Visit an ancient settlement
If you enjoy history, you’ll love the trip out to the Minoan settlement that you can take from Firostefani. It’s a 15-minute drive to a wonderfully evocative place called Akrotiri. In 1500BC, this area was decimated by the volcano where Firostefani now sits, but what was left behind was remarkable. The ash preserved many buildings and you can see exactly how things used to be. As well as this, there are Roman, Byzantine, and Hellenistic ruins in the area, too.
Festivals and fireworks
If the volcano still holds fascination for you, you won’t want to miss the spectacular Ifestia festival held every August. This festival celebrates the volcano, thanking it for creating such a beautiful place to live. The main focus of the event is the huge amount of fireworks let off, but there is also plenty of dancing, street food, and music that lasts all night.
All about wine
Whether you’re a wine lover or your simply enjoy exploring unusual places, the underground wine museum at Vothonas should certainly be added to your itinerary. You can learn all about the history of winemaking in the region, and even sample a few styles. Fridays are the best time to visit since there are Greek dancers and a buffet thrown in.
Nearest Airport to Firostefani
Santorini Airport – 3 miles
Santorini Airport is both a civilian and military airport, and due to this there can sometimes be delays. Make sure you check this before flying.