Things to do in
Vlichada

Enter your dates to find available activities

Top activities

Our most recommended things to do in Vlichada

Santorini: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

1. Santorini: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

Take a relaxing catamaran cruise and see Santorini from the water. Select the day cruise for spectacular views, or opt for the evening option for a romantic atmosphere. If you choose the morning cruise, you'll set off at approximately 10:00 AM from Ammoudi Bay into the island’s famous caldera before enjoying a therapeutic dunk in its thermal springs. Once you feel thoroughly relaxed, return to the boat and continue towards Aspronisi Island, taking in views of Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse as you go. The tour continues with a stop at Mesa Pigadia Beach, which serves as a scenic backdrop for a Greek barbecue lunch. After your meal, admire the vermilion sands of the Red Beach and go for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea before ending your cruise at Marina of Vlychada. The evening cruise sets off from Vlychada Marina at approximately 3:00 PM. Red Beach is the first port of call, where you’ll have time for an afternoon swimming and snorkeling session, before venturing to the nearby White Beach, renowned for its striking cliffs. You’ll continue on past Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse, and into the heart of the caldera. During the cruise, the crew will prepare for you a Greek barbecue meal which will introduce you to local flavors (and local wine). After the meal, relax in the natural spa and mud baths of Santorini’s hot springs, before returning to the ship and heading for the bay of Eptapedes, where you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable sunset vista. Once night falls, return to the Bay of Ammoudi, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel. Classical Menu: Appetizers: seafood, pasta, Greek salad, tzatziki, and dolmadakiaBBQ: Pork, chicken, or vegetarianOpen Bar: Santorini white wine, beer, ouzo, juice, sodas, and mineral water  Comfort Menu: Appetizers: Pasta with tomato sauce, Greek salad, tzatziki, and dolmadakiaBBQ: Pork, chicken, or vegetarianOpen Bar: Santorini white wine, juice, sodas, and mineral water 

Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

2. Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

Climb aboard the 74-foot Ocean Voyager or the 80-foot Tahiti catamaran for a 5-hour cruise around Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Set off on a journey of discovery that will first take you to the hot springs, then the Red Beach and finally the White Beach. Swim and snorkel and tuck into a delicious meal onboard. Start your adventure at the Ammoudi Port of Oia or at your hotel, if you upgrade to include a hotel pickup and drop-off service, and set sail for beautiful Red Beach to swim and snorkel for 30 minutes. Continue to a secluded White Beach, only accessible from the sea, for more swimming and snorkeling in the shadow of the towering white cliffs. Onboard the catamaran, savor a barbecue supper of salads and grilled meat and veggie options. Continue sailing inside the crescent-shaped Caldera, close to the volcano, and enjoy a final dip in the Hot Springs, before sailing back to Oia as the day ends with a spectacular sunset.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

3. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

Sail along the coast of Santorini on a half-day cruise from Vlychada Port. View Red Beach, White Beach, and the stunning Venetian Lighthouse. Swim in crystal-clear waters and soak in the therapeutic volcanic hot springs. Enjoy a delicious meal, snacks, and drinks onboard. Be picked up from your hotel in Santorini and set sail from the pier at Vlychada port. Snap pictures of the reddish hue and wild cliff formations at Red Beach. Make a stop at stunning destination where you can take a dip in the sea or relax on the beach. Continue past the sandy shores of White Beach, surrounded by bright limestone cliffs. Admire views of the 18th-century Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri. Go for a dip in the volcanic hot springs where you can relax in the water and view the caves. Cruise to Mesa Pigadia Beach, which is often considered Santorini's best-kept secret. Dive into the crystal clear waters and work up an appetite for your onboard lunch or dinner. Pick from a menu of BBQ chicken, Neapolitan pasta, Greek Salad, Vegetarian meals, Greek Ratatouille, Greek fruit salad, and an unlimited bar with white wine, soft drinks, and water. Return to the port in Vlychada and transfer back to your accommodation in Santorini.

