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Where to Find the Best Entertainment in Santorini

Santorini is not known for a choice of entertainment opportunities beyond its lively nightlife. But there are some excellent options for culture buffs who want to experience the island doing something else. The key to navigating the entertainment scene of Santorini is knowing a local, of course. You can ask your concierge at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa for recommendations when you stay with us too. We’ll know the seasonal programme and we are happy to help. Besides, we have our own highly-acclaimed entertainment offer too, including saxophone, piano, or harp concerts under the skies, dance nights, thematic evenings, and more.

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Alios Ilios Restaurant: romantic harp concert under the Oia sunset.

Villaggio 3D Cinema

Villaggio 3D Cinema at the Kamari Shopping Center is the right address for action-packed international blockbusters, but also for Greek movies. Offseason they screen in Greek, but during the summer they also showcase movies in English. Their stage hosts occasional concerts, theater, and other events too. Their current programme is available on their website.

Santorini Arts Factory (SAF)

The Santorini Arts Factory is another destination for entertainment on the island. The have a rich plan of activities, with various workshops for children and adults alike, exhibitions, concerts, sewing workshops, fairytale readings, and much more. This is alsoo the site of the Tomato Industrial Museum, one of Santorini’s must-see attractions.

Entertainment in Santorini: Tomato Industrial Museum

Live music under the full moon every summer

Most of the live events on Santorini are advertised with posters on trees, walls, and light poles. Check them out to find out where the next event takes place. Nevertheless, as a rule of thumb, every full moon in the summer is celebrated with a live concert, and no words can quite capture the atmosphere. The breathtaking views of the caldera under the moonlight are the perfect accompaniment to the music. International and Greek artists perform, although, more often, the singers will be Greek.

White Door Theatro Firá

This is one of the most acclaimed entertainment venues of Santorini, famous for its Greek Wedding Show. This is not just a show to watch, but an interactive performance with actors, dancers, singers, musicians, and you. Children are welcome.

White Door Theatro

Atlantis Books in Oia

Atlantis Books is one of the worlds’ most beautiful bookstores, yes, but it is also an entertainment venue. Their summer readings on the balcony are famous among culture buffs, but they also host fancy events, like an annual International Tzatziki Festival, an Arts & Literature Caldera Festival, and even live music (in October, The Steams performed live at the bookstore).

Atlantis Books
Atlantis Books

As you see, although there are not many entertainment opportunities outside of bars, restaurants, and clubs, Santorini still has plenty to offer. Plus, the occasional street performers under the colorful sunsets of Oia will enrich your experience too.

Oia for Santorini Art Lovers

Oia is a charming destination for sun chasers. Its sunsets are legendary and there are so many idyllic spots to gaze at the skies. Like a tourist from the highest walls of the village, or like lovers from the privacy of a Jacuzzi at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa. Just keep in mind that our hotel does not offer views of the caldera, but the sunsets are still magical when the skies and the waters turn fiery red, orange, and yellow.

Diving and Snorkeling in Santorini

The underwater world of Santorini owes a lot to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the famous French naval officer, explorer, and conservationist who sailed the legendary Calypso to the island hoping to find the Lost City of Atlantis. A memorial plaque in his honor commemorates his expedition and his work in a cave at 7m depth off the coast of Santorini since August 20, 2011, when it was placed there by his son, Pierre-Yves Cousteau, and Alexander Reichardt, who is also the creator of the plaque. Apostolos Stylianopoulos, the first Cousteau diving instructor in Greece, and owner of Atlantis Dive Center in Oia, is in charge of the monument, which can only be seen by divers.

So you can dive to see the plaque and the wonders of the sea when you visit Santorini. The Atlantis Dive Center organizes diving excursions and other water activities around the volcanic islands of Caldera, Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni, Thirasia, and Aspronisi. The center offers diving classes with expert divers certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

The center offers diving excursions for beginners, as well as daily half-day trips to two different dive sites for expert divers. They also have snorkeling tours around the volcanic islands of Santorini in sites with clear, shallow water, where you can explore the treasures under the sea in safe conditions.

Atlantis Dive Center is one of the few Cousteau Dive Centers in the world. They are not just divers: they are active environmentalists committed to the protection of marine life in the area. “A well-managed, well-sized, well-protected marine sanctuary could generate substantial economic benefits for the island of Santorini, extending the touristic season beyond the summer months and creating jobs, in addition to helping fish stocks replenish to ensure the livelihoods of fishing communities,” according to Custeau Divers. The professional fishermen of Santorini gave their unanimous approval for the creation of a marine protected area on March 15, 2014, a project supervised by Cousteau Divers, with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation since 2011 when they employed the HCMR (Hellenic Center for Marine Research) to help.