Things to do in Santorini for free

They say Santorini is an expensive place for a vacation. It is, indeed, especially if you go the tourist way or intend to spend there your honeymoon in a 5 star style. But there are some tricks and hacks how to make your magical trip a little more affordable even if you’re on a tight budget.


In this post we’ll look at five places to visit that are for free (or almost) and with a great guaranteed experience.


5 things to see in Santorini


Ancient Thera

This ancient city (or ruins of it) is located on Messavouno mountain and overlooks Kamari on one side and Perissa beach on the other. You can also see the airport from here and some smaller islets in the distance. But views are not the only incentive to go here. The city, of which ruins you can see there, was first inhabitated in 9th century BC. The site comprises among others the theatre, main square, sacred area. With an admission of 2 euros this is a place where to go for an hour or two of history.

Ancient Thera, Santorini, overlooks Kamari beach and the airport

Ruins in Ancient Thera, Santorini

Perissa Beach

Longer and smoother than Kamari, Perissa beach is probably one of the best beaches on the island. Don’t expect fine, white sand, but it’s still a nice place to chill out with a drink. Long promenade is nice at any time of the day and although the town is very tourist oriented it has plenty of parking space.

Perissa beach, Santorini

Akrotiri Lighthouse

Standing above the rocky edge of the southwestern part of Santorini, Akrotiri lighthouse is a great spot for sunset watching if you want to avoid crowds in Oia and Fira. It isn’t completely deserted during the evenings but it feels much more intimate than other popular spots.

Sunset near the Akrotiri lighthouse, Santorini

Akrotiri lighthouse

Red Beach

Although this is not the kind of a beach where you would like to spend the afternoon (be it for numerous crowds or the threat of falling rocks), it’s a nice and free attraction to visit. The name of this beach comes from the colour of the sedimentary rocks – they are rich iron, hence the colour.

Red beach, Santorini


Yes, Oia is together with Fira the most crowded place in Santorini but you know what? It’s still an experience not to miss. The views are magical throughout the whole day (no need to wait for the sunset really), architecture is stunning and the whole setting just calls for a photo.

Beautiful view from Oia, Santorini

Oia, Santorini, Cyclades

Have you been to any of these places? What did you like the most? Or do you have any other low budget tips that you can share below?