Santorini: Horse Riding Trip from Vlychada to Eros Beach

4. Santorini: Horse Riding Trip from Vlychada to Eros Beach

Begin your horse riding adventure by having an expert show you the basics and provide you with all the necessary equipment. After starting your journey at the magical dunes of Caldera Beach, you’ll be guided to the Santorini mountains to admire the unblemished beauty of nature, taking in panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the local culture. Next, your path will lead you to the black beach of Eros, where you’ll ride along the shoreline dipping in and out of the water’s edge. Here you’ll have the chance to stop and take photos of the surrounding landscape and to appreciate the picturesque sand dunes all around. Finally, you’ll continue along a route that takes you back to your stable, finishing your journey where you began but enriched with memories that will last a lifetime.

From Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

5. From Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

Be driven to the luxury catamaran and take a 5-hour cruise off the coast of Santorini. Hop aboard the catamaran and explore Santorini from the water on this relaxing cruise adventure. Choose from the daytime or evening option, and feast on delicious food as you go. Experience the beauty of the island as you set sail from the southern port of Vlychada. Follow the coast to the red sands of Red Beach. Take a swim in the shallow waters of a private beach.  Venture below the Indian Rocks and marvel at the sea caves and rock formations close to an old Venetian lighthouse. Admire the volcanic landscape as you travel through the middle of the caldera. Visit the hot springs for a healing mud bath before going to a private bay at Palea Kammeni Island. For the sunset option, journey out to open waters after dinner and watch a magnificent sunset in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Then, sail back to port, where a driver will wait to take you back to your hotel.

Santorini: Private Riva Yacht Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

6. Santorini: Private Riva Yacht Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

Discover the beauty of the Santorini in a different way aboard the Rolls Royce of yachts, a Riva. Take a private cruise and explore the highlights of the island. Savor a meal at a Greek tavern and enjoy an open bar throughout the cruise. Admire a spectacular sunset if you select the sunset option. After pickup at your transformation, get transferred to the port of Vlychada, where the cruise begins. Board the Riva yacht and experience its timeless beauty up close. Set off on your boat tour, and make your first stop near Red Beach for a refreshing swim. Continue to the White Beach, Black Mountain, and Akrotiri Lighthouse at the southern end of the caldera. Soak up views of the unspoiled volcanic beaches where the spectacular colors will amaze you or just sunbathe on the deck. Head toward the hot springs and feel the energy of the volcanoes and the spirit of Santorini. Upon arrival, discover the magic of geothermal energy swimming by taking a dip in the thermal springs of the volcanoes. Your next stop is Thirassia Island, a fishermen’s island. There, enjoy a delicious meal in a traditional Greek tavern with an open choice among fish or meat or vegetarian menus with white local wine. While on Thirassia, take another swim, if you like, and admire the unique view of Manolas village. The cruise ends with a bottle of semi-sweet sparkling wine and fresh seasonal fruits before you are dropped off back at your hotel.

Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

7. Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

Discover the stunning Santorini coastline on this catamaran tour from Vlychada Marina. Sail to sights like Red Beach, White Beach, and the volcanic hot springs. Enjoy a delicious meal paired with local wine and beer. Embark on a day trip around Santorini starting with convenient pickup (with extra charge) from your accommodation and a transfer to your catamaran. Discover unique parts of the island that are not reachable by car and uncover worlds under the waves with the included snorkeling gear. Depart from the Vlychada Marina in the morning or afternoon. Along the way, there will be many beautiful spots to relax, swim, and snorkel at Red Beach, White Beach, and Mésa Pigádia beach. Admire views of Indian Rock and the 18-century Venetian Lighthouse Keep your camera ready to capture the magical sunset onboard if you choose the sunset cruise. Enjoy lunch prepared onboard of fresh seafood, chicken fillet, and salads, or a vegetarian meal (upon request). Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

8. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

Your sailing experience begins and ends at the old marina of Vlychada. Cruising along the coastline, you pass White Beach and then the catamaran throws anchor at the famous volcanic Red Beach for a refreshing swim. Continuing the pleasant sail, you can admire the mystical surroundings as the catamaran sails near the Venetian lighthouse, on the southern part of the breathtaking Caldera. Your second stop is at the volcano hot springs, where you will swim and feel the warm healing waters. Sailing to the main stop, the picturesque island of Thirassia, you can enjoy a relaxing swim and snorkeling in the crystal clear water, while the crew prepares a delicious meal for you. Indulge in finger foods, fresh fruit, homemade desserts, shrimp, mussels, tzatziki, Greek salads, and pasta smothered with Mediterranean sauce. Quaff a beverage at the open bar. Conclude the journey sated after passing through Indian Rock and the amazing Black Mountain.

