerary, you should spend some time in Imerovigli, which is known as the romantic village.

This village aera is also known as “the balcony to the Aegean” and offers some of the best views of Santorini’s volcanic scenery, especially during golden hour.

Here, I recommend taking the path to Skaros Rock and the chapel of Theoskepasti, visiting the Agios Ioannis Chapel, and taking photos of the Blue-domed Church before heading back to your hotel for the evening.

Day 3: Tour Fira & Hike from Fira to Oia

On day 3, it’s time to explore Fira (Thira), Santorini’s capital city! If you are staying in Fira / Thira, you can enjoy a hike to Oia for some more sightseeing. Alternatively, if you are staying closer to Oia, I recommend hiking to Fira and exploring the city, and then taking a taxi back.

Explore Fira / Thira

The village of Fira is the capital of Santorini. While not as “Insta-famous” as Oia, it is full of charming shops and restaurants, plus tradiational Santorini houses that deck the caldera’s steep cliffs.

Fira / Thira is also a bit more lively that Oia. Here, you’ll find bars for cocktails with volcano views, along with nightclubs full of life until the early mornings hours.

wineries in Santorini, Greece

Aside from strolling the narrow streets here, be sure to visit the Archaeological Museum & Museum of Prehistoric Thera.

Hike From Fira To Oia

The main event for day three on this 4 day Santorini itinerary is the hike along the path that connects Fira to Oia via Firostefani and Imerovigli villages. Even if you’re an inexperienced hiker or stop to take 100 photos of the volcanic caldera along the way, this route should only take 3-4 hours. It’s a relatively easy hiking path and has breathtaking views at every turn.

If you visit during peak summer season, I recommend doing this hike early in the morning or closer to dusk to avoid the midday heat.

donkeys in Santorini, Greece

Enjoy A Sunset Catamaran Cruise

If you choose to start your day in Fira and end in Oia with a few hours left to explore, I recommend a sunset catamaran cruise! I did this the first time I visited Santorini and it was the highlight of my trip, and will no doubt be a highlight during your 4 day Santorini itinerary.

Aside from enjoying a cocktail or two on board the catamaran, most cruises will also stop for a short swim at the volcanic hot springs off the coast of Santorini. What better way to relax your muscles after hiking than in nature’s hot tub!

Santorini sunset catamaran cruise

End the evening with dinner and some more baklava, ideally enjoying Santorini’s cliffside dwellings all lit at night.

Day 4: Santorini’s Best Kept Secret & A Wine Tour

For your last day in Santorini, I recommend one more adventure followed by soaking up the last of the best views. In the morning, hike down the stairs to Ammoudi Bay. Ammoudi Bay is a small harbor located at the bottom of the Oia Castle cliff area. As you walk down you’ll see dozens of donkeys. Take all the photos you want, but please don’t ride them! And watch out for their mess!

Cliff Jumping In Ammoudi Bay

When you reach Ammoudi Bay, turn left to enjoy one of the best hidden gems in Santorini — cliff jumping! If you turn left around the corner and hike for about 10 minutes over some rocks and along the walking path, you’ll reach the man-made cliff jump right off the shoreline. No matter what time of year you choose to visit Santorini, you’re bound to see dozens of jumpers and swimmers in this spot. Find a place to leave your belongings and take the plunge! There are some stairs located on the left side of the jump that are easy to climb up, and much safer than scaling the rock like some tourists do.

Santorini hidden gems cliff jumping

Visit Santo Wines

I’ve jumped here both times I visited Santorini! From here, walk back through Ammoudi Bay to change and refresh for lunchtime. In the afternoon, I recommend heading over to Santo Wines — Santorini’s most famous winery! Here, you can taste the finest Greek wines, sample local snacks, and soak up the best of the caldera views on a small-group sunset wine tour.

winery in Santorini, Greece

Make your way back into Oia Village for one last cliffside dinner to wrap up your final day in Santorini!

That brings us to the end of another Greece guide! I hope this 4 day Santorini itinerary leaves you full of inspiration to explore all that this beautiful destination has to offer. I hope I’ll be back again!

Like this post? Pin it to save it for later and share with others! Santorini 4 day itinerary pin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Looking for Something?