Summer is slowly coming to an end on the Greek islands, and everyone dreams of visiting Santorini, the Aegean pearl with the white houses and blue roofs. Until it is your turn to take the trip, get inspired by our Santorini themed weekend ideas of Virtual tours and things to do in Santorini from home. Grow your anticipation to the next voyage while we bring the Greek island feeling into your home. Investigate Santorini virtually through recipes and tastes, movies and books, music, and videos from the comfort of your living room. Stick to our suggestions below and arrange an entertaining Greek family weekend with our ideas of virtual tours and things to do in Santorini from home.
It is Saturday morning, and the first thing to do is sleep in before you get to know Santorini island. Remember you are holidaying in Greece. Wake up and mix yourself a delicious frape. The locals are addicted to coffee, and it helps kick start your day.
Immerse yourself into the Greek island feeling by setting up a white and blue decoration using items like balloons and pennants
It’s high time to get to know Santorini island and take the chance to dive deeper into the story of a volcano called Santorini. What would seem a better way than choosing among our top favorites of Virtual Tours in Santorini:
It is hard to imagine that this alluring paradise has been formed by such a vast catastrophe like the explosion of a volcano. The Santorini Volcano History goes back hundreds of thousands of years and culminated in the Minoan Eruption of approximately 1615BC. This devastating eruption is said to be the largest in the history of humankind. And while it eradicated the island, the Santorini Caldera and the islets surrounding it were created.
Based on researches from several scientists, institutes, and universities, Nikos Korakakis created a video about the Santorini Volcano History, which you should not miss.
Did you know the island was inhabited when the volcano exploded? Proof for that you can find in the south of Santorini, close to the Red Beach. There is the Archaeological site of Ancient Akrotiri, a site that has been excavated since 1967. It reveals the very sophisticated life of Santorini before the eruption.
Unravel the history of this city through the Akrotiri Audio Guide. It gives you great insights and explanations, including a map and pictures of the Archaeological site.
Follow the link to download the Akrotiri Audio Guide and make sure you keep it for your next visit to Santorini as well.
To help you explore and absorb even more knowledge about Santorini and its local life, come with us on a Santorini First Impressions Virtual Tour. Understand the geography of the archipelagos called Santorini with the help of google maps. Be amazed by the videos and photographs of all the picturesque spots, traditional villages, mesmerizing views and inviting beaches. Assimilate into the traditions and the architecture of the Cycladic island in a one to one session with your host on our Santorini First Impressions Virtual Tour.
SantoriniExperts Tipp: There are several similarities between the story and achievements of the island and the myth of Atlantis, written down by the philosopher Plato in 360 BC. Many believe that the eruption of the Santorini Volcano is the source of the legend; others assume that Atlantis never existed.
Now that you have learned so much about the history, tradition, and local life of Santorini, you are surely hungry. Food is never missing at a great Greek experience, so it is time to master some recipes and an online cooking class in Santorini. Get ready to taste real, local delicacies and fill your stomach with healthy Mediterranean dishes when complying with the recipes of our online cooking class in Santorini.
You already know that Santorini was formed during a massive volcano eruption. It is an arid island covered under sand and ashes. Hence it offers only a few different fruits and vegetables, and there are indeed very few traditional Santorini recipes.
And now imagine all the produce growing in this minerally, volcanic soil under the heat of the summer sun. It gives them strong flavors and intense tastes. Consider the small, flavorfully sweet Santorini cherry tomatoes or the yellow fava split peas, which we use to prepare delicious, nourishing humus. Not to forget the wild-growing capers, which fill our daily menu with many beneficial properties.
Can you believe that the locals have learned to prepare various delicacies with the few products the island gives? Find a selection of some tasty Santorini recipes:
If you rather have fun with a real, local cook, you should roll up your sleeves and take part in our Virtual Cooking Class in Santorini.
Gather all the necessary fresh ingredients and connect online. Invite even your family and friends to join in. Interact with your host and watch from our kitchen into your kitchen how to prepare traditional local tomato fritters from scratch. Follow our cooking instructions while engaging in an interesting chat about Santorini. Master the recipe of our Virtual Cooking Class in Santorini and get ready to taste the most delicious Mediterranean meze made in the kitchen of your home.