Santorini: Boat Rental with Ice and Snacks

9. Santorini: Boat Rental with Ice and Snacks

Hop aboard one of the boats and head off to see the sights of Santorini with this boat rental from the port of Vlichada. Rent a boat without the need for a sailing license. Get a detailed explanation of how to use the boat before you begin. Choose between a half-day and full-day rental. Meet your boat rental agent at Vlichada port before your rental time begins for a briefing on how to use your chosen vessel. Chart your own course to locations like Red or White beach, or make your way to remote destinations far from the tourist paths. Bring your own drinks and keep them chilled with the ice and ice cooler. Sip on your complimentary bottle of water and eat some snacks as you admire the dynamic coastline. Return your boat to Vlichada port at the end of the rental period. 

Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

10. Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

Discover Santorini's highlights on a cruise on a luxury catamaran. Marvel at the natural scenery, and stop to swim, snorkel, and experience volcanic hot springs. Savor a Greek lunch or dinner, stay refreshed with an open bar, and admire the sunset if you choose the sunset option. After pickup at your accommodation on Santorini, travel in air-conditioned comfort to the cruise starting point. Board the catamaran and sail to the must-see spots around the island. Begin by sailing past the Red and White Beach. Make your first swimming stop at the hidden coves of Black Mountain. Then pop your goggles for snorkeling time. Continue the guided cruise to pass under the Venetian Akrotiri Lighthouse at the southern end of the caldera. Then, enjoy a stop at the famous volcanic hot springs. Take your time to absorb the geothermal energy of the volcanoes, and swim in the sulfuric coves. Heading back toward the port of Vlychada, get ready for a Greek feast for lunch or dinner, depending on which tour option you choose. Get more time for swimming and snorkeling at the famous Red Beach before returning to your accommodation at the end of the tour.

Frequently asked questions about Vlichada

What top attractions are a must-see in Vlichada?

The must-see attractions in Vlichada are:

Other Sightseeing Options in Vlichada

Want to discover all there is to do in Vlichada? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Vlichada

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,011 reviews

A tour that outdoes the reviews and a sunset that outdoes any others. The cruise was so professional from start to finish and some of the best service we had in Santorini. The sunset cruise followed an amazing route - red beach, white beach, hot springs, thira and oia. You don’t feel rushed at each point. The food is pretty basic but good home cooking and delicious bbq, and your drinks are always filled. The catamaran is spacious so you can sit with your group without being on top of the other people on the tour. The music - which is key! (as you’re on there for 5 hours) really was the perfect vibe! And the staff super friendly and knowledgeable. Really so so worth the money! Enjoy!

The best experience in my life. I didn’t want to leave anymore. My horse was Margot an amazing horse very good, sweet and friendly. My partner and I enjoyed the experience especially to professionalism of Barbara, Manos and Alex. They are so friendly and kind and they are able to convey all the love they have for this job. The horses are perfect and in excellent condition thanks to them and thanks to how much they love them. We had the best time in Santorini thanks to these fabulous people. Highly recommend!!!!! If I will back in Santorini Barbara, Manos and Alex will be my first visit ❤️

We absolutely loved it, definitely worth the time and the money! The tour and the guide were perfect. Alex was great, we enjoyed the conversation and he made sure we were having a great time. The beach was stunning, and he took photos and videos of the entire trip. The farm was beautiful and they prepared us well before riding outside the farm. I 100% recommend it to anyone looking for activities in Santorini!

Great! Food was delicious and the drinks are flowing! It was a bit chilly to do much swimming I. early May, but the hot springs were nice (10 mins we got to spend there).

Awesome boat for a very fair price with good food and enough wine! Great for couples and young people!