Santorini, Greece is easily one of the most romantic destinations in the world. The island’s whitewashed buildings, bright blue domes and golden sunsets are iconic, and photos of its landscapes are instantly recognized by travelers across the globe. Santorini is also a bucket list destination for couples everywhere who dream of seductive cave suites with views of the Aegean Sea that are built for love.
But lovers aren’t the only ones who dream of exploring the island’s black sand shores.
But despite the island’s reputation as a baecation paradise, there’s plenty to do for the bae-less as well. From ATV tours of the islands, exploring the underwater world of the Cyclades on a dive, lively wine tastings at Santo Wines and relaxing days on Perissa Beach, there’s plenty to do and see as a solo explorer.
If you’re heading to the Greek isles this year and have been wondering how you can live your best life solo, check out this quick and handy guide to how you can enjoy Santorini without a bae. Who knows, you might find one there!
It’s hard to escape the romantic vibes most hotels in Santorini have, but if you want to avoid the bulk of lovebirds who usually gather in Thira and Oia, head to the town of Imerovigli and set up camp at Andronis Concept resort. At Andronis, you can focus more on wellness than romance and indulge in the biggest spa on the island, in-house fruit and vegetable gardens, yoga, cooking classes and of course, breathtaking views.
Greeks love to eat, more than that, they love to eat with friends and family. If you’re looking to meet new buddies on your solo adventure, try taking a cooking class at Petra Kouzina in the town of Megalochori. For four magical hours, you’ll create several traditional Greek dishes and commune with people from all over the world. In the mood for a more local dining vibe? Make sure you head to Santorini faves like Salt & Pepper and Lucky’s Souvlaki.
Just because you’re in Santorini bae-less doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good Greek turn up. During the day, grab a cabana at the chic Seaside Santorini and chill out eating yummy Mediterranean cuisine and sipping margaritas with your toes buried in the black Aegean sand. Once the sun sets, put on your best freakum dress (word to Bey) and head to local hotspot The Koo Club, or dance the night away at Tango Champagne and Cocktail Bar.