SantoriniExperts Tipp: Almost all traditional Santorini recipes are made with fresh local products, as the inhabitants have always lived from agriculture instead of cattle breeding. That is why Santorini is a paradise for vegetarians.
The first day of your Santorini themed family weekend comes slowly to an end. It is time to lean back and choose the most relaxing way to explore Santorini from home by watching movies in Santorini. Catch sight of the scenery of the island in the backdrop of Hollywood productions and famous actors.
There is quite a large selection of Movies in Santorini. We have watched them all and present here our list of three most worth seeing. Get the popcorn ready and choose your favorite one.
starring Peter Gallagher, Daryl Hannah, and Valerie Quennessen
Summer Lovers is a romantic comedy from the 1980s filmed in Santorini. It begins with a summer holiday’s essential ingredients: sun, sand, surf, bikinis, and a nearby disco. The young American couple Michael and Cathy decide to spend their summer on the Greek island before settling and taking over the family business. After a few carefree days at the beach, they meet Lina, a French archaeologist who is working at the excavation site of Akrotiri. They start to enjoy the island paradise as a threesome until they begin to fear the end of the summer.
starring Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Chris Barrie, Ciarán Hinds
The movie starts with a scene of a Greek wedding taking place at the Castelli of Oia in Santorini. Suddenly a strong earthquake hits. It destroys the location and uncovers the Luna Temple of Alexander the Great, which was sunken in the sea. For the ruler, this temple served as a treasury next to the Alexandria library. Among these treasures was a mysterious ball with a code etched into it. During a dive there, tomb raider Lara Croft discovers this orb. But when she is about to insert the bullet, armed men from the Chinese syndicate appear and steal the valuable loot. Lara Croft finds out that the sphere serves as a map to find the legendary Pandora’s box, which supposedly contains a deadly plaque and so the hunt begins.
starring Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively
Four girls, who are teenage best friends, have decided to spend their first summer apart. On the last shopping tour together they find a pair of jeans fitting every girl perfectly. They agree to call it the Traveling Pants and share it equally through the following summer. One of the girls visits her Greek grandparents in Santorini and falls in love with a young Greek. One finds a new friend at work, who later dies of cancer. One visits her father, who is starting a new patchwork family, and the fourth goes off to a soccer camp where she falls in love with the coach.
And then there is the second part of the movie.
starring Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively
The girls have to spend the summer apart again, each following her own adventure. The sister of one of the friends steals the traveling pants after a disagreement and loses them on the Greek island of Santorini, where she visits her grandparents. So the four girlfriends come to Greece together to save the pants. At the same time, they renew their friendship and commitment to each other.
At the beginning of 2020, Alexis Bledel announced that there would be the third part of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Stay tuned not to miss it.
SantoriniExperts Tipp: This might come as a surprise for you, but the movie “Mama Mia” was filmed on another Greek island called Skopelos, which is part of the Sporades group in the North Aegean Sea. As many guests on our tours ask us to show them the scenery of Mama Mia movie, this might be quiet useful information.
What a fun first day of your virtual weekend in Santorini, could you feel the Greek spirit? There are so many things to do in Santorini from home, and we can’t wait to introduce you to our ideas for Sunday, the next day.
Today you should try a Greek coffee after waking up.
Call in all the family and gather around a table, because it is board games and books about Santorini time!
You did not know? Yes, of course, there are board games with Santorini, and it is our pleasure to bring them to you. Both of the boardgames will, in an entertaining way, make for some fun hours with all the family.
the Monopoli of Santorini. It was designed and developed by a couple of very good friends and contains real villages and shops or cafes in Santorini. As all Monopoli games, it is a real estate game; only this one will travel you to Santorini with handmade tokens and informative cards. You can buy a village, build your own cave house or go to jail on the volcano islet of Nea Kameni.
