Sure, everyone knows about the popular and scenic Cycladic islands like Santorini, Ios, Naxos, and Mykonos, but not many people travel to the surrounding islands. Known as the Small Cyclades, these islands are lesser known and less traveled. However, since living in Santorini and traveling to the Small Cyclades, I must tell you that these beauties are just as wonderful, if not better, and worth visiting!
I won’t use the obligatory term “hidden gem” because it’s not true. Lots of people know about Anafi, but it seems to be an island less traveled. With only 270 full-time residents, Anafi is a secluded paradise and it’s just across the sea from busy Santorini!
Not many people come to Santorini to go hiking, but the island actually has some pretty impressive trails. The famous walk that many tourists opt to do at some point during their stay is the Firá to Oia walk. It’s not too treacherous, taking a leisurely 4 hours, and the path is easy to follow. The other paths that Santorini has to offer are not well-known, but should be on every traveler to Santorini’s list (another post on that later).
Tourists from all over the world visit Santorini, Greece to take in the spectacular sights of the caldera and stay in the white-washed cave homes dug into the side of the cliffs. Santorini is a famous Cycladic Island, recently listed as the Number 1 island in Europe! Surrounded by the Aegean Sea, Santorini receives visitors looking for an abundance of activities, from shopping to hiking to surfing! The island offers plenty of activities to suit everyone’s needs, but the beaches are what locals and tourists alike flock to in the summer time. Most visitors go to the popular beaches, which are great, but there are less-frequented ones that I think are even better!
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Kalimera, meaning ‘Good Morning’ in Greek. I wrote an itinerary for Daytripper365 about Santorini and I included everything I would want to do as if it were my first time again. I think it’s the perfect 3-day getaway. Check it out HERE.