The Monastery of Profitis Ilias stands on the highest peak of the island at an altitude of 567 meters above the sea level. It is located three kilometers away from the village Pyrgos in Kalliste, in the southeastern part of Santorini. You’ll reach it within 40 minutes when you drive from Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa.
The Lignos Folklore Museum is located in Kontochori, just a short 30-minute drive from Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa. It occupies a traditional cave house that dates from 1861. The house survived the earthquake of 1956 and was restored in 1976.
If you are looking for the top things to do in Oia in 2018, these recommendations will help you plan the perfect vacation.
A new Bronze Age settlement has been recently discovered in Therasia, an islet in the volcanic island group of Santorini, north-west of Nea Kameni, and part of the municipal unit of Oia.
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.
If you plan to visit Oia, October is one of the best months. Although September is considered the best month, October can be rewarding too.
While Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa doesn’t offer accommodation for families with children, we are still happy to recommend you things to do if you happen to visit the island with little nomads. This because our resort promotes actively local attractions and businesses in support of the local community.
Red Bull Art of Motion is an international event that attracts great interest from young freerunners.
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.
There’s no doubt: for sunsets out of this world that inspire painters and poets alike, for landscapes that “escape” imagination, and for architecture that defies expectations, Santorini ranks among the most unusual, albeit most romantic places in the world.