Spin Master Santorini
a challenging strategy board game for the whole family. It is simple enough for children to understand, yet interesting for gamers to explore. You need to move, build and climb to win the game. Here you can find the Spin Master board game.
If you and your family are not into board games, here is another exciting way to entertain yourself using the theme of Santorini:
Reading is a delightful way to dive into the island feeling. Reading helps your imagination to travel and takes you to places you long to be. Most books about Santorini are novels talking about a summer romance and love stories, but there are educational books and children’s books about Santorini as well. Let us give you some ideas of what would make for an interesting read
His name is Santorini
the Geological history of Santorini for children. The book talks about an island-boy, born in the south of the Aegean Sea to Mama Africa and Papa Eurasio. Your children will love this book. It is written in a for children very understandable way. Read on how the volcano grew, the island around him developed, and the explosive temper of the little island boy Santorini destroyed it all.
The Summer House in Santorini
an enjoyable novel about a summer romance. Running away from a failed relationship, a ruined career and a complicated family life, Anna is coming to Santorini. She wants to sell a house she unexpectedly inherited from her recently deceased, estranged father. On this majestic island, the picturesque white-washed villas, blue-domed chapels, and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean wash away her melancholy. Anna has never felt more alive. And then there is gorgeous, mysterious Nikos.
SantoriniExperts Tipp: Here is another book tip regarding Santorini. You can not read it, but you can color it. It is a fun travel guide about the island where you have to paint not only the map of the island but several highlights and famous spots as well.
Now, after you have spent all your morning playing boardgames with Santorini or reading books about Santorini, it’s lunchtime! Go ahead and use yesterday’s recipes from the online cooking class to conjure up a delicious meal for the whole family. And when it comes to pairing these mouthwatering unique dishes with local wine, we have you covered as well:
There is so much to learn about Santorini Wines and you can find all this knowledge in the wine stories and virtual wine tasting in Santorini. Almost 3000 years of continuous grape growing in the unique terroir of this volcanic island is the reason for our precious grapes. Depending on the way of production, these grapes develop a wide variety of flavors and aromas. Read on to find out how it pairs with your meal.
Pop the cork of delicious Greek wine during the virtual Santorini wine tour. Meet our sommelier, Dionysis, and follow him on a tasting tour from your own home. Travel virtually through the different eras and places that have shaped winemaking on the beautiful island and spoil yourself with a Santorini live wine tasting experience. Unravel the secrets of the well-defined techniques used by the locals and the delightful gifts by mother nature or rather the lack thereof. Distinguish each indigenous wine and perceive their differences. Look through the carefully selected photos of the grape varieties and gather useful wine pairing tips to impress your guests at the next dinner party.
The Greek Ministry of Tourism and Marketing Greece, with the support of Google, have created an online platform called “Greece From Home”. There you can find lots of videos and information to explore our magnificent Greece from the comfort of your home.
One of the very inspiring videos you can watch on this platform is the wine tasting of Santorini Assyrtiko with Ted Lelekas. It gives you great insights into the terroir of Santorini.
Now you have learned how to cook Greek and how to pair your food with delicious Greek wines. It is not a secret that the Greeks love to eat and drink, but when the plates are empty, it’s time to start the party with some good music and dance.
Travel to Greece through Music. Every region of this beautiful country has its traditional music style and dance. Encounter the form of Bouzouki and Nissiotika as you are spending your weekend in Santorini.
The Bouzouki is a plucked musical instrument that is very popular, especially on the Greek islands and Nissiotika is the music style of the Aegean islands. Here you can see a good friend of ours playing Nissiotika on the Bouzouki in Santorini. That’s, of course, not enough to party and dance all night, unlock this playlist with Greek Music of the islands to dance and have fun Santorini style. Close your eyes, feel the rhythm and you’re in Santorini.
We hope that the weekend of virtual tours and things to do in Santorini took you on a fantastic journey to the Greek islands. But nothing beats the real experience, so if you are now sitting and deciding for actual travel plans to Santorini, we would be more than happy to make your dreams come true. Fill in our interactive form for Tailor-Made Experiences and let us take care of the